I love Jesus, my family, Young Living essential oils, photography, and art (painting & mixed-media!).
With portraiture, I strive to capture each person’s unique personality – as they are – and turn life moments into beautiful, timeless, unique works of art! With my fine art, I strive to evoke emotion, thought, and imagination!
I’m going to tell you a little secret: it took me many years of dreaming about becoming a professional photographer and artist to really admit it out loud … let alone attempt to make it a reality. I always doubted myself and my capabilities.
EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN I STOPPED CHASING WHAT I THOUGHT I “SHOULD” BE DOING – WHAT I THOUGHT WAS CONSIDERED “SAFE” – AND I STARTED CHASING WHAT I BELIEVE I WAS MADE TO DO. I STARTED CHASING MY DREAM AND GOD’S WILL FOR MY LIFE.
But how does someone find the courage to start chasing their dreams, I wondered? The courage appeared with one simple belief: that my dreams could come true if I worked hard enough and had faith that God would help me reach the goals he has for me. The pure power of that belief became the energy behind everything that I have accomplished since:
I taught myself photography. My loving husband (fiance at the time) purchased my first DSLR camera as a Christmas gift for me the year that he proposed. So I began to teach myself how to use it. I started a business. I started a website.
It wasn’t long until I married the love of my life in 2010 and we had ourselves a sweet lil’ lady! And now we have TWO! It is amazing being a mommy, and because of my choice to step out on faith and chase my dreams, I have been able to be a stay-at-home mommy to my baby girls. I wouldn’t trade that for the world!
With my artwork, I began doing a lot of personal work which soon led to more and more professional work. I gradually found the confidence, somehow, to share my work online and in our town’s local art gallery. I was truly following my passion … and I was discovering how to use the talents God gave me. I’ve got to tell you: It was – and still is – a beautiful thing. Following your passion consumes you! It becomes the craziest kind of addiction and an unparalleled kind of high. It literally brings you to life, and the more you follow it, the closer you get to success. And for me, success isn’t just a monetary value.
In 2015 I was introduced by a photographer friend to Young Living essential oils. I decided to just dive in, since I’d been hearing about them for so long and I had already tried Peppermint and *really* loved it and the benefits I was experiencing from it. Long story short, I’ve fallen head-over-heals with these amazing blessings-in-bottles, and I know God brought me into this oil adventure on purpose! I believe that purpose is to inspire and HELP others learn how to use these natural gifts from God to live a healthier, more abundant life! I pursue the business of Young Living not only for the amazing financial healing it has been bringing my family, but for the continued opportunity to truly help others and make a difference in others’ lives! I LOVE this happy oiler life!
This is what keeps me going, focused on helping others through YL and through my artwork, because, after all, if my day isn’t focused on doing something for the greater good of other people, giving all the glory to God, well…that’s no life at all.
Matthew 6:19-21 (The Message version) says: “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
So, I fix my eyes on the Lord and he gives me the desire and passion to keep moving forward in His plans for my life. I’ve been finding it’s truly amazing what He’ll do with your life when you simply put your “yes” on the table and say, “Here I am, Lord…send me!…use me!!”
I look forward to meeting you one day! Thank you for reading! Now go – take a look around! Enjoy!
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Have a great day!