my beating heart

my story began with a soccer ball, and a dream to be a college athlete. I'll admit, I was on track until my life took a literal 180 turn after being hit by an oncoming car. the months that followed were dark, confined, confusing and landed me with months of memory loss. I was at a loss of knowing where my life was going next. it felt like I was steered down a path with no course of action. I felt like I was blindly walking into a tunnel with no happy ending. but then the best thing I could have ever asked for happened... 

                                                    a light broke through that darkness, and there was Jesus reaching out, and calling me to follow Him. 

He led me to my camera, which was buried in the midst of my closet, and happened to be a hidden passion that always sat on the back burner. He told me to take it, to use it and to live through it. at first it was a tool I could use to just remember what my memory couldn't. my days consisted of writing down what was happening so I could have some sort of recognition of the passing moments. pretty soon the pieces began connecting, and this gift became so much BIGGER. 

this was never my gift, but He gave it to me, and now I have the opportunity to serve those in His Kingdom with it. my goodness, my friends, there is nothing in this world that is more fulfilling than that! He sacrificed His life to save mine, and this second chance has fueled me with so much passion and love that I get to pour into the people I have the pleasure of meeting. the value of a single moment holds so much more of a meaning for me than it ever did before. the power of surrendering to Him and devoting my life to Christ has completely revolutionized what I ever thought was possible. for the first time I feel like my dreams can come true because of the trust that you have put in me. for that, I will never be able to express my gratitude, but I hope that the way I can serve you will give you a piece of my heart's adoration for you. 

every image I am able to capture shows the power of hope, grace and overwhelming love that He has for all of us!

THANK YOU FOR BEING APART OF MY STORY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME.

NOW I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP TELL YOURS!

 
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SOME THINGS I LOVE: 

  1. traveling to new places

  2. being present with the people that I care so much about

  3. all of the coffee, I blame my employment at starbucks for this dangerous addiction

  4. puppies, like I am the person who asks to pet every dog, and then shamelessly asks take a picture with them

  5. laughing - I heard it keeps your skin looking youthful for years?! already prepping for my grandma days

  6. the feeling you have after a good workout - you know, the one that makes you feel confident enough to have a gallon of ice cream, with a side of french fries

  7. finally getting to let the shower vocals out on long road trips, even if I don't know majority of the words

  8. going to sleep with NO ALARMS!!

  9. red wine. can you blame me?

  10. jesus, above all