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I’m a Southern girl that somehow found myself out West, but my heart has always belonged below the mason dixon line.   I live in Flagstaff, AZ with my four furry friends and my wonderful husband, Grant.  I own a portrait photography studio,Tangled Lilac Photography, and a medical consulting business, Medical Management Consulting.  Wha??, you’re thinking?  Those are totally unrelated. Yes, it’s important for me to use both sides of my brain.

Random Things about Me

  • I’m a morning person, I’m cheerful and excited to get out of bed.  This has caused me to not be invited to many girl weekends.
  • I love sweet tea, warm biscuits and honey and could eat it everyday.
  • I never wanted to have children and am just coming to terms with being vocal about that.  I’ve found out many people judge non-breeders.
  • I’m a vegetarian.  I haven’t had beef, pork or chicken since 1996, and I’ve never missed it.  I stopped eating fish in February 2015 the weekend my father passed away.  I went to the Tennessee Aquarium and locked eyes with a sturgon and that was that.   I don’t miss fish either.
  • I believe in forgiving, even when the person who’s hurt you hasn’t even asked.  To live with pain is too much for the soul to handle.
  • I love the idea of travel, but when it comes down to it, I would rather hang out with my animal friends.
  • My favorite color is purple.  I could wear it everyday and paint my whole house, interior and exterior, various shades and be very happy about it.  My neighbors, probably would not be very happy about that.
  • I can’t sit still so I can’t got to the movies.  I suspect I have ADD, but I’ve never been diagnosed.
  • The biggest things on my bucket list: visit the whales, hear wolves howl in a natural setting and visit a church in Europe containing baptism/marriage records for my ancestors.
  • I don’t like scarves.  I feel like I’m choking when I wear them.  It’s ironic because I get a lot of scarves as gifts and those are probably the only ones I own.  The one in the above photo was a gift from a dear friend, Nick.
  • I belive in angels, and I’ve met my guardian angel once in Prescott, AZ.  I was suspicious after my conversation so I turned around quickly and he was gone.  It was a game changer for me and I’ve never looked at our life on Earth quite the same.
  • Every time I get into a plane I’m convinced we’re going to crash.
  • I believe in thank you notes.  My mother always said…”It’s never too early, or too late, to write a thank you note”.  She was right.
  • I’d rather have old, vintage furniture than the newest fanciest furniture on the market.  I love the thought of what that piece of furniture has seen in it’s lifetime.
  • is my Facebook.  I love the puzzle, the connections and finally feeling like I’m part of something bigger than myself.  The stories of my ancestors are going to frame a book I’m going to write one day.
  • It’s been over a year since he passed and I still pick up my phone to call my Dad on Sunday.  Miss that man.
  • Saying “No” is the hardest thing for me.  I’m getting better, but I still feel like I’m letting everyone down.
  • I don’t like the beach.  I know, I’m weird.  It’s not that I’m against the beach, and I think it’s because of the direct sun.  I love the “thought” of the beach, but when I get there…dang, I’m bored.  Reading a novel?  No thank you.  My vision of paradise is a beautiful mountain, a babbling stream, a serene lake and the song of tree frogs.
  • I love humidity.  No, for real…my skin feels awesome and I feel like I breathe better.
  • I don’t trust people that don’t like animals, at all.  I’ll smile and laugh when you say you’re not a ‘cat person’ but in the back of my mind I’ll wonder what the hell is wrong with you and maybe you were abused as a child.
  • Oh, and at 47, I think I might be going through a mid-life crisis or maybe just coming to terms with my own voice.  Maybe it’s a little both.

My Daily Mantra

to live each day with love, compassion and to leave this earth better than I found it