in with the new. | Priscilla baierlein photography {central ky lifestyle photographer}

Hi, friends! It's been so long since my last blog. It's kinda strange to blog again and I have a feeling it will take a while to get my "groove" back. The last blog...January! Before that...last year...a total of four blog posts. So, I think, rest assured, you don't have to worry about me filling up your in box any time soon. But I have all the wonderful intentions of blogging once a week...when possible. I love blogging. I feel best when I'm writing and sharing. And I have so many beauty filled and love filled families to share with you from the last couple years! 

A lot has changed around here in the last couple weeks. This year, in between the every day business to-dos, and keeping up with my little preschooler, I have been working on a brand spankin new website. I was convinced doing it myself was the best option. No regrets, but, shew, it was quite the learning curve and many many frantic emails to my old web host (which, I would never recommend) and my new web host and my domain host. I will say that Go Daddy and Squarespace both have the most wonderfully patient and prompt customer service representatives. Then I completely knocked out my email on accident for the entire weekend. Y'all...grace...upon grace...upon grace. THEN realized I also killed my blog subscriber list! If you are on this blog subscriber list now on accident, I completely understand if you'd rather unsubscribe. I promise not to make too many pouty faces.

Well, it may have been a messy process and it may have all came together as imperfectly as I've felt, but, ya know what, it's together and it's full of beauty and love and joy...and grace...and endless cans of Pepsi and nibbles of chocolate. SOOOO...with all that said...I have a NEW WEBSITE! When you have a few moments, I would love for you to grab a cup of tea...coffee...Pepsi...wine. As my Grandma always said "take your shoes off and stay a while". Just be there and feel the love until you've taken it all in...or until I've bored you to tears. :) 

When I was thinking about exactly what I wanted my website to be...and really...my business as well...I wanted it to be a place that felt like home for me. I know that may sound strange and asking a lot from a little website. I wanted to see in it what I see in all of my families. Love...warmth...joy...sometimes gritty and heavy...sometimes light. I wanted it to show my heart, but also the hearts of each of the beauty filled people I photograph. I want it to be a place where they feel love, where I feel love, where my future client friends feel love. When someone passing through reads my words I want them to feel like they're sitting down with me and chatting. I want them to feel my love. When someone is reading the boring pricing stuff, I want it to make sense or I want them to feel comfortable enough to realize I'm a warm, imperfect, loving human that they can come to and ask questions. I want everything to flow seamlessly and just work together (which is probably the hardest part for me). My hope is that for the weeks...months...years to come you will hear from me and my day to day and feel love and grace and joy and that your imperfection is no different than my imperfection and that we are each making it through the days together and that is a beautiful thing. I am also, obviously, going to see how many times I can say beautiful...or beauty filled...because I really like that word...and "so...". 

Okay...with that...I will leave you with just a handful of my favorite images from the last couple years...just as a teaser. For more of my favorites, you'll just have to visit my website. :) 

So much love,

Cilla xoxo

My "Life List" Update | Priscilla Baierlein Photography {a bit of a dreamer}

I am a bit of a wonderer...a dreamer. Always have been and suspect I always will be. I have big plans and dreams. However, I feel myself always saying no. I have great intentions when it comes to these big dreams, but often let them sit there and gather dust. At least that's the way it feeeeels. It feels like I am going through my day to day. Hectic life of two babies (a 3 year old and a business...yes the business totally counts as another baby), a beautiful husband, a home owner, a friend, and a planner. I want to live a life of adventure. Not always the big adventures. Sometimes small adventures like hiking through the woods (or to the other side of an island), other times big adventures like hang gliding (don't worry...I've been told the dangers of such) or traveling to the other side of the world. Truth be told, I don't think I always saw the small ones as adventures. Now a days an adventure can be going to Michlers with my son or going on a "treasure" hunt. I want to instill a thirst for adventure in him. I want him to see adventure all around. At 3 he certainly does see adventure. I burst with pride as he said "momma you wanna go on a benture (adventure) with me?" I quickly learned that the adventure was playing on his play set and moving between swing to swing and the slide and under the playset. I want that sense of adventure to always stay with him and be all around. I want him to see magic in every thing...in our day to day hectic lives. I want him to be able to slow down, breath it all in, and whisper a thank you to God. Maybe that's what God wants for us. To always see the world as an adventure. To love life deeply and passionately and adventurously. This past year I took time to learn about, well, myself. To learn why I feel the way I do some days and why I react this way or that way at times. To put words and names to these things. I spent the year basically healing...and that is a life long process. But I knew I wanted this year to be about the word YES...to say YES to what God lays in front of me...to say YES to that little voice in me...to dare greatly...to be brave. The beginning of this year, I've been kept busy with...well...busy work. Busy important work that makes my dream of being a photographer a reality. The thing is...when I'm busy I have a hard time listening. Oh goodness though...when I do listen...really listen...do those things that the tiny voice calls me to do ("Go see your neighbor...she has a story to tell." "Do a shoot to benefit a friend." "Call her...she needs to hear from you.")...living for the next moment...doing the next right thing...that's truly when I feel most alive. That's when I feel like I am listening and "hearing" God. Not like audible God with the Morgan Freeman voice. It would be a lot easier to decipher what was him and what was just me if that were the case. Okay...I think I may be sounding crazy now. All I know is that when I'm listening like that, life feels like an adventure. The more I listen, the more I hear. The louder I love...the louder I am loved.

The last day in my twenties I shared with all of you my Life List. This year I thought I would refresh it and bring life back into it. I've actually marked off quite a few things. I'm sure I will continue adding and taking away and marking things off. Do you have a life list? What's your favorite thing on your list?

Here's the blog post from almost five years ago. I have changed the list a bit and added pictures, but everything else is the same....

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Well, I have thought about this entry a million times and now when it comes down to actually writing it I'm having trouble finding the words. Today is a special day, but yesterday was even more special. Today, June 16th, is my birthday, but yesterday was the day I wanted to hold on to. My last day in my 20's. I told Bret that was the last day he would have the chance to kiss a girl in her 20's. For some reason the last day of everything always hits me harder than the actual day...the last day as a teenager, the last day of high school, even the last day in Elementary school (can you believe it started that early!?!) As my best friend, Andrea, likes to remind me, I cried and said "it will never be the same again". Some how I just KNEW that going to Middle School was going to change everything. Little did Andrea and I know that the many years in school would change us to the point that we would be where we are today...best friends. She was always the cool kid with the awesome ribbon belt that I wanted. Now she's the beautiful Mom and woman that I look up to. It would only make sense when Andrea blogged about her list I would soon be creating my own. Some call it a "Bucket List", or the "Burn List", I call it my "Life List". My list started way back in college, but wasn't very long and was far from complete. I've been putting off blogging this because it just never felt complete and truly still doesn't. I keep thinking of things I want to do. Some are small and silly...others are big and I realize may never happen. A fellow photographer posted a quote on her blog today which said "Shoot for the moon. If you don’t make it, at least you will land among the stars." After all, isn't it the journey that matters the most? I've listed things I've always wanted to do, things I think that everyone should learn...know...or do, things that will strengthen who I am as a person, will strengthen my relationship with God, things that will help others, and things that just flat out give me the warm fuzzies. Trying to make things measurable in order to be able to one day mark them off was a challenge, so there are some that just aren't. I'm getting butterflies just thinking about posting this.

Now...for the LIFE LIST.

1. Play putt-putt golf (completed with Bret, Andrea, Brad, Bailey, & Jake, while I was pregnant June 2011)

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2. Become a Mom (August 7,2011 I didn't dare write this on my list until after, but it was certainly always there)

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3. Grow our own fruit trees/bushes

4. Take salsa lessons

5. Scuba Diving

6. Go back to Europe (preferably a European tour)

7. Visit Savannah, GA

8. Visit New Orleans and try all the delicious food that Bret talks so much about

9. Raise children who feel love and belonging with shame resistance

10. Write a book and try to have it published

11. Learn how to can food (2011)

12. Make my own jam/jelly

13. Make pickles (summer 2013)

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14. Have a healthy birth with as little interventions as my body will allow (August 7, 2011) Photo credit Amy Parsons Photography

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15. Sing karaoke by myself

16. Bake my own bread (summer 2013)

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17. Make butter

18. Have a fire pit in our back yard to roast all the marshmellows and hot dogs we want! (thanks to Bret & Steff, summer 2013)

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19. Live a bold, intentional, authentic, and meaningful life full of little and big adventures

20. Take a girls trip with Andrea only Feb 2014

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21. Run a 5k (I like the idea of the color run)

22. Begin a tradition to do something for a charity every Christmas

23. Do yoga on a regular basis

24. Take family walks and/or bike rides on a regular basis (step 1...get a bike)

25. Start praying more and strengthening my relationship w/ God (on going, but yes :) 2014?)

26. Read and understand the Bible to the best of my ability (working on this now)

27. Go parasailing again (Completed with Bret June 2010)

28. Write letters to those who have made an impact in my life. Mail some of them.

29. Learn family history...even the things no one wants to talk about

30. Have a back yard family dinner with a beautiful long table, eclectic chairs, white lights, and the food all spread out on the table (September 2013 & hopefully many more)

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31. Use my photography to make a difference (on going)

32. Give our Wilmington honeymoon another shot (our last was cut short)

33. Hawaii w/ my little family

34. No credit card debt

35. Go a week with out the internet (on purpose)

36. Really use our back yard (hang out, grill, plant, etc.) often (ongoing, of course Summer 2013)

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37. Have my sewing machine out in a place where I can use it when I want to

38. Be happy with my body

39. See a Broadway musical

40. Visit Chicago

41. Truly make a difference and let my life be a testimony for Gods love (on going)

42. Run the Marine Corps 10K in Washington DC

43. Make drinking water often part of my every day life (January 2014 :))

44. Grow several large hydrangea bushes

45. Swim with dolphins

46. Help Andrea mark things off her list (at least 5 things)

47. Finish Andreas scrapbook

48. Zip line

49. Sky dive (not positive about this one)

50. Drive in movies Summer 2014

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51. Private :)

52. Take a big camping trip with my closest friends

53. Visit Great Wall of China

54. See the Eiffel Tower at night with Bret

55. Pay Mikie and Erica back in some way

56. Go to the beach often...I always feel closer to God there

57. Learn Mommy's story and tell it the way she would want it told

58. Have something a little stronger than a Coke in Monte Carlo

59. Own my story

60. Take Chasity to the KY Derby

61. Tip someone unexpecting a very large tip (i.e. a dive restaurant waitress, a street musician, etc.) (2011 at Asuka, left before we could see his reaction)

62. Go to a major music festival

63. Tour the White House

64. Write a hand written card or letter per week for 6 months.

65. Go on a ski trip complete with a cabin, fire place, hot tub, and hot chocolate

66. Go see an old black and white movie in a theater

67. Private :)

68. Ride (or drive?) a paddle boat

69. Ride a jet ski in the ocean

70. Visit Africa

71. Create an album for each year since the year I became pregnant

72. Have a sushi lunch (many times since...with Bret, with my friend Laura)

73. Learn to make sushi rolls

74. Play in a warm summer rain (complete with puddle jumping) (yes! with Bret & Steff August 2013)

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75. Learn to bake my own baguettes

76. Fly a kite

77. Learn to change a tire

78. Donate blood (UGH!)

79. Host an out door movie night

80. Fully learn to drive a stick shift

81. Visit New York City in the fall or New Years Eve

82. Go to a beach in the winter when it's cold. Bundle up in sweaters and my boots. Preferably with a fire and roasted marshmellows.

83. Blog something personal once a week for three months

84. Watch a meteor shower (unfortunately I can't remember when!)

85. Organize my old photos

86. Travel to CA and have a photo shoot w/ Tara Whitney

87. Visit Greece

88. Make home made ice cream

89. Visit the new Busch Stadium

90. Get on a horse again

91. Get over my fear of public speaking (this one use to be so terrifying that I didn't put it on the list...I'm one step closer)

92. Cookout on the beach at sunset in Dunedin (with Bret, Andrea, Brad, Bailey & Jake, while I was pregnant, June 16, 2011)

93. Have boudoir photos taken of me (of course very tasteful ones!)

94. Eat a snow cone at the beach Completed with Bret in Dunedin June 2010

95. Visit Mt. Rushmore

96. Give a TED talk

97. Take a drawing/painting/pastels art class (one or all)

98. Take a ceramics class

99. Learn to crochet

100. Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

101. Go hang gliding (apparently this is more dangerous than skydiving but I am leaving it on here for now...it still sounds so beautiful)

102. Volunteer abroad for at least one month

103. Give ice skating another shot

104. Visit Niagra Falls

105. Relax in a natural hot spring

106. Learn to build a fire

107. Learn the Heimlich maneuver and CPR (completed class before son was born, but not sure I remember it)

108. Learn to jump start a car (sometime in 2012)

109. Go to the Ellen show

110. Go to a zoo August 2014

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111. Stand under a waterfall (preferably in Hawaii)

112. Have a successful herb garden (oh yeah...summer 2013) I think it's become a little more than an herb garden

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113. Fly fishing

114. Visit the Grand Ole Opry December 2014 to see Rockettes

115. Have a family reunion at the place where I grew up

116. Learn to play poker

117. Learn self defense techniques

118. Volunteer with Toys for Tots

119. Meet Loretta Lynn

120. Shoot with an old film camera

121. See the July 4th firework show in Washington, D.C.

122. Take the road trip I had planned for our honeymoon that includes stops along the Blues Highway (adjust the trip to our liking)

123. Visit Graceland

124. Read at least 50 of Newsweeks Top 100 Books

125. Visit 10 different kinds of churches and learn something about that religion

126. Grow the business enough that allowed for enough time to give and enough money to help

127. Spend a night on a boat under the stars

128. Go to the KY State Fair

129. Have a swing at our house (either porch or tire) and/or a hammock (summer 2011) Picture isn't of a porch swing, but it's somewhere up there in the other pictures :)

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130. Meet my friend Stacy in person

131. Photograph a water birth

132. Be featured on Creative Mama blog (a couple times :))

133. Live a wholehearted life

134. Tell my story...let it be heard...let it help others "Don't hog your journey"

135. Pick fresh strawberries at local "u-pick" place (the way strawberries are taking over our garden, this may turn into my house)

136. Inspire five others to create a "Life List" of their own

137. Make someone's dream come true

138. Stop drinking Pepsi (or any sort of pop/soda....except for the occasional sip) January 2, 2014 failed and trying it again

139. Find a church home and be an active member

140. Begin a random acts of kindness advent tradition for Christmas

141. Attend the Pursuit 31 Conference

142. Meet Bob Goff and Glennon Doyle Melton...such inspirational people

143. Renew our vows in our favorite spot in Dunedin

144. Go to Disney World with my little family

145. Give a birthday party to a child in need

146. Teach my child/children about what's really important in life

147. Raise kind and loving child/children

148. Wake up my son to walk in a fresh snow like Bret and I use to do

149. Travel and volunteer together as a family

150. Go sailing

151. Go canoeing or kayaking...I really don't know the difference

152. Go hiking or backpacking as a family

153. Spend a month as a vegetarian

154. Take my son to watch the sunset at my favorite spot in Dunedin June 2014

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155. Prepare my will

156. Support someone through their birth

157. Empower new mommas

158. Hike to the very tip end of Honeymoon Island (February 2015)

159. Ride in a hot air balloon

160. Visit Bali

161. Visit Peru

Now...I encourage all of YOU to create your own life list. Bret has to remind me that the point of the list is not to simply mark things off. It shouldn't become a job. The point is to live life and this truly empowers you to do so. It feels like you've really accomplished something, even if it's the smallest thing. Life passes by so quickly. Before you know it, you're 80 years old, sitting in a rocking chair, thinking about all you wanted to do. Or 30 :) We met a lady while parasailing in Clearwater. She said her life used to be filled with fear. What if this happened? What if that happened? Then she decided to put all the fears behind her. My favorite story of hers was that she showed up at the airport, got a ticket to Peru. While there they were watching all these people hang gliding and thinking how crazy that was. Next thing she knew, she was up hang gliding with them...up above the skyscrapers. Can you imagine just going to Peru on a whim? Hang gliding on a whim? Your list doesn't have to be filled with adventurous things. Just filled with things you want to do. Anything you've thought "oh I would love to do that" and thought it was too far out of reach, put it on the list and it may just motivate you to do it. Of course, if you're like me, you may have to win the lottery to accomplish them. Maybe I should put that on the list too?"