I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety since I was 14…it took me many years to feel comfortable discussing it. Now, I don’t mind telling you that and having an open conversation about mental health. Your mind matters, so talk about it. Together we can help break the stigma that comes with mental health. Remember you are not alone in the struggle, it’s okay to be sad, it’s not your fault and there are people that do care. Join the movement and follow @idontmind (on instagram and twitter).
So, last month I got to cross off another thing on my “to-do” list now that I live in Georgia. That thing was going to the Georgia Aquarium, I mean, it’s only one of the largest in the western hemisphere. My friend Nick and I were downtown hoping to explore The Centennial park (you know, you gotta do the touristy things when friends are in town because you know you are not going to do it by yourself) but unfortunately that day they were closed due to an event. So, we walked around and happened upon the aquarium and figured “why not.”
I love aquariums, if I’m not geeking out over some of the specimens then I’m feeling completely tranquil, dazed by the elegant, fluid movements, especially of the Beluga whales.
(All photos and videos by yours truly, well, Nick took the photo of me with the grouper fish)
I’ve been meaning to start this blog back up for a while. I was going to just start a completely new blog but got too lazy. Although, for some reason a good amount of posts have disappeared on this one, along with many photos that I have posted. So, if there are major gaps from past posts, it’s because wordpress hates me.
Well, now that that has been said, hello to the 3 people that may be reading this.
A friend suggested a while back that I start writing about my adventures, especially since moving to Georgia last August. Things were relatively stagnant for a while, aside from starting up my knitting shop on Etsy (instagram for it = @lonewolfknits) this past winter, I’ve been hiding out in the country, knitting, binge watching shows and all the other things that anti-social people do.
All that changed in April. Turning 30 wasn’t the only milestone that happened that month, but I worked on Pitch Perfect 3 a few days prior to turning 30. It has always been on my bucket list to work on a film set before the age of 30 and I achieved that! It was such a fun experience. Ever since then, I’ve hit the ground running working non-stop. Living the glamorous life of waking up at 2am, super early call times and 14 hour days but it’s been worth it.
So, here I am again. Starting this new chapter (so cheesy, I know).
ph. Natalie Zimmerman
(This was taken a few weeks ago after shooting in the cold and rain all afternoon. I definitely got really sick a day later. )
Recently I made Lavender Lemonade and it was a major hit with my family and friends. Such a refreshing drink during this hot weather. Now, I have to keep it on hand all the time. Thought I would share the recipe with you all.
Ingredients: Makes 10 servings
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup dried lavender buds
2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat, and add 1/4 cup of lavender buds along with the lemon juice and lime juice in the pot.
Let the mixture cool to room temperature, then strain and chill. Store in your favorite serving pitcher or large mason jars.
Once the lemonade is chilled, serve on with or without ice in your favorite glassware and add the additional sprigs of lavender for garnish if you’d like. For a great adult drink, add a little gin to it.