MONDAY MUSIC SHARE: John Mark McMillan - “Future/Past” (Live at RELEVANT)

I’m getting this in with less than an hour to spare! It’s going to be a good week if I actually get my MMS and 5TT out on time. Who knows, this might be it?!

Anyways. I recently made a new station on Pandora. The John Mark McMillan channel and it’s been beautiful. Queue up this station, brew some coffee, and sit in the moment … it’s beautiful. 

This song is beautiful. I had to share.


So lately I’ve been in a super creative blog catchy-up kind of mood. That sentence is probably all sorts of grammatically wrong, but I don’t care. (Sorry Ashley*). 

In the midst of my creative blogosphere discoveries I found this site called Like Knows Like. Granted I’m only a few videos in, but I really liked this one about Swiss Miss’ own Tina Roth Eisenberg. 

I’ve actually been keen to a few of her business ventures these past couple years, mainly because the things she’s involved in are amazing. 

Her simplistic approach to good design, collaboration, and community are just a few things that brings her to the forefront of the the creative entrepreneurship realm. And dude, I totally appreciate that.

All this time, I’ve been going to Creative Mornings meetings, sampled Tattly Tattoos, and consistently been using Teux-Deux to get stuff done.

And she’s behind all of those things. Who knew?!

Anyways. This short doc is a great look into her life. Just wanted to share!


It’s been awhile since I’ve just posted any photo inspirational shots. I used to do it all the time … but I’ve been kind of not in the know lately. My bad. I have to get intentional about this kind of stuff again. 

There was a time when I used to go to Borders just to flip through magazines and sip Seattle’s Best Coffee.  Seriously, that was my happy place. 

I used to call it “market research.” Mostly because I wanted to work for RELEVANT at the time, so it was market research. But now it’s still relevant (ha, pun) but it’s more for the sake of editorial/fashion photography.

All this to say - here are some awesome fashion campaigns that caught my eye. 

  • GAP (photo above) - making normal look good. Featuring celebrities such as Zosia Mamet, Elisabeth Moss (a fan fav), and others.
  • ARTIZIA (photo below) - bring on the fashionably fall looks, you Canadian retailer, you. 

Other thoughts about photography specifically: that top shot for the Gap is a lot more difficult than it seems. Getting the angle right, making sure the model and the clothes look good like that … that’s tricky stuff. But totally worth it because it looks good. And I like the bottom photo because the flash is more prominent and brighter. It comes off more hot than I usually photograph my subjects. I’d like to experiment with this. 

Did anyone else quote Barney Stinson? “Challenge Accepted”

5 Things Wednesday

Hello hello.

I am classically one day late, but oh well. I’ll own up to it. 

Here are five things going on with me:

1  BIRTHDAY GOODNESS - You guys, it was my birthday on Sunday and I got to wear a paper crown. And that was pretty much the best. And I got to eat waffles. And that’s even more best.

But what’s the greatest is that it was a low key celebration with people I love. And then I went to church. Answered a few texts. Ate some delicious cupcakes. It felt pretty awesome to keep it simple. 

It was a great day. Happy birthday me.

Don’t worry … I’m celebrating all week long. If you want to celebrate on behalf of me, you can. That’s totally allowed. 

2  FEELING PRETTY ACCOMPLISHED - I’ve been feeling pretty good about the end results of some of my big projects lately.  It’s kind of nice to officially push them off of my plate and look at them as a done deal.

I’m still waiting to see the editorial spread in IMPRESS Magazine from Sierra’s shoot. Hopefully that’ll be coming soon.

And I finally got to watch Semi-Famous (the two episodes that we filmed last year). I did all the production design for the series.

(Did you know that I do websites and production design? It’s one of my best kept secrets. Along with the fact that I can say the alphabet backwards.)

Anyways, I’m feeling pretty good about myself. 

I feel … I feel happy of myself.

3  VANCE CREEK SHUTS DOWN - Bad news bears! The infamous PNW Bridge is shutting down. Like for serious. At first it was just citations and fines. But now, they’re actually disassembling the bridge.


That’s OK though. I did it once. I’ve conquered it (to a degree). But still it’s sad. 

It’s probably good though. It was very high up and mostly not safe. But - epic pictures!

4  BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - You guys, I started a new comedy series. This show has been on my Teux-Deux for too long. And now that we have Hulu Plus (a wonderful parting gift from one of our recent house guests), we’ve been watching it on the big screen.  

So far - hilarious. Andy Samberg doesn’t fail to entertain. And neither do the rest of the cast. 

And I just have to say, Andy Samberg looks really good. It might be the haircut. Or the leather jacket/tie/badge combo. But who knows. I’m digging it.

5  GOODBYE DON PARDO - Sigh. How epic is that man’s voice. We seriously lost a legend this week. Two legends at that (can’t forget Robin Williams). 

It’s so crazy how iconic Don Pardo’s voice is. How much it’s part of SNL (and more NBC shows prior to that). And it’s overwhelming how many people loved and adored him and longed for him to say their name.

Like it’s that moment of arrival. You’ve made it to NBC or SNL. 

I was reading THIS ARTICLE on Buzzfeed and was getting chills because it reminded me how much we long for God to say our name. And He does. He calls you by name. 

And He does it lovingly. Just like Don Pardo.

Oh man. Blows my mind.

Thank you, Robin Williams, for giving so many years of joy and laughter. And thank you, Don Pardo, for introducing us to so many incredible people in the world of news and entertainment.  

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