This Thing Called Grad School

Written in April 2017 after nine months of graduate school – never posted until now – for reasons slightly known and reasons also unknown. Anyhow, here’s to the journey …

I’m a school person.

I love school and papers and most classes. I love learning and engaging with others in academia and challenging my beliefs of the world. I admire the program I have graciously been given the opportunity to be a part.

But this journey thus far has been shattering. My heart has been ripped apart, put back together, and ripped apart again. I have loved the struggle and I have hated the struggle. It has been challenging for our marriage and at the same time strengthened and grown our marriage in ways I cannot express.

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Colorado Personal Travel

Via Ferrata | Telluride

One of the things I love most about living in Colorado is how many amazing weekend getaways are just a few hours away. Telluride’s Via Ferrata is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables and ladders. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and a place I’ll be visiting again soon. Also, how awesome is this adventure crew?!

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Welcome to the new site friends.

This past year and a half has been a challenging transition. Before I started Artifact, I was working within the wedding industry, for five years to be exact. Those years produced some of my finest photographic work and stretched my creativity and abilities more than I would have ever imagined. But working every weekend wasn’t meshing with my family and the lifestyle we hoped for in the future. So, I made a tough decision to leave the wedding industry. Along with walking away from wedding photography, I took a break from almost all things camera related. Over the past year, my camera has been in it’s bag more than in my hand and I began to feel unsettled. So, I pursued other creative outlets. I began to learn how to paint with oils from Laura, experimented with hand lettering, and finally branched out from piano and picked up a ukulele. During this time, I also designed and launched Artifact, and also dedicated time to travel and humanitarian photography, something I became passionate about since visiting Ghana in 2013. Continue Reading


Month 4 + 6 | Seven

So apparently I missed writing about month 4, which was giving up seven forms of media. If you think about it, that’s about all media. Here’s what I gave up:

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Instagram

4. Radio

5. Movies/TV

6. Wasting time on the Web

7. Adoption Blogs

This month was pretty difficult but also refreshing. I had much more time to get the things done that needed to be done, stopped looking at other people’s lives on Facebook, enjoyed the present more, and had more quiet in my life. After the month was over, I started using all forms of media again, but way less than I had before month 4 began. I started desiring less media in my life and wanted to fight for the present. My priorities simply began to change, and that’s a good feeling. Continue Reading


Month 3 + 5 | Seven

Well, as you might have noticed, I’ve been terrible about blogging my 7 journey, not to mention my friend Molly and I took a couple months off as life unfortunately gets too busy around the holidays (something I’m determined to change next year). So, let’s get to it.

Month 3 was all about giving away tangible items. The challenge was to give away 7 items a day for one month, that’s 210 items. I did mine more in large loads rather than each day. Going along with my capsule wardrobe and desire to have less clothes in my closet, about half my items consisted of clothing. We also rid our house of many other items we had in storage and didn’t see ourselves using or needing in the future. Continue Reading