Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday #73: Crossroads

Hi, I'm Alyse, and I have a coffee shop + pastry problem.  Ok, really just this one shop because the coffee is freshly roasted every day, I go there so much that I have A Spot, and know all the staff.  Look, we all need our sanctuary spaces and this happens to be mine on the weekends (or weekday mornings occasionally when I want to do computer work).  I swear this is 90% of my feed and stories.  That being said, I haven't done a Sunday post since January, so here goes the catch up!  I think telling y'all I've been busy is kind of a given because there's always something that needs doing.  I'm hunkered down over writing, poring over the literature, and generally looking for different ways to get my projects moving.  Sorry if that's intentionally vague, but hope you understand.  On a more personal end, less full-time work focused end, there's a bit to catch up on!

I.  I've done about four photoshoots in the past month between photographing Taylor, doing my friend's headshots, a Women's Day event at Flywheel Sports in Seattle, and recently, a collaboration with Aiko.  With the exception of Aiko, the shoots were all kind of on the fly.  The Flywheel Sports one was the most challenging because I've never had to shoot in a dark room before and had to push outside of my natural light comfort zone to work with (built-in) flash.  I'm at a crossroads where I'm debating if I should invest in a full-frame camera and start advertising for more paid gigs or to continue this solely as a hobby with the occasional job.  The difficult thing is that this would be entirely freelance and always come second to my full-time job.

II.  I redid my blog layout (again!) and got my photo website back up and running.  One thing I struggle with is the direction I want to take Lumière & Lens.  On the one hand, I write conversationally and love to connect with readers, but on the other, I want to create more curated content.  At the moment, I write these posts like a train-of-thought.  For the future, I'm thinking of a fitness and photography series, but have to figure out how it will fit into the overall theme.  How do I better my "brand"?!

III.  Speaking of fitness, I can now say that I'm a verifiable gym rat because I've kept pretty well to my resolution this year of exercising more.  With few exceptions, I've managed to exercise 5 to 6 times a week since the beginning of January.  If you're interested, I post tidbits of exercise here.  This past week, I tried barre and spin, both for the first time!  I'm drafting posts on those experiences.  All in all, I can say I LOVE exercise because it's become a meditative space for me.  I've still got insulation, but I also have more strength and muscle than I have had in my entire life.

IV.  Spring has officially arrived in Seattle. Whilst everyone is rejoicing the arrival of longer days and the sunshine, I'm already missing the winter.  We had a big blizzard that was dubbed Snowmageddon2019 where the city effectively shut down this year and I loved it.  As a person who is perpetually warm, I love the cold and snow!  Future plans: move to the Arctic Circle.

I have to sign off and get some work done before my spin class this afternoon.  Tell me what you've been up to in the comments!


  1. Like the new layout! Very sleek.

    I suppose there is no harm in trying to freelance on the side with photogeaphy and see where that takes you or if you do want to keep it as a hobby.

  2. I peeked at your fitness insta... and damn girl. Goals.

    Can't believe you miss winter, I felt like that was such a long icy winter in Seattle!

    7% Solution

  3. Girl, I am the same when it comes to COFFEE SHOPS LOL. Oh tea shops too. I love that you go and chill at cafes. You're kicking some major butt at the gym. Oh man, you're hitting it strong out there. Same for your photography! Glad to hear that you're doing the things you're enjoying. I remember being up in Seattle back in 2017 and it was SNOWING! Glad you enjoyed it hehe, Glad to hear from you!

    Nancy ♥

  4. Gosh, sounds like you've been busy with shoots lately - I reckon if you have enough time, there's no harm in freelancing on the side :) It sounds bizarre, but I've always wished I had A Spot as well haha! Sadly, there aren't too many coffee shops around my house so I don't frequent them often.

    We're heading into winter here in Australia and I'm already dreading it... I can only dream of always being warm like you are, haha!

  5. Girl I am constantly struggling to perfect my online brand! I just like to do a bit of everything dammit... YAY for trying Barre! How did you find it? x

    Michelle / Daisybutter

  6. Glad to see a new post from you, Alyse! I'm digging your layout - you always make the best simple yet very appealing layouts! I have the same affinity for tea shops - there's just something about being in a coffee/tea shop that's very appealing to the soul.

    cabin twenty-four

  7. You're on the grind!!! Recently, I really enjoyed Michelle x Daisybutter's post on 4 Ways to Keep a Blog, which I think you saw. I think it helps to distinguish the different types of blogs, and finding a fusion that works for you (or even just a single category, which would be even more straightforward). Michelle does a great job balancing her personal and editorial content. I wonder if it's a matter of quantity. Maybe you could publish more curated content, and publish your personal posts slightly less frequently than your curated content, in order to push the curated/branded content. Or you could stick with the curated content, but always add a personal note somewhere in there. Or you could do that AND have your occasional solely personal posts... :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  8. I've been exercising for a while, but it wasn't until this year that I decided that I wanted to workout 5-6 times a week. I just had my first barre class today and wow, it was something else! If you like barre, you might like reformer pilates because it's another low impact exercise that is pretty efficient!