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Say yes. Whatever it is, say yes with your whole heart & simple as it sounds, that’s all the excuse life needs to grab you by the hands & start to dance. - Story People

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My beautiful lady and I

I think it goes without saying… yesterday was nothing but WONDERFUL. (& Elijah is an incredibly talented photographer)

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Love them. LOVE them. LOVE THEM.

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May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
― Neil Gaiman

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

I heard once that real love doesn’t ask what is in it for me; it just gives unconditionally. It just tries to take the weight out of somebody else’s pack, lessen his load, and if it gets reciprocated, that’s great, but that isn’t what you did it for.
Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts (via pureblyss)

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Art is powerful.

As an actress and arts administrator I see the positive affects that the arts can have —- the arts inspire confidence, imagination, creativity. The arts spark conversation, new ideas, innovation.

Art is powerful.

My mother is a potter and liturgical artist whose small masterpieces (prayer pebbles) have had a positive affect on many.

Art is powerful.

I have never been more personally and profoundly affected by art as I was last night…

As I was scrolling through my instagram feed, I came across the finished mini-portrait of my Grandpa that I had commissioned from local artist, Erin Fitzpatrick,as a Christmas gift for my Grandma.

I was immediately moved to tears.

Erin perfectly captured the spirit-filled, joyful, and loving grandfather I remember. She gave back to my grandfather (and to me and my family) what Alzheimer’s had robbed from him in those last months, weeks, days.

I shared her beautiful painting with my friends and family through texts, emails, social media … and it became clear that everyone was just as moved as I had been by her wonderful work.

I especially appreciated (and bawled after reading) Erin’s observation about the image I had sent her. She wrote: “This one felt really special. I think it’s because he was looking and smiling at the person behind the camera, rather than posing for a picture. It’s really sweet.

That person behind the camera was my little sister, Lynsey. Lynsey is one of the most caring and creative women I know and she had the opportunity to capture many wonderful moments with Grandpa through her lens.

I am so incredibly happy to have commissioned this piece. It will be a wonderful way to remember John/PD/Dad/Uncle/Grandpa for years to come.

Thank you, Erin.

Art is powerful.

John David Deines (October 9, 1933 - November 11, 2013)

A few of engagement photos from our shoot with Noe Todorovich Photography!

Our photos were also featured in the Capitol Romance blog!

The Prince CLEARLY knows how to work a crowd! One day old and he’s already waving!

The Prince CLEARLY knows how to work a crowd! One day old and he’s already waving!

On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons