Putting my love for dogs to good use

“Some people are amazing with children. They have the ability to make an instant connection–and the children feel it. Stephanie has that relationship with dogs. They gravitate towards her because they are drawn to her. I think she’s part canine.” – testimonial from my friend, M. on my dog sitting …

Fall: A time of reflection, change, and getting on the right path

Depending on where you live you may have noticed that fall has begun. Here in Maine it’s in full swing. Sure the leaves haven’t totally changed color yet, but it’s been cold enough most days to fall into the category of autumn. I am so excited to experience my first …

The Masterpiece Mentality has no place here

Ah, the Masterpiece Mentality. We’ve all experienced it. Whether we’ve picked up a pen, a paintbrush, or even just thought about it we want our work to be the best. And if it’s not we don’t even want to bother with it. How sad is that? How many beautiful stories …

The 5-month itch: A time to reflect and freak out

The word itch in any context always has a negative connotation to it: “the itch you can’t scratch,” “Doctor, I have this itch,” and the dreaded relationship one—“the 7-month itch.” None of them leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. My 5-month itch was no exception. Truth be told …

What to do when creativity eludes you

Like most creative people sometimes creativity eludes me. At times it’s right by my side begging me to write, paint, or go out shooting with my camera. When creativity is around I can’t get the ideas down fast enough, the paints to blend quickly enough, or the ISO set fast …

One day, three lighthouses – An excursion of a lifetime

I have a thing for lighthouses. Ever since I saw my first one last year, The Portland Head Light, I have been drawn to them. I’m entranced by their beauty, the strength they epitomize, and the wonder they invoke. I can stand by a lighthouse and look out over the …

When you have a bad day in your new city

Bad days happen. Sometimes you get stuck at work longer than usual, the dog does her business in the house, the upstairs neighbors keep you up late blaring their music, you drop everything you pick up, you forget to pack a lunch, etc. This can even happen all in the …

Comfortably pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone

This past weekend I ventured out of my comfort zone but still acted completely within my comfort zone. I’ll explain. Lately I’ve been feeling on edge about not having a strong friend circle here in Maine yet. I know, I know—it’s only been a month, but I got it in …

How to say YES more often

Some people are natural joiners: they say yes to any invitation, they’ll show up to events by themselves, and can strike up a conversation with anyone. I am not one of those people. For whatever reason my first instinct is to decline an invitation, even for things I’ve done before …

Finally moving to Portland!

Now that I’ve been in Maine for three weeks, it’s time for me to make another change. I’m moving out of my Airbnb and into an apartment of my own in Portland! I’m a little sad to go because I’ve been very lucky with my Airbnb. The owners have been so friendly …