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I DARE TO DREAM. I'M AFRAID, BUT I TAKE RISKS. I LOVE TO LAUGH. I STRIVE TO LIVE MY LIFE TO THE FULL. I WANT MY LIFE TO COUNT.

I would prefer to describe myself with quotes, cliche├ęs and song lyrics because often I find myself at a loss for words but I'll save that for another day. Although I am a deep thinker and a deep feeler, I love to laugh and have fun and be silly, pretending like I'm 6 years old and it doesn't matter that I dance like a fool. I love to read. I love being around happy people that laugh at my weird humor. Don't worry, I'll laugh at your weird humor too! I love to be outdoors and I get cranky if it's been too long since I saw the sun. I strive everyday to love God with all of my heart, mind, soul and strength and to love my neighbor as myself. The bible is the standard I live by and I am forever learning from it. My life thus far has been an incredible journey and I feel so grateful for where I am at right now.

I was born and raised in the Midwest but I was eager to head East to attend college in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology where I had big dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer. I graduated with two degrees, one in Fashion Design and one in Direct Marketing. I had a couple of cool jobs in the fashion industry in NYC working for big names such as Isaac Mizrahi and Quiksilver but found it all to be a little lack-luster and could identify all too well with the character, Andy, from 'The Devil Wears Prada.' So, I quit. I gave up what I thought was my dream job but realized it wasn't, I gave up the idea of success that I thought I was supposed to achieve and decided to chase my own dreams: to make a difference and to travel the world. That was one of the best decisions I ever made. Since then, I have served as an Americorps Member, traveled the world, went back to school to study Photography and started my own business in 2006 in Boston. In January of 2013 I made another huge decision to journey to the outer limits of my dreams and I sold everything I owned and I moved to Honduras to volunteer a year of my life and pursue work in the realm of humanitarian photojournalism. It has been such an incredible, life-changing experience! I am still working as a photographer, available for work within the US and around the world - but my everyday passions are fulfilled through the volunteering that I am doing here in Central America and helping the poor and needy.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read a little bit more about me! I'd love to hear about you and the things that bring you joy and make you feel alive! Stop by my blog for more stories, adventures and photos or drop me an email: vanessa@vanessaembling.com

ABOUT VANESSA