Food, Inspiration, Video

oh happy day

I love Julia Child.

So when a coworker sent me the above from PBS Digital Studios, I may have re-watched it repeatedly. Cause, well, it’s amazing and I, as a little person, watched Julia on PBS with Jacques Pepin…my intro to the food world. So Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child! You did more for the food world than anyone even thought possible.

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude” — Julia Child

Inspiration, Life

the gift of water.

My love for charity:water is nothing new to the blog. Countless times I have shared details about them, but this one may be the best (and let me warn you, a tissue may be necessary to watch the video).

It is about the story of Rachel.

Rachel was a nine-year old little girl who learned of charity:water via a presentation at her church. She decided to give up her ninth birthday and raise $300 to provide drinking water in Africa. She reached $220 dollars and said she would try again the following year. Then she died in a horrific car accident. But something amazing happen, and people all around the world began to give, like $1.2 million of giving. So on the anniversary of her death, her mom & grandparents traveled to see one of Rachel’s wells. It is truly magical.

You can learn more about charity:water online at

Inspiration, Life

motivation || inspiration


In May, I attended the Making Things Happen Workshop. One the the many great exercises we did throughout the course of the day was the list of what fires us up. I have been rereading it many times over the past month and a half, but I finally took the time to type it up and share it for a specific reason.

Sometimes I need a little motivation to keep on going [dear friends that I melted-down on in the past couple of days, thank you] and this is a perfect thing to recall to mind.  So when the days come that I feel like none of this (throwing cake or whit & whimsy) isn’t real, I can go back to the good things. Even better, I can pick one off the list and throw it into that moment. Whether it’s turning on a great song, signing up for a dance class, finding a recipe to make at the end of the day, or maybe even having a moment to dance around my cubical…no matter what, it will be awesome.

Inspiration, Life, Travel

LA: instagram edition


Last week I did something a bit out of the norm for me. I got on a plane (carry-on luggage only) with a laptop, wacom tablet, camera and three lenses and flew to LA to, well, follow a dream, otherwise know at the Feet First Sessions.

It is a bit troubling to realize following a dream is the most “out of the norm” thing in my life at the moment. Let’s be honest, mostly it’s just a wee bit sad. But, in a moment that totally went against my type-a, list-making personality…I took a flying leap off the cliff.

And I couldn’t be happier that I did.

Eventually there will be a million and one photos up showing the billion and one skills that I learned from the most amazing and creative people I have ever met (Jesse & Whitney Chamberlin, Max & Margaux Wagner, Bri Emery and Angela Kohler). I didn’t really want to come back to real life in the District. But…I think maybe real life may just become full-time creative, or at least it will if my type-a, list-making self has anything to say about it.

Art, Dance, Inspiration

nycb + pointe shoes

I often wish that I could have met my maker (not that maker). So, to the Freed of London maker with the crown stamp, me and my feet thank you for the many hours of work you put in, so I could make twirling on my toes look effortless.

Credits per the Vimeo page:
Client: New York City Ballet
Director + Editor: Galen Summer
Producer: Kristin Sloan
Director of Photography: Hillary Spera
Sound Mixer: Guillermo Pena Tapia

Inspiration, Wedding

little girls = flower girls

My love of tulle is clearly not unknown. My love of small children who find it entertaining when I sing and dance around like a crazy person, also not shocking. Combining cute children and tulle…well it normally equals ballet. Expect now.

Tulle + Child = Flower Girl.

And in my world, that is a recipe for success. Amazing, adorable photo success.

photo care of erin hearts court photography