So, today I turn 26. The first 1/4 of my life is over. I had to think of some amazing way to celebrate. Then it came to me! Skydiving! There is no better way to celebrate my life than to hurl my body out of an airplane at 18,000 feet. Last Saturday, that is exactly what I did.
I just got my harness and I was ready to go!
I was so pumped! That is my instructor, Mark, sitting behind me. He was so amazing. Mark pointed out all the landmarks and he even let me steer the parachute on the way down.
This was my first look out of the airplane. If you look in the bottom left corner you can see how far down the ground was. 18,000 feet is the highest tandem skydive in the world, but it doesn't really hit you exactly how high that is until you're about to jump out of the airplane.
This was the view I saw. Monterey, CA is so beautiful. It was the perfect place to jump.
There we go!
The free fall was 90 seconds. That doesn't seem very long until you are falling and falling and falling at 120 mph. Then you start thinking, "Shouldn't the parachute have opened by now?"
But just then, the parachute opened. Thank God. After that I could just really enjoy the ride down. It is so peaceful and quiet up there. The world is so beautiful from this perspective.
Here i am drifting back to earth.
The landing was a lot softer than I thought it would be.
I didn't get nervous about what I had done until it was all over. I had both feet firmly on the ground when it hit me...I just flew through the air at 120 mph! Whoa. The whole experience totally blew my mind! Even as I write this, it is still blowing my mind. I can't imagine anything that could top my 26th birthday.
The Quote for the day:
"...and once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return."
Who knew that desserts could look this stunning? A friend of mine recently showed me Amy Atlas' website and I fell in love. Amy is a party and event planner who specializes in creating amazing, themed dessert tables. Her displays range from playful to sophisticated and everything in between.
These tables are not only beautiful, but delicious! She can plan a party for me any day!
My first love in photography is fashion. If I could only photograph one subject for the rest of my life I would choose fashion, no doubt.
Diane Von Furstenberg creates the most beautiful, feminine clothes for women. She has lived an incredible life and is such a great role model. If you ever have a chance to read her autobiography, I highly suggest that you do.
I just got a look at her Spring 2009 collection and I love it! These are just a few of my favorites:
The ad campaigns for DVF are photographed by an artist/writer named Francois-Marie Banier. His work is so inspirational to me. He combines photography with writing, drawing and painting to create the most interesting images. A Russian model named Natalia Vodianova (of course she is breath taking) is the muse for these artistic advertisements.
I love how he uses big swipes of color over the images. It creates a whole new life for black and white photographs. To see more of his work you can visit his website.
Quote for the day:
"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual."
Around Christmas I found this awesome secretary desk on the side of the road with a giant "FREE" sign stuck to the front of it. I immediately pulled over and loaded it into the back of the car. I'm sure people were staring as they were driving by, but I had hit the furniture jackpot and I wasn't about to leave it on the side of the road!
This is what the desk looked like when I first picked it up. It had so much potential. What crazy person would have thrown this out!?
There was a weird, thin layer of shiny wood on the outside of the drawers. It was cracking and peeling off anyway, so I chipped the rest of it off with a paint scraper and a hammer. Don't worry, I was wearing goggles. I'm a photographer! If something happens to my eyes its all over! The whole thing was super wobbly, so I had to break off the legs and re-attach them to make it more stable.
Once I got it all cleaned up I primed the desk. I sort of liked the way that it looked with just the primer. But I continued on with the original plan anyway.
This is what the secretary desk looks like now. I love it! The color is "Black Suede" and I think it looks so slick!
In the inside there is an added surprise. I couldn't just leave it all black, there needed to be color somewhere. I searched high and low for the perfect paper to use on the inside. I finally found this paper at Paper Source and just fell in love with it.
I am so proud of this desk. It really fits in with the rest of our condo and the paper on the inside adds an extra pop of color. Since we are renting our condo, we can't paint the walls. Ugh! Everything is very tan and white so I try to sneak in some color wherever I can.
Quote for the day:
"You will achieve a grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day. Not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal: to do the best you can, enjoy this day, and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished."