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About Let Birds Fly

I’m Bailey K., the girl behind Let Birds Fly. Let Birds Fly is a blog mostly about travelhealth, photography, and graphic design. Also, it’s about my life. And if you’re a long-time follower, you’ve seen how much I have changed, and therefore, how much Let Birds Fly has changed.

Let Birds Fly started out as a blog highlighting our freedom in creativity. But since then, I have gone through a lot concerning my health, and I have narrowed down my life to things I am completely passionate about. Both prioritizing and simplifying are necessary for me to be able to live my life, and so my blog has simplified.

Presently, Let Birds Fly is a blog about what is most important to me. To me, Let Birds Fly means embracing what I can do and what I’m meant to do.

For example, I never really liked crafting that much, but I took part in it for my blog. You won’t see many crafts on here anymore. I’m also quite cheap, I don’t like clutter, I don’t like to shop, I don’t like stuff, and I hate consumerism, but I took part in it for my blog. You won’t see many wishlists or collections of products on here anymore.

Let Birds Fly should inspire you to be you. Even if you are constantly changing. Because how boring would it be if we never changed?

If you’re interested, please consider subscribing to Let Birds Fly via either Bloglovin, Facebook, or RSS.

NOW, LET’S GET PERSONAL //

MY FAMILY // I am a wife. My husband, Mark, is a professional musician and wedding DJ. He’s pretty awesome. I have two Great Danes named Quinn and Mozart. These 3 boys are my life! I also have quite a large extended family. Mark is one of 7 children, many of them married now, and I am one of 4, many of us married. We also have quite a slew of nieces and nephews.

MY JOBS // I am not doing much right now because of my health issues, but these are the jobs I did before I got sick, and what I hope to be able to do again after I’m well again. // I am a professional photographer here in Austin, TX. In high school, I wanted to be a National Geographic photographer. I realized that wasn’t very attainable, so I went to college for recreational therapy. But photography is my first love. // I’m a graphic designer. I love creating something from scratch. I’m so blessed that I get to be creative and get paid for it. // I work as a ropes course facilitator at a camp for kids with special needs over the summers. // Lastly, I work one-on-one with people with disabilities, administering recreational therapy with them (what I went to college for).

MY HEALTH // I have many health issues. I suffer from chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and neurological disorders, which I have recently found out is all from having Chronic Lyme Disease. I also suffer from celiac disease, hypothyroidism, meniere’s disease, and adrenal fatigue (which could all stem from Lyme as well). My story is about pain, but is also about hope.



MY FOOD // I love to cook and I LOVE to eat. But because of my health issues, I have to eat crazy healthy. Presently, I can’t eat any grains (which includes gluten, corn, and oats), dairy, processed sugar, GMO soy, or meat. I eat a 70% raw vegan diet (raw fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds), and the other 30% is still super healthy, consisting of mainly cooked veggies, lentils, and beans.

MY INTERESTS // I LOVE to travel. If I could somehow travel for a living, I would do it in an instant. I like to travel cheap, and I like to travel as much as possible. Check out my travel page to see where I’ve been. // I also love the outdoors. My husband and I try to take at least one backcountry camping trip per year, and we love to hike, bike, climb, and swim in our town of Austin.

MY QUIRKS // I am crazy compassionate. I wish I could adopt every baby, dog, cat, and bird out there that needs a home. I cry when I see a dog walking along the side of the road with no owner. I even hate squishing bugs. It’s ridiculous, I know. // I am the best devil’s advocate. I will argue against anything just because I love a good debate, and I am quite good at it. // I love fantasy books. My favorites are Harry Potter, Peter Pan, and Ender’s Game, among a hundred others. I am a book snob when it comes to these books, as well; I consider it blasphemy to see any movie of a book that I like. // I hate receiving gifts from my husband. We share everything, including money, so how is it a gift if we BOTH bought it? I’d rather just go on a picnic.

MY EVERYTHING // I am a Christian. Hopefully that comes across in a good amount of my blog posts. :)

Have any questions about me and/or Let Birds Fly? E-mail me!

POPULAR POSTS //

Our Love Story // It’s a long story. You have officially been warned.

Pain-Relieving Detox Bath // One of the only things that soothes my aches and pains.

Photo Editing Fads // A funny list of post-processing fads of the past and present, with examples.

How to Drink More Water // A health post on the importance of water and a list of fun ways to drink more.

I Live Healthy for a Reason // A personal post on dealing with having to defend my healthy lifestyle.

Big Bend National Park // Our first backpacking trip as a married couple. We LOVED it!

Meet Mozart // The day we got our great dane puppy, Mozart. (He was seriously the cutest puppy ever!)

Moroccan Tagine Soup // One of my favorite recipes ever. Super tasty and super healthy!

Hot Air Balloon Ride // One of the best things we’ve ever done together!

HOW MEGHAN EDITS HER PHOTOS

Last week, I showed you how I edit my photos. This week, I’m sharing with you how my friend Meghan from Eat Live Make edits hers.

Meghan and I have been thinking of ways to collaborate since we’ve become friends. Since we have SO much in common, we think that it would be fun to share our knowledge on several subjects with you.

Since we are both photographers, small business owners, health nuts, both deal with chronic pain and celiac disease, and we both love to travel and be outdoors, we have some pretty awesome collaborations in the works!

For now, we are teaming up to show you how we post-process our photos for our blogs and for our businesses. We both use different methods, and we both love our results. Here is Meghan’s video:

 

Meghan uses Visual Supply Company presets in Adobe Camera Raw to edit all of her photos. 

Photographers, whether beginner or pro, are continually looking for ways to fine-tune their editing processes. Meghan says that it took her about 6 months to find her niche in post-processing (I’m jealous – it took me about 7 years!!). We both believe that no one particular way of editing is better than the other, but hopefully our videos might help you out in finding what you like! 

HOW TO DRINK MORE WATER

When I started this blog (well, after I realized that it could be more than just an updating-your-family-on-your-life type of blog), I wanted it to be all about health and wellness. But to me, health isn’t just about eating right and exercising.
There are so many different components to wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, vocational, environmental, and even cultural wellness.
And THAT’S what I want my blog to be all about.
Now, I get that I have covered some of those aspects of wellness, especially vocational (which includes productivity by crafting, cooking, photography, design, and even blogging), cultural (traveling), and spiritual, but I don’t think I’ve covered the other components that well.
This is where that ends. Starting with the physical aspect. I’ve got healthy recipes covered. Now I’m gonna do fitness, etc. WOO!
A long time ago, I started “health tips” series on my blog. It wasn’t very popular, so I wasn’t very inspired to continue. BUT I DON’T CARE ANYMORE. :)  Even if no one reads my “health tips”, at least I’m posting something on my blog that I feel is very important, and not posting crap about Jennifer Aniston’s new boyfriend or something (apologies to those who post about celebrities…kinda).
So that’s what this is. A health tip post. BAM!
Are you pumped?! I am PUMPED!!
Anyway. On to the real part of the post.

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This post is all about WATER. I know, I know. Everyone talks about how important water is. 
But it IS, y’all.
Why is water important? Water makes up more than two-thirds of your body weight. The human brain = 95% water. Blood = 82% water. Lungs = 90% water. A mere 2% drop in our body’s water supply and we are dehydrated. Crazy, huh?
Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue. So if you’re low on energy, drink a glass. All of the cells that make up our entire anatomy depend on water to function. Pretty important, right?
In addition to daily maintenance of our bodies, proper water consumption plays a role in disease prevention. Drinking your daily water can decrease risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and has shown to also decrease risk of breast cancer. The list goes on!
How much water should we drink? An easy way to remember is to take your weight in pounds and divide it in half. That’s how much water in ounces you should be drinking. So if someone weighs 150, they should drink 75 ounces of water a day.
There’s a “but” to this little rule. If you exercise (and you should), add 8oz for every 30 minutes you are active. Add another 2 servings if you live in a hot climate. Travel a lot? Add 8oz for every hour you are on an airplane. Yeah, those ounces can add up quick.
It is so hard to drink that much water in a 24 hour period. I am SO with ya on that. But I have some tips for you (and for myself) on ways to drink more water.
11 tips on drinking more water:
1. Spread your water consumption out throughout the day instead of drinking tons of it in one sitting. This will help you from feeling waterlogged. You don’t want to get tired of water!
2. Set a timer or buzzer on your phone for every hour or so to remind you to drink some water. My main problem is just forgetting to drink.
3. Put slices of lemon, lime, orange, or another fruit in a pitcher of water and let sit in the fridge. And bam, you have healthy flavored water. This totally helps me not get bored of water.
4. Drink a glass when you feel hungry. Sometimes, that’s just your body telling you that you are dehydrated. And if you really are hungry, the water before your meal didn’t hurt at all. (Actually, drinking water before, during, and after meals helps you to digest food.)
5. If you are watching TV, drink a few sips of water during every commercial break.
6. Check the color of your pee. Yep, you heard me. If your urine is medium to dark yellow, you aren’t drinking enough water. Keep your pee clear! :)
7. Write reminders to yourself. Put a sticky note right on your computer’s keyboard! Can’t ignore that.
8. Try to slowly replace drinks with water. Do you drink three sodas a day? Replace one of them with water and work from there.
9. Carry a water bottle around with you. (A reusable one.) Take it to your office, to the living room, to your computer, etc.
10. At meals, drink a glass of water before anything else. Then you can have your tea, milk, etc. Do this at other times, too, like trips to Starbucks. Order your normal coffee AND a water. Drink both. Happy tastebuds AND a happy conscience. :)
11. This one is my favorite. Eat raw fruits and veggies. They are made up of SO much water. The top 10 hydrating foods are: cucumber, watermelon, pineapple, romaine lettuce, tomato, blueberries, celery, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and pear. All of these foods are made up of over 85% water. Love it!
I’m challenging YOU to drink more water. I’m challenging myself, as well. We can do this!

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