Thoughts On Friendship

Thoughts On Friendship

“I’m finally understanding the peace that comes with not defending yourself. I have been misunderstood so many times over the years and by people that really mattered to me. I used to absolutely crumble if someone I cared about misunderstood me in a negative way. I’d spin for days. Weeks! I’ve had friends tell all their/our other friends about their perspective and paint me out to be A,B or C. (And you know what? I’ve done that to friends in my life as well, when in my brokenness I needed to be right). I used to spend a lot of time scrambling to make sure my name was cleared and that everyone knew I really wasn’t the kind of person rumor had it I was. In the last year, something new has clicked for me: If someone wants to understand you or find positive resolution, even if they’re hurt, they will try to with vulnerability. They will ask. They will set aside their anger or hurt and make...

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Holiday Mixtape

Holiday Mixtape

Enjoy these Cowboy Christmas tunes with some western swing. I love classics, especially Dolly + Kenny's album. From our ranch to yours.

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Barn House Christmas

Barn House Christmas

It's our favorite time of year, especially around the house. I don't do a ton of decorating because too much makes our small space feel so cluttered but I love adding festive touches here and there that gives our home a more cozy feel. I wanted to share a few areas I've styled for Christmas. Our living, kitchen and dining is one large area. We don't have a fireplace or mantel so I've been using command hooks on our barn door to hang our stockings for a few years now and I love it just as much. This is pretty much what my set up in this area looks like all of the time minus the stockings and wreath around the calf head. Also, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but this cabinet was given to me by my Grand. It was one of my favorite pieces of hers and I remember every time I'd visit her home in Texas, I'd open it and go through it and all of the pictures she'd display inside....

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Forgiveness School

Forgiveness School

This lesson of AOH (Aperture of the Heart-my photography class) was a big one for me. I wanted to share a few random thoughts on it because like all of the other lessons so far, I felt it needed to be documented. Maybe no one else will ever read these words, maybe my daughters will need them at a certain time in their life and I'm not here. But it was pretty profound and something was realized that's taken over a decade to fully comprehend. Maybe you need it too. "My outside self might mark me as a certain age, but my inside self isn't defined by time. I'm every age I've ever been." All of a sudden after hearing those words, some of my feelings and emotions made sense. Some things you don't "get over" or quit feeling because of time. They might still sting the same way they did when that event happened, no matter how you've matured or changed with age. That's ok. Everything that has...

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Welcoming Beauty

Welcoming Beauty

Another post for my AOH photography class. I wanted to use my blog to document some small portions of my journal as well as my photos. Today's topic was "Welcoming Beauty as a Daily Practice." One thing this course has taught me is that I don't expect beauty in my everyday when in actuality, it's always around me. My circumstances do not have to be ideal but can still behold wonder. Horses have always been my safe haven, my escape. Something among my everyday. I think I was riding one as soon as I learned to walk. They are just a part of me. I grew up rodeoing and still enjoy my days on the back of one. They've always brought me a profound peace and sense of freedom I can't describe-there's nothing else in this world that can do that for me like a horse can. On hard days, I would run to the barn, open my horses stall door and bury my tears into his mane-throw the saddle on and...

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Aperture of the Heart

Aperture of the Heart

A few weeks ago, a close friend of mine shared a photography class on instagram. I soon recognized the photographer who had curated the course as the same one who recorded a video for them-sharing their child's tragic accident that took his life. I knew this person was highly respected and valued because of the relationship with my friend and how she's sat with her during this journey of healing. I knew this was something to consider. So I did. I've always wanted to take a photography course and get to know my camera better, learning how to shoot my family from my view and what I see daily. But what I didn't expect was that this course would revisit a lot of my own wounds, sadness, and insecurities. A deep dive into things I've carried for years. This course was on healing and using photography as a form of that. Capturing the beauty in our everyday, no matter the circumstance. To be...

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