I’m having one of those days when my wanderlust feels extreme…on days like today, I call it “wander ache” because there’s almost a need in me to be in a new culture. (I should have been a cultural anthropologist!) I remembered my India images were in my Dropbox, tho I knew it would make me feel better and feed the ache even more. I’ve sat on these images for more than 2 years. I was initially excited about them, but I had an experience that crushed all of my confidence as a photographer and I no longer believed in my work. It’s been a long recovery for me and I think I’m just now getting that confidence back. It’s taken two whole years. I give a big “YES!” To creative recovery. And I must say, these India images have new magic to me. I’m falling in love with the work I produced, and it’s making me want to hop on a plane like never before. (My feet have yet to step in Kerala, after all). So this is #notiPhone, but I didn’t have an iPhone when I was in India in April of 2012. (I edited just now on my phone, tho!) #india #jaipur #amberfort #vscocam A9  (at jaipur, india)

I’m having one of those days when my wanderlust feels extreme…on days like today, I call it “wander ache” because there’s almost a need in me to hop on a plane to be in a new culture. (I should have been a cultural anthropologist!) I remembered my India images were in my Dropbox, so I sifted through them when I found a moment. I’ve sat on these images for more than 2 years. I was initially excited about them, but I had an experience that crushed the confidence of this highly sensitive photographer and I no longer believed in my work. It’s been a long recovery for me as a photographer and I think I’m just now getting that confidence back. It’s taken two whole years. And I must say, these images have a new magic to me. I’m falling in love with the work I produced, and it’s making me want to hop on a plane like never before. I say “YES!” To creative recovery! 😊So this is #notiPhone, but I didn’t have an iPhone when I was in India in Match/April of 2012. (I edited just now on my phone, tho!) #fbf #india #jaipur #vscocam A9 (at Jaipur Chicago)

"Adventure" —- it’s such a sexy word to use these days, especially in the world of @instagram . Before I get into sharing my grievances about this word, I need to admit that I am guilty of the very thing I am about to criticize. I’m trying to change that tho, and I bought this print as a reminder. Adventure is an experience that is unusual, often risky, perhaps dangerous, exciting, and BOLD. I love adventure. I live for adventure. I love reading about adventure and seeing friends partake in it. I believe it is a special word that should be used only to describe AUTHENTIC adventurous experiences. I think the word has become cheapened as of late, in part because of this app I love so much. Let’s only reserve the use of this word for daring expeditions, trips to new cultures, sleeping under the stars, conquering peaks, or journeys that take us to the unknown, often unexpected. I gotta say it, but a walk around your city snapping photos is most likely not an adventure. A trip, though fun and exciting, isn’t always adventurous. (These experiences are all great and can lead to adventure, of course.) Will you please help me keep this word a special word?! Let’s not overuse this word that holds so much potential and excitement to the point it becomes meaningless. That would be a true shame. #adventure #vscocam J2 (at Madison Park)

Cleaning out the camera roll, and found this minimal mirror beauty leftover from some whp weeks ago. #latergram #minimalhunter #vscocam J2  (at Northerly Island)

#nannylife #vscocam A9 (at Madison Park)

Saturday afternoon pick-me-up at Pilsen’s @bowtruss. Yes, that’s an arcade game turned table, and yes, their decor makes me want to go camping. Or sledding. Or both. #coffeeshopcorners #vscocam J2 (at Bowtruss Coffee Roasters - Pilsen)

I do what I want and I still wear my white striped @madewell1937 denim past Labor Day. I think they’re perfect for sunny September days in the city. #denimmadewell #contest #artifactuprising @artifactuprising #vscocam A6  (thanks for being my human tripod and snapping this for me @cyndy_fike ! 😉) (at Karyn’s on Green)

Cold rainy day treats with Ana. I get my coffee, and she gets a sweet. Happy campers! ☕️🍮😊Thank you @pleinaircafe and @popularpays ! #poppays #pleinaircafe #nannylife #vscocam  E3 (at Plein Air Cafe)

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