' The person that starts the marathon is not the same person who finishes.'
- unknown

The timing could not have been more perfect as the song 'Under Pressure' by David Bowie came through my ear buds during that final mile of my first marathon.

By then my feet were heavy and wet from the cold rain. I probably had a hundred conversations with myself before I made the decision to willingly suffer rather than fall victim to the pain.

The race didn't really start for me until mile 23.. prior to that, I felt like it was just one never ending, easy, slow jog.. I had a lot of time to myself that day out on the course.. I found myself thinking back on this amazing journey.. how it all began, what made me want to experience this side to running, how I've changed for the better.

The whole marathon experience was most definitely mind-altering for me.. it wasn't as scary as I initially thought it might be. It was life-changing! I don't think someone signs up for a marathon as 'fun'.. at least I know I didn't.

I did it to test the human heart and awaken my inner-spirit. It taught me how to have faith in myself and in others as well as give me a sense of accountability and purpose.

It is true.. the person who starts the marathon is not the same person that finishes one.. This whole journey has taught me a lot about myself as I have grown to love running. It will be hard to not be able to run now as it has become a huge part of my life.

Running has shown me strength and perserverance.. it has brought me new friendships and given me more joy that I would have ever imagined!

No earth shattering records were broke that day and although I wasn't the first person to cross over that finish line, it sure felt like it!


'Pleasure in the job puts perfection
in the work.'
- Aristotle

Yesterday I had the pleasure to go out to a company that manufactures cabinets.. The place was HUGE. There was a community of over 600 employees that worked there. As I walked through the plant and observed the assembly line, the smiles on the employees and the energy of the company was hard to dismiss..

I couldn't help think on the importance of enjoying the work you do.. Taking pride with making something with your hands and your head as it is true.. your work will reflect your inner spirit!

Everyone that I met and photographed was so welcoming, friendly and always shared a smile with me.. which I must say, I've been in working environments in the past that did not always share the same enthusiasm.

I left the company roughly an hour and a half later believing in their product having witnessed and experienced such a professional, enthusiastic working environment..

So, my whole point is.. whatever you do in life.. Believe in it, be passionate about it. Because when you internalize this, it is hard not to see it reflect in your work.

I've always tried to manage this with whatever I do in life.. even with my photographs. I find that my best work comes from working with those individuals who inspire me and taking on jobs that I am passionate about.


'I took a walk in the woods
and came out taller than the trees.'
- Henry David Thoreau

Happy 2020 everyone!!! It's the beginning of a whole new year which means the beginning of so many new and exciting opportunities for us all. I am always excited about going into the new year but I can't help but reflect on what 2019 has taught me..

This past year of 2019 was the year where I wanted to feel challenged not complacent.. I wanted to move more and do more than just work, go home and do the same thing again. I could feel my spirit slowly drying up.

So what better way to feed my inner-spirit than to get out of my comfort zone.. wake up before the sun, become involved with an Ultra Trail running group and not know a soul, run crazy long distances that I've never ran before and set goals that scared me.

These little day to day habits have slowly become my lifestyle.. to which I am thankful for. I have never felt better. I have more energy to enjoy a life that I'm passionate about and believe in.

As we go into 2020, I feel that the lifestyle I created in 2019 will be a building block for 2020.

For 2020, I must remind myself to always make time for me.. to nurture my spirit, feed the soul, go where I feel most alive and soak up all those little moments that make life so wonderful. which I can find most all my answers to life's great questions with a simple walk in the woods.