thesuitcasestudio wandering the muddy path, giggling at my pup's antics & breaking into song now and again. THIS is where I find my joy. #wanderlust #peterscanyon #followyourheart #findjoyeveryday 11h

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thesuitcasestudio back on the trails... dodging raindrops & tiring ourselves out. #dachshund #peterscanyon #bliss #wanderlust #stepawayfromthecomputer 16h

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thesuitcasestudio Inspire. // Sitting across the table from me, she leaned in and said she wanted me to know a few things. How she'd looked up to me in high school; had really aspired to be a friend of mine. How I'd helped her learn how to do her makeup, and to this day she still thinks of that when applying foundation. How much she'd admired my artistry, and more so when I took the time to break it down and teach her how to see differently in order to draw, as well. (And now SHE's creating beautiful artwork & even selling some of her paintings.) She remembers all this, from all those years ago, and wanted me to know just how much of an inspiration I'd been to her back then.
I was awestruck. Completely flattered and happy to have had that kind of effect on someone else. But the thing is... even though I'm glad that those moments happened, I actually don't remember those particular moments. And that's okay... we're not expected to remember every single moment of every passing day.
But it just goes to show that you can never know the true impact you have on another life. What might just be another moment for you could be momentous to another.
So... be kind to others. Choose your words carefully. Be patient. Don't be afraid to share pieces of your self, and be the best that you can be. Take the time to TELL others how amazing they are, and never leave words unspoken, because you never know when THOSE might be the words that they remember, the moments that uplift, or the thing that inspires.
#inspire #authenticity #beYOURSELF #connection #community #storyteller #inspiration #noregrets
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thesuitcasestudio It's like the "Where's Waldo" of the beer world. #snapshotwheat 4d

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thesuitcasestudio shhhhh... don't tell the office. My morning appointment was much quicker than anticipated, so I stopped off to treat myself to breakfast & a brainstorming session before heading back. This will be OUR little secret, k? #breathingdeeply #followyourheart #makingdreamscometrue 5d
  •   jordandenenyc nice work 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @tammymendoza hey lady... Just a heads up... I emailed you at your letterstoyou address but not sure you ever saw it? Also sent a DM to that account here on IG. Just wanted to make sure you'd seen. 5d
  •   tammymendoza @thesuitcasestudio yes! I did! Sorry I've been busy with some projects, but I will start on yours next week! 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @tammymendoza toooootally no worries!!! I just wanted to be sure my email actually got through... it gets sketchy, sometimes. oh, and ps: you'd better not be WORKING on your birthday! I'm pretty sure that's against the rules or something. 5d

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thesuitcasestudio chasing dreams // excitedly scribbling notes into my journal... page after page of breakthrough ideas, and for the first time in days I'm filled with a lightness of hope & true possibility. I think I've found a way to achieve my dreams for REAL. And better yet... I think I've figured out a way to share in this moment, and bring you ALL along on this journey! I'll share more as plans are solidified. But WE can make this happen... TOGETHER. #community #connection #authenticity #followyourheart #happydance 5d

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thesuitcasestudio warning: emotional outpouring ahead. // I am tired. bone-weary. my soul is exhausted.
Wondering when my life might remotely resemble the one I'd been promised in childhood.
I have no loving husband to wrap his comforting arms around me and tell me everything will be alright. I have no chubby-cheeked children to warm my heart with their carefree smiles and endless hugs. And I have no career that leaves me fulfilled at the day's end, knowing that I helped make the world a tiny bit better.
I have daydreams and possibilities. I have bits & pieces. I have teases, taunts and the TASTE of what MIGHT be. Maybe. Someday.
I also have plenty of naysayers, cautioning me against the risks and branding me a fool for even considering giving up the security of what I DO have.
Thankfully, I also have plenty of cheerleaders... clapping their hands and telling me to follow my dreams and take the BIG LEAP.
Unfortunately, while their hands are ready to soothe my bruised skin, there is no one to hold the safety net in case I crash to the earth.
Alone, I must walk to the edge of the cliff, look across the wide expanse, and decide if I am ready to jump. // "What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you FLY?" -e.e. cummings // #liveauthentically #followyourheart // photo taken #inbend on my way to #ShevlinPark, gasping as I saw the ocean of trees stretching before me, and feeling like I was home.
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  •   thesuitcasestudio @cupcakescutlery soooo, yeah... I'm doing it. Figuring out HOW to make it happen. But I've got a plan in the works. We'll be adventurers together!!! 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @courtneystews thanks for cheering me on, my friend. 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @emhatchme @pbnjsmama09 yes yes yes! I don't want to look back and wonder "what if." I'm done with the pity-party... time to pick myself up & figure it out. Because it's GONNA happen! 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @igerscentraloregon Jeepers, how scary! But yeah... I'm gonna DO it. Figuring out the HOW, and it's getting a little bit clearer. 5d
  •   thesuitcasestudio @angmbishop thank you!!!! Actually, I'm brainstorming a photo session-drive, so to speak... to pre-book my calendar & get some seed money to help put this all into motion. I'll keep you posted, but when it's time, I could REALLY use some help spreading the word. 5d
  •   igerscentraloregon @thesuitcasestudio looking forward to meeting you! 4d
  •   rabnrpb We were made to soar with the endless possibilities ! We may fall -- but we get right back up and keep moving! Life was not meant to be lived stagnant !!! Soar , my dear friend !!! If it doesn't scare you -- it doesn't change you. Love you lots 4d

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thesuitcasestudio Mad Matter: "Have I gone mad?" Alice: "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are. //#aliceinwonderland #madhatter #teaparty #styledshoot 6d

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thesuitcasestudio Alice: "Where should I go?" Cheshire Cat: "That depends on where you want to end up." -Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
#wanderlust #followyourheart #aliceinwonderland #styledshoot
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thesuitcasestudio after an emotionally tumultuous weekend, I am finding it difficult to snap back into the mind-numbing and monotonous routine of the work-week, particularly since Mondays are already notorious for wreaking havoc around the office. Now that I know the direction I TRULY want to go, and see those doors opening before me, it is taking ALL my patience to remind myself that I need to cautiously place one foot in front of the other to get there... when all I want to do is SPRINT to the end. #patience #authenticity #wanderlust //photo taken at @mcmenamins #edgefield property in #Portland #oregon 7d

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thesuitcasestudio everyone sees what you appear to be; few experience what you really are. // My emotions are close to the surface tonight, and I'm letting the tears fall. It's not necessarily a bad thing; it only means that I'm feeling deeply and choose to actually FEEL it instead of stuff the emotions down or distract myself. This is new for me.
I've spent much of my life playing the part of the "chameleon"... learning to share different pieces of myself with different people or groups of people, so that I might better fit into their world. But not only does that take a lot of energy & memory, it leaves me feeling fragmented from my SELF in the end.
So I'm trying something new. Take it or leave it, this is ME. I'm bravely learning to share the darkness as well as the light; the mess as well as the polished pieces. Because I'm NOT perfect, but I am whole.
And so, I'm extending this invitation to all of you, to do the same. If only just a little bit more... I invite you to share pieces of yourself that you might normally hide from the world.
Because we are truly BEAUTIFUL in all of our quirks & imperfections.
So, here's my current confession: tonight isn't all sunshine and rainbows, as I feel my way through a few darker moments and mourn pieces of my life that I'm leaving behind as I grow. But it's okay. It WILL be okay. It's life, and it's a spectacular process. And I thank you for seeing the REAL me as I continue my journey.
#liveauthentically #connection #authenticity #bebrave #beYOURSELF //fave photo of mine, taken at a workshop a few years ago.
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thesuitcasestudio Working on the finishing touches to my PHOTOGRAPHY 101 workshop!!! Have you signed up yet? There are still a few spots left... see Timree.com for details. #photography101 #photographybasics #learntoloveyourcamera @timree 1w
  •   nicholefoo Where is this workshop? 1w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @nicholefoo @timree is hosting it at her paint studio in Newport Beach, on March 14. Details & sign-up are on her site. but let me know if you have questions. 1w

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thesuitcasestudio when you receive an invitation to join new people for brunch, you should always say YES. Currently geeking out with a group of girls, comparing cons & sipping on bellinis. #cafeambrosia #geek4life 1w

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thesuitcasestudio new discovery: a super-awesome brewery tucked into an industrial area of Anaheim. All beer names are fun to say/order, but the Cinnamon Roast Crunch is to diiiie for! #mmmmmbeer @noblealeworks 1w
  •   ally_guzman That place is one of my favourites. 1w
  •   emhatchme You have to try bottle logic too! And the Bruery in Placentia! They're amazing! 1w
  •   ocbeerblog What @emhatchme said! 1w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @ally_guzman niiiice! Yeah, I will DEFINITELY be going back. 1w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @emhatchme @ocbeerblog good to know! I'm a newbie to the beer world, so I'll definitely have to add these to my growing list. My bro is taking me to a brewery in Irvine on Monday, but I can't recall its name at the moment. 1w
  •   ally_guzman It's always fun to go before angel games or duck games! Let me know if you need a brewery partner! Lol I'm always down to go! 1w
  •   thesuitcasestudio @ally_guzman awesome!!! I'll keep you in mind! 1w

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thesuitcasestudio He dances across the stage... having no idea how lucky he truly is, standing in a place of great musical performance, emotional outpouring and history. // Inside the @mcmenamins @crystalballroom // #Portland #pdx #storyteller #dayinthelife 1w

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thesuitcasestudio family reading time in a cozy little corner of @powellsbooks // spending the day with @jennyrhythm + @justinsmiths in #Portland // #dayinthelife #lifestyleportraits #powellscityofboks #pdx #pnw 1w

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thesuitcasestudio wanderlust // what once felt foreign is now a welcome and recognizable part of my soul. each new step I take leaves me breathless, yet more than ready for the next piece of adventure. //photo from a "bohemian" styled shoot a few years back. #wanderlust #bohemian #followyourheart #makingdreamscometrue #bebrave 2w

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thesuitcasestudio fro-yo, yo. // because writer's block at 9 pm begs for a yummy time-out. @yogurtlandinc 2w

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Normal Michelle Carrillo
thesuitcasestudio I am brave. Much more so than I ever thought possible. Because being brave doesn't mean having the absence of fear... it's moving forth in SPITE of it. And I'm definitely facing my fears, wielding my sword, and conquering them all. I'm taking HUUUUUGE leaps of faith, following my instincts and letting go of carefully-crafted plans. I'm sending emails, making the phone calls, and putting myself out there in a BIG way. And so far, the return has been INCREDIBLE. New doors are opening every day, and I'm amazed at the paths that lie before me now, ready for my first footsteps to be taken. #bebrave #authenticity #followyourheart #lifejourney 2w

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thesuitcasestudio prone to REAL LIFE. // from emotional roller coaster rides, to writer's block, to stress eating, to sleepless nights, to overcrowded parks & barbed wire fences... this weekend did NOT go as planned. at all. but I'm gonna hit the reset button tomorrow & come out swingin'... cuz this girl's a fighter. #shakeitoff #girlpower 2w
  •   rachelhulan Sometimes Mondays are a good thing. 2w

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