Your Big Scary Dream

Recently, Dan and I were at a crossroads. It was a good crossroads, one that had two pretty good roads to choose from, but a crossroads nonetheless. Im keeping my cards a little close to the chest until we have everything set in stone,¬†but I¬†think it’s important to share the big picture stuff with you to serve as an encouragement to you for you to keep on moving forward.

Dan and I are both adventurous spirits. If you haven’t clued into that yet, thats completely ok, but Im assuming you’re new around here.¬†In the span of our 7 year marriage, we have been on one epic kayak trip that lasted 8 months, we have moved from place to place a total of 11 times, which included 2 tents during our outdoor adventures, our stuff has all been packed up and stored 4 times. All this while we started a business together, AND…. stay in love!

This past week we were faced with a decision that boiled down to one choice: Go for your big scary dreams OR Settle down, Grow up, and Get comfortable. The allure of both options was truly hard for us to choose between. As you read, we have been on the move, making our dreams come true, for a long time. It’s not easy to do that! We are both pretty tired actually.¬†Each of our dreams and subsequent accomplishments and/or failures each took sacrifices and this one will be no different… and probably even harder. The risk is bigger. We don’t have any guarantee it will work. ¬†People think we are a bit crazy I think. Big Dreams take sacrifice and tears and self-doubt and risk and making choices and saying NO to somethings in order to have different things.

So in the face of choosing comfort, we once again chose a Big Scary Dream. Im here to tell you that you can do that too.

That dream you have, the one that keeps popping up in the back of your head, give it a chance. Take one step today… right now, that explores the possibility to making that dream a reality. Write the first chapter of your memoir. Name your future coffee shop. Research that adoption agency. Buy that film camera. Just don’t give up.

Imagine your life with that dream as a reality, and then remind yourself that your one precious life is worth giving it a go. 

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  1. You two are my favorite adventurers. You inspire the hell out of Matt and I and I love seeing you guys chase your dreams. Can’t wait to see you tackle whatever is next. Your kind of crazy is my favorite kind. <3

  2. Alright, I’m going to suggest that you are “grown up” because you are kind, generous, and awesome. And “settled down” because you make decisions and compromise with your husband and your dog. But I totally subscribe to living life outside the comfort zone…sometimes…just not your “grown-up” or “settled” metrics. Wishing you guys all the best! As always your adventurist enthusiasm is contagious.

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Life Lately List: April 13, 2015

Happy April!

I feel like this year is racing by…¬†racing by so fast you can physically feel the wind¬†as the dates rush by. Here’s a rundown of things:

It seems like we just began work on the renovations here at the trailer in the OBX of NC, and there is still so much left to be done! I confess to not taking nearly as many photographs as I intended to with this since the slow progress was hard to get excited about. We only have a week or so left to work on it so we are scrambling here near the finish line, and I use finish line loosely. Hopefully by the time we are back in Maine (May 1) we will have finished 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Yes, that took us 3 months. #redheadreno

At the¬†end of last month Dan and his best friend drove the ALCAN Highway, roadtripping from Anchorage to Raleigh. It deserves it’s own blog post but it was kind of a big deal worth mentioning here too.

Last week we went on a whirlwind road-trip UP to Maine in order to find and sign for an apartment. In the span of three days we went to Maine, looked at NINE apartments, chose and signed for one, and drove back here to NC.

Next week we are leaving for a ten day trip to Iceland that Dan gave me for my birthday last year. Yes… in the middle of all this we are going on a vacation. Yes thats nuts. Yes we need it now more than ever.

Did I mention that we are tired? I am so glad that we are going to have a month to get settled back in Maine before the wedding season begins. It will feel so good to nest again, and not be living in a renovation project.2015-03-08 07.24.32Alaska Road Trip 0010

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The School Sessions

Hello friends! We are super excited to share this with you today! We have officially signed up to be a part of the April 12, 2015 School Sessions!

We are joining up with  A LOT of other photographers, to help raise the funds for this school in ONE DAY! I absolutely love being a part of things that make a difference and are action based. This is going to happen and its going to happen fast. You get to be a part of it and that rules.

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Straight from the School Sessions website:

ON SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHERS ACROSS THE GLOBE ARE RAISING $200,000 TO BUILD A SCHOOL IN MELLIER, HAITI. PHOTOGRAPHERS CAN SIGN UP TO SHOOT ONE (OR MORE!) PORTRAIT SESSIONS ON APRIL 12 AND DONATE 100% OF THE SESSION FEE. BY JOINING TOGETHER, IN ONE DAY, WE CAN MAKE THIS NEED A REALITY.

Here’s the Lowdown:

Dan and I are offering a two hour engagement style photo session to take place ideally on April 12 , 2015. If you are in the Kitty Hawk NC area, we should be able to make that happen right on the day of. If you are a New Englander, we will have to book and donate the session on April 12, and then schedule the shoot for when we get back to Maine in May. Either way, we are HAPPY to do it and cannot wait to be able to participate in this with you.

1. Let us know you want in!

2. You pay via the School Sessions website, and 100% of the proceeds will go to build this much needed school.*

3. We meet up on April 12, or a different date if we can’t make it work then.

4. You get photos. The kiddos in Mellier Haiti get schooled. Boom!

*Payment must be made in-full prior to, or on, April 12, 2015

OUR DIRECT LINK: http://www.theschoolsessions.com/photographers/bethanyanddan/

Cost: $400

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San Fransisco March 2015

Last week I got to spend 1 day in San Fransisco and I made the MOST of it! I was in town for a photography workshop, and I went a day early just to check things out since the last time we went to the city, we were to tired to do anything.

Since I was in the Cali alone this time, I chose to do a tour through Vantigo, a company that gives small scale tours via a Volkswagon bus. What could be more fun? It was a PERFECT was to see a ton of sights that I wanted to see, while avoiding that feeling of being “cattle” and barked at through a megaphone. ¬†After the tour I went the Walt Disney Family Museum, Lucas Films Headquarters, and the Castro to see where Harvey Milk’s camera store was back in the day. My phone died right when I parked in the Castro and I was forced to ask for help, which I always actually enjoyed. I met a couple of guys who gave me directions to where I was having dinner AND I met another couple who had been to Maine. “Love your state. Hate your governor.” Good times. It’s funny how having your phone die can get you out of your comfort zone, (my favorite place to try and leave). I had dinner with a friend I had not seen in 8 years!! It’s always such a treat to see old friends. We had to tell long stories to eachother to get caught up and I loved every second of it.

A few take-aways from the day in San Fran:

The hills are absolutely no joke. Get ready for a workout OR avoid it completely and take a tour.

The Golden Gate Bridge is just as cool as you think it is.

Head to Twin Peaks for an incredible view of the whole city. See if you can spot the Castro district in the first photo.

After two trips, I still don’t really see why you would spend a ton of time at Fisherman’s Wharf. Perhaps it’s because I live near a pretty harbor, or that I’m not that crazy about shopping at the same stores I can shop at everywhere, but I just dont really get it.

The address of Harvey Milks old Camera Store is 575 Castro Street. Go there. Now its this site of the Human Rights Campaign Store, which is fitting.

Talk to people while you are there! I met a lot of nice folks.

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Seven Years

Best decision we ever made. Happy Seven Years to us.

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(Photo by Mike and Allie)

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