Calm.

Happy Thursday! I wanted to share this photo as a sneak peek. I’m so busy with work and often times generally overwhelmed and so I’ve been making myself find ways of relaxation and calmness. I’ve been documenting it as well and I thought I would share this photo with you until I’m finished editing. This photo when I look at it, makes all my stress just disappear. I think because it reminds me as a kid when I would lay in the grass or swing on my swing in the front yard, I would lean back, close my eyes, look into the sun and just breathe. Sometimes with all the stress, anxiety and other issues I deal with on a daily basis, breathing can be a difficult task. This picture helps me remember the fun times I had in my childhood. Hope you like it and look for the full album soon!

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Rock On.

~ Jalys.

P.S. Look for me on the sidelines at the Texas Tech vs Baylor game! I’ll be the one with a camera standing next to Kliff the whole time 😉 hahahahahaha. JJ. But, I really will be on the sidelines photographing the game, I apologize in advance for the amount of Instagram photos that will be on your feed. I have never been to Cowboys…errr… AT&T stadium, so I’m just a WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE bit excited! WRECK BAYLOR!

Family time at Cypress Creek Boat Dock.

What a long title! hahaha. I live about 3 miles from Lake Travis and I love it. I love the area I live in as it is technically in Austin, TX but I’m in an area that is secluded and surrounded by nature. Rocker, Ryder and I frequent this old boat ramp/dock that has been shut down due to the lack of water. It is a sad scene, but it’s a great place to take the pups so they can run out their energy. A couple of weeks ago, we had a TON of rain and filled the area creeks. I decided to take my camera to our usual family spot and photograph some of the scenery and tried to snap a couple of photos of Rocker and Ryder! haha Enjoy these and have a great Monday!

Rock On!

~ Jalys.

Corpus Christi

Several months ago I was in Corpus for an event with Tech. I took my camera with me and was able to go off and photograph a bit before we had to head to McAllen. It was my first time in Corpus and I definitely want to go back and explore the area more. It took me forever to edit these photos, I actually forgot about them. Whoops. Hope you enjoy! Happy Monday!

 

Rock On!

~ Jalys

BBQ + Friends!

Happy Labor Day! Hope everyone gets the day off and you spend it relaxing! A few weeks ago I had a few friends over to my apartment for a bbq and pool party. I wanted to get together before I start another cycle of recruiting for Texas Tech! Below are a few photos I captured. I planned to take a bunch of photos throughout the day, but I forgot to. hahaha. Enjoy these!

Rock on.

Jalys.

Greenfest 2013

Almost a month ago, the boys of Galleywinter hosted Greenfest down in New Braunfels, here are few photos I captured on Day 2 of the festival at Lonestar Floathouse. It was packed, hot so I didn’t get much and had to leave before I passed out from a heat stroke. Sorry, guys. Let’s have it in November next year ;).

Rock On.

Jalys.

Hoots and Hollars!

Hello friends! I hope this fine Tuesday is treating you well! I thought I’d blog out some hoots and hollars for you guys and let you in on some of the things I’m hooting and hollaring about! 🙂

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Insanity. I love to hate insanity and hate to love it. This program is the hardest but most rewarding workout I’ve ever done. I have yet to go all the way through the program but I’m so dang determined to get through it. I think I finally found my recipe for success. Insanity, I will take you down! I want to get through this program so then I can buy the T25 program. I refuse to buy a new workout program until I defeat Insanity! haha.

Slow Work Weeks. I love being busy, tired, exhausted, and drained. To me it’s showing myself that I’m working hard and doing my job. I am used to working long days/nights and sometimes working weekends for Tech. However, during the summer it has a been a little slow with schools not in session. Which equals to me climbing up the walls trying to find something to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cleaned our office, organized and thrown away boxes, and how many times I have made sure every Tech promotional item is turned correctly and centered on the shelf. I think my poor coworkers are getting tired of me cleaning their offices and trying to find busy work to do. We were given a project right before I left for 4th of July vacation, with the timeline of the whole month to complete it. I was finished in 4 days. hahaha and now I’m back to cleaning our office again. 🙂

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The Dirty Guv’nahs. I love these guys but have yet to see them live. Boooooo! I will soon though, mark my words! hahaha. They have a BRAND new album out today called “Live from Knoxville.” If you’re a good music fan then this band should be in your library. Just saying.

Paleo. I’ve spent the last 3 or 4 months researching Paleolithic dieting. It is quite interesting to  read about and get a grasp as to why our society is sick with so many diseases and health problems. I’ve vowed to follow the Paleo program and it has been a battle. I’m basically breaking the habits I’ve been creating since I was born. I am positive my research and new knowledge will help me fully commit and lead a healthy lifestyle. I think with all the research I’ve done on Paleo, it has given me the tools to cut out the toxins and harmful foods out from my diet. If only I could drink Lonestar beer and it be Paleo friendly. haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Positivity. For me, being negative and having a sarcastic attitude has always been easier than being  a positive and an encouraging person. Sometimes the negativity is infectious and you end up just being Miserable Molly all the time, I don’t like that side of me. I decided to actively change that and become more of a positive, encouraging, kind-hearted person. I’ve never really liked or gravitated towards people who constantly have the victim, poor me attitude. I believe everyone goes through hardships and the strongest people are the ones who take from it a positive spin instead of being Victim Vikki fishing for compliments because their life isn’t diamonds and roses. I have friends that have this negative attitude and it saddens me. Thank God for what you have, not what you want to have. Put your big girl panties on and deal with it. So from now on I will be a little sassy but I want to evoke more positivity and spirit in my life. It might be harder to smile sometimes but the outcome of being positive and not letting the negative effect you will be worth the extra effort!

Summer. This summer I have made a pact to myself to spend more time outdoors. I’m not a camping person, I am more of a glamping kind of girl but I really wanted to spend more time outside soaking in some Vitamin D. I take Rocker and Ryder on hikes, walks, runs, anything to get some more fresh air. I’ve also spent time laying out by the pool and reading my Paleo book. It’s been nice. I’ve even have a little tan going on! Loves it. I plan on having a couple of get togethers at my pool so my friends can join me in my new pastime.  I also bought a cool new toy that I get to use in the water, which I’ll explain next!

Kayaking. That’s right, your glamping girl bought a kayak! I have always wanted to try it out, but my own insecurities held me back. Well that changed this summer! I rented a kayak from Rowing Dock on Town Lake and it was a euphoric experience. It is so therapeutic and relaxing. I decided I needed to go ahead and buy my own that I could take out anywhere I wanted to, so I bought one! Yay! Of course it’s red and it has a place for my “water bottle”. My coworker thinks I should bring Rocker and Ryder but I don’t think Rocky would enjoy it. Poor pup is so timid. But we can always try!

 

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Here is my new favorite view. Love being on the water!

Rock On.

~ Jalys.

Wednesday Already?!

This week I’m trying to catch up with ALL of the outstanding photos I have to edit. I am so excited that I’ll spend most of next week around Stephenville, TX at Melody Mountain Ranch to photography Larry Joe Taylor’s Music Festival! It’s a dream come true to be able to not only photograph but have my photos published! There are A LOT of exciting adventures coming up, which I’ll post more about as they come. But just a heads up: LOTS of MUSIC photos will be hitting this blog! YEE YEE! 🙂 Here are a couple sneak peeks of what is to come. Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! Check back soon for tons of photos!

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I dig the tight angle and texture in this shot! Photographed this in Corpus!

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Love me some BR and Matt Powell!

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Avery doing her thang!

 

love it. live it. capture it.

~ Jalys

Texas Drought + The Salt Lick

Working for Tech, I’m in the car almost daily driving to schools. My favorite trips at the ones where I can take back roads and explore more of the country side of Central Texas. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of driving to Wimberly, TX for a high school visit. This drive is so awesome, I love going to this school because it reminds me of my highschool. There is this amazing spot I’ve found right off the road, that has a creek where you can sit on the creek bank and soak in God’s glory. I look forward to this school every semester because of this spot. Unfortunately, we are in a horrific drought right now in Texas. When I showed up to the spot after my school visit, I was shocked when I found my treasured spot almost dry. Gone were the days of me stopping by for a quick 10-15 minute break to put my feet in the water and listen to the sound of rushing water coming from the waterfall. I brought my camera along with me hoping to capture the glory of this spot, but instead here are some photos to show the extreme drought we are going through.

After my discovery, I decided to stop at one of the best places in Texas to grab some barbecue for my coworkers called: The Salt Lick. They are kind of a big deal….This is their original location, which is out in the middle of nowhere and I absolutely love the atmosphere. It’s cash only, byob and has the perrrrrfect company to indulge in some tasty barbecue. They let me go back and photograph their infamous pit with tons of meaty delights. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as my coworkers and I enjoyed eating their delicious barbecue! This is one of the places you need to check off your Texas bucket list!

love it. live it. capture it.

Jalys.

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