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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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A hole in the weave of plans, that is what he found, and he put his hand right through it. That is how I felt New Year’s Day when Mister and I were walking along the water, with a Starbucks in hand. He looked at me and said, “what are you going to do with your life”? A hole, he found it, and put his hand right through it.

I am someone who goes with my gut and with the flow, usually without a sound plan. ‘Just see how it goes’ kind of person. Lately I’ve been more  ‘if I want it, I’ve got to go out and get it’ but I do find myself being lazy and waiting for things to come. So when he asked me, “what are you going to do”, I realized my plan had a hole. A huge hole.

I knew what I wanted to do, but I had no plan on how I was going to get there, I just figured one day it would find me in this big universe. Somehow, right, it would?! Highly doubtful. I would probably get passed over. Sad I know.

Since that New Year day, I’ve been really thinking about my plan. How am I going to get from A to B? What steps do I need in place before I can take them? What do I need around me as my support? But most importantly, why am I doing this, what is the purpose? Other then reaching my goal?

And the answer, I need to do it, to prove to myself that I didn’t fail and persevered through it all. That I got the Gold star. So I’m going to put it out in the universe what my goal is. Because if I don’t tell you, how will anyone know?! So….here it goes.

What is your goal? Would you like to share it with the universe, perhaps we can help each other out!

  • February 24, 2011 - 12:20 PM

    Anonymous - These are questions that few people ever ask themselves, and often just continue through life going from one expected thing to another, without ever evaluating what they truly want. Bravo! You are brave to ask the questions (and answer them) in a public way….already you are an inspiration to me. I am very proud of you!
    Lots of love and hugs are being telepathically sent to you over the great sea….xoxox

  • February 24, 2011 - 12:21 PM

    Sarah - That was me….oops, forgot to sign my name. Luv ya!

  • February 24, 2011 - 11:32 PM

    Jelger - Hi Lesley, it’s so great to see that are in fact others struggling with similar thoughts. I aspire your will to take on the challenge and your courage to post your thoughts online, which is in a way exposing yourself to potential criticism. Yet I’m convinced it’s the only way to reaching your goal: exposing yourself. Like you say: how else would anyone even know of your existence, let alone why you do what you do. I mention why, because I read on your other blog that you were reading this book ‘Why’. I saw a presentation by the author on the this subject on and really started me thinking about consumers and marketing. I really think that this book is a very valuable asset in the process of branding yourself. What also struck me, is how you describe you’d like to assist businesses that are looking for a still too neglected value of helping each other. Indeed, too much is it still a situation of ‘the winner takes it all’, whereas – in my opinion – it’s quite clear that the true, albeit longterm, profit lies in supporting and helping each other, instead of fighting each other over who gets the most customers. It’s wonderful to see that there are like-minded people, and I’m glad I’m reading their blog :-) Keep inspiring all of us, please!

  • February 28, 2011 - 8:42 PM

    Alanna - Lesley, you have and continue to be such an inspiration to me. Thank you for this post, it is truly motivating and encouraging. I know that you can do this. You have the drive to do it. You have already been such an amazing help to me, I know you have the ability to do something like this and help others. I love you and miss you dearly!!

While I get Adley Studio set up here in the Netherlands, there will be less then normal photoshoots being featured, so instead of just having no posts, I’ll be posting random things I find around the web, and things like this, a small beautiful daybook. Idea initially found here, I just tweaked it a little bit.

Outside my window…
the sun is shinning, but it’s deceiving cause it’s about -1 outside.

I am thinking…
about Vancouver, Adley Studio, house projects, and God’s blessings.

I am thankful…
for dreams that come true and a hand to hold while we live them out loud.

What I am learning…
that I need projects to keep me feeling productive. I have a few that I want to get a start on, but can’t quite start yet.

What I am creating…
a home that is representative of both of us.

I am going..
to start really working on my new website. Yes, it’s being redone!

I am hearing….
a lot of Lissie today, she’s been playing non stop.

I am reading…
a lot of blogs, and also a book about Why.

Around the house…
there is a lot of sunlight, it feels delightful.

One of my new favourite things….
is evenings spent with Mister enjoying a cups of tea and working side by side.

I am enjoying…
planning travel dates, the thoughts on the future, and convincing Mister we should get a record player.

Plans for the week…
are to create a budget, bake a quiche, and a marketing plan for Adley Studio.

A picture…
stroopwaffles enjoyed during our evening tea.

  • February 22, 2011 - 9:14 AM

    Rebecca Sehn - I LOVE stroopwaffles!!! Make sure you warm them up – makes the syrup all gooey. :D Also, you need to try croquets.

  • February 24, 2011 - 8:06 PM

    Shanna - Oh my gooooooodnessss. Stroopenwaffen. Sp? Did I get it correct? My dads friends just came back from the Netherlands and brought my family a nice supply. Loved the post!

The sun is shining today, playing against the houses down the street bouncing off one or the other, as if playing hide and seek. You can feel the cheer in the air as people are trying to decide between their dark woolen coats or a lighter spring jackets. Most people aren’t quite ready to trust the sun quite yet and decide to darn a wool coat and a heavy scarf. But it doesn’t matter, the sun is telling us Spring is almost here!

Our new place is pretty big, so while we’re trying to figure out how to heat our house so we don’t leave a large carbon footprint, I’m curled on the window ledge asking for the sun to shine through my window. We’re still setting up our home and I don’t own a kettle yet to keep me warm, so I dream about a hot pot of tea waiting for me in my kitchen.

Life here in the Netherlands is turning out to be wonderful!

We live in such a beautiful city and with the snow caped mountains, the grey ocean that is covered in ice in some places, and winter wonderland outside my window it makes it hard to think about leaving. And knowing we only have a few weeks left I’m filling up on Vancouver.

Talking walks around the city.
Visiting my favourite coffee shops.
Walks down the peir.
Visiting my favourite workout wear store, Lululemon.
And lacing our skates to go skating hand in hand with each other on top of a mountain.

Any suggestions of things I should fill up on before leaving?!

  • January 11, 2011 - 12:17 PM

    Marta - Sushi!

This year’s Christmas was like no other; it was full of emotions and many happy moments! The week of Christmas I wasn’t sure if Mister would be home for Christmas, as he got stuck at the Heathrow Airport due to crazy weather conditions. But he surprised me with an early morning text the day after he was supposed to leave saying he’d be home that afternoon. He also told me to check my email. I could hardly contain my excitement and felt like I was in a daze most of the day waiting for his flight to land.

Finally he walked off the plane, tired and sick, but home. I was so excited to see him it was hard to share him with his family that evening, but I knew they wanted to see him just as much as I did.

That night as we cuddled in bed, we talked and discussed our future. The next morning he made an early morning call back to Europe. The next night, a whole 48 hours after he returned home we signed on the dotted line and made the decision to finally make our dreams come true.

We have talked and discussed since I swear the inception of our relationship of moving to Europe for a couple of years to travel and experience something new. Since Mister was born in Poland we knew we had a huge advantage over the average Canadian wanting to move to Europe, so we sent resume after resume, praying for the right job and the right location would find us. Finally everything fell into place!

We’re moving to south of Amsterdam at the end of January 2011, with plans of traveling over Europe and experiencing the Dutch Culture.

What does this mean for Adley Studio you might be asking. Nothing! I still plan on taking portrait commissions here in Vancouver as well as in Holland (someone holla “Yea International Photographer!). I plan on coming back a few times a year for portrait sessions, shooting boudoir, woman, teens, and children while expanding my business abroad. I’m still working on my first return date, but most likely mid-April to early May for those that want to schedule a session.

We’re super excited about the doors that have opened for us, the possibilities available, and the wonderful adventures and hardships we’re going to face! If you have any questions about how this will effect your past or future sessions, please, feel free to email me! I would love to chat!

Pictures of our new city centre, I can’t wait to explore it!

  • January 5, 2011 - 1:26 PM

    Chelsea Banwell - Congratulations hun! That is really exciting! Best of luck!!!!!

  • January 5, 2011 - 1:28 PM

    Lindsay Thompson - So exciting! What job was found? Any idea where you’ll be living ~ have you found an apt or will you start looking when you arrive?

  • January 5, 2011 - 1:47 PM

    Nick - Congrats Lesley! That’s so cool!!

  • January 5, 2011 - 1:55 PM

    Rebecca Sehn - My family is from Holland – you are going to LOVE it there. Make sure to check out Friesland too – so beautiful!

  • January 5, 2011 - 2:00 PM

    Mikaela - what an adventure ahead for you guys! best wishes! can’t wait to see photos :)

  • January 5, 2011 - 2:38 PM

    Alanna - So thrilled for you guys :) What an incredible opportunity! I sure will miss you though!!

  • January 5, 2011 - 3:52 PM

    Niki - Oh you lucky girl!! I’m so happy for you and a bit envious too! well maybe more then a bit :)
    I LOVE Europe so much.. and being born in Croatia & living there until almost 9, that whole culture is in my blood. I would take any opportunity to go there if I could. You will have the time of your life – congratulations to both of you. What an amazing opportunity! You must go down to CRO sometime – to the coast.. Split area. You will love it.. and the best part? you can drive to wherever you want! lucky lucky girl!