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Fitness Barbie

After much huffing on the one flight of stairs that exists in my house I decided to finally join a gym. I was pretty sure the name was Bally’s but upon my first arrival i’m now feeling that tele-porting is not a myth and I have found myself in Globo-Gym from the movie “Dodgeball.” The walls are lined with steroid powders and appetite suppressants, while the floors are covered with people wearing spandex. That actually brings me to my next point. Many of you I’m sure, took that last comment to mean woman wearing spandex but unfortunately I can’t limit that horrific fabric to just that gender. There’s few things that are less attractive than Fabio with purple tights grunting his way to the next weight-class. Eww…So to avoid those potentially scaring memories I veer to the other side of the gym to find something equally awkward. I can only describe it as the typical beach scene of a movie where the girl shakes out her flowing long hair, gracefully skipping to the non-existant music, while wearing a practically non-existant outfit. It’s one of those where at first I felt awkward for looking the way I did but then I realized that I’m the normal one. It’s not normal to apply make-up while walking on a treadmill. Nor is it fathomable to naturally be as tan as these girls are in the middle of February. Believe me…I’m Greek, it’s not possible!

In all honesty, the scene saddens me as we have this fantastic location to get healthy and feel good and yet the majority of people who attend dressed and acting the way they do have such an un-healthy self-esteem (whether it be too low- or obnoxiously high). I’m grateful for the real people in my life that continually accept me for exactly who I am. May you never doubt the way the Lord has created you. You are wonderfully and beautifully made!
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"Fantastic…"

The concept of words is baffling to me. You can say just one, and regret it in an instant. While you can say two, and get made fun of for saying the same word twice. People long a lifetime to hear the right person say the magical three words to them and often times, if you repeat a word much more than that it no longer sounds like a word! Even now, I think I’m adding too many words per sentence and the few that actually read this will probably think I’m incompetent. When really…I just have a tendency to create run-on sentences. Lets just say I wasn’t the best second-grader in the class. (:


An even greater tendency of mine is finding a word (whether I like it or not) and using it for absolutely everything. Take the word “Fantastic for example.” To me, it sounds like a cheesy and insincere word. The kind that a used-car salesmen would say after describing the jalopy out back. Well, to my dismay, and my recent sanity that word has been my adjective of choice. “This food….Is fantastic!” “Sure! coffee sounds fantastic!” (look at my last blog) The people I meet…are “fantastic!” Oh… my word! (Quite literally, it’s become my word.) I’m driving myself crazy! The fact that others have not yet caught onto it makes the cycle of words all the more baffling. May you never cling to a word as I have. (:
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Kiley & Matthew Waite Wedding!

One of the perks of being a photographer is the ability to travel the world, meet some of the most fantastic people, and at the end of the day call it work!

Now I’m not sure if they just don’t have photographers in Iowa but I sure find myself there quite often! It may not be Tahiti but I have found this location to be one of my favorite places to shoot.
The people are real…The landscape is incredible…And each time I board the plane to return I feel a slight sadness that I am leaving people I now consider friends. Matthew & Kiley became just that. From generous hospitality sprinkled with thoughtful notes to a selfless plan to serve others before themselves, I truly respect these two!


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