Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Featuring: Lost On The Horizon Photography

Ladies,  I'm excited we are getting back into the swing of things.  You'll love reading about Michelle.
It's just refreshing and inspiring to read about women doing amazing things with their lives: growing, learning,
and stepping into the women God called them to be.  Life is so much bigger when we start stepping into the path we were created to walk.   Thanks Michelle for sharing.  Do pay her a visit...
~ Kasse D. 

Where are you in life right now?

Good question! Right now, I’m on a crazy journey of self-discovery and inventing who I am and what my purpose is. I’m discovering new passions, heart’s desires, and ways in which I want to make an impact on the world. I’m at a major - or two - milestone in life. I recently turned 40 (which I’m told is the new 20.  I really hope not, as I cringe at the thought of doing my 20’s and high waisted jeans over again) and my daughter is currently a senior in high school (and about to turn 18).

I am literally a jill of all trades, master of none, but last year God put a true calling on my heart that, after 20 years, I finally feel like I have a small glimpse into what I’m supposed to be doing. I’ve spent the last 18 years working in the fire service and higher education. I’m working this year to become a life and health coach. Long term plans (hopefully within the next 5 years)  include obtaining a 2nd Master’s degree in adult clinical mental health, specializing in working with families and caregivers of cancer patients; as well as grief, bereavement, and disaster. I’ll be able to use my photography and writing to bring healing, peace and understanding to others. It will be definitely be a journey!


 (Photo Credit: WesSpeaks Productions)


Personally, I’m to the point I can honestly say (while holding my breath): I suffered through undiagnosed depression the last few years and it is a terrible place to be. I have reclaimed my health, my happiness, and my enthusiasm for life and hope that I can help others do the same. I’m looking forward to growing my photography business (making it in nature/western/landscape photography takes a LOT of patience), publishing my first cookbook, and writing a book about emerging from depression through love and acceptance. Of course, I couldn’t be any more excited to see my baby girl graduate, head on her first international mission trip, and then start college in the fall where she will be following her very own dreams!


  Briefly, who are you?

I am a dreamer,  wanna-be artist, explorer, God lover, comforter, decaf coffee drinker, photographer, writer.




Your testimony?

I’ll have to admit - like many people, I grew up in a system where God’s love was earned and very conditional.  ‘ If you do this, or don’t do this.’ ‘ If you dress this way, or that.’ If you feel certain emotions towards someone.  There always seemed to be a “but” or a “because” attached to anything that related to God’s love. Unconditional love was something I knew nothing of from a religious aspect. Fortunately, my Mother and Grandfather had been imparted with deep knowledge and the ability to show multiple sides of what God’s true love meant. Of course, journeying through adulthood, I remembered their love as being their own, because I had no idea that it could be anything but earthly feelings.

The last five years have been full of highs and lows, darkness and light - one tragic death after another coupled by health complications, years of self-doubt and trying to make myself what others wanted me to be left me faking what and who I was. I spent my whole life in the church but it wasn’t until the summer before last that I actually felt God’s love for the first time. Literally, in the middle of a church service, I heard for the first time in my life, “ I love you.” If you had asked me year ago about God’s love and what it meant to me, it would have been all about me. However, I have come to realize that God’s love is about so much more than myself. I am learning that you cannot be walking in God’s love without being changed by it. I am learning all about self-love, understanding. compassion, and true joy.


Why start? Why and how did you start?

We had changed churches back in 2011 after my daughter answered an altar call at a healing encounter. A few years previous, I had rededicated my life to God but still had no real understanding of what it all meant. It became harder and harder to hold on the darkness and despair - and of course, when God knocks loud enough, you will finally answer. There is no life in living if it’s not filled with joy, happiness, authenticity, laughter, and love. You cannot find those anywhere until you find and share them within yourself.

What is it about for you...life?

Living outside of yourself. Doing things that people said you never could or would. Helping others realize they have had everything they needed the whole time to be successful and overcome. Doing more, talking less (which I’m working on myself). Being authentic. My Granddaddy always said the measure of a man was not the wealth he left behind, but his friends and family. I’m all about a drama-free, happy, pie-filled, environment in which everyone feels safe to be themselves.

What do you love?
I love beyond measure my family. My daughter is the light of my life. I have finally come to love myself.  I love the fact that I have been given the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. I absolutely love photography and cooking/baking. Laughter, reading, traveling, west Texas sunsets, bling, cowboy boots, and high heels are also at the top of the list of things I adore.


 Favorite part of your day/life?
The time of day that allows me to be creative - whether inside editing photos, writing, baking, cooking or outside taking photos! As much as I enjoy quiet time to myself, I usually prefer to be surrounded by organized chaos (you’ll have to visit during one of our “family” ‘dinners and you’ll understand!).




Random fact:
If you know me, you know:  I think brussel sprouts taste like dirt smells. I’m not real fond of green peas either. I have a REALLY dry, corny sense of humor and I snort when I laugh out loud (oh that’s three facts..did I mention I was bad at math also? And don’t ask me for directions either.)

What I felt like the Lord wanted me to say:
There is someone, somewhere who cares. Someone who will listen, someone who will understand. Someone who may not have all the answers but can definitely help you write out the questions. You are never alone. You are beautiful, and cherished, and adored. You were created in His likeness, in His glory, in His splendor. Nothing you dream is too BIG to accomplish. You must surround yourself at all times by people who lift you up and encourage you. There is no such thing as “tough” love. There is only peace,compassion and understanding in love.

Interesting fact:
I have a degree in agriculture that I never used and I spent 9 years in the fire service which I loved.

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4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much my friend for sharing my story - YOU are incredible and I'm so glad our paths crossed!

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    1. Thank you for blessing us. Your story inspires. I too am thankful our paths have crossed. XOXO~ Kasse D.

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  2. Tears streaming down my face. Thank you for sharing this and yourself! xox Lori

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    1. Lori,
      Thank you! It has been so hard to be honest and vulnerable (especially with myself). I LOVE following you on Facebook and LOVE your work! Maybe one day we can meet up for some tea (since your just "right down the road" from me..LOL).

      ~RED

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