1,000 Words.

Yeah, yeah selfies are the worst. Whatever. (Is it still a selfie if your camera takes the picture by itself)  No matter. Recently one of my best friends moved to Nashville and now we live together and it’s wonderful. She decided to document this year with a picture of us every week so that we can see how we change over the next year, and I think it’s fabulous. In the spirit of this commitment we have a shared photo stream full of pictures of us. It’s outrageous. And it’s a picture of redemption for me.

You see a few years ago I tried to use the “A Picture a Day” app where you take one picture every day and the app chronicled your life for you. Unfortunately I only did it for about a month, and then deleted it because of its utter pointlessness. At the time I was living in forced community with a very unkind and un-accepting group of girls. At first there were some pictures of laughing and silliness, then there were a lot of pictures of inanimate objects, and before long there were weeks of skipped photos. Because I didn’t care. There wasn’t anything I wanted to take a picture of. I didn’t want to remember what every single day of my life felt like. I had nothing.

But now I regularly delete photos from my phone because there are so many. I don’t regret that period of my life because there were a lot of character building moments, but I’m in a place now where I want to immortalize moments all the time. I’m surrounded by love and genuineness, and although a picture is worth a thousand words, all of mine these days can be summed up with just a few. Love. Genuineness. Redemption. Grace.

And seriousness aside, here is just a taste of the ridiculousness locked away on my phone.

In which I didn't move in time.

In which I didn’t move in time.

 

 

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In which we were “suh cute” Chris Delia style.

 

 

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In which I competed with a tree branch.

 

 

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In which I channeled my inner 13 year old with a coordinated jump.

 

 

In which I decided to play ballerina.

In which I decided to play ballerina.

 

 

 

And that’s that.

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GIF LIFE.

Home from camp. And I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about anything. Here’s a quick look back and forward for those of you still faithfully keeping up with me.

How I feel about being home

The things I’m going to be doing for the next week:

My reaction so far to wanting to talk about camp:

(but my feelings in 1 picture that’s worth 1,000 words):

ttyl. xoxo -j

 

emancipation.

making plans is for the birds; i don’t even know what that means. is that a haiku? empowerment

ok focus. one of my most favorite inspirational blogs is the fossil blog. they always have what i love or am thinking about, and when i saw this post on there, i just haaaad to share. we all know i don’t know what i want to do with my life, but i do know i would love to establish a non-profit, and this one is one of the most inspirational i’ve seen in a while. it’s called 100cameras, and their mission statement states:

100cameras identifies children living in unjust conditions and gives them cameras to document their lives. Their photo narratives are used to raise awareness and capital to meet physical needs and empower sustainable growth within their community.

so these children take pictures and then the organization provides a way for people to buy them, and then ALL of the money goes back to that child in his or her community. they are “empowered,” the consumer gets beautiful (and inexpensive-like $8 inexpensive) art, and the organization finds fulfillment. this is non-profits at their best; i am in love. here are some of the images from the kids:

aren’t they stunning? if you want to read more visit their blog or follow them on facebook or twitter, or just go to their site and buy some prints!

ONE Thing I Love Thursday!

I Love Thursdays, and I love sharing one thing I love with you. As you may have already guessed, I love stories (that’s not this week’s thing). I also love pictures (still not it). The thing I love is Photographers That Tell Stories With Their Pictures. I love being able to look at a picture and imagine all sorts of situations that surround the objects within it. My overactive imagination has a heyday. I have some pretty cool photographer friends that I love, like Sarah Jayne, who takes pictures like this:

and my friend Ashlyn Joy who takes pictures like this:

And if I were a photographer, I’d take pictures like these. (All from weheartit.com)I love these because when I look at each of them, a story immediately starts developing in my head. Each person in the photo has a name, and I can tell you exactly what they’re doing. I love it. And that’s how pictures should be. If if picture isn’t worth a thousand words, then it isn’t really worth anything at all.