Friday, April 30, 2010

one love + my 500th post + last day of school

 One Love Photo - allllll of the pictures in this post are theirs...obvs.
They are artists...not just out to capture magical wedding moments...but life itself. 
Their work is captivating.

Wow.  500 posts.  That's gotta be some sort of accomplishment, right?  
And as luck should have it, today is my last day of med school...double wow.
Ten years of higher education.  Now I can breathe.
(Until residency starts in 6 weeks.)

I found this essay at decor8 months ago - and saved it to my computer.  I find myself reading it over and over.  Part of me misses the artistic world I was once so involved in...I miss working for art museums and quirky galleries...I miss working with the artists themselves, and their ever evolving eclectic array of pieces that inspired my soul and colored my dreams.  Medicine can be so stark... frustrating and sad (it's the reality of it all - and quite a funny thing to admit on my last day of training.)   I find myself craving creativity and beauty....which is probably why I cling to my blog.    I know this isn't the forum for things like art and design... as I am not an artist, or a designer...but an appreciator I am to my core.

I had to share -  this is why we chose One Love Photo to capture our wedding...and why art will continue to be a part of my journey.

"I remember when I once worked in a cubicle I had the most amazing rotating gallery of photos that I had taken — all of them arranged in a way that helped keep me sane in a very busy job. I had photographs of London and Paris and Germany mostly, and lots of poems and inspirational quotes on my wall. I even had photos from my friends around, and lots of pictures of me with my friends. I guess all of that helped me to play escape artist throughout the day as it was so easy to feel lost and out of touch with my dreams back then being young with little money and a very good job that I loved but also felt scared to stay in forever because I knew it gave me no real ability to express my creativity and this bothered me so much. I think that is why today I support and write about art and photographers and creative types for a living, because I see their work as being more than just pretty or nice but as motivating, powerful and often able to lift us from very dark places and I want others to pay attention to that. Many still do not know the power in a simple, beautiful photograph. Or a painting that completely touches their heart.

One look at a particular print, photograph or painting in my home and I experience some emotion whether it be excitement, passion, encouragement, deliverance, peace. It’s important to look for work that gives you emotions that can save you on days when life feels really, really scary or cold or like a losing battle. We can all have tough days or even periods of time but I believe that all of the photos I took and displayed in my big beige cubicle gave me hope, vision, gave me something to work towards though at the time I wasn’t even sure exactly what yet but I knew I’d someday find love, end up in Europe, and be working in a creative field as a motivator and supporter and writer of some sort. I knew I wanted more. If you think art as therapy or art as emotional support sounds crazy, then I understand because it sounds a little crazy as I type it. Almost like I’m blogging under the influence or something. But I just had this idea that if we could all create the life we want to have around us today, even if only through a window of photography, paintings, etc. then could it make the current moment feel more pleasurable and could it possibly lead to something greater down the road? How long can you look at something and want for something and dream of something without eventually taking hold of it — I mean I may be a dreamer but can it be possible that perhaps seeing and believing can ultimately lead to having?

I don’t wonder anymore. It’s possible for some and why not let the some be you? Post some photos around that help you to feel very specific emotions, or that remind you of attainable dreams. A mentor can show the way. A role model can lead by example. Can a seemingly simply photograph be your guide as you go? 

I'm so excited to work with Heather and Jon!


  1. Congrats on your 500th post, that's definitely something to celebrate!

  2. OMG! CONGRATULATIONS on your LAST DAY OF MEDICAL SCHOOL!!! What an accomplishment!!!!!!!! :D

  3. yessss last day of med school!!!!
    such an accomplishment
    I am done next week!!! then we can both simply focus on our misters
    and our weddings. ;-)
    these photos are gorgeous!

  4. Hooray for 500 posts and an even bigger HOORAY for your last day of school!! That rocks!

  5. congrats
    500 posts and i love each one

  6. Oh Jess,
    You should be so proud! I love this post so much. I found myself tearing up. Often I worry that we aren't doing enough in our lives to help others or to change lives. This made me think about that very differently. THANK YOU! Very much appreciated. I'll be sharing this with others :)! Can't wait to capture all the love at your wedding!

  7. i hope you did something wonderfully relaxing (even though its almost impossible to relax so soon before your wedding!)

    congrats...i absolutely LOVE your blog...its always the first one I read!

  8. I am so excited for you! I absolutely adore Heather and Jon's work. And what a crazy, wonderful, busy time in your life. Happy 500th!

  9. Congrats all around!
    I too love the last day of school each semester. And yes, 500 posts is quite the accomplishment! I trust with that kind of track record you will continue to blog after the wedding ;-)

  10. wow - my last day of law school was Wednesday. crazy, right?



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