my iPhone life || october 2016

my iPhone life || october 2016

Friends, meet bae. Bae, meet friends.
On my list of goals for 2017–guitar lessons.

my iPhone life || october 2016

My mama bear sent me a fabulous care package in October. If there’s anything I love, it’s the changing of seasons. She sent me pumpkin flavored everything, candy, tea, and fall decor. She is probably the best mom to ever mom.

my iPhone life || october 2016

I had my friend Katie over for a fancy food, chick flick and wine night. There might be plastic ice cubes in our wine glasses, but we don’t need to talk about that.

my iPhone life || october 2016

The family and I went on our annual trip to the mountains. For that blog post, click here.
I’m a mad fan of changing leaves, cool temperatures, crisp mountain air, and photographing everything. These trips are my jam.

my iPhone life || october 2016

We stopped at Panda Express for dinner. #tsogood

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We were super blessed by one of my brother-in-law’s former students whose family let us stay with him at their cabin. We really enjoyed epic movie nights, wide open views of the stars, a lot of great windows, and the coffee station outside our rooms.

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Adventures around town would not be complete without a stop at The Mast General Store, bottled soda, and some OOTD shots with the mountains in the background. Photobomb courtesy of Jon and Noah.

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We spent a good part of the afternoon keeping tabs on the situation back home in Fayetteville where Hurricane Matthew was wreaking havoc. Snapchat, Facebook–all the social media sites kept us in the loop and helped us reassure everyone we were safe too.

my iPhone life || october 2016

I love the stars. I love the moon. I love telescopes. I love all of these things even more when we’re in the mountains.

my iPhone life || october 2016

Our hiking adventure up to a fire tower in hurricane winds.

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Mountains, take me back again. I miss you.

my iPhone life || october 2016

Work work work work work
Admin by day, social media manager and photographer by night. I never sit still.

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Friends and fire pits.
These human beings and our friend group probably don’t know how grateful I actually am for them. They adopted me in October, and it’s been super wonderful.

my iPhone life || october 2016

Work all day, work all night, capture the sunset in-between.

my iPhone life || october 2016

You know what I love? I’ve already mentioned fall and turning leaves. Combine those with photography adventures and I’m set.
I will share those photos with you later.
Also, mis-matched socks.

my iPhone life || october 2016

When you wake up at 7:30am on a Saturday for a photo adventure but don’t drink coffee any more so you have to get a tea that’s as big as your face.

my iPhone life || october 2016

This is such a sibling photo. Just hanging out at church in-between services, like we do.

my iPhone life || october 2016

When other offices hear about the hurricane and the flooding so they make hurricane buckets and send them to your market center to give to people in need. I’ve gotta get real, I lose faith in humanity sometimes but these kind of acts, and all the giving hearts I have witnessed in the months since the hurricane, have been truly remarkable.

my iPhone life || october 2016

The competition was fierce this year at my office. Every halloween we have a door decorating competition. My boss (AKA his wife) did an excellent job. Honorable mention.

my iPhone life || october 2016

“When I grow up, I want to be a dragon.”
Halloween at the Harkness house! I wore my dragon onesie. It has a tail.

“Stop focusing on being impressive and start being consumed with a desire to be a blessing.” -Steven Furtick

Until next time,

Jamie

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best of 2016 playlist

It’s here!

I build a “Best Of” playlist every year and listen to it obsessively. Last year I decided to take what is normally just on my iPhone and put it on Spotify for all of you! Click on the image below to listen.
Happy last week of 2016, friends!

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Until next time,

Jamie

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my first time // in boone

my first time // in boone

In October, the family and I went to Boone, North Carolina for a fun filled weekend in the mountains.

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Boone is a good four or five hour drive from where we live. In true McHenry/Harkness style, we listened to music the entire drive and arrived late Friday evening.

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Our host was Noah, a former student of Jon’s. He and his family let us stay at their cabin for the weekend. My favorite thing when traveling is to be there with a local. Their perspective is completely different and they know exactly where you should eat, the things you should see, and the cool facts you should know. Also, Noah happens to be a fellow film lover and we spent some good time watching horror films in anticipation of Halloween.

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For our first day in the mountains, we definitely had to check out a staple Smoky Mountain experience. The Mast General Store. Its floors are properly uneven, with steep staircases and narrow aisles. They display their impressive candy selection in barrels, host antique displays, and even have banjo playing musicians on their rocking-chair strewn porches.

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The next day we went on a hike up to Flat Top Fire Tower. It was at least two miles up hill to get there. I might have been severely unimpressed by the lack of fall colors in the mountains had it not been for our hiking locals, Noah and George, or our group’s insatiable desire to take pretty much every “shortcut” we could find. I’m here to tell you, not every shortcut was actually a shortcut. At one point we were climbing on rocks and crawling through tunnels of trees and bracken, laughing and jokingly asking if anyone had food or water, in case we got lost.
(No but seriously, we all had food and water.)

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Flat Top Fire Tower
The winds of Hurricane Matthew were whipping through the mountains. We continued our wise life decisions and climbed the tower anyways. It was a little bit terrifying, and terrifyingly exhilarating. The views were incredible. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to the photos or video that I shot because I was clinging to the railing for dear life as my extremities slowly froze.

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The way back down the mountain was much more enjoyable, with many more “shortcuts,” on which we got even more lost.

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Thanks for humoring my need for photos, guys!

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This photo captures the joy we experienced when we discovered the trail again after being briefly lost in the woods.

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After our exhilarating adventure (AKA: hiking), we ate a delicious meal of barbecue recommended by our locals, and then went to a strip mall where we shopped the sales, Kasey and George got excellent jackets, and we ate some quality ice cream.

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That night back at the cabin, I took advantage of the wide open skies to take some shots of the stars to work on my astrophotography.
(Can you see Grandfather Mountain in the distance?)

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Our trip was short, but sweet. I spent a good piece of it worrying about Hurricane Matthew and the devastation happening to our home. Despite that, I know that Boone is beautiful, that the restaurants are amazing, that our host and his friends were very entertaining and welcoming, and that I continue to love the Appalachians.

“There is nothing prettier in the world than a girl in love with every breath she takes.” -Atticus

Until next time,

Jamie

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