2 months ago

Stormy sunset — Lake Tahoe (July 2014)

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." —Omar Khayyam

These words help capture the incredible whirlwind of the past few weeks. Highlights involved cathartic summits, rooftops overlooking Manhattan, s’mores made on fire features, and hours of good-for-the-soul conversations with deep body-shaking laughter.

From the “mundane” to new experiences, there were constant reminders that time past and miles apart are no match for true connections and experiences together.

Grateful for profound examples that love is what matters and can really conquer all…even rainy, stormy afternoons!

3 months ago

Sunset overlooking Hanalei Bay - Kauaʻi, Hawaii (December 2013)

"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." – Ancient Indian Proverb

Happy heart.  Past two weeks have been filled with love, (even) amidst 9-hour travel cancellations and delays, torrential rains, and logistical “snafus” — because, in the end, it is all about the adventure.  Distance, mishaps, setbacks, dizziness — nothing can stand in the way of deep love.

To me, breathtaking skies are often the best physical representations of those once-in-a-lifetime relationships — irreplaceable family and friends, who let you be you — who support you no matter what — who dance with you, even when the music fades…

Sending happy wishes and celebrating gratitude!

3 months ago

Urban sunset near Washington, DC

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." —Eleanor Roosevelt

Cultivating gratitude. Appreciating natural beauty {in the city}! Cherishing laughter and even a few tears. Indulging in {new} Netflix series. Connecting and feeling. Reflecting on all the good, especially family and friends.

Celebrating love.

4 months ago

Blue skies smiling — Florida

Captured en route to dinner after a lovely day filled with long talks and exploration — so special!

6 months ago

Magical urban sunset — Washington DC {unfiltered}

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them." —John Ruskin

Living out west has made me deeply appreciate sunsets. So thankful to be much more primed to notice and relish in these moments…and particularly lucky to capture tonight’s glorious display radiating across the city! Perfect ending to a week filled with family and love.

7 months ago

Basking in tonight’s golden hour — Lake Tahoe

Relishing every minute of this energizing, blissful Saturday!  Particularly enjoyed scrambling along the shoreline to capture the lake’s beautiful reflections at sunset.  Cannot wait for many more (long!) evenings this summer, celebrating Tahoe’s splendor with family and friends.

7 months ago

Sunset over gentle Tahoe waves (February 2014)

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." — Mahatma Gandhi

I have been quiet on snap. eat. love. recently. Unusually quiet. I have debated sharing why — moving something I am quite open about in my offline life into this space.  This wonderful place where I get to share how I see the world and capture moments in time…while recognizing that these reflections are “permanently” recorded for the “world” to see.  Yet, it is something that not only affects my daily life, but has also profoundly shaped my world view — and so, I think it is time to share.

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that causes severe pain and a myriad of other symptoms.  It affects almost every system in my body — musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiac — to name a few.  My outlook living with chronic illness:  I am incredibly grateful for my amazing support system and what I *AM* able to do.  Although I am always in pain, I continually strive to do the best things possible for my body.  I continue to push the limits, recognizing that balance is important.  I choose to live.  If I am going to be in pain, regardless of activity, I choose to be active.

Yet, there are times that, in spite of best efforts and coping strategies, I am unable to do things.  Many things.  For example, in the past few weeks, I was unable to engage with technology — finding it too difficult to look at screens long enough to even post a quick picture.  I fell (far) behind in following.  Bigger daily tasks have consistently been pushed to “tomorrow.”  Vertigo will do that to you.  Waves of unrelenting nausea and pain will force you to step away.  Yet, in those moments, I try to hold firm to the belief that, at the very least, tomorrow will be better.

Again, I am so deeply, deeply grateful for the love and support of my family and friends.  I could not go through this alone.  I know there are many, many others who face far greater challenges and I continually draw from their strength and example.

Tumblr community, there are so many of you who have inspired me — from incredible photographers to run-streakers, sassy humorists to positive adventurers.  So, thank you, to the many who unknowingly provide daily reinforcement that there is so much to be thankful for.  Although there may be times I am a little quiet (or have to catch up in large batches), please know I am cheering you on from a-far!

I share this with the humble intention of rounding out the picture of the adventurer behind snap. eat. love. and to express my deep gratitude to all those who have shown me great thoughtfulness.  It has been a challenging few weeks, but I am choosing to focus on beautiful walks, new friendships, wonderful Olympic moments, snowflakes the size of cotton balls, comfortable pillows, delicious food, and love.  Lots and lots of love.

8 months ago

(Pink!) February sunset; nature’s celebration of love — Lake Tahoe

Fierce gradations of pink radiated through the clouds for a few fleeting minutes during tonight’s sunset.  Standing on the beach to capture the moment was a perfect ending to an invigorating start of the week.  Energizing friendships, lucky catches, and new experiences…feeling very thankful!

8 months ago

Clouds dancing on calm water — Lake Tahoe

Cannot resist one more picture of last night’s sunset.  It was a magical moment: there were no waves along the shore and the water’s surface shimmered with the sun’s final light of the day.

Feeling so very fortunate and so much love this weekend!

8 months ago

…and the sky burst into gold, spreading joy as the sun set — Lake Tahoe

Lucky birthday bamboo (January 24, 2014) — here is to a year of continued adventure and love!

Thank you for all of the kind wishes and support.  So very thankful today and always!

9 months ago

(Tahoe) sunsets inspire, captivate, and even empower. Tonight’s fostered a calm moment, allowing for renewal and appreciation.

Very grateful.

9 months ago

Sunset over Lake Tahoe tonight

Moments like these make me profoundly happy and grateful, in awe of such beauty. A few minutes later, clouds were glowing like puffs of pink cotton candy — just spectacular.

9 months ago

What a gorgeous last sunset of 2013 — Lake Tahoe, thank you!

Here is to celebrating each moment - laughing through challenges and relishing every (little) joy. So thankful as we enter a new year — most especially for all of the love and continuing adventure!

Inspired by the Gray-Card Top 5 of 2013 Submission, I wanted to select some of my favorite photographs to repost.  Each represents a unique moment from an amazing, inspiring, challenging, and exciting year.  It was wonderful to reflect on my photography and look forward to continuing to develop in the coming year — both in this pursuit and personally!

Thank you, all, for the support!

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