Finding a Voice Through Greeting Cards

Finding a Voice Through Greeting Cards

I am a quiet person, pretty much in all the ways.  I don’t talk a lot, and when I do, people often literally can’t hear me.  Shy, a little socially anxious, and nestled cozily on the far end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum, you can often find me hovering near the food at parties, hiding in the bathroom for a breather during work functions, and completely absent from networking events. 

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Venezuela 2005

Venezuela 2005

It is spring break, 2005. I am standing centered on a dirt road in a tiny village, outside of Maracaibo, Venezuela. The road is lined with homes made of pieced together plywood and scrap metal. Each house is guarded with a rusty gate and barbed wire. There are clothes lines strung from tree to tree holding what I am assuming is clean clothes, despite their dingy, brown color. As I take a deep breath, the smell of fresh mango from a near by grove is mixed with the lingering scent of garbage from the city dump that is only a few miles away.

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Dear 18 Year Old Self,

Dear 18 Year Old Self,

Dear 18-year-old self,

I know it is hard to believe now, but the next 10 years of your life is going to go by really quick. Before you know it, you'll be 28 reflecting back on the memories you cherish so dearly. I know that right now the excitement of starting a new chapter is a bit overwhelming, and you have big plans. But don't worry so much about it, things will fall into place just as they are suppose to.

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Power Over Anxiety

Power Over Anxiety

Once a week I take my shoes off, sit on a couch with my legs criss-crossed and hug a pillow as I bare my soul to my therapist. I do a combination of talk therapy, EMDR, and breath therapy. Some days it’s really hard and I get so stressed out making the drive to my therapist’s office. But I go. And I keep going, because even taking baby steps makes me better.

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Wedding Day Series {01}

Wedding Day Series {01}

The room feels small, and wood accents set about make the light glow in a deep amber color. Whether intentional or not, it sets the mood-- warm and friendly. The king-sized bed is centered in the room, covered with a white and blue, floral quilt and an unnecessary number of matching decorative pillows line the large, oak headboard. Though later I know this will be the bed I sleep in for the first time as a wife; for now it is littered with hairspray bottles, bobby pins, and differing shades of red lipstick. 

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Young & Determined

Young & Determined

I have been a business owner for a year and a half now. I am a college student, a photojournalist and a business owner. I am a full-time college student at Appalachian State University. I am studying photography, business, and marketing. Ever since I was little, I have been passionate about photography. However, my senior year of high school it dawned on me that I wanted to open a photography business.

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