Currently - April

Amazed that it is April already.  2015, slow down...

Listening to my body and took a rest.  I did not intend to be away from my blog for a week - but the demands of motherhood will always come first and foremost.  My youngest was sick with a really bad cold and just as she was starting to feel better, I became sick.  And sometimes it's best to just step away and rest, refuel.  It was very much needed.  

Inspired by Sarah's film images from last summer. And Jade's instant black and white film captures in New York. 

Designed a set of flair badges for Scrapbook and More, complete with phrases of my favorites - film, coffee, documenting. Loved how they turned out & I can't wait to use these in my project life spreads.  More soon.

Loving Kari's black and white project life layout.  So good.

Getting so close to the launch and pre-order of On The Table, Volume 2 - a collection of film images all taken on my kitchen table.  Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter for up-to-the-minute updates. 

Looking forward to spending this Easter weekend with my parents.  I love the holidays when we are together.

 

morning cup

It's not only the coffee I love in the morning, it's the process.

Selecting a cup (this one gifted to me by my sister-in-law), putting the kettle on the stove to boil, pouring over the grinds in my Chemex, waiting for the perfect brew. It truly sets the tone for my day.

Have a great weekend, friends.

a letter to myself

© Azzari Jarrett On March 26, 2004, I wrote a letter to myself.

At the time, I lived in Chicago and was a newlywed, not sure of what I was doing with my life or where I was going.  I had so many doubts about decisions that I had made about graduate school and my career.  I intended to read that letter in exactly 10 years - on March 26, 2014.  I wrote the date on an envelope, and sealed it.  In my mind, surely I would have myself together in ten years.

Fast forward.  I remember that I wrote the letter, and that this was the year to read it.  I had forgotten the exact date.  Last weekend, while searching in the back of drawer for something random, I found it.  I realized that I was a couple months late, but it was 2014, nonetheless - exactly 10 years after I wrote the letter.

I stopped everything, grabbed a cup of coffee, and sat down to read it.  I smiled at my young self, all of the fears that I had back then seem so trivial now.  The amazing thing is, I am so different from that younger version of myself, but so very much the same.  I was fighting to fit a mold, what I thought I "should be doing" and what everyone else told me I "should be doing".  But all of the pitfalls and peaks and valleys were necessary to get me to where I am today.

I'm far from having everything figured out - but I am a mother now, wiser, and confident in my own skin.  I know my likes, my dislikes, and I certainly don't question every decision I make.  I know that only comes with age, which makes me look forward to getting older.  I now know that motherhood is by far my most rewarding, yet most demanding job I will ever have.  What people think of me is no longer issue for me, and I am so thankful for that.

Simply put, I am blessed and so happy with my life right now.  That's something that I didn't have back then.  And now I realize it is a choice that I make.  Every single morning - to be happy.  And I know that would not be possible without all of the life experiences it took to get me to this point.  I look forward to where I will be in the next 10 years.

Simply put, I love this.  I look back at how much I have grown and changed and I cannot wait to get older and wiser, and even more confident in who I am as woman.   And yes, I plan to sit down and write another letter very soon - to be opened in 10 more years.

Coffice

© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett I think I heard the term "Coffice" for the very first time on instagram.  Someone had used it as a hashtag, and I immediately thought that it was a clever combination of words!  A coffee shop that one makes into an office. Yes.

I did just that on a recent trip to Louisiana.  I always make it a point to visit America's Coffee House.  It was good to chat with Floyd, the owner, and catch up on some work.  All of those canvas images on the walls?  His.  Yep, he's a photographer as well.

I immediately felt at home while there.

All images are iphone snaps.

coffee and cameras

Spending some time in Louisiana (more images to come once film is developed + scanned).

And of course, coffee is first on my list of places to visit while I am home.

Imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw all of those cameras - heaven!   And the other nice touch - the owner's photography is displayed on all of the walls.  Nothing like talking cameras over coffee, I could probably do that all day.

Loved this place, I'll definitely be back.

On a side note, I'm really loving Fuji Pro 400H film these days.  I've overexposing by one stop, and I'm finding that makes a world of difference.