Friday Feels

Friday Feels

This was my first week back from Spain and it’s been a doozy of a week. My calendar is brimming and my email inbox is a beast that needs to be tamed. Expect some posts next week about my trip. I started posting on my food blog. You can see the first post listed under my personal plugs in this week’s list of things that made me feel things. I’m heading to Houston after work today to visit my parents and also to pick up Bob the dog. They’ve been babysitting him so we could travel. I’ve missed him! What are you doing this weekend?

  • And some good (and adorable) news in the news!
  • Interesting read about Chinese food and inauthentic cooking.
  • Journal prompts from Joy the Baker.
  • My friend has been crocheting little super heroes and dropping them off at ComiCon for years. I love that she has repeat finders! Read her latest recap here.

  • While I’m bragging about my friends, my other friend Thomas’s photos from his honeymoon are killing me with wanderlust.

  • A divorce lawyer’s guide to marriage.

  • Why you should let yourself be photographed even if you don’t like how you look.
  • Do your friends actually like you?
  • A guide on how to support your stressed loved ones according to their personality type. On point for me as an ENFJ!
  • Find a new city.”
  • Advice for young writers.
  • I read Fates and Furies while in Barcelona. I found myself relishing subway rides so I could whip it out and continue reading!
  • I also started Men We Reaped in Barcelona. Finished it this week and it’s relevant and maybe even essential reading.
  • Speaking of essential reading, I also finished Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. I loved the biting. polemic style. She takes on fat shaming and rape jokes.

  • I’m in the reading zone and also started Truth and Beauty and am already enthralled after just one chapter.
  • Personal Plugs

  • I started posting about Barcelona this week on the food blog. The first post was about paella!
  • Also enjoyed the photos I shot in this food blog post about a new opening in Austin. The sangria pic especially!
  • Our latest episode of I Feel Better went up yesterday and it’s about the Olympics!
  • 5 Books I’m Bringing to Spain

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    Some of the first things I pack when I leave on a trip are books. I get more reading done when I’m on vacation then generally in my everyday life. I guess not having a laptop with internet connection to distract me helps! I’m heading to Barcelona this week and in an effort to reduce the weight of my carry-on, I’m taking advantage of the new Kindle my sister bought me. I also made sure to accommodate my budget by only bringing books readily available to download from my local library. These five books made the cut!

    Men We Reaped

    Jesmyn Ward lost five men in five years and wrote about what she learned in grieving these men and asking why they died. Her revelations comment on racism and poverty.

    Truth & Beauty

    Have I told you one of my biggest travel regret? I try to visit a bookstore at every travel destintation when possible. I was roadtripping through Nashville and planned on visiting Ann Patchett’s bookstore. I had a small window of time one morning before having to drive to Kentucky. What did I do instead? I got sucked into a Scandal marathon on Netflix. Oh the shame!

    Anyway, I read an essay of Ann Patchett’s in her book, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage that first informed me of her book about her friendship with Lucy Grealy, Truth & Beauty. I forgot that this book was on my list to read until a recent episode of I Feel Better Podcast when Ashley told us about Autobiography of a Face, a memoir written by Lucy. I looked up Autobiography of a Face but the library didn’t have it ready. Luckily, they had Truth & Beauty!

    I love the meandering paths of how books come to find you.

    A Room of One’s Own

    I read A Room of One’s Own on assignment in high school but don’t remember the experience. Actually, I haven’t read Virginia Woolf since high school and I’m ready to dive in on my own accord.

    Fates & Furies

    I’ve seen this title around last year but never investigated. Then Lisa listed it as one of her favorite books read in 2015. We had a lot of books in common so I figured I should give this one a try too!

    How to be Single

    I only heard of this book because of the movie released this year, which I haven’t seen either. Downloaded in hopes that it’s a fun and light read. I’m not particularly excited about this book but just curious enough to peek.

    So that’s my book loot for my trip this week. You can also check out the 50 books I read in 2015.


    Question: What books have you recently enjoyed?

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels
    Happy Friday everyone! I had a great week and felt loved. It was my birthday week and I shared my birthday with one of my puppies, Neva. She turned 3 and I turned 33. I loved spoiling her yesterday and she might be hungover on joy today, wondering where all her special treatment went!

    Please enjoy the links that made me feel things this week! Tell me what you’re doing this weekend!

    Portrait Session: Andrew

    Truth be told, I haven’t seen Andrew regularly in a while. I first met him New Year’s Eve 2007 and we celebrated every New Year’s together with the same group of friends for years. Our friendship has spanned almost a decade now and in my mind’s eye, I had him frozen as the fun life of the party I used to see dance and sing at clubs.

    During our portrait session, not only did I get to catch up with him, but also with the help of these shots, I realized how much he’s grown since I met him. He’s an ambitious professional thirty-something. I was awed by how much he’s changed and grown and pleased that I’ve been his friend this long. If you look closely, he’s still got that boyish charm and grin though.

    Portrait Session: Andrew

    Portrait Session: Andrew

    Portrait Session: Andrew

    Portrait Session: Andrew

    To see more of my photography work, see my new photography site!

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    And that’s a wrap on the work week! I spent a lot of it in the car driving to events during rush hour and to a friend’s house to help him with his yard while he’s on vacation. I’m looking forward to a slower weekend with more time on the couch. Maybe with the two books I’m reading. But first, I’m excited about a double date tonight with lovely people! I plan on asking them how they feel about eating dessert first.

    Here’s this week’s list of links that made me feel feelings. Hope you enjoy! Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!

    VIDEOS

    Throw back with the First Lady

    Honey Badger don’t care

    June On & Off Instagram

    June was a fun one. I had three photo shoots with friends, a baby announcement, author photos, and a couple session with Dan and Treavor. I’m happy my friends are giving me opportunities to practice portraitures!

    I ate ramen twice, which is a lot as it has been about 100 degrees in Texas lately but I don’t regret either bowl. I made dinner for my friend Julie and she gifted me pretty purple tulips that inspired me to photograph them.

    Sugarface and I ended the month road-tripping to Arkansas with Bob and Neva to celebrate the Fourth of July with his family. I love that shot of Neva window-gazing during the eight hour drive. Both our puppies are so good during long car rides!

    Not depicted on Instagram was a media event at McDonald’s that tickled me. There were chicken nuggets being passed out as appetizers, a doorman, DJ, and photo booth. It went down in my book as the weirdest visit to McDonald’s I’ve ever had.

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    June On & Off Instagram

    Follow along on instagram: @curiousnotions, @bobthedogatx, @doodlesaboutfeelings


    Questions: What are your June highlights? What are you looking forward to in August?

    Portrait Session: Treavor & Dan

    Treavor & Dan

    It was around my 31st birthday when my mom first met Treavor. He had just driven down to Austin from Dallas to celebrate my birthday. He made me this video, which still makes me smile. He also sent me pink-tipped purple roses to work. He stayed the night with me and my parents drove into Austin that next day. He hung around so he could meet them. When mom saw the flowers he gifted me, she asked if he was single. I said that he was. She said, “I can’t wait to see who becomes his boyfriend. If this is how sweetly he treats you, can you imagine what kind of boyfriend he would be?”

    I shared the same sentiment for a different reason. I couldn’t wait to see who Treavor’s partner would be because I wanted to see who could be his match. Who could meet him where he is, appreciate him wholly, and give him room to grow without feeling threatened or smothering him? Who will laugh with him and go on adventures with him? Who will inspire him to keep striving to be better versions of himself? It’s a tall order I want for all my friends.

    When Treavor started to date Dan, he gushed and gushed. It was such a pleasure to witness how smitten with each other these two are from afar and through the lens of social media. When Treavor requested I have a couple’s portrait session with them, I was honored but also a little nervous. The first time I’d be meeting Treavor’s “Dansome”, I’d also be charged with trying to convey their affection for each other through photography.

    Within the first moments of meeting Dan though, what little nerves I had dissipated. He is gentle. He is approachable. He is observant and thoughtful. He likes Asian food. He prefers savory foods over sweets. I mean, he might be my kindred spirit! Oh, and most importantly, he’s crazy about Treavor and Treavor is crazy about him.

    Treavor & Dan

    Treavor & Dan

    Treavor & Dan

    Treavor & Dan

    If you’re in Austin or Houston and would like me to shoot you, email me! To see more of my work, you can check out my photography website.

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels

    This week was unrelenting with terrible news. I’m hoping you find some peace in the company of your loved ones. I’m looking forward to seeing my family in Houston, with pup in tow. I will keep Martin Luther King’s words close. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

    Here are this week’s links that made me feel things.

    Portrait Session: Treavor Wagoner

    Portrait Session: Treavor

    Treavor and I met about 6 years ago when we both vlogged our lives every day for a month on Youtube. It tickles me to tell people we met on Youtube. Through the years, it’s been a pleasure to watch Treavor grow in all aspects of his life, but more specifically, watch him grow creatively. One of his favorite modes of creative expression is through words. He is currently pursuing his dream of publishing his first book, and he asked me to photograph him to mark this endeavor. I will always be a cheerleader for Treavor and his projects so I was honored to be part of his new exciting adventure.

    We spent a whole day together and shot outside during relentless but light rain. I’m so glad I was the one behind the camera and not in front because I wilted under the humidity and moisture. While I wilted, Treavor seemed to bloom. It must be one of his super powers. I thought I’d share my favorite shots of him looking radiant and powerful despite the rain.

    If you’re interested in supporting Treavor, which I encourage you to do, you can
    back his Kickstarter and buy his book here.

    Portrait Session: Treavor

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    Portrait Session: Treavor

    Portrait Session: Treavor

    Friday Feels

    Friday Feels
    Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? Tell me in the comments!

    I collect these links that make me feel things throughout the week and I noticed a somber theme to this week’s collection. I’ve always believed that grief is the price you pay for love and some of these links have beautifully conveyed that. I made sure to at least make a couple of the videos lighthearted!

    • Nothing is promised. The first piece I read about love suddenly lost. It’s a good reminder that no one knows how much time they have left with their loved ones.
    • The last link mentioned this story.

      But also, it solidified my belief on how vital it is to document your love while you have it. Whether that be through silly personal snaps and videos, or getting the most amazing professional engagement and wedding photographs that you can… Because, as awful as it is to think about, you just never know what might happen.

    • My friend Addie wrote this piece about love lost 10 years later.
    • And lastly, this was a heart-wrenching read about the dissolution of a marriage. What was most heartbreaking to me about this read was the regret. How small decisions can actually be big decisions that irrevocably take you down a path you don’t want. This concludes my list of love lost reads!
    • I already do a handful of these hacks from this list of 102 ways to not let irrational thoughts ruin your life.
    • In a past life, I managed the social media of a company in the transportation industry. I shared fun relevant links on Fridays and would have shared this post of beautiful bridges.
    • My notebooks have always been kind of like besties to me.
    • I’m sometimes guilty of judging someone for being pretentious. This article will help give me pause the next time I find myself judging someone for pretension.
    • Weekend food goal.
    • Personal Plugs

    • This week’s I Feel Better Podcast was about The House on Mango Street.
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    VIDEOS