Photography + Design


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Recent Design Projects


If you are looking for a design angel, then Monika Berry is your lady!  From our very first correspondence, Mon has always been so receptive, creative, supportive, hard working and easy to work with.  No request is ever too much and she has a way of intuitively knowing exactly what I need with each task.  I would be lost without Mon and I am so grateful for our working relationship (and now friendship).  I can not recommend this beautiful woman highly enough.

Alexandra Olsen

Dreamer / Creator of Violet Gray Design, Violet Gray Design


Recent Photography

On the blog

Wanderlust Post-Baby

Something has been swirling inside for some time. Probably ignited by Shanny’s inspiring travel posts, a girl I once was. Full of adventure, desire to gobetrot - with intention to help animals all around the world. You see, I’ve never really been a...

Tools to achieve your goals

Don’t let your dreams fall by the wayside. A while back I sent a 2015 planner to my mailing list tribe, to make this year your best one yet! It is time to revisit that, to see if you are taking steps towards your vision. I have many conversations with women...

FREE download – 2015 Planner

New Years Eve… mixed emotions as I reflect on an emotionally charged year and get ready for another year. There is much unknown about what lies ahead, so much of life should be left open – flexibility accommodates the unknown. However, without goals or...

Misery Inspires: where did my best writing go?

Once upon a time, I would blog multiple times a week, I would show up online daily, reading and leaving comments on other blogs. I was in a process of seeking my own freedom, whether through my career and current lifestyle. I was right in the middle of the...

Behind the Scenes with Artist, Nicky Kriss

Today I have a super talented (and best kept secret) artist to share with you. If you already know of her work, you probably are making plans to owns piece or, like me, already have one proudly on your wall. What inspires me to show up online and connect with people,...

Behind the Scenes with Fifty Two Truths, Shanny Matterson

Heavily pregnant and knee deep in my graphic design studies, my dream to work for myself ‘someday’ was still just a dream. Until one day when Shanny, a blogger I had been following, under her old title Let Your Joy Rise, emailed me. Without seeing any of...