Wednesday, January 2, 2013

MOVED

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

113- Keep the Strongest Sunlight



Taking a walk around the farm nearby reminds me that sometimes you just need silence.


My ears and my brain have been bombarded lately with a barrage of thoughts, sounds, emotions, words, you name it.



I'm a big fan of talking-it-out with friends and loved ones. Sometimes, it's the best kind of therapy around, and luckily enough for me, I've got some amazing people that are more than willing to listen to me at any hour of the day (more than a few of those have been tested with 4:00am tear-filled phone calls).



But some days, I crave stillness.




And sometimes, if I'm really lucky Mother Nature gives me things like this to remind me why I should just open my eyes and close my mouth sometimes.




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Sunday, April 8, 2012

112- Bring It On Home


Catch the wind, see us spin, sail away, leave today, way up high in the sky.


An inspiration is what you are to me, inspiration, look... see.


So if you wake up with the sunrise, and all your dreams are still as new, 
And happiness is what you need so bad, girl, the answer lies with you.


Got no time to for spreadin' roots, The time has come to be gone.


I've got my ticket, I've got that load. Got up, gone higher, all aboard.


**All lyrics from "Led Zeppelin: II"

Sunday, March 25, 2012

111- I Keep Running Around, Trying to Find the Ground



This is my best friend.


In the six years I have known her, we have been through Hell and back many times and throughout it all, she has become my rock in in more than one way.


She's a beautiful person, both inside and out, and I am beyond blessed to know her and have her as such a major part of my life.


I always find that times of great change in my life make me far more pensive than I intend on being. I spend hours sifting through my thoughts. I fill pages and pages with my ramblings and poetry. I clog my cameras with hundreds of photos of everything and nothing. I listen to music and laugh and cry and hope and dream.


It would certainly be an understatement to simply say I'm in the midst of a great change.


My life seems to be in such a limbo for the moment. Every day brings a new, sometimes earth-shattering lesson for me to learn. I'm doing my best to be a proper student, but it's easy for the lessons to be lost on me lately.


I just want to be happy. And free. I want to feel as I did in these photographs. With my arms spread wide, and my spirit blowing in the breeze, without a care in the world.




It's a journey, of course. And you must start somewhere, but it always seems the most difficult to take those initial steps.


Luckily for me, I have some of the biggest, most passionate cheerleaders in my corner.



And maybe soon the day will come where I'll find myself sitting quietly, and someone will ask me the reason behind the smile on my face. The best part will be that I didn't even realize I was smiling in the first place.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

110-It Seems Like I've Gotta Travel On


There will always be these moments in time, memories that you form, that will stay with you forever.


For me, this trip was one of them. Spending time in the mountains with my best friend. I couldn't possibly ask for more. A string of beautiful, unforgettable moments packed into a week of sunshine, laughter, and warm hearts.



Sunshine everywhere, beauty surrounding every inch. Is this heaven? I'd surely believe it.





I left a piece of my heart and my soul in this place, after this trip. I plan on returning soon to reunite with them; to feel the sunshine on my skin and the smile on my face. Happiness, here I come.

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