Fueled By Coffee


This was a self portrait I took last spring for my photography class. It’s pretty self explanatory. I am practically obsessed with coffee! That’s why for my following assignment, our final project, I chose to photograph different kinds of coffee in different mugs and different places.

I will be sharing a dozen of these photos with you in a series I’m starting next week, called “COFFEE.” You might need to grab a mug of your own next time you sit down to view my blog. I’ll probably have one on this end, too!




Sometimes we tell lies to the people who are closest to us. Sometimes we tell lies to ourselves.

We need to remember that we are all broken people. The only difference is what it is that breaks us. You might be broken by addiction. You might be broken by depression or anxiety, or both. You might be broken by an eating disorder. You might be broken by stress. You might be broken by your past. You might be broken… you probably are.

Don’t let the brokenness become something that consumes your life. It’s a very powerful force, but not so powerful that you can’t conquer it (with help). My help is Jesus Christ. I am affected by my brokenness on a daily basis, multiple times a day. I have to turn to my savior for help. Sometimes it feels as if he’s too far away, but other times it feels like he’s standing right beside me, ready to fight. And he helps me fight these battles.

Sometimes the help you need is just knowing you’re not alone. But you have to let others know that you’re struggling so that they can come and stand beside you. So please, stop telling lies. You don’t have to be OK. Because, really, none of us would be without Christ.

A Dream Within A Dream

A Dream Within A Dream watermarked

I need to apologize for my lack of publishing. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, I can get down to business, which means uploading more beautiful photos for you to gaze at!

I took this one as part of an assignment to interpret some of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poems. It’s based off of “A Dream Within A Dream,” although rather loosely. Still, I really love this image. It makes time just pause for a moment, hanging in the air like a pendulum.

Also, if you didn’t notice, in the lower right hand corner of this image is my new watermark! I now will be watermarking all of my photos. I’ll do my best to keep them as inconspicuous as possible, but as their purpose is to label the photographs mine, they will still likely be noticeable.

A reminder that all photos posted on this blog are under my copyright! If you would like to purchase a photo from me or use one for non-profit purposes, please feel free to contact me. I do get notifications from wordpress on my phone, and will do my best to respond ASAP.



I did a mini photo shoot with a statuette that my mom had brought back with her from Zimbabwe many years ago. This was one of my favorite photos, the result of back lighting the statue with a small, warm lamp. On a side note, today I learned that “twiza” is Shona (the language of Zimbabwe) for “giraffe.”



The moon was beautiful that afternoon.

It rose early to watch the birds dance through the dimly lit sky,

And danced itself across the trees,

Peeking between the branches at me below.

I raised my camera to my face to capture its beauty

And the moon blushed and tried to ignore me,

Focusing instead on the birds as they flew past once more.



My boyfriend had the great idea of painting pumpkins instead of carving them! It’s quite a bit less messy, and if you’re more skilled with a brush than a knife it can be more satisfying too. And supposedly since the pumpkin isn’t cut open, it will last longer. So decorating my front porch this year is Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock from the BBC television series!

And since I’m discussing Sherlock, I’d like to share with you a waka haiku I recently wrote for my folklore class:


Silence and nightmares

Who’d want me for a flatmate?

A woman in pink

Suddenly we are best friends

One more thing, just don’t be dead.