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.

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I had the intention of writing this blog a few weeks after my birthday, but time slipped away and LIFE, just life. Lately, the phrase, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another” has been my anthem as of late. Seriously. Autumn/Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, as it is most people’s. Because it stands out above all the other seasons. It’s DIFFERENT. I love walking out and seeing glorious colors every day. Northern California has incredible trees, the weather has finally dropped in temperature from our triple digit summer. Coffee always tastes better this time of year, and the gloomy days beckon us to enjoy the great indoors. 

However, this season there were a lot of hard realities to face. My first car finally broke down on me as I was driving to work. I knew that this day was coming, but I was praying “just a couple of more months.” However, it was time. My little golden nugget of a Nissan Sentra had a good, long life. We had so many good memories together.

Both of my grandparents went to the hospital this month. They’re doing okay now. It’s pretty crazy how much the circle of life is true. I’m grateful for everyday that I get to spend with them. So many people have been praying for my family and it means the world to me. As much as you can, let the people in your life know how much you love them. It’s so important. Tomorrow is never promised, to anyone, ever. Life is such a gift.

Warmly, Bee