The incredible surf photographer and videographer Mickey Smith says one should lead a life worth scraping. I want to do more than scrape by, and I'm willing to work for it.

2012 brought excruciating, metamorphic, and wondrous change to my life. 2013 is promising to be a year of equal change. I can see a horizon beckoning with bright hope and joy. The valleys and dark days have been stacking up, but I keep treading on with curiosity and a brave heart. Here is where I'll share some of my journey and some of the mundane stuff in-between.




This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

As someone who regularly volunteers at an animal shelter this is so so so important! 

My beautiful Easter basket from my sweetheart, @runningjaggedly. Sorry Murphy, it’s not for you.

My beautiful Easter basket from my sweetheart, @runningjaggedly. Sorry Murphy, it’s not for you.