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Travel Thursdays – Connecticut

1 Mar

A huge part of going to New York was to see where our dear friend, Fiona, who had moved after falling in love with an East Coast boy.  They met in Las Vegas and while she was living in CA at the time, she moved to Connecticut to be with him.  They are now engaged and getting married this summer!  Shannon and I really wanted to get out there and see them before the big wedding (and they will probably move back to CA after they are married).  What better time to go then now?  So half of our trip was spent in NY and half in Conn.  My favorite part of seeing Connecticut was when they took us to the beach in Milford where I beach combed for so many beautiful shells.  I loved it.

Driving out of the city.

Quaint church in the small town that Fiona teaches in.

I love the stone that this church is made out of!

On our drive to the sea side, we passed the largest manufacturer of military helicopters!  Couldn’t help but think of my brother.

We’ve arrived at the sea side and damn it was so cute.

Beach houses.

Keepers everywhere, they just needed a little washing 🙂

Beach walks.

Texture.

They are so cute 🙂

Down time.

I couldn’t ask for better friends.  They are such a huge part of the key to happiness.

Aw the happy couple and best hosts ever!

Crop planes.

Easy coast lovin’ for an adorable lab.

Somewhere only we know

12 Jan

Lately I’ve been busier than I could even explain.  It’s a great thing but I always need to make the time for getting out to the barn because it’s a place that I feel like only me and Spot can appreciate in the moment.  I absolutely adore him.  I find that on weekends when the sun is out, I love taking him on adventures out of the regular indoor arena that we ride in on dark week nights because it’s lit.  He loves every bit of the attention and he works so hard in every training session we have.  I know it may sound cheesy but it’s really true what people say, there is nothing like the bond between a girl and her horse 🙂  Being at the barn brings my sanity and calm attitude back.  Right before I was about the leave the sun started setting and I snapped some more photos of my haven.  What’s yours??

 

New man in my life? How to make positive changes

7 Dec

OK, so the title of this post is a little mis-leading but there is truth to it.  I’ve been in love with horses since I was a little girl and have done everything in my power to be involved with them.  I’ve worked with a lot with people’s horses who have behavioral issues or just need a tune-up every now and then.  I do horse photo shoots for people. I’ve horse sat, I’ve shaved horses for people in the summer when they haven’t shed their winter coats yet.  Working with other people’s horses has fulfilled my horse love to an extent but there has always been a piece missing since I had to put my horse down 4 years ago.  I’ve realized recently I need the companionship and bond back with just one horse.  That trust building and working together to achieve something.  That bond after a long training session of just enjoying the open rolling hills together.  That enjoyment of each others company even though you may not be able to have verbal conversations the way you would with another human.

So… enter Spot!

This is the new “man” in my life 🙂

I’m going to be working with him 3-4 times a week out of my choice and not for money.  For pure happiness and enjoyment.  The opportunity had never really presented itself but if it had, Spot would have been my first choice to work with.  He’s sweet and extremely talented.  We will learn a lot together and he will now probably be making regular appearances on my blog.

Do you have a hobby that makes you happy?  I’d love to hear!  Also, make sure you always keep it in your life.  It’s so important to not lose the things that make you happiest.  Just look for the balance and don’t always sell your soul for money 🙂  Someday, I’d eventually like to have a horse therapy center where people going through a hard time can come and heal while learning how to care for horses.  It’s amazing what these animals can give you once you learn to trust them.

Also, I’ll be very busy these next four or so days.  I’m shooting one of our big concerts on Friday with Mumford and Sons, Jane’s Addiction, Young the Giant, Bush, AND FLORENCE!!!!  Can we say my dreams have come true?!?!  I might not post much until next week but do come back next week as I will have MANY great photo posts to come.  It also reminds me to look at your blogs because I really do LOVE reading your posts!


It had been too long

4 Nov

It’d been about three weeks since I’d been able to get out to the barn to ride and I’d really been missing it.  Even with the storm coming in, somehow I still think it’s one of the most beautiful places.

The clouds were moving somewhat fast in this :30s exposure.

Happy Friday!  Enjoy a great weekend 🙂

New Commitment

8 Aug

As a commuter in and out of San Francisco on a day to day basis, I made a decision in my groggy state this morning…  No more escalators or elevators!  Now this probably doesn’t seem like it would be too hard to do but on my commute I have to take at least 12 flights of stairs to accomplish this new task.

Why am I doing this?

I have a desk job which happens to be in an awesome industry but at the end of the day, I’m not any healthier because I sat at a desk for the day (with the exception of lunch time strolls : ) ).  I want to live a healthy life style and I find by committing to little things along the way (like taking stairs only) will help contribute to a happier life.  This might not work for everyone because they might not have big buildings or huge escalators to avoid but there are always little ways to improve your lifestyle for a healthier way of living!

(One of ‘my’ flights at BART)

Ohhhh, it is loveee!

2 Aug

My brother (Andrew Hedin) and his fiance (Liz Stewart) are getting married this September and what an amazing match they are!  My brother has flown in the air force for the past 9 years as many job titles but never his life long dream title of Pilot, although he is a pilot outside of the air force with gliders and private planes.  His dream has been to fly for the air force and major commercial airlines which was made a dream come true about a year or so ago.  He wanted to sharpen his skills before taking the final pilot’s test so he decided to go to a tutoring center to really hone his skills.  Who do you know was managing the office… Liz!  Needless to say, Andrew passed his test so he and Liz will be leaving after their honeymoon to go on his pilot journey for three years.  He’s lucky to be able to bring his other half along : )  I couldn’t be more happy about the union of the two and wanted to take some photos for them.  What better place to do it than an airshow!  The very thing that brought them together is the very thing that’s going to keep them together on their travels.  Here are a few of my favorites from Sunday.

The ring!

Airplanes : )

Watching the air show together which was incredible to watch.

In the background is my brother’s helicopter!!  It was SO cool to sit in his seat and see his “office.”  Funny note: His seat is actually so small he couldn’t sit in it properly.  He had to sit on it sideways and on one knee to be able to perform his duties on the helicopter.

The nose and tail of this plane both opened up, it was HUGE.

LOVE.

Watching the planes together.

There are more but I’ll leave it up to the happy couple to determine what they’d like to share!