Ever since I started this blog I've done a Thanksgiving post where I post about what I'm thankful for...just like every other blogger. I skipped the post last year because I was at a really strange place in my life. That was actually the day I told my mom I wanted to move to Cleveland. It's insane to me how different my life is now compared to this same day one year ago. I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. In no order at all, here's a very short list of things that make me cry a little when I think about them too long... 
(I'm so serious too, I'm a crier!)

My apartment in the most wonderful city. I've said it once, and I'm sure I'll say it at least another hundred thousands times; I love this city.  I'm so happy to have settled into so city life so quickly and easily. I belong here. Although I'm ready to start looking for a new place, I do love this apartment. It's the perfect size for all my collections and I.

The best roommates. This year is actually the first time in my life I've lived alone. It wasn't that strange at first, it felt normal. But a few months in, it hit me. I'm never going to come home to dinner cooking, or music on or anything in this apartment. I don't miss a person in particular, I miss a feeling. I like having someone in another room doing their own thing while I do mine. Living alone can be super lonely for me at times but Klaus, Professor, and Squid are really great company. I seriously don't know how anyone lives alone without pets. These three are lifesavers!

A tight knit group of incredible friends. I've never really had a lot of friends. In high school I had maybe two or three super close friends. I lost touch with them and then basically only concentrated on a relationship - that failed. When I moved to Cleveland I had one friend. Then I met Jeff and was instantly welcomed into his group of friends. I've never felt so comfortable so quickly around a group of people. Almost immediately I was being corrected by Jeff for saying "your friends" because they were (are) my friends too.

Jason, Brandon, Rachel, Garrett, Jake, and of course, Jeff - I LOVE YOU GUYS, and I'm so incredibly thankful to have you all in my life. 

It probably seems silly to most, but dude, this list isn't complete without my bike! It's insane to me how much something that I've known about my whole life could mean so much to be when I rediscovered it as an adult. My bike makes me feel confident, healthy, strong, sexy, and in control. I'm not sure there is any time that I'm happier than when I'm on my bike. I took to cycling like a fish to water.

Last but not least, all of you! I'm so fortunate to be able to blog for a living. I couldn't do that without you guys. And even more than being able to blog for living, I love connecting with people through my blog. Over the past two years there have been lots of big changes in my life and obstacles that I've overcome but it makes it even more exciting to get an email or comment from someone doing the same thing. I connected with people from all across the world doing the same things I was doing - getting their license late in life, moving to a new city, getting on their own two feet, etc. Being able to share my experiences with so many people is a crazy good feeling.  Thank you all so much for reading, commenting, emailing, liking, sharing, everything!

I hope you all have an incredible Thanksgiving.

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I shared photos from my trip to Lagoon Deer Park back in October but while I was there I also shot with my instax 210. I hadn't used it in a while, and honestly had forgotten how much I love the photos it produces. I used to spend a lot of time planning my photos with this camera and ultimately always ended up disappointed. I've recently taken to shooting quick, and thinking less about it. I love the results. They have a bit of a disposable camera vibe to them. Shots that would probably be discarded had they been shot with my digital camera always end up being my favorite on film.
It's so hard to believe this was only just around a month ago. The weather here in Ohio changed SO quickly. It was 70 degrees one day, and then two days later we had a big snow storm. Since then the temperatures have been in the teens and when that wind is whipping it is BRUTAL outside. There was no smooth transition into winter so I'm kind of already feeling antsy about it ending. I would kill to be back in the pen with all these deer, sun shining, in less than the four layers that have become my uniform as of late. Spring can't come soon enough.

I recently shared a little bit about instant film + four cameras with easily accessible film here if you're looking to get into a super fun hobby! ;)

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I love cemeteries. I think that's apparent. But there is just something about cemeteries in the fall that makes them a thousand times more beautiful, and more peaceful. This cemetery is close to a few other places I frequent but somehow I'd never spent much time poking around in there. I finally got around to doing it last week and I couldn't be more pleased with my photos. I actually spilled tea on my laptop just a few hours after I got done editing these and my first thought was "Nooooo! The cemetery photos!!!" After a few days in a bag of ride my laptop made a full recovery! Hooray! Although I am still finding pieces of rice everywhere...

It was a gorgeous day for checking out the cemetery, albeit pretty cold. The leaves were all different colors, and the sky was overcast which is my favorite to shoot it but for some reason all my shots looked uninspired. I just wasn't able to capture what I was seeing in person. Right as I was about to leave a headstone off in the distance caught my eye. When I walked over to photograph it I realized there were all kind of tiny little headstones along the fence that had, for the most part, been neglected and forgotten. Ivy had begun to cover most and I even found a few that had been completely buried underneath growth. My fingers were so cold I felt like they might freeze but I had to keep looking for other little hidden treasures.
Monroe Street Cemetery is a historic cemetery on the West side of Cleveland, until the late 1890's it was actually the only public cemetery on the West side. It is said that burials began in 1818 but the earliest headstone that can be found is 1827. There are currently over 31k people buried on the 13.63 acres, over 500 of which were soldiers. During the civil war, soldiers who died at Army camps near Cleveland were often buried here. There are also two mayors, as well as many notable folks who helped build Cleveland and Ohio City buried here.

After finding all the really old, and tiny headstones hidden along the fence I think that brings this cemetery up my second favorite in Cleveland. I'm not sure I'll find one I like more than Woodland but here's to lookin'! 

Bonus fun Monroe Street Cemetery fact : It was fenced during the 19th century to keep out wandering hogs.

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jacket - Vegan Leather Moto Jacket c/o Golden Tote
sweater - c/o Golden Tote
necklace - Hannah Zakari (a few years back)
 jeans - TJ Maxx
camera bag - Lowepro

This feels like a very grown up outfit for me. There's nothing really outrageous, other than my hair. For the most part, this is a pretty chill outfit and surprisingly enough I'm really into it. This sweater is definitely something I would pass right by in the store, never giving it a second look but I actually really love it. It was one of my surprise items in this month's Golden Tote (more info on Golden Tote here!) As soon as I put it on I was smitten. It just fits really well, is cozy and looks great. I have a feeling it will be in heavy rotation this winter. It's so great to find items that are simple, and easy to just throw on with anything without much thought. I'd like to fill my closet with those pieces.

I've been poking around the tracks a lot lately. I didn't grow up around train tracks. I actually can't think of any anywhere near my parent's house but I always wished there were some close. I like that it's a little escape from the city to be near the tracks. It's quiet except for when there is actually a train, there's usually no one else around, and on top of that, they're a nice place to take pictures. I certainly wouldn't mind living a bit closer.

PS. Ya like that rock by my foot that I used as a marker for the spot that was in focus? Definitely meant to kick it out of frame. Hah!

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