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Welcome to my blog. I hope you find some inspiration as I document my adventures in living a creative lifestyle on a small budget!

And So It Begins...

And So It Begins...

Hi guys! Welcome to my first post of my first REAL blog. I've played around with blogs here and there in the past (like this), but nothing really stuck, or life just got in the way. But here I am, ready to start fresh. I want to start this blog as a record of my journey. To where, we ask? I'm not quite sure myself. The important part is that I keep moving, and I hope you stick around to see where we end up!

PHOTO: Meredith Groat

Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s get a little real here, shall we? It’s midnight and I’ve been chugging away at building this blog since I got home from a long and exhausting day at work. Now that I think of it, I don’t think I've had dinner yet. Oh well. It literally is my first day working on this blog, and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished so far because even though I don’t know for sure what this will turn into, the fact that it is here, existing in the virtual world is major. I’ve had this project swimming in my brain for so long, that releasing it into the world feels just like that…a release. It’s a bit scary, quite trivial at the moment, but it is a step, and sometimes that’s all we can do. If you're considering starting a new project, business idea, whatever...just take that first step because it is one step closer to something. If it isn’t the right something, you’ll know, and you’ll just need to take another step in a different direction. Don’t stay still! Don’t give up! Just keep moving!

PHOTO: Meredith Groat

I believe that there's something magical about collaboration- the relationships, the process, the product. Some of the reasons I started this blog was to use it as a medium for collaboration and also feature the amazing creative talent I encounter everyday in Detroit. Meredith Groat is one one of them. I met her through the Midtown coffee shop where we work together, but I soon found that we had other connections, including the fact that she had just started going to my church. Meredith is one of those special people who brings such a lively spirit with her wherever she goes. You can’t help but instantly like her. She’s such a hard worker but she’s fun to work with too. She also happens to be a talented photographer. All the photos in this post are her work.

PHOTO: Meredith Groat

There was a time in my life when I didn't like the way I looked. I never felt pretty enough for the camera. I didn't even bother to have my senior portraits taken. You know what? I still struggle with that to this day, but I also realized that I wasn't going to look this young forever. Because Meredith was a good friend and I felt comfortable around her, I asked her to do a shoot with me, which I still jokingly refer to as my senior pictures. It might be a decade (or two) late, but it was about time! As awkward as I feel still, posing for the camera, it was so much fun doing the shoot with her. If you do need a photographer for your special occasion or family portrait, check her out here! Also, worth noting: most of the murals you see in these photos are by one of my absolute favorite Detroit artists/muralists, @0uizi

In the meantime, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this first step I am taking. Please check back periodically to see what I’ve been up to or to read all about the amazing things going on in this city I love, Detroit.

PHOTO: Meredith Groat

Throw Your Hands Up

Throw Your Hands Up