Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Seeing Ocean - muses this week

It's been a bit of a while since I last shared some of my favorite muses with you all. This set of muses is inspired by the sea, hence the title: Seeing Ocean. I've been a particularly wanderlust mood recently, and am just aching to be near the sea. And just about anything nautical brings me a boatload of joy. 

Here's hoping you enjoy these muses. I love, seriously love, to hear about some of your favorite nautical muses.


1. These Jack Wills Skinny Ankle Length Jeans have such an oceany feel to them; specifically the color looks like the brights of a rolling sea.

2. These Kujira (Whale) knives from Man of the World are just the coolest! Seriously, a knife and whale in one? awestruck. 

3. What an inspirational quote. Not particularly nautical-themed, but it has that brave, courageous sea-darer idea to it. 

"We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit." -E.E. Cummings

4. This painting makes me so happy. Say soft, so moving, so sea-y and blue, so much adventure.


1. I am, most definitely, a paralian at heart. I hope to someday be one in reality.

2. Really liking this watch, TransOcean by Man of the World. I think it's supposed to be a guys watch, but I'd totally wear it. truth.

3. Blue seersucker suit. the end.

4. These stairs. I am determined to paint a staircase in my future home blue. Yes please.

There you are, dear readers! My seeing ocean muses.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | Header Image © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography, other images correctly sourced above.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

i look up to you - Father's Day

(L to R): Ben and I, and my daddy and me.

"Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad."

-Anne Geddes 

Happy Father's Day to the two very best dads I know! 

One, my birth Father, who is the very best daddy I could ever ask for and who is with his heavenly Father this Father's Day, and Ben (my fantastic brother-in-law) who is a new dad and celebrating today for the first time! 

You both have changed my life so much for the better, through your instruction, correction, inspiration, encouragement, and love. You've been there to provide advice, to guide me through sticky situations, and as wonderful mentors and friends. I thank God for allowing you both to be a part of my life. 

I love you both, very much! 

Love, Charity

What does your dad mean to you?
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

writing - grows in time

"The desire to write grows with writing."

This line came to mind when I started thinking about writing more on this blog (and writing more in general). It is a good, and super simple, reminder that all things come with simply doing things. You get better at singing by singing, better at dancing by simply dancing, better at painting by painting; it comes all in time.

A little pledge to you all, dear readers: I am going to write a little more this summer. I won't come up with anything very fantastic, I'm sure, but I'd like to give it a shot.

What's a quote or line you've been thinking about lately that's been inspiring to you?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

summer bucket list - 2014

Now for some of you, a bucket list is a specific (and detailed) list of do's for that current year. Well this particular bucket list is made up of more general yet still particular ideas for the next year (that is, until the beginning of next Summer). I know that it is ultimately not up to me whether I do any of this or not. But I do know that I am meant to have dreams and aspirations for the future (the next year, specifically), and so here they are: 

my bucket list 1, in mixed sentences 
:: note :: I will be adding to this list over the Summer.

  • sleep outside under the stars at least a 10 times
  • complete Etsy branding, including shipping and policies
  • explore somewhere I've never been before 
  • perfect (or at least try to perfect) my frisbee and football throwing skills
  • learn under someone really smart who is an expert or at least really good at what they do
  • help out with someone's small business
  • get into law a little more (internship, classes, workshops etc)
  • do some racing (thinking go-cart)
  • book at least 4 styled/fine art or portraiture photo shoots
  • do something history related, like work at a museum, or intern with a history professor (etc)
  • paint more. lots more. perhaps pack up my paints and go to some really amazing place, have a picnic and just paint
  • go out shooting at least 5 times
  • go sailing again. even just on a lake. or a river?
  • be more innovative in my workplace, and provide original and beneficial ideas to HSLDA 
  • read an entire (thick, mind you) book on Scotland
  • finish all the Lord Peter Wimsey novels I can get my hands on
  • meet Annaliese for the FIRST TIME
  • have lunch with my awesome co-workers at least 10 times
  • write 2 short story (any ideas?)

I just really love adventure, and doing and being. I like life to be full. Full of joy, and trials, of laughter and friendships, of hopes and dreams, and even of falling down and having the courage to get back up. I want to live as if today is my last day (sounds cliche, yes, but it couldn't be more true), and with the thought that each new day is a precious gift from God. I don't know how God will use me this Summer, but I do know that in every situation I am placed in it is my duty (my honor and joy, the essence of my being) to glorify God through it all.

When I am not working this Summer, I want to spend my free time: learning, reading, helping others, volunteering, creating, designing, laughing, spending quality time with friends, singing, driving, going on adventures, and so forth. If you're interested in joining me, let me know!

my bucket list 2, in full realistic sentences

  • Graduate with associates in Liberal Arts/International Studies from NOVA (Spring 2015).
  • Transfer full associates to James Madison University (Spring/Summer 2015).
  • Save significantly for a new car (buying one in the next few months).
  • Move out (details soon).
  • Get at least 80 points (40+ hours) volunteering with Company 12, Lovettsville Fire and Rescue.
  • Work full-time for HSLDA (already doing!)

I'd love to hear some of your summer adventuring ideas! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, May 30, 2014

Desktop Lately

So this was a really neat find! The above castle, Alnwick castle, was where the majority of the castle scenes in Harry Potter were filmed. How cool is that? This is also the same castle used at the beginning of Robin Hood (2010, with Russell Crowe). It is an incredibly beautiful castle, and I particularly like the above painting by Canaletto, circa 1750.

Couldn't be more proud of my two fantastic friends! Ethan and Emy started Emy&Ethan and have been producing some really wonderful music! I love this song particularly (A Mother's Song), and seriously love these two. Oh and a shout out to my friend and co-worker, Patrick, for the amazing video production of this song.

In love with this version of One Direction's Story of My Life by ThePianoGuys. The video is so sweet, and really well-made. 

Been busily editing photos for HSLDA. Wooo, nothing like editing over 1000+ photos to make you really appreciate a good book. Let's just say as much as I use technology, I am really not a big fan of it.

I entered this contest, called #StyleforJustice. And although I didn't have a chance of winning, it was a neat experience nonetheless. I am excited for whoever does get to go with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection to Rwanda. 

/// So there is my desktop lately. I encourage you to check out the aforementioned song by Emy&Ethan! I guarantee you'll love it.

Cheerio n' all that!
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day - i honor you

Let us not, ever, forget the sacrifice of thousands of men and women who gave their lives to fight for for liberty and justice through the years. 

Today I honor those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom and who had the courage to say "there is a point beyond which [our enemies] must not advance". I am forever grateful for their service, their sacrifice, their courage, and their duty to the United States of America.

You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, 'There is a price we will not pay.' There is a point beyond which they must not advance...Winston Churchill said that 'the destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits–not animals.' And he said, 'There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.'" -Ronald Reagan

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Reagan the Movie

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ONE WEEK LEFT - will you send me to rwanda?

UPDATE on the Rwanda trip

There is only ONE WEEK left to vote! Also, the submission gallery is now organized in order of votes received and will remain like this until the last day of voting, which is Wednesday May 28th. You can vote daily (once per person), but remember the votes operate on a 24-hour time clock. Meaning if you voted at 4 pm today, you won’t be able to vote until 4 pm tomorrow.

I NEED YOUR VOTE! I'm (currently, as I write this) the second person on page 5, and I need to make it to page 1 and into the top 7 to have a chance to travel with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection to Rwanda.

Please SHARE my link and photos with your friends and family! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Will You Send Me? - Partnering with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection

Why me? You ask. There is truly no good answer to why I should be blessed with this fantastic opportunity to love on the people of Rwanda, for there’s nothing that qualifies me over the next person to go on this trip. I’m an avid reader, photo-maker, blogger, and college sophomore that still has a lot of learning to do.

But I do know that I want to use what I do have to fight for justice and to encourage, educate, and empower the people of Rwanda to find their voice.

You’d be surprised at how many people in the world fall victim to multiple forms of social injustice and all because they are poor and denied economic empowerment. Their voices are literally taken from them, and their stories are hidden from the eyes of the world; and from those who can actually do something to help them.

It is my desire, and the longing of my heart, to be the voice for the voiceless and to show them that they matter just as much as the next person. And through partnering with International Justice Mission and Noonday Collection, I’ll get the opportunity to do so.

I want to share my passion for the glorious things in life, for color and vibrancy, for hope and joy, for truth, with the people of Rwanda. Most importantly, I want God to be able to use me, with my talents and fallibilities, to be His hands and feet in a country that needs Him. I don’t have much to offer, but I do have two hands, two feet, and a heart beating for justice and striving to spread truth in a world greatly needing it.

I don't want this trip to be about me or for me, but for the advancement of Christ and all that is good, lovely, and true. And I need your daily vote (from May 14 - 28) to get me to the next level of judgingBut please only vote for because you feel led to, and not because I asked you to. I want God to send the right person on this trip, and frankly that person may not be me.

Please also consider sharing my photo and link with your friends and family! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Mother's "Day"

Happy Mother's Day 
to my wonderful mother,
and to all the other mothers out there!

Today is my mother's day, as well as your mother's. Today we celebrate, in a little extra form, everything our mothers have done for us and how they've loved us so faithfully.

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my mother."
-Abraham Lincoln

This is one of my favorite videos about mothers! ^

Thank you, mothers, for all you do.
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Birthday + Rainy Day GIVEAWAY!

So some of you might know, and others might not know, that yesterday was my birthday. I'm now a fresh little 19-year-old that still has a great deal left to learn. But in light of that particular day and the implications it generally provides, and because of these past few days being some of the rainiest, dreariest, coldest days here, I've decided to conduct a giveaway. I'd like to give back to you all as you've been such splendid readers, and besides what better way to brighten a rainy day then to brighten your day with lovely gifts!

All the items I've chosen for the giveaway are ones I love. 

1. 100% recycled notebook. 
2. Your choice of any custom hand-painted art piece of any quote (from Infinity Designs). For more ideas on my typography, look at some of my art samples.
3. 4 tea bags of delicious fair trade green tea from Archer Farms.
4. Full color collector's edition of The Last Battle (C.S. Lewis); one of my very favorite books.

ENTER down below for a chance to win! 
The GIVEAWAY ends May 8 at midnight.

Do something splendid this rainy day!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography