Today’s Daily Life is coming to you from Columbus, OH!
We’re in town for the Hell City Tattoo Festival this weekend and after a long day of traveling yesterday we finally made it in around 2am! The 3 hour time difference had us up until 5am so if part of or all my post doesn’t make sense, blame it on the jet lag.
A few weeks ago I got to bust out my beautiful wedding dress again and take photos to expand the wedding portion of Lindsey’s portfolio. We ventured to the Peter Iredale shipwreck near fort Stephens for our shooting location. This ship ran ashore in 1906 on it’s way to the Columbia River and has been there ever since. This has been on my Oregon bucket list for quite some time so it was wonderful to finally see it up close in person. I’m curious to know if the rest of the ship is buried underneath the sand or if most of it has been taken by the ocean.
Photo by Lindsey Rickert Photography
Then on Monday I got to play model again with House Ink and shot in some vintage clothing for a new online shop set to launch soon. The owner, Leslie, is a sweetheart and full of so much life and energy. She was even gracious enough to let me take one of the pieces home. Once the site is launched I’ll share the link here so you guys can check out all the vintage goodness!
In the midst of schedule planning and job juggling, I also just hit the 4 year mark of living in Portland, so I suppose I should reflect on that a bit…
It’s slightly ironic that they say Portland is where the young go to retire because I feel like I’ve done a whole lot of growing up since I got here. It wasn’t an easy thing to do to leave friends, family, and a good job behind, but it’s been the most amazing growing experience for me as a human being. I’ve never really felt like I’ve belonged anywhere and Portland has finally provided that to me. It hurts my friends and family when I say things like that, but it’s not a personal attack against anyone. I struggle every day with my decision, but in the end I know this is where I should be.
It’s not all Portland though.. I’m a damn lucky woman to have Josh as my partner through everything. I was a pretty pessimistic and closed off person when we met. He’s helped me make leaps and bounds in the way that I view life and the curve-balls that it throws. I still swear like a sailor and lose my temper
sometimes often, but instead of spiraling down the negative rabbit hole, I focus on positive and constructive ways to change what’s bothering me.
Maybe I wouldn’t love Portland as much without him here.. I won’t ever know, but if it weren’t for me moving 1800 miles away, we would have never started talking in the first place. Portland has been very serendipitous for us both. Strange connections with places and people that occur so often that it can’t just be coincidence, but signs that we’re exactly where we should be in this part of our life. I find so much comfort in that notion.
I just want to thank this wonderful city, the amazing friends that I’ve met here, and of course all of my family and friends back home that supported and still continue to support my decision to be here.
Alright.. I’m wrapping this up before I start crying, so head on over to my Instagram to follow along with this weekend’s adventures. I’ll of course be sharing a Tattoosday about the convention next week as well!
Have a great weekend!