Rowena Ravenclaw Caught Breaking Curfew

Monday, December 7, 2020


Obviously Rowena Ravenclaw was a founder of Hogwarts, but can you imagine what she might've been like as a student? I can just imagine a young Rowena sneaking out of bed to go and stargaze in the Forbidden Forest (and maybe sneaking a glass of wine or two with a romantic interest at the same time). Or perhaps this was Helena, her daughter? Either way, the minute I spotted this dress at a vintage shop, I KNEW I had to get it. Having recently found out I'm a Ravenclaw and not a Hufflepuff, I've been inspired to do more shoots that represent my new House. Do you know your Hogwarts House?

Reading up on Rowena Ravenclaw was a lot of fun. She was from the glens of Scotland and born sometime in the 10th century. Teaming up with her friends Helga Hufflepuff, Godric Gryffindor, and Salazar Slytherin, they set out to found one of the world's best schools for magic. It's a popular theory that the name and location of Hogwarts was chosen by Rowena - she had a dream that a warty hog was leading her to a cliff by the lake. She also came up with the ever-changing floor plan. 

As Harry Potter fans know, Rowena selected her students based on intelligence and wisdom. She was one of the most brilliant witches of her time. To this day, Ravenclaw House values a sharp mind, wisdom, creativity, and cleverness in their members. From her statue in Ravenclaw Tower and Xenophilius Lovegood's bust of her, we know Rowena was beautiful yet austere-looking and intimidating woman. She was tall, had pale skin, dark eyes, and long black hair. 
She had a daughter named Helena, and in a fit of jealousy, Helena stole her mother's well-known diadem that enhanced the wearer's widsom. While Rowena ended up dying of a broken heart from the betrayal, I like to believe she crossed paths with her daughter and they were able to make amends. 

Obviously this post was made for my Harry Potter fans, haha but either way I hope you enjoyed this fantasy-inspired shoot. 

How to Combat SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression)

Monday, November 30, 2020

Honestly, the cold always bothered me and if there isn't snow, there isn't any point. Anybody else feel this way?

It's starting to get dark earlier and longer, and I'm worried how all my fellow sun-lovers are handling the seasonal change. SAD (Seasonal Affective Depression) is real y'all and it affects so many. Scientists believe SAD is caused by a biochemical change in the brain, triggered by shorter days and reduced sunlight during the winter. In particular, two chemicals in the brain, serotonin and melatonin, have been linked to changes in mood, energy, and sleep patterns.

Symptoms include fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, and difficulty concentrating (among others). So what are some ways to combat this? Here are a few ideas!

1. Try and spend 10 minutes outdoors and in nature. Studies have shown even a short time walking in nature can give a significant boost to your mood and other mental benefits!

2. It’s my intention to get a light box this season!  These lights mimic sunlight and is said to help combat SAD well.

3. Try an app for meditation and sleep.  I’ve used Headspace app and love it!

4. Stock up on practical accessories to keep you warm. There’s nothing quite like being cold and miserable! Hand warmers, thick socks, and scarves are some of my favorite accessories

 How do you deal with winter? Have you experienced SAD? Share your tips in the comments!

Blanket Burrito Days

Saturday, November 28, 2020


Sometimes I just want to burrow under a blanket and forget about everything going on outside of my apartment. I'm going to put on that 3 hour fireplace ambiance video, make a cup of coffee, and disappear into a fantasy book.

And for many years, that was my go-to knee jerk reaction. I went from a sheltered upbringing to a deliberately sheltered mind. Instead of looking head on into the ugliness, I'd side step and ignore it. And due to my privilege, I was able to. It's only now I can see that.

There are still days I want to curl up in a blanket and disappear. And sometimes my mental health needs that. But I'm glad 2020 woke me up from my stupor to start looking more closely. I started paying attention and opening my heart to learning something other than what my immediate personal interests entailed. 

Currently Reading - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Currently Listening - Dirty Rotten Church Kids podcast 

Current Favorites on IG - @joluheman, @rachel.cargle, @shityoushouldcareabout

How do you take care of yourself and your mental health? 

The Truth Is a Two-Edged Sword

Monday, November 16, 2020

Have you ever heard the phrase: “The truth is a two-edged sword”? ⚔️

This is a common saying that may be familiar within Christian circles. While I am no longer involved in the church, this analogy between speaking truth and how it cuts in multiple ways is one that everyone can probably relate to.

Consider how differently people can react to what you view as indisputable facts. From anger to agreement, it’s amazing how truthfulness can cut to reveal the depth of someone’s character.

Because when confronted, it’s difficult not to react in defensiveness and anger if you believe differently. But if you can listen past the words, to the root of the accusation, you can often see the true motivation behind it. Love. Jealousy. Fear. Hate.

There are fights no sword can win. But you can walk away and still be victorious. How?
By having understanding.

I’ll never forget when a former friend passive-aggressively called me a bad Christian for not doing missionary work while traveling. 🙃 This accusation took me off guard, especially since we hadn’t really been keeping in touch beforehand. But after fuming over it for a while, I began to see what drove the random outburst.

Here I was, out of college and taking advantage of flight benefits every other weekend, skipping around new cities, states, and countries like they were day trips. Meanwhile, she was still stuck in the grueling routine of school. It was no wonder bitterness sprung up! I would’ve felt the same way in her shoes. Understanding her viewpoint helped me form a more thoughtful response.

We may not be friends today (PS: missions are just modern day colonizing, look it up 😘), but it taught me a lesson in understanding. It was a moment that showed me how to find peace even if I’m under attack.

So to end this caption on my more typical, goofy note...don’t bring a sword to a gunfight, kids! 😜

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