Category Archives: Inspirational

PepperJess in Portland!

road-trip-journalI am so excited – starting tomorrow I will be in Portland, OR for five days! I will be there for work, but I will also get plenty of downtime and I could not be more thrilled to explore! I know Voodoo Doughnuts is high priority on my list, but other than that, I will just be wandering around, stumbling upon photobooths and food trucks (I’m hoping.) I cannot wait to take tons of pictures, walk everywhere, and freeze my butt off because this Arizona Girl has no concept of “rainy day wear.”

Victoria Will’s Tintypes

I know that everyone and their mother has been talking about Victoria Will’s tin types, but I just had to post a couple because as someone who has worked in a darkroom, and has made a few Van Dykes, the way these look is absolutely STUNNING.

victoria-will-sundance-portraits-jason-momoaJason Momoa

The poses were planned out before the photo was taken, and it was taken with a long exposure, so it must have been thrilling to watch as the actor kind of settles in and holds whatever pose they chose. It really makes staring into their eyes more uncomfortable, because they have had time to sit and focus on the camera, to really kind of think about what they are doing.


I just love them. It has definitely inspired me to keep going on my portrait project for the year. I may not be skilled enough to create tin types, but maybe I can figure out how to be more comfortable with a subject.

philip-seymour-hoffmanOf course this one of Hoffman is one of my favorites. One of the last photos taken of him, ever.

Quote of the Week

skyline-desertThe horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” —Maya Angelou

I hope you have a safe, yet adventurous New Year’s Eve. Start the new year doing something you want to be doing all year: smiling, hanging out with friends or loved ones, dancing, baking cookies…whatever it is, best wishes.

Happy Cold Moon


The Full Cold Moon During this month is when the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is also an appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

Being so firmly in the cold season, you may think there is nothing to do. But, there is much. You may be “stuck” indoors near a fire, or under a pile of perfectly worn blankets, but that doesn’t mean your mind cannot stretch. This moon is the perfect time to protect your house from winter ices, to care for plants that have been neglected (don’t prune them, just keep them warm and don’t forget to water them!), and to turn inward. Reflect on the past year, make a plan of attack for the next. I love to take my inspiration board off the wall, strip everything off and start anew. What will 2014 mean to me? I still haven’t figured out the guides yet, but above all, I like to keep in mind a personal credo of mine: “be excellent to each other.”

Now is the perfect time for you to think about yourself spiritually – whatever that means to you. In the dark of winter, you know that spring and light will be here again. Rebirth in nature, as in life.

If you’ve already put the darkness behind you, take your good fortune and share it with others. When it’s cold outside, open your heart and home to friends and family. Reach out to people who might be suffering from the chill of winter, either spiritually or physically. Even listening helps more than you think.

Some other things to do/work on/plan while you are under those blankets:

♠ Get rid of that holiday stress.

♠ Get your bake on, with the Best of Winter Baking.

♠ Think about your 2014 capsule wardrobe, even plan some pieces. what is a capsule wardobe? I have mentioned Madame Chic before, but hey, think about getting the book and reading up on it for the new year!

♠ Speaking of forecasting 2014, you can DIY a planner/notebook/journal or if you’d rather, the Moleskine 2014 planner is pretty rad. With a few different colors, my new favorite thing is the “turntable” feature, so you can turn it to the side and use it that way as well!

♠ Give the space you spend the most time in – be it bedroom, living room, kitchen – a good scrub and switcheroo. Wash the sheets/pillows/blankets/towels, swap out the pillows for something moody, clear the space so there is room to read/bake/sleep. Put things in their places and if they don’t have a place, question whether they are needed in your life.

♠ Create road trip plans for 2014. Number 1 on my list is to get a brand new car, then plan said road trips in that car. Probably revolving around camping since with a new car I won’t be able to afford motels.

Obsidian and ruby are the gemstones that are most valuable this time of year.

♠ Read about Saturnalia.

I hope you have enjoyed the year in moon names.

Happy Beaver’s Moon

The Beaver Moon, also called the Frost Moon, is when everything truly settles into the colder season. This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. Beavers are preparing for winter, and you can, too.

♠ I get my last hair cut and color before the new year. During the holidays it is much too crazy for me to think about carving out time to get something done. Better to get it done now, than not at all until…March.

♠ Stock up all your cold & flu remedies, and catch them before they start with vitamins and daily lemon water with ginger. If that doesn’t appeal to you, Real Simple has some other ideas for prevention, like taking a daily brisk walk, wash your hands more frequently than you would.

♠ Design Sponge also has a great list of the creative community’s favorite prevention tips.

♠ Walk around your house and think about insulation. Are there drafts that need to be re-caulked, or perhaps a “snake” can help keep out the cold?

Bird and Moon has a great little comic about how to take your winter cues from animals:

5 Years a Blogger

pink-and-mint-with-birthday-cardA few weeks ago was PepperedThought’s fifth birthday.

A lot of things have happened since I started this adventure, both personally and online. Trying to write something genuine every week is a serious struggle for a serial diary-abandoner, but I have found that for a forgetful person like me, it is invaluable to have little tidbits of my life and things I love in one place. Invaluable. The only thing I regret is not writing more. Luckily, that is something I can change.

I have been telling myself that writing a little something is infinitely better than leaving an empty page and a full mind. So full that I can’t sleep, thinking about all of everything. So I really should think of this as my place to come and write about whatever needs to being taken from my mind.

I am thankful that there are some of you that tell me that you enjoy this blog – it helps keeps me going.


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