Daily Modern Living captures the fleeting moments of everyday life with words and pictures. In those moments, when we are fully present, we experience life in an authentic way.
My words and pictures combine two of my favorite mediums—writing and photography. Through these poems and essays, I share the stories behind the moments I capture.
According to my Third Grade report card, I listen attentively yet talk too much, and play well with others. Years later, the same characteristics still apply, proving my theory we’re all just big kids. So how have I used these powers for good? My closest friends call me when they need someone to listen, and crisis management is offered upon request.
Throughout the years, I've had my hands in a myriad of creative endeavors including writing, drawing, painting, mosaic tile and photography. For five years, I co-owned a furniture company, taking a 5,000 square-foot space filled with air to a full-fledged wood shop, furnished with equipment, employees, toilet paper and coffee. Afterwards, I designed and manufactured jewelry made of precious metals, pearls and gemstones. My creative endeavors were interrupted when my kitty, Inky, and my father were both diagnosed with cancer. They died within six months of each other and my world was turned upside-down. I kept a journal of my caregiving experiences but the jewelry stopped cold-turkey. A handful of years later, I revisited my creative endeavors and the common themes of optimism, light and reflection emerged. I now realize it is possible to combine my jewelry, photography and writing to inspire others to live in the present moment, to appreciate the little things in life.
Inky, My Dad & Me, is a short memoir and guidebook for friends and caregivers of dying loved ones. Through it, I share my experience with the intention of providing guidance and peace for all involved during such a difficult time.
The Gladys Love Project involves making mala-inspired jewelry for seniors and their caregivers. The necklaces and bracelets serve as a reminder to the seniors and caregivers they are seen, beautiful and loved.