hiatus, followed by a desert expedition.

I haven’t posted anything for awhile.  I’ve been so unsettled.

I’ve had quite the introspective ordeal during the last 2 months:  the urge to follow my heart and stay true to myself, or to keep doing what I was doing for the sake of “security” and the approval of others. It may not seem like a big deal, but I was feeling overwhelmingly stuck and the best way for me to get “unstuck,” was to do what seemed impossible and incredibly crazy.  This involved leaving a nice job in a great hospital and taking a leap of faith.

I’ve never been a good liar, so I chose to stay true to myself….  Despite what the critics had to say (or may say).  As the Middle Finger Project says, it’s okay to be “unapologetically” different and to trust yourself.

There is great adventure brewing inside of me and this is my moment to answer its call–not tomorrow, not next year.

I’ve packed a bag and I’m headed to California to spend some camera-time with 2 lovebirds, then off to the desert, I go!

That’s right…  National Geographic better look out!  Julie is going to the desert.  I figured this would be a rare instance in my life and I’d better seize the opportunity–NOW.   Fortunately, I have a supportive significant other, who believes in my potential to create meaningful things and to simply do good in this world.  His love (along with that of God and my sisters…and many others) gives me courage.

Here are some things I’ve been dabbling with during the last couple months–engagements and senior proms.  I love the enthusiasm of youth!  I thank everyone for giving me their time and allowing me to document their smiles, friendships, love and amazing beauty (inside and out).  I have loved every ounce of it.  I can’t thank you enough…

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Sterling High School Prom 2013

GW {BEFORE} Prom 2013

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Oh, the charming shops & innovative spirits of Fort Collins…   I love this town!  Look for my promo cards at these places and, heck, tell them the Love Machine sent you…then show them my promo card that is sitting on one of their shelves:

Happy Lucky’s Teahouse & Treasures and Old Firehouse Books: Grab a cup of tea or snack from Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, and bask in the moment: 10% of your purchase is propelling education in Cambodia (the Mother Land for me)!  Happy Lucky faithfully lives up to it’s motto, “Serving Up World Change,” through their support of fair trade and sustainable school projects.  Education is empowerment.  By supporting Happy Lucky, realize you’re truly helping to make the world a better place…especially for the sweet kids in Cambodia.  After your cup of tea, cozy up to a new (or used) book from Old Firehouse Books.  This converted Fort Collins’ historic firehouse has been indulging bookworms for years.  Between the charm of this indie book hub and the positivity radiating from Happy Lucky’s….  Rest assured, you’ll leave each spot feelin’ like you’ve been smothered with good karma and vibes.  (Promo cards are in Old Firehouse Books.)

Darvier Jewelry Design Studio:  How can I NOT love this place?!?!  They helped me design the perfect ring for my partner.  He really deserved something nice and the lovely artists in this shop brought the whole concept to fruition.  I love them for their immense artistry and devotion to their work.

Wagz Pet Market: a delightful place to purchase homemade baked goods for your furry friends.

Starry Night Espresso Cafe:  An amazing coffee shop.  Who needs Starbucks when you’ve got a great place like this around…

Little Bird Bakeshop:  Oh!  I love people who follow their hearts.  The lady who opened this bakery did just that.  Try the quiche.  Yum!

Wolverine Farm Publishing & Bookstore/the Bean Cycle Coffee Shop:  Okay, I’ve said it once, BUT who seriously needs Starbucks when you’ve got amazing places like this around??? It’s a recycled bookstore that is also a publishing company for budding and/or local authors, illustrators, poets, you name it…  Hooray for supporting artists!

Earthwise Pet Supply: “Earth wise” is in the name!  Purchase a bag of healthy Earthborn food for your furry friend.  Then, bring the empty bag back to the store and BAM!   They plant a tree.  It doesn’t get any wiser (or easier) than that.  Score one for Planet Earth!

the Love Machine’s promo cards were printed on recycled paper that is part of the Forest Initiative.  Mother Earth scores again!

Vines Vintage Market:  Looking for cool furniture or repurposed goods?  Go to Vines Vintage.  You’ll find amazing crafts, furniture and fanciful things for your living space.  If you’re planning a vintage wedding, ask one of the gals for some help!  They’ll point you in the right direction and give you some advice on how to be elegant, while on a budget.  Owned by a really nice lady.

R+K

Their lovely wedding is coming up.  I can’t wait…

Let it be known that the Love Machine is a fan of ALL lovers. 

the Love Machine restlessly pursues sweet love stories and seeks to capture your meaningful moments.

Would you like some rockin’ engagement or wedding photos?  I’m your gal.