the pursuit of happiness from within | inspiration

this joy ride is a fun little blog that posts a bi-weekly inspirational-style "newsletter." I used quotes there because it's not necessarily news - just sort of a feature. Recently they featured Luke and Natalie, a young newlywed couple exploring life, art, photography and love. I was inspired by something Natalie said in the feature and I wanted to share it with you:

Natalie, what inspires you about winter?

"the pursuit of happiness from within. there’s something so special about winter… the ways that it draws you into your home and close to the ones you love, keeps you warm with piles of blankets, & lights a burst of inspiration to create & discover. it is a very bare season, though- hushed and quieted by summer’s past. still, i like the time of waiting, of lingering dark nights & slow mornings. we need the winter to reflect, to calm ourselves, to reach deep inside & find that little light within us that keeps us going, making, and creating."

I couldn't have said it better myself. I think my love of the snow and the winter months is summed up right there in that paragraph. While I am excited about spring time and all the life it brings along, I plan to make the most of these last few weeks of winter. Who's with me? :)

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.