Thursday, February 28, 2013

I try to see the world in fine details.  I love the idea of looking at things as if you had never seen them before; as if everything were a foreign object, new to the eye & the brain.

Photography has always been an interest of mine which until just recently was only something I could dream of doing.  I like the idea that cameras don't see the world as we do, they don't know what they're looking at; a camera simply observes what you put in front of it, focuses, & snaps an image.  As the photographer, you are responsible for the lighting, the subject, the framing, basically everything except focusing & capturing - which most cameras do, thanks to auto focus lenses.  This makes it very important to have an eye for detail.  

Having just recently purchased my first DSLR, I'm having a lot of fun capturing the finer details in life - & so I'm going to make it a point to share them here once a week, every week.

1.  We've been juicing a lot recently; pretty much every morning, sometimes for lunch as well.
2.  I still wear my custom key necklace from Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno almost every day.  Thanks Brandi & Kelly!
3.  A few weeks ago I got this lovely tattoo from the very talented Thea Fear.  The quote is my favorite, it's by John Muir - a naturalist who had a big impact on America's National Parks, my hero.
4/5.  By far my favorite shoes, there is nothing compared to the comfort of a pair of Vans.  The fact that they have such a classic style allows me to wear them almost daily. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This home tour has been one of my favorites for a  very long time.  It was published in Foam Magazine a couple years ago, & I fell in love instantly.  I keep all of my Foams, so I still have this in print at the bottom of a big stack of years worth of the magazine.












One of the main things I took from this spread is that I just have to invest in a trampoline some day, & that surfboards are acceptable forms of art.  Having two waiting around to be displayed, this is a great solution to finding storage.  More than anything, I think I'm just having some serious home envy with all of their little details.  Isn't it just dreamy?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to go with Jonathan & some friends to a local food truck & craft beer festival.  Craft beer is big here in Redlands; we (well, Jonathan) even brews his own at home every so often.  Food trucks, on the other hand, are a rarity - what with them being illegal in both Riverside & San Bernardino Counties for some reason.  This makes going to an event like this a bit more special for us, having food trucks be a rare occasion instead of a common happening.  (Honestly, I'd rather have them around all the time for us to feast off of on the regular.)






After a long day of drinking tiny beers with the alcohol content of a fine wine, we were ready to go home & relax with the fur babies.  

Living with Jonathan has been such a life changing experience for me.  The peace, calm, & contentment that comes with living with someone you love is such an amazing feeling.  I never would have thought that I could get along with someone so well on a daily basis.  

It's crazy to think about how different life was only a year ago.  Things were hard then; I was lonely, lost, struggling with a sense of self, not blogging because of all of this, not happy with work ... all around not happy.  Blogging for me is supposed to be real, but at the same time I try to share with you the best parts of life.  Although I do want to be honest with all of you, I don't want to be a sad blogger, which is why I took a mini hiatus these past few months.  

I feel bad for leaving so suddenly without much explanation to you on here, but the past is done & it's good to be back.  I hope you all join me in this blogging adventure once again.  I've missed you all so!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Yesterday I received an email from my domain name host to inform me of a renewal.  Boardwalktoeden.com would expire soon, & I should re-up on this before it's too late.

As I clicked through to the page where you buy the name, I was struck with the feeling of underwhelming boredom.  I have not been caring for this baby of mine.  I have not been nurturing or feeding this with my written word.  I have not been supplying it with magical imagery or inspiration.  I have been torn, disheartened, distressed, & dismayed by the sudden turn in most of the blogs I read, or used to.

Most became strictly for the sponsors.  For the clothes, the shoes, the selling of goods, the receiving of free items.  They all became consumerist pits.

Where did the art go?  I was lost, bored, uninspired by people who used to hit my heart strings.  & then they all began to only blog outfits.  Um...  What happened to originality?  Where did the passion go?  Do they remember why they started these blogs?  Do they remember what it was like in the beginning, when nobody was a "famous blogger"?

As a lover of John Muir, I decided that last night I should re-watch the Ken Burns National Parks series titled "America's Best Idea."  In the beginning of the first episode narrator Tom Hanks walked us through John Muir's background of industrial labor, of forceful religion, & of his constant search for natural wonder.  At heart, John Muir was a naturalist.  A scientist, & an explorer.  When he first came to Yosemite to see if it was all people said it was, he compared it to Eden.

"I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in "creation's dawn." The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day."  John Muir

Upon hearing this (again), I was renewed in my passion.  My reason for creating this place of peace, of inspiration, of the written word - was all for beauty.  Creating imagery with words, paired with snippets of my life.  That is who I am.  

This is my Boardwalk To Eden, & I hope you stay with me on this, but I plan on keeping it true to it's origins.  Let's hit the heartstrings, let's entangle the passions of everyone who has the faintest desire of exploration, of creation, of beauty, truth, & love.  With this, I will let the magic live, I must keep my words flowing, & I hope that in these words you find something to love.