I’ll forever be bonded to my highschool

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Forever. Eternity. Those two words are everlasting adjectives to describe the bond that will forever be sealed with my fellow peers from my years as a teen. It’s such a crucial time of you life when you transition from childhood to a young adult. You make decsions and choose a path that ultimatly takes you to the road of your future and forms you into the person that you a will become. For me, Landmark changed my path.

No doubt I would have dropped out of  highschool at age 16. I would have had a 3rd grade reading level. I would have ended up in a very different life then the one I am living today.

Entering 8th grade I started at the elementry-middle school at landmark barley able to read, stuggled with comprehension, and was unable to organized my thoughts, never-mind have the capabilities to put them down on paper.

Just like myself, everyone at Landmark School had a similar history. I’ll forever be bonded to my highschool peers Continue reading

You can’t always pick your friends, but you can pick their nose.

Screen shot 2013-10-16 at 6.50.15 PM I had a conversation this morning with someone about childhood/ lifelong friends, and of course I had a lot to say. As a child you grow up in a neighborhood, where typically other kids grow up to. You hang out with them because of connivence and eventually as your grow old you grow up and apart or someone moves or you have a fight about cutting a barbie dolls hair or that you never returned their favorite dress up heels. Well for me that was obviously different because me and my bestie grew up together and were forever bonded with each other. We actually are the closest of friends and can be completely our childish selves or we can hang out in a mature manor. She encourages me to be my wacky and creative self, she goes along with my weird shenanigans and helps me be a better person. Whatever it might be, I know that she has my back (always), that she can cheer me up, that if I ever needed anything she would be there, and that she knows I feel the same. You see we didn’t have a choice as kids, our friendship was just that, but without her I know that I would not be the person I am today without her. She gets me, and I get her. Thats the way a  true friendship is, a soulful one, a lifelong friend.


As promised… here is a blog post about a little phrase called: Jessisms.

IMG_7503Jessism: a word used to describe my unthought out thoughts, comments, questions or stories. A “jessims” is a response to a silly sentence or also know as a “ditzy” comment.     ie:)

  • Mom, I really like cranberry sauce, but why does it always come in the shape of a can?
  • Heidi, you have a call on 37-heidi (aka 37-hundred).
  • What is the extra numbers you have to dial when calling New Mexico? Oh, wait, is that technically America?
  • The mall of America is in Canada. (think about that for a second, really)


The word “Jessism” was originated and created by my one and only mother. It is now being wildly spread amongst my workplace and friends and family.


Let October be about you! Share who you are with everyone that follows you, because: your followers, follow you willingly. I am not ashamed of who I am, and what I am destined to become. This is me, and I am happy with who I am.

*** AND If you missed the first day of October and are bummed you didn’t meet the due date for the first challenge of the #SwiftlyPainted Self-Portrait Challenge, it’s no biggy! Just do it today or tomorrow… or even next week. There is no one out there that is going to scold you on your tardiness. We just appreciate you for who you are and your support and admiration. Hope to see you all back next month! Place our button in your post and/or on your sidebar to help spread the word about the challenge.

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Ps today I am linking up with Katie, from The Babbling Brunette because she is totally my Cyber-soul mate. Everyone should go check out her blog and shoot her an email/comment. BLOG ON!

Give a little, Get a lot. #swiftly-painted selfie challenge: October

October: Writing prompt: Reflect and respond to this statement: your followers follow you willingly. Create an image of what describes you as a blogger. Bonus points for little clues about what’s going on in your life.


Cheers, to my first post of the #Swiftly Painted Self-Portrait Challenge. So as the first prompt goes… My life as a blogger has changed my perspective on life, my friends, my work flow and amped up my photography life. I started blogging this summer as I was waiting for my new website to be built and completed. It has been a great outlet and helped me get more of my voice out there as an artist.

I never realized until I started blogging how much I love to write. Blogging quickly became my thing. I love everything about it, especially the challenge of learning how to navigate around this new software. But as time went on I realized that I loved reading other bloggers blogs and getting a glimpse into others lives.

As I said before, I am a total people person. I love, love. I love hearing stories shared about up-bringings. Everything about a blogger is really just so interesting. Getting an inside perspective into someone else’s life, reading about the person behind the computer screen without knowing them, yet feeling like you already do. It’s a really interesting world that we live in.  This form of introduction and a basic level of intimacy in relationships can be built without ever being face to face. Welcome to the 21st century.

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THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ME ON THIS JOURNEY! I can’t wait to see what all of you come up with for the monthly challenges. If your looking for Annmarie’s blog to check out her challenge click here.

Now onto the link up! :) linking up with KAtie & Jess today because they are both awesome.

A few “rules”…

Let’s be honest for second, k? I’m not going to check up on all of you to make sure you follow these rules, but I trust you. Please be respectful.

1. Link back to Jess and Annmarie in your challenge post.

2. Follow Jess and Annmarie on Bloglovin’ (Bonus points for liking/following in these places… Annmarie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter | Jess: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

3. Visit other blogs, comment/like, make new friends. That’s how it happens.

If you feel like it…

Email Annmarie if you’re interested in co-hosting at aswiftmail@gmail.com! Please include your name, blog title, blog URL, and blog button image in your message!

Place our button in your post and/or on your sidebar to help spread the word about the challenge.

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Don’t forget that we’ll be including a featured post next week! Be sure to link up below so that we can see your work!

Love. Love. Love.

Annmarie & Jess