#TBT: The Time the Floridian Saw Snow

This is me about on year ago – when I still had long and brown hair.  This is from my trip to Oregon to visit my aunt and cousins before I started my first big kid job as a Consultant.  Well, that’s not my job anymore, but I’m excited to say I’m able to go back for my cousin’s graduation this year!  Just booked the ticket!

As most of you don’t know, my cousin Jen is called my “mini-me” by all of our parents.  Not only do we share a first initial and a middle name (her mom stole it from my mom) but we also have weirdly similar personalities.  I might have to wait til June to go, but least I won’t be dying from frostbite.

No, this was not my first time seeing snow.  Yes, I still fell every couple feet because this sheet of white was s-l-i-p-p-e-r-y

Thomas Goebel Photography

As an Indie Author, I know the struggle of not just creating the art but marketing and selling your work.  It’s often said as writers that a good strategy for getting more sales is to write more books.  While that is undoubtedly true, I also believe in the power of leading through example.

Pictured to the right is a recent purchase of mine.  This b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l  photograph was taken my a friend of mine from college.  I was lucky enough to join the same business fraternity as him, and through our meeting I’ve been able to see the world through his eyes.  And damn, does he capture the world’s beauty perfectly.

For the sake of my phone having terrible picture quality, I’m also attaching below a tiny snippet of the photo in high definition.  His portfolio is filled to the brim with breathtaking work, all with different themes that could fit into any room.

I chose this particular piece because I love the mixing of green with red.  It reminds me that change is constant, and makes me feel both warm and calm at the same time.  There are photographs of greens and oranges, beaches and mountains, sunrises and sunsets, forests and fields.

Excuse my sales pitch, but don’t worry.  You don’t have to just take my word for it.  Click here to look through more of his stunning art pieces  on Instagram!

Follow the Nerd

One of the stereotypes I hate most in this world is its idea of a nerd: someone who only finds adventure on pages or through gaming.  While it’s true we enjoy those methods (I mean come on now), why does anyone seem so shocked when they learn we vary just as much as anyone else?  Myself – I love hiking and traveling and spending my time working out.  Nerds are guilty of this too; I’ve seen people look particularly offended when I’m at a convention (last year I went dressed up as R2D2.. this year it’s the cute version of the Flash) and I mention “that one time I traveled around the United Kingdom.”  Well, a dear friend of mine shares a similar mindset to me.   She loves not only traveling, but also targeting ‘nerd locations,’ as she likes to call them.  If you want to enjoy her travels alongside me, click this link to follow her on Instagram!  She recently went to England, Germany, Austria, and Italy, and is about to go to Louisiana for all you American Horror Story fans!

The Smokies

Here’s a picture of my ever-pale self in the Smokies!  This particular hike was 2 miles each way, so a total of 4 miles.  It was rather flat, but as you can see the scenery was beautiful.  It also was quite inspiring!  As I wrote a fairy short story titled “Between the Trees” that will hopefully find a home soon!

Change of Scenery

Today my family is off to visit the Smokey Mountains for a few days.  Even if I wasn’t a nature-lover, I would be happy.  For three weeks, I’ve been stuck in my house.  Don’t get me wrong; I’ve enjoyed using the time to both write and catch up on my reading.  Still, I’m going a little crazy here.  Hopefully the change of scenery will be inspiring and spark my imagination!