Monday, January 31, 2011

Jesus and Music

I am a huge fan of music...of all different genres. Some songs "speak" to me and others just offer a cool beat to dance to.

I do understand the world’s fascination with music.
…you cannot see it or touch it…but you can hear it and feel it move you.

With Jesus, the world simply rejects because you can’t see Him or there’s no “proof”.
Yet, we listen to music every single day...can we not see music?

The fact of the matter is, once you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, He’s within you as well. And He’s constantly moving and working in your heart.

He’ll be your Guide, your Shelter, your Rock, your Peace, your Hope and so much more.

You just have to make Him your focus.

If you can go and discover new artists and download new music…give Jesus a try and listen to Him.

He can’t promise you happiness, but He promises to be with you every step of the way.
You’ll never be alone.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


If you know me, you know my number one true passion is photography.

I know a lot of people are in to photography and love taking pictures. At one point, it even seemed to be the latest fad to take pictures and posting their photography everywhere.

But I've been in to it for as long as I can remember. I remember my very first, own camera was a pink, Polaroid Barbie camera. I'd take pictures of those I loved the most and put it in my very own, first was Veggie Tales.

Since then, I'd gotten a simple little Kodak digital camera. Then for my 15th birthday, my parents got me a Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel. It was my first "professional"-like, heavy duty camera. I loved it like it was my own baby. I brought it everywhere I went and everyone knew me as the photographer.

Then, for my 17th birthday...I received a Nikon. Nikon D40x. I still use it to this day. I hope to only keep upgrading-it's just a matter of money.

I've never taken classes for photography, but I definitely plan on it. My dad and his friend are very into photography and have taught me a lot. I also have a few other friends who are very into it and post their photos on FaceBook. Sometimes I feel the need to get competitive and try to take even better photos...but that's just what drives me. They inspire me to be even better.

Throughout the past few years, I've taken photos for whoever has asked. Friends, family, people from school, including teachers, family friends, etc.

I often get asked what my favorite thing to photograph is. I don't really have an answer. I love photographing nature...whether it be flowers or the sky. But I also love taking pictures of families and kids. Couples are cute and still new for me to take photos for because there's so many things you can do with couples.
Single portraits are always fun because you can always get really into it and there's always so many places to take photos.
I do, also, like to take photos of myself...because I'm always with me and I am always taking photos. :)

I've used many different websites for my photography:

My most recent, most updated, and most "professional" website can be found here:

I'm always interested in receiving criticism. But, please, if you're going to offer it...don't just tell me if a photo looks bad or good. Tell me what you like about it, or what you'd wish I would have done. :)

What are you passionate about?

Friday, January 28, 2011


Over the past few days, I've been trying to figure out just what is most important to me. What is something I'd go crazy without?

I can go without my phone, without Facebook [or the internet, period], TV, etc.
But if I didn't have my relationship with the ones I'm closest to...or anyone, for that matter...I'm convinced I'd be nothing and I'd have nothing to live for.
It's hard to not just go off and list, My Bible, my friends, my family...because I realize that material things are nothing. People do...and it's not just PEOPLE people. But my relationship with them.

There are three different relationships that come to mind:

1. My relationship with my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ
2. My relationship with my Mom.
3. My relationship with my friends.

1. I can sit and say I need my Bible, I need my Church, etc. But what are they without my relationship with Jesus? Yes, I realize I need to read the Word and associate with other believers in His house, but I cherish my RELATIONSHIP with Jesus more than anything else. Because when all other relationships fail, He's still here.

2. I've never been a very family-oriented person, but over the last few months I've realized just how close and how much I need and live off the love and support from my mom. Not only did she give birth to me, but she's been with me every day since then. For 18+ years, she's been the one to lift me up and encourage me. When I've hit rock bottom several times and felt like nobody cared or everyone had left, she was still here, offering love and advice. She'll never know how grateful I am for her, but I am.

3. There is no reason for me to sit and name off which friend is the most important or least important. Because the fact of the matter is, all of my friends-whether acquaintances or best friends-and my relationship with them is both cherished and very important to me. Without any interaction with anyone, I wouldn't be where or who I am today. Whether it be someone telling me they are praying for me, or a friend lending a shoulder to cry on...or maybe someone saying a joke to keep my spirits up...even if/when someone says something negative or we get into an argument...

Everything happens for a reason.

And with that statement, there are no coincidences.

And for THAT reason, I believe I'd be nowhere without my friends, family and my Jesus.

And that, is a fact you can take to the BANK. ;]

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I want to start blogging again....let's see how long this will last. :)

I'm excited cause now my friend, Lindsay, is joining!

Maybe she'll hold me accountable. ;]