setting intentions

things I’m practicing this month

more boot camp  (2-3 days a week, adding this to my 1-2 days of weightlifting)

30 days of yoga

meditation, twice a week

tracking my food and water intake

self-gratitude for my body and abilities

nablopomo with personal daily photos

11:02

7:00 woke and packed clothes for the day / 7:30 exercised at fit body boot camp / 9:00 went to work at nunm / 17:00 therapy appt / 18:15 visited dispensary and gas station / 19:00 home / 19:30 yoga / 20:00 ate dinner / 20:45 partially voted (turns out it’s going to be a two-night deal) / 22:15 made breakfast and packed my clothes for tomorrow / 22:45 showered / 23:00 in bed, writing this blogpost

23:45 good night, gracie

whew, what a productive day!

november one 

It’s interesting how we circle around the same places and patterns throughout our lives. We are constantly seeking comfort even when it’s only temporary and sometimes even detrimental.

The push to get out of my comfort zone is always a challenge. It’s usually worth it in the long run but I still seek out the comforting beauty of these routines. And I can’t escape them ever. Because we are all connected, by place and people.

Home is a more complex word than you’d expect. And it’s often not just one place. The pieces are all around. I cling to each little bit.

NYC, initial musings

WORD SALAD

Large. Diverse. Work in progress. So many details. So much everything. Vibrant. More than I can contain with words. Wow. Speechless. Love.

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OBSERVATIONS

People hang out in the streets. Like pull a chair out and sit on the sidewalk for hours or just stand in a corner or sit on a stoop. Every place outside is a public place.

People are beautiful. They also wear a fair amount of sweat pants. Everybody has an iPhone, in their hand.

Manhatten is twice as expensive to eat and drink in than Brooklyn. Brooklyn feels like Portland but with more brownstones and people of color. I love the diversity here, it’s so refreshing.

Most of the coffee here is from Portland or Seattle. (Starbucks is disgustingly everywhere, ew!)

It feels like there are fewer homeless people here than Portland.

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RANDOM

I’ve walked more this week than I have in a long time. It’s awesome and harder than I thought it would be. My tiny little legs…getting me 7-10 miles in a day.

I’m learning the subway system. So fun and fascinating!

I still feel like I’m on west coast time and I’ve been here for a week!

I have such a feeling of possibility before me.

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. all photos taken with iPhone 6+ . first afternoon here . september 25, 2015 . edited using vscocam . #nessayayvacay .

#tobendandback

Hey friends,

If you know me on instagram, then you know that every other friday night I post a lot of #tobendandback photos.

You see, every other friday during the school year, my boyfriend and I make a pilgrimage from Portland to Bend, Oregon then turnaround and come back. We go there for the explicit reason of picking up his son, who lives there, and bringing him home with us for the weekend. This is about 3.5 hours each way, which makes for seven straight hours in the car! It’s like going on a road trip and ending up in the same place you started at the end of the ride. Not my favorite way to spend a friday night but it is beautiful and I sure do love that kid we pick up, always a treat to have him back with us again. Here’s the routes we take, to give you a feel for the kind of terrain we cover.

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So, just over a year ago, I decided that I should make a bit of a project out of this trip and take photos along the way and post them on instagram. I have to say making these photos have made the trips more fun and my iPhone photography skills have improved greatly along the way. If you go back to the beginning of that tag (#tobendandback), you can see how much I have improved. I am starting to find it more of a challenge as I don’t want to post the same image over and over again. I use the vscocam app for a lot of my shots, I really love the filters they have and the ability to adjust exposure, highlights, etc to help make the photos more accurate to what I saw (I do wish the app was a bit faster though, sigh).

Here is just a sampling of my photos in this series (in no particular order).

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Sometimes we stop along the way and see the sights a bit, but most of the time (and the majority of all the shots in this series) we just stay in the car and get through the trip. All I can say is, at least, it’s a pretty ride.

Follow along again this friday on instagram (I’m @nessavay) for more of this series.

the doubles project, part two

As you all know, Steph Parke and I do the doubles project, where we swap film and see what magic happens. Recently we’ve extended that project to Instagram using iPhone photos. These aren’t random, we send photos to each other and then pair them with other images we either already have or shoot to fit with them. They are a lot of fun to create. Here’s some of the ones we have done so far.

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You can find us as @thedoublesproject on Instagram. If you’re on Instagram, I hope you’ll find us and follow us there.

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In other news, you can find Steph and I on IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT blog today. We’re very excited to share our impossible project shots from our Idaho trip. It was truly one for the memory books.