Photoshop, Podcasts and Partners.

SO MANY CHANGES will be happening soon.

Friday night my sweet, darling husband spent the evening helping me recreate The RR with his mad coding skills. I honestly don’t even know what all he did. Mind you, it’s not completely finished, but it’s getting there.

My husband will be joining me soon at The Rural Rebel with his pages Status Effect: Geek and The Critic’s Critic. There will be much talk of Blizzard, WoW, D&D, video games and movies. I can’t wait to see what all he comes up with.

I have been learning how to use Photoshop so I can really take off (hopefully) with my photography business. It’s actually been a lot of fun.


Summer, thanks for being such a great model!

My friend Beks and I have been talking about starting a podcast together so I have been doing much research into how to get one of those started. It sounds like it will take some hard work, but it could be a great time.

I’m very excited for all of these changes and I hope you are too.

Much Love, The Rebel.



Justin had a secret date planned for us on Thursday night.

I had zero idea what we would be doing.

I kept asking questions, but nothing ever gave me enough of a clue.

That man can keep a secret. Jeesh.

We drove down Poyntz…parked in front of a tattoo parlor.

I got a little bit excited.

Then we ended up walking to a place called Locked.

Holy cow.


I have been wanting to go there for quite some time.

For those of you who don’t know what Locked is…check out the website!

Some of Justin’s co-workers and people he plays D&D with were already there waiting.

I can’t really go into the details, but it was a great time.

I will for sure go back and do the others.


Made it out with 8 minutes and change left to spare (after only using 2 hints).

Until next time…

♥ The RR Detective.

Giving Up.

Two simple sentences.

2017 is summed up for me in two very simple sentences.

I give up on so many things. A ridiculous amount of things. Small things, big things, it didn’t matter. If something started getting hard, or boring, or if I simply lost interest in it I would just toss it to the side.

Running, 5Ks, painting, writing, knitting that blanket that is still sitting in the corner of the living room, putting effort into this and that. I think you get the picture.

This year, oh this year things will be different. Everything won’t get tackled all at once, not like I used to try to do. No, I will actually be patient for the first time in my life.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

I will take the time. I will be patient. I will stay calm. I will stay hopeful.

I will write the book that has been patiently waiting in my mind.

I will knit that blanket so that one day I can give it to my child.

I will know what it feels like to cross the finish line of a 5K, then maybe a 10K, maybe even a marathon.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Maybe not all of that will happen this year, but I will at least begin.

I will no longer be weak and allow my fear of judgement from others to dictate my actions.

I already know what giving up feels like.

I want to know what happens when I don’t.

You’re about to see what I can become.




Oh darling 2017.

It is so nice to see you.

December 2016 ended with the Martin Family Christmas.

Lots and lots of food, games, and children running around having a blast.

Meredith helped teach me some things for my camera and I am now more prepared for some family and engagement sessions I have lined up for this month.

Lacy gave me some great advice about life and marriage.

Justin got very drunk and we decided to leave so the family could get to bed.

My friend Kate was having a very pleasant NYE and then we kidnapped her (with her mother’s permission, since she is a wee bit younger).

2016 ended with us laying on Broadway in Marysville.

We each said one thing we would accomplish during 2017. Not a resolution, a goal.

Kate will go skydiving.

Justin will write the first chapter of his novel.

I will write that children’s book I have been thinking about.

This year, I will be more patient.

I will disconnect from my phone and social media more often.

I will give more, and take less.

I won’t give up on things when they get boring or hard.

This year, I will be proud of myself when December 31, 2017 comes around.

This is going to be a good year.