29 Things I've Learned in 29 Years

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  1. Stay curious.

  2. Talk to elderly people.

  3. Don’t be fearful of rejection.

  4. Embrace your weird side.

  5. Choose comfort over appearance.

  6. Periodically take breaks from social media.

  7. Less is more.

  8. Don’t forget to have some adventure days.

  9. Take time to rest.

  10. Live with less stuff.

  11. Travel light.

  12. Be honest, be vulnerable.

  13. Everyone in your life is a teacher.

  14. Read more books.

  15. Go somewhere that you don’t fit in.

  16. Invest in your grandparents.

  17. Do more activities in groups.

  18. Surround yourself with people who laugh a lot.

  19. Make a list of your favorite people, places, things. Chase after those.

  20. Take care of your physical body.

  21. Go on a missions trip, or missions trips.

  22. Don’t be afraid to start over.

  23. Allow yourself to be deeply known, accepted and loved.

  24. Open up your heart.

  25. It’s okay to express your needs.

  26. Discover the Enneagram.

  27. If you don’t have it, create it.

  28. “Is it life-giving? Or is it stressful and draining?”

  29. Come alive.

With it being the last day of November, 2o18 - I felt it was appropriate to post a few of my favorite photographs I’ve taken this time of year. Autumn will always fill my heart with so much wonder and joy. I first wrote this blog a few years ago, 25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years. It was right before I went on the World Race. Four years later, I still feel very much the same, and yet so different. A lot has changed in my heart and in my life since then. In summary, what I’ve learned and am still learning throughout my 20s is — embrace self discovery. It’s so important to know, accept and love who you are. You live with yourself longer than any relationship you will every have in your entire life.

I will endlessly be thankful for my relationship with Jesus. Because of Him, He's led me to some monumental seasons in my life. Seasons where I got to live in Portland, Oregon, get my college degree and dive deep into my creative passions. Go on a year long mission trip and travel the world, loving people and completely transforming my heart. Discover the enneagram and learn how unique and gifted people are; teaching me how to truly empathize and care for others, and myself, so much better. Moving back home, and eventually making a home in Sacramento, where I got to spend more time with my family, rebuild my finances, and meet the love of my life in a familiar, yet new and exciting way.

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I have A LOT to be thankful for, even though, I am getting older. When I look at my age, I can do nothing but smile and see the goodness all around my story. I pray that one of these things I’ve learned can help and encourage you along your journey as well.

Thanks so much for reading and listening. Happy Holidays!

Love, Bee

r e s t o r a t i o n

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This past week has meant so much to me. It was a very introspective, days filled with "me time" kind of staycation, and now that it's coming to a close... I learned that I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was so very needed. My heart often craves adventure, traveling and making all of these elaborate plans. But after a few days of simply doing nothing, I realized that I truly needed to s l o w  d o w n, to pour into my family, friends and most importantly myself. This week was so healing and restorative. I'm so glad that I wrote it into existence in my calendar and called it the week of r e s t o r a t i o n. 

Warmly, B.

Jennifer, Previvor

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This is my dear friend, Jennifer Lind, and she is a PREVIVOR. You may be like me and when you first read/hear the word previvor, you're thinking... "What does that mean?" It sounds like SURVIVOR, and in a lot of ways, you're on the right track. It's a word that isn't in the dictionary yet. However, cancer previvors are individuals who are survivors of a predisposition to cancer but who haven't had the disease. This group includes people who carry a hereditary mutation, a family history of cancer, or some other predisposing factor.

When Jenn first told me about being BRCA1 positive, I honestly didn't know what to say. She had known about the possibility since she was young, because of her family history. But when she found out the news, she prayed into it and knew that she had to make a choice on how she wanted her quality of life to be -- FREE.

Words cannot express how honored I am to have been able to captures glimpses of her story through photographs. Here are a few images of her before, during and after surgery to prevent breast cancer. If there's anything that I've learned from Jennifer through all of this: is that laughter truly is like medicine to the soul. Despite everything that she has gone through over the past year of recovery, she still carries her joy, smile and laughter through it all. Seeing it first hand, I am so proud of her decision to "beat cancer before it beats her" to be a PREVIVOR.

To see and hear more about her story, click here and here.

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Warmly, B.

New Space

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Hi friends! So, this morning I woke up, went to church, ate lunch, and was feeling really inspired to share bit of my personal life. These are little snap shots of my new space! One of my biggest passions is creating a space that brings a lot of light, love, rest and inspiration. I'm living in a 3 bedroom with 2 other housemates/friends. We moved into this place a month ago, and I've had so much fun recollecting and organizing a few of my favorite things.

Words cannot describe how grateful I am to have my own room again to completely make my own. I haven't had a space like this in about 3 years. During the World Race, I lived out of a backpack for 11 months and the Lord truly taught me how to live in the joy of living with less. After the WR, I moved in with my grandparents for 1.5 years while I was getting my life back together as my family would say. Everything in my home has a place and a purpose and I'm hoping that I will continue to live a minimalistic lifestyle, basically forever. My love for plants never went away and that's the one thing that I love to have an abundance of. Lately, I feel as though I rarely share much of my personal life on here, and this morning I was inspired to do so. Working 40+ hours a week, it's a rare moment in time so spend the ENTIRE day at home to just enjoy it. 

Also, if you have any questions about design inspiration or styling or where I got anything, I'm an open book. Just ask! Also, I feel as though my blogging skills have gotten so rusty, but I still love to do it, so please let me know what you'd like to see/hear/read more about. I love receiving feedback -- beedeephoto@icloud.com. I hope everyone has a great week, I can't believe that March 1st is on Thursday. HOW?

Warmly, B.

Bogus + Jenny

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This year is off to an overwhelming, yet satisfying start. There's so much to look forward to. I woke up and decided that it's time to start shooting and it's time to start blogging again. No matter how busy my life is, it's not showing any signs of slowing down, so I've got to MAKE the time to do what I love. THIS. We're only halfway into January and I'm pumped for what's to come ... starting with these two. Days like this one bring me so much joy because of the people in it. Living a life of intentionality and creativity involve constant pursuit and loving people well, through whatever form of gifting you bring to the table. Jenny and Bogus are a one of a kind pair. They are both incredibly funny, sweet and dynamic in their own unique way. I'm so glad that we got to take advantage of the soft winter light, and ended the day with a little bit of sun! Definitely more photo shoots to come.

Warmly, B.