Apr 162014
 

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some wordy wisdom but I ran across this last week and couldn’t resist. Normally I know exactly where each quote came from, who said it, its context and some of its backstory. This quote however, is a complete mystery. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to it. It could have come from a celebrity or from an unemployed middle-aged man from the 195o’s. Who knows. I relate to it either way. I’ve come face to face with both ends of this spectrum. Do I currently have everything? Hell no but I do feel very rich, very full and extremely fortunate. It is so easy to give up before you reach that peak and it is so easy to take that peak for granted once it’s been achieved. I vow to do my best to embrace the world around me, do my best to help others, actively listen and always remain thankful. Grace, humanity, humility and humbleness. If those are gone, you’ve then lost your everything.

 

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The word-wise web is a new addition to the {jcp} blog and a way for me to share my daily inspirations with you.  I put great value on vocabulary and find that the web is an incredibly rich resource for discovering those wordy bits of wisdoms. In fact, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to finding these.  So stay tuned for more and if you have any words of wisdom that you love, pray do tell!

Apr 032014
 

Last month I agreed to a Maternity Shoot with my good friend Wendy. We decided to shoot it in studio which allowed me a little more control of light and shadow. The week before I asked her to really think about what she wanted, specific elements that she would like to capture. We discussed and then narrowed the shoot down to five different looks, complete with scarves, a henna belly blessing, one sexy black blazer, wild flowers, sentimental items for Henri and loads of color. My favorite ended up being the scarf, pictured below. She looked so beautiful wrapped within it’s vibrant shades and the added pop of light that we set up behind her, gave the photograph a magical twist.  Speaking of twist, her husband was the one pulling and twisting the material behind her. I had to direct him to get just the right look. He was a true team player. We could not have done this look without him. Thanks Dre!

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

Henna Belly Blessings are becoming increasingly popular and are usually applied to the belly in the eighth month of pregnancy for good luck. Wendy used it as a way to connect to some of her closest, allowing them to share a blessing and meditate on baby Henri’s health. It was a very positive and empowering evening for everyone involved.

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

Soon after this shoot, baby Henri introduced himself to the world. Born at Cedars Hospital in Los Angeles at 1:03 am on March 22, he weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces and was 19.5 inches long. A beautiful and healthy baby boy. He’s safe at home now, bonding with mom and dad. Wendy has not only been a long time friend of mine but she’s also a yoga queen. She’s been a certified yoga therapist, experienced registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance, pre & post-natal yoga instructor,  as well as the certified Lead Teacher and Ambassador of Strong Yoga 4Women. She’s a hard working yogini. So it was no wonder that she had Henri with no drugs, al natural and in ten hours time… what! The girl knows how to breath people! Amazing. Congratulations again, Wendy and Dre! I cannot wait to meet him.

maternity, it's a boy, family portraits, blue buddha studios, ©Jen Castle Photography

Mar 252014
 

I did it! I finished. I ran 26.2 miles on March 9, 2014 in the Los Angeles Marathon. Pinch. Me. I couldn’t believe it was happening then and two weeks later, I still can’t believe it. It was one of the hardest goals I’ve ever worked for so of course it came with the biggest sense of accomplishment. I was high after crossing that finish line. Completely high. So, I wanted to wrap up the experience with a final Thank You to the oh so many individuals out there that came forward to help, to listen, donate and to cheer.

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To the {jcp} running team-

Together we brought in a total of $8,429.40 in donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and then, ran like hell. You guys are amazing, always inspiring and I can’t wait to run with you again.

To our donators-

My mantra during this journey was “every amount helps, donate what you can and know that every amount helps” and so we had donations starting at $5.00 and up to $500.00. Collectively, we were able to soar high over our original goal of $3000.00. We doubled it and nearly tripled it and it’s all due to the collective attention that our donators brought to it. It’s because of your generosity that we were able to help St. Jude achieve their goal of $100,000.00 for this #LAMarathon. Whoop Whoop!!

To my Soundtrack Contributors-

You have no idea. The tunes you provided for me and the beautiful messages that accompanied them, helped to carry my feet when I thought they could no longer go on. And the creativity behind the choices- “Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne and “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. Brilliant. (I have some clever friends). They kept me happy, laughing and moving. Thank you so much.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot say it enough. This experience was such a sweet ride.