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What’s YOUR Hang-up? | Part 10

They say to surround yourself with things you love, and since I love these…

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…that’s what I do.

I have stopped just short of rainbow patterned wallpaper; I’m fond of crazy, but draw the line at ludicrous. You may think I’ve already crossed that line, I know. ;) Many of you might be colour-shy and have stuck to tans, beige and perhaps grey for your homes, and that’s totally fine…but that’s also totally NOT me.

I do believe that I’ve never loved any pictures quite as much as the ones that we had taken of us last October. That summery session that we just couldn’t get to work in the summer, so we just squeaked it in before the rains began, and made it work yet in the second week of fall; that involved my love of color (my husband and kids are such good sports!) and our mutual love of biking, on the gorgeous, deserted Barnston Island in the middle of the Fraser River…which is one of  my favorite rivers; and that my friend Wenda Sikma knocked out of the park, because that’s just what she does. She’s rather good at her job. :)

Those pictures are now hanging in our living room, along with a bit of other flashy decor. A splendid wooden rainbow that I got for Christmas from the kids. A drab black and white globe from HomeSense that I gave a rainbow paint and sparkle face-lift to. A real-working, mini bike in a shadow box. Jade’s Girls Craft Club button canvas. A Zulily (that website is financially devastating!) world map pillow that I just couldn’t leave behind. It’s pretty hard to feel gloomy in this room. :)

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Friends, don’t be afraid to add some color to your life (I promise it won’t bite you in the butt ;)) and if you haven’t already…get your favorite pics up onto your walls!

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Cheers!

Neetz Family | Chilliwack Family Photographer

I shot Wendy, Rick and their family in November 2013, and since Wendy’s siblings and parents were all together in the province last week, she asked me if we could take advantage of the rare situation and do a session of the eight of them too. I enjoyed frolicking in the snow and sloshing through the freezing Fraser while shooting them under the Agassiz Bridge. :)

Great to meet you all!

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Happy sunny Wednesday, friends! xox

New year, new plans.

This night. December 30, 2014, changed my life.

I had just taken this image below, of Jupiter and beloved Mt.Cheam in the moonlight around 9:30pm. I had just edited and posted it on my Facebook page…when, unbeknownst to me, I had a Grand Mal Seizure, and the next thing I knew I was waking up to find myself laying on my office floor with my husband and two paramedics crouched down beside me.

It changed my life in a way, as odd as this may sound, for the better.

I’d been having, what I now know after meeting with the neurologist last week, Simple Partial Seizures for 7 years already. I’d be fully alert and aware, but I’d be unable to finish my thoughts or sentences for about 7-10 seconds, and after the seizure was over I’d feel like I hadn’t been in that room/space for 20 years. (A feeling which would pass after a minute or two.) My doctor and I wrongly diagnosed this as anxiety this past summer, and on meds (once again, wrong ones as it turns out) I’d been virtually seizure free for the past few months.

Until this night, 2 weeks ago.

There’s multiple reasons I’m so strangely glad that it happened because 1) I finally know what has been happening to me for all these years, 2) I am finally on the right medication to minimize and hopefully stop these Simple Seizures all together and 3) it’s solidified my decision in regards to KKP. (And, one huge reason that I suppose I should be honest and add why I’m NOT glad it happened, is that I am now not able to drive for 6 months. I haven’t lost my license, but ICBC would not cover me if I’d drive and get in an accident between now and the end of June because of the Grand Mal. Blech.)

I had been feeling for quite some time now, that I’d like to minimize my sessions, focus on family and friend sessions, while working on and running my Etsy store that I started working on last spring and hope to finish up here soon. That means that I will not be taking on new or past client sessions at this time, and for that I apologize. In my Etsy store I hope to sell prints, canvases etc of my landscape and still life photography….in addition to a surprise that I can’t wait to share with you all….but you’ll have to wait and see what other exciting things I hope to be selling there. (Hint: they are an obsession of mine…I just can’t seem to get enough of them!! :))

I want to say thank you to all my past clients for the years of love and booked sessions; without you all, KKP wouldn’t exist. I appreciated all the work, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and shooting you. I feel my life’s path is changing (hey, not being able to drive to sessions for the next while is sort of the clincher ;)), but I’m excited about the changes and I hope you’ll continue to follow me on my Facebook page and here on my blog…since I do still hope to continue blogging the sessions I do shoot, my life and this beautiful world around us.

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I’ll keep you posted on my Etsy status. Can’t wait to share with you all in the next couple of months.

LOVE and best wishes. xox

Arianna Christine - January 19, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Proud of you Kris : ) will be great! xoxoxo

Michelle Vandepol - January 13, 2015 - 1:44 pm

excited to see your etsy store. :) best wishes!

nelly - January 12, 2015 - 10:34 am

Wow, Kristy! Glad you are seeing this as a blessing! Sometimes ‘pauses’ in life are just that, as we have also experienced. Let me know if I can run errands for you! Wishing you all the best!

Frigid.

Happy 2015, friends!

What a cold and blustery start to the year: everything encased in ice, trees down, power outages. An extra day off of school.

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As gorgeous as it is, I’m eager for everything to melt, and for life to get back into routine…

Wishing you and yours all the best for the coming year! xo

I’m kinda excited.

Eric and I are doing something completely unconventional here: we are starting our New Years diet a whole 3 days early. Craziness abounds. Salads from here on out. Maybe a steak or two, some greek yogurt…absolutely no chocolate. None. (Maybe I should just throw it all away right now so I’m not even tempted by that devious, fattening crap. Sigh. Such a waste though, and my Mom always told me to never waste food.) She also told me not to play with my food, but I got all rebellious a bit ago here and did just that. Yes, as a matter of fact, I did specifically shop for rainbow colored produce this morning at Save-on-Foods; I know you were wondering. And, for the record, chopping food with rainbow colored knives is a complete thrill as well. What can I say, but that I’m easily amused. ;)

Just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Old/New Years. I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful KKP spectacle, and I hope to regale you with more of the same in 2015. :)

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Do you have a New Years Resolution? I hope they work out for you as well as I know mine/ours is going to. ;) (Hail the power of positive thinking!!!)

Cheers to happiness and health, friends. xo

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Trish Anker - December 29, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Delicious pictures! Good luck on your and Eric’s diets :) what are my new year’s resolutions? Meh, I don’t make any! I won’t follow through anyway ;).

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