I've been away from my blog for a couple months (eek!) - time for an update!
This summer I got to spend some extra time with my bonus kid (my boyfriends' daughter - she's 13 and super fun . . .), doing what we affectionately called "Camp Eileen". Twice a week we spent the day together having adventures that ranged from a two hour makeup tutorial with my bosses daughter (who did makeup for Game of Thrones - Hello?), to exploring new stores (Big John's PFI here in Seattle - SO fun!), to checking out the Seattle Wholesale Floral Market, to getting her hair dyed, and well . . . lots and lots of Starbucks and Bubble Tea. I think we were both sad when it was over - can't we just do Summer Camp all year long?
* sigh *
During our time together I also learned that boys & girls are very different (duh!), and that being a teenage girl in this day and age is hard. Having some insight into this first hand, I'm thinking I might expand my services to cater to young women who need a little love and encouragement as they navigate their teens. Stay tuned!
As soon as school was back in session I enrolled in an Instagram class with Chris-Anne Donnelly and Becca Berggren called "Manifest Being Seen" that was so amazing! They taught us everything there is to know about Instagram from algorithms, business accounts vs. personal accounts, how to create a feed that is aesthetically pleasing & hashtags, to how to increase traffic to your feed, using video & stories, different photo and video editing apps to keep things fun, and so much more! As a photographer Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform so I've been having a ball integrating all of this goodness into my daily IG activity! Are you on Instagram? You can find me at: @that_west_coach_vibe - sharing photography tips & tricks (+ my favorite equipment, photo apps & prompts!), motivational quotes, stories, and generally aesthetically pleasing content with purpose and meaning - I think you'll love it! Hope to see you over there. :)
And then on October 5th my boyfriend and I hopped on a plane with my Mom for a two week trip to France - where we bookended time with her in Paris, and spent the middle part exploring Southern France in Corsica and Provence on our own. It was Epic. And we re-learned things about jet-lag (it blows), and moving around a lot in a short period of time, and dog-poop on suitcase wheels (that would be me). We ate a lot of baguettes and saw amazing art. GoogleMaps saved our lives over and over again. And I was reminded that Paris is a big, rather dirty city where a lot of people smoke. <-- which is not my favorite. All that being said it was a great trip, and I was so happy to come home and sleep in my own bed. Then I promptly got a horrible cold, from which I am now mostly recovered. PHEW!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our adventure:
So I'm back, and working on a few little projects - updating my photography website and bringing an Oracle Deck to life that's been on a back-burner for a while (featuring my photos!). I also have room for new coaching clients! If you're feeling pulled to make some changes in your life or set your course for 2019 - let's connect! I'd love to work with you.
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