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  • Do you desire a life where you know and live your inner purpose? That instead of floating through life you know exactly what your true desires are and living to your fullest potential? Do you feel like what you are longing for is just hidden under the surface and once you discover it there will be no holding you back?

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The past couple of days have been an eye opener for me – and it’s been great to feel like my dreams and plans are coming into focus. You see, I’ve always been a dreamer and probably always will be! Sometimes it drives me a little nuts being the dreamer that I am, cause one day I’ll wake up and I think about opening a little shop that sells all my favorite items (cause then I’d get all my favorite items as a write off and everyone else can enjoy them too!), or the next day I wake up and think that being a graphic designer would be cool, then the next day I think that being a photographer is even cooler. Thankfully being a photographer has stuck around a whole lot longer then the days of dreaming of walking the tightrope in the circus as my profession (I’m not kidding, I used to try and walk across my mom’s clothes line!).

So, I wanted to start writing about my journey about finding my way. About the days where I feel a little lost, the days where I jump up and down in my office chair cause I love the images I’m staring at, and about the days where I drive home with a smile on my face cause I feel like I’ve just made a new life long friend. I want to share with you about my journey as a dreamer, cause I believe many of us are dreamers and don’t have their life plan figured out, and I wanted you to know, you’re not alone! I still sometimes dream about what it’d be like to be a parade float designer (I was about 8 years old when I decided I’d do that!). So follow along on my journey, I’d love to have some company!

  • March 31, 2010 - 3:02 PM

    mandie - I love the self-portrait you did! So great.
    And I know exactly what you mean. I’m a dreamer too.
    It’s really cool to watch as your business is growing and your dreams are starting to unfold more.
    I’m glad to know you and be a part of your journey! : )
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  • March 31, 2010 - 3:06 PM

    Alanna - Aw Lesley this is so great! I’m so excited for you!
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  • March 31, 2010 - 4:37 PM

    Laura Hana - Sorry, I read this on my iPhone earlier so didn’t leave a comment. Love the concept and I think it turned out great! In fact, you’ve inspired me to do a self-portrait for our photo club this week. Awesome! P.S. I love the city lights peeking through the blinds. :)
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  • March 31, 2010 - 6:09 PM

    Loren - So adorable Lesley! I love it.
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  • April 1, 2010 - 6:42 AM

    Niki - Leslie, I love this! awesome self portrait! It reminds me of something I picked up in the UK years ago.. a sign for my home, called “Travellers Rest”. I too am a very big dreamer and still haven’t figured out my own life plan & I’ve had close to 1/2 a century!!! LOL Thanks so much for inspiring me and I am very much looking forward to our session this summer!
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We spent 5 days in Sun Peaks with Adam’s family at the end of January and had a fabulous time relaxing, catching up, boarding, snowshoeing, watching every single Canuck’s game, and eating delicious food!

I’ve been exploring the slopes of Sun Peaks resort for 14 years now, and just realized I’ve been visiting one of my favorite places on earth for half of my life now.  How weird is that?! Not only that I turn 28 this year, but something so special, with so many amazing memories, where many of my most dear relationships blossomed happened on the slopes of this mountain, and it’s been a monumental place in my heart for so long!

Thanks Mom + Dad for paying for my first trip!

Night Photography:

Mike brought this super awesome remote control Helicopter which I tried to control, but I flew it into the ceiling one too many times that I was kind of banned from playing with it.

Mister + and I went snowshoeing to rest my head after hitting my head on the slopes the day before to get me out and about and to explore the beautiful mountain. Sandy is the family dog and we love her to pieces, and isn’t my Mister handsome?! Yep, he sure is!

We went to the top of one of the mountains to take some photos. On the right is Adam + I being nice for the camera, on the left is what we’re usually like goofy and completely silly!

I purchased an awesome camera last fall and Adam decided that we’d take it up on the hill to get some video of us and Mike enjoying the mountain. I a video together of myself, because I’m super goofy, and well…Mike + Adam were all about skiing and I was all about being a goof.

Snowboarding at Sun Peaks Jan 2010 Rev. 2 from Lesley Stefanski on Vimeo.

  • February 3, 2010 - 2:50 PM

    C.J. Scott - Awwww Lesley…you’re so cute! Love the dancing and shimmying in the video :) ReplyCancel

  • February 3, 2010 - 2:58 PM

    Amish - Shaweet! Love Rev2 ;) ReplyCancel

  • February 6, 2010 - 10:14 AM

    lulliloo - mmm…i love your grey boots!ReplyCancel

  • February 8, 2010 - 7:24 PM

    shannon sewell - love all the snowy shots!!! makes me want to go back right this second. :) thank you for sharing… beautiful shots :)

    ~SReplyCancel

  • February 9, 2010 - 12:24 AM

    Kelly - You know the best part of the video is…Adam’s mom watching you dance…she just looks at you like its a normal thing…you dance randomly…
    Looks like you had a good time. Love the pics. Love YOU!ReplyCancel

I tend to go through phases where I blog a whole lot, then then not at all.  And the reason why I do this?!  Well I write when I feel like I have something interesting to say, something that might be entertaining, or something that has been on my mind for awhile.  And lately, I’ve had nothing.  Usually I walk around thinking “I can’t wait to blog about this”.  But right now, I got nothing!  I know I’m sorry.  Soon I know there will be a whole bunch to write about

Tomorrow we’re heading up to Sun Peaks for some relaxation and snowboarding and I can’t wait to hit the slopes!  When we return I hope to have a lot more to talk about!

Last night I was dead tired that I crawled into bed and found the perfect position at 9:30. Then BOOM…I was wide awake!  My mind wanted to think about anything and everything, mostly about the tasks that I wanted to complete today with the list getting longer and longer.  Then suddenly I started to tell myself that tomorrow doesn’t matter, but right here, right now matters the most.

This is one of my faults, always looking towards the future thinking about the next moment and forgetting about enjoying the moment I’m living in right now, so I told myself to write a blog post the next morning about all the things I need to enjoy right now:

The sound of my husbands heart beat, it is one of the sweetest sounds to my ear letting me know he is alive and healthy.

A job that makes me jump out of bed each morning! Seriously, I never thought it would happen to me.  I’m a very lucky girl.

That my family is still together, that we get along so well now that we’re older and a whole lot wiser – family dinners are such an awesome time.

That this time in my life is a time of happy moments, a time of reflection of God’s answered prayers, of easy living, and a time to prepare me for when the rough patches arrive – cause I know we’ll hit one eventually.

The peace and clarity that I live in…it’s something I’ve prayed for and it’s such a wonderful feeling to have.

That I’m alive and healthy and can make plans for tomorrow, because I know it’s going to be an awesome year!

Take a moment to reflect – believe me, it will bring a smile to your face.:)

Photo taken by Marta Madelaine Photography.

  • January 9, 2010 - 10:38 PM

    Jenny J - what a great image. i love the color of the leaves with you blouse.. and the composition.ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2010 - 8:38 PM

    shannon sewell - love it! what a fantastic (and much needed) reminder :)

    hope you’re having a great week..
    ~SReplyCancel

I can’t believe how quickly Christmas is approaching, can you believe it?  I wrote to one of my friends saying how it seems like Christmas creeps up quicker and quicker each year but it doesn’t come with the same anticipation it held when we were little.  Maybe it’s because I’m not practicing for weeks on end for a Christmas production, or making homemade cards and ornaments, or I’m not scouring the toy cataloge thinking of what to put on my list. I haven’t quite figured out why…

However, even though it creeps up quicker each year, each year I notice I care less and less about the productions and presents, but more about spending time with the friends and family who mean the most to me. It’s about taking that walk in the pouring rain, about calling your dad and laugh about how mom is the most difficult person to find a present for but knowing she’ll love what we get her, about inviting friends over for dinner and polishing off 5 bottles of wine and all giddy with Christmas cheer, about creating the warmth and love that we’ve had all our lives in our own home.

Home is where my friends and family come and gather, and how richly God has decked me with thee!

  • December 21, 2009 - 10:03 AM

    TamPhotography - Josiah Tam - Haha Spencer and I were talking about the same thing last year! It’s kinda depressing that the “little kid Christmas spark” disappears a bit! Awesome shots Les! I can’t wait to do my Christmas decorations shots!ReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2009 - 10:04 AM

    TamPhotography - Josiah Tam - I meant to say last night, and not last year hahaReplyCancel