I hope you take a minute to check out my new work, and thanks for your support over the past year.
This year…. I plan to graduate university. As a present to myself I will take a gap year- traveling and building my portfolio (this time from behind the lens.) I will continue to focus on working my way into the yachting industry.
I am looking forward to spending part of my summer back East, embracing the loveliness of the Vineyard.
My main resolution for this year is to get in better shape. Keeping up with running, as well as adding yoga and bootcamp classes to the routine.
Wishing you all a wonderful, happy 2014!
There always is that particular fear hiding in the back of my mind, of bursting into flames when entering a church. It doesn’t bother me really, as I’m not one for believing much in urban myths or any particular religion. Although it does cross my imagination. And often the soundtrack of my life tunes to Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young,” and I remind myself that “I would rather laugh with the sinners, than cry with the saints- sinners are much more fun.”
With that being said, I have visited El Santuario de Chimayo the past two Thanksgivings. There is something very special, some may say sacred, about the grounds and church. Hidden in the desert outside of Santa Fe, Chimayo offers charm and comfort to its visitors.
This shrine, is of the Roman Catholic religion, and features hand carved doors, large wooden beams, a hand carved and painted alter, carved pews, and a simple stone floor. There is a small room to the left of the alter called ‘el pocito’ where a small pit is dug in the center of the room- this is the source of what is believed to be tierra bendita (‘holy dirt’), believed to have provided healing (both emotional and physical) to it’s visitors.
Just outside of the small room is a corridor of crutches, postcards, photographs, letters, and other testimonies to the power of the tierra bendita.
*Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos in the church* These are simply snapshots, taken from my phone- and they don’t do Chimayo justice, but can offer you an idea to the magic tucked between the mountains.
The time has arrived for our annual girls trip to commence..
My Mum and I started this tradition last year when my closest friend was murdered… not knowing what to do, or how to move forward my Mum and I headed down to Santa Fe, for a girls trip. It was a much needed getaway, and though at the end of our trip I was still heartbroken, I was once again able to see the beauty that surrounds us daily. We decided that each Thanksgiving we would return to Santa Fe to enjoy the art, shopping, and food.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful time here, the town and shops are just starting to set up their Holiday decor, and snow gently covers the array of colors the city is painted in. And for Mum and I, it is a much needed escape from our daily lives. Today we are off to Canyon Road, to visit the art studios… more to come!