Sneak Pics

IMG_1880 Confession time: I have a terrible habit. I love taking sneak pictures of Jim. I can’t help it, he’s just so handsome when he concentrates! On work, on food, whatever it is. He sometimes catches me, but usually goes blissfully unaware. I’ll probably stop someday…maybe…

xo. Brie

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Hiking Desolation Wilderness

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2015/01/img_1764.jpg While on our ski trip, Jim and I went for a hike through Desolation Falls with out friends. Guys, the scenery was insanely gorgeous. These photos can’t begin to do it justice. Imagine being surrounded by snow-capped mountains, finding waterfalls and rivers along the way, and seeing the rocks and boulders poking through ice and snow. It was simply gorgeous, and definitely made me want to get more into hiking. Spending the day walking through and enjoying nature?? Yes please. It’s a workout too! Those hills and inclines won’t climb themselves. Overall it was a super fun experience, and I hope to do much more hiking in the future.

Happy trails,
xo. Brie

Wedding Photos!

I realized I never got around to posting some wedding pics on the blog! All that getting hitched, moving across the country stuff must have distracted me. Well, here they are! Kudos to the amazing Lindsey Grace Whiddon, she’s beyond talented. Seriously, hire her for stuff. Without further ado – here’s our wedding. lyndon-3
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xo. Brie

City lovin’ happened so fast…

Two days down, and I’m still conscious. Which is amazing, considering I tend to have the attention span of a YouTube video; yet somehow my brain is still working.

It’s always exciting to be surrounded by people interested in and doing the same thing as you. Here at the Non-Profit Technology Convention, there are hundreds of people from all over the country who work in the non-profit world, each sharing similar joys, failures, and challenges. It’s fun to meet new people over lunch and see what you have in common, as well as commiserate over how snow in the eye stings a lot, coffee stopped keeping you awake, and our boots have soaked through to the soles.

A few tips for anyone convention bound:

1. Drink your body weight in coffee. Both to stay warm, and to stay awake.

2. Listen to music between sessions. If there’s ever a need to zone out and save your brain it’s between sessions on social data, meta tags, and measuring metrics.

3. Make friends with a local. It doesn’t have to be lets-braid-each-others-hair friendly, but just friendly enough to ask them what to see in that area of the city. Locals know stuff.

Besides all the learning, we’ve also been doing a lot of exploring. I’m here with my co-worker Adora and boss Nell, and the three of us have traipsed blocks in pursuit of city adventures.And of course, made friends with the guys at the wine store. Have to stay warm somehow…

Adora and I were both born in Southern California, and now live in Florida. See a theme? Yeah. Warmth. We like to be warm and consider Florida’s recent “cold-spell” of 40 degrees to be extreme. However, for a few days, snow can be quite magical. I know I’ve enjoyed it.

xo. Brie

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This is Adora’s face when we walked out in the snowstorm.
That smile stayed in place until we got a big gust of wind and snow to the face…

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Coffee. Is. Essential.

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Snow Flurries and Wine…

The day ended with snow flurries and wine.

It began this morning at 3:55am.

A buzzing alarm, some last minute frantic packing, getting stuck behind a stopped train, two flights, and a cab-ride later, we arrived.

Hello, Minneapolis.

I’m a huge fan of cities; in fact I’ve never found a city I didn’t like. Each has it’s own unique beauty, culture, and electricity. From New York to San Francisco, Chicago to Miami, each city is different, yet gives that same “I must be missing something, let’s get out there!” feel.

I walk miles in a city. And love it.

I have to admit, my number one goal when I get to a new city is always the same. Find a used bookstore, and find a copy of Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite book, so I try to find an old, tattered copy in a used bookstore in every city I visit and a memento. By the time I’m 50 I’m bound to have an entire bookcase of just the book Jane Eyre. Oh well…)

The trip to Minneapolis isn’t just pleasure, I’m really here for the Non-Profit Technology Conference. And despite the blizzard rolling in (that’s right, a real life blizzard. This girl is from Florida…this will be interesting.) I have a good feeling about the next four days…

Well, I found the bookstore. Complete with underground levels, ladders, and dusty old books you can’t help but crack open and smell. What I love about old books is they carry a story you’ll never know; a silent mystery of where they’ve been. It’s like holding history. And while I did find some great Sylvia Plath poetry, I struck out on the Jane Eyre front…still, I consider any time spent in an old bookstore a win.

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