I grew up dancing under Spanish Moss in the South. I was always a shy child, and although I had good friends, I always kind of felt like an outsider, like I didn’t quite belong in the environments I was placed in, except dance class, my books, and my journals. These were my safe havens, my creative outlets that gave me a sense of freedom from my anxieties, independence, and a place where I felt most myself and a place where I felt I belonged. As I grew up, I gained deeper interest in writing, along with newfound passion in photography and film. These passions and creative outlets were there for me when relationships and friendships ended, when my life took an emotional turn or two with tragedy and trauma, and it fueled me to take it more seriously. I graduated from an art college with a BFA, after majoring in filmmaking.
After I graduated, I wanted to move far far away. I always lived in the same place and for as long as I could remember I wanted to discover new places and new people. I packed up my life, including my cat child, Oz, and moved to Portland, OR. Within months, our family of two became three. I met my fiance, Alex, on a dating site (I KNOW), and after one date, he was a part of my life. We have struggled with our circumstances, and have made plenty of mistakes (moving across the country twice, and in a back and forth motion at that ), but it has just made us as people and our relationship stronger.
This past year I was diagnosed with a bladder disorder, Interstitial Cystitis, or Painful Bladder Syndrome. It basically means that my bladder does not work the way it should and causes a lot of pain that has similarities to UTI symptoms, among other things. I also suffer from chronic migraines. I’m still in the diagnosis process of figuring out why, but they make life pretty difficult for me.
Meet Bee & Birch
Formerly known as Songs of the Sparrow, Bee & Birch is my tiny curated corner of the internet where I can focus on all of my passions. I have been at service to other people’s visions and projects for too long, and I wanted a space where I can feature my own work. I’ve always been careful with my words, but open with my heart and honest about my emotions and experiences. I have found that the strongest bonds are created out of laying your heart on the line, and one of the greatest things is when you connect with other people and they feel a newfound strength or yearning to share their story as well. I used to blog the way others tell you to blog, the way that is for likes and follows, but now I am focused on just creating, whatever that may be, as long as it’s honest.