Live Through This on Upworthy!

I recently had the chance to collaborate with Upworthy on a beautiful video about Live Through This. Props to producer Jess Blank for incredible work, and for being an equally amazing human.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins at Union Transfer, 2/2/16 | Philadelphia Concert Photography

It’s no secret that I really fucking love Jenny Lewis. Rilo Kiley has been one of my favorite bands since I was in high school. Jenny’s solo stuff is great. The Watson Twins are nice ladies with beautiful voices who are also nice friends (also very tall, and good accessorizers). So: when I got an email announcing the Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, I totally lost my shit. A little.

It was something to look forward to in the midst of a difficult transition. I don’t really miss New York, but a move is a challenge on its own and—this seems counterintuitive to me—learning to live instead of just surviving hasn’t been easy. There are so many good things: having a car! a fridge full of groceries! this puppy that looks like a giant dog but is still, in fact, a puppy! more space! Also: going to see a show isn’t a totally infuriating shitfest. Bonus!

And this show—man, this is a show I’ve wanted to see for a decade. When Rabbit Fur Coat was released in 2006, I lived in the very tip of east Tennessee, and that wasn’t a stop many bands made. A good show always required a roadtrip: Asheville (1 hour) or Atlanta (5 hours). Plus, I was dead broke, so I missed the first go round altogether.

Alas! Not this time, my friends, and I had my camera on me to document the magic. I’m going to stop talking now so you can get ya scroll on.

 

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat 10th Anniversary Tour, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 2/2/16

Nolan + Sam’s DIY Hurricane Joaquin Wedding! | New Haven Wedding Photographer

There are just so many things about Nolan and Sam’s wedding that made it amazing!

The original plan was that it would be a quiet affair: a private ceremony in a garden and a backyard reception at home. But then Hurricane Joaquin came along to change their plans at the very last minute.

THE DANGER CONE OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN

THE DANGER CONE OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN: Remember this asshole?

By last minute, I mean literally one day—maybe two? I’m pretty sure it was one—before go-time. And what did these two do? They went and rented a music venue, The Space, in Hamden, CT, for the shindig! It was a complete 180 from the planned event: 100% seat-of-the-pants, spontaneous badassery. Check it out!

 

 

 

BuzzFeed | I Survived a Suicide Attempt

Hello! It’s been a hugely busy fall! I’ve criss-crossed the nation to deliver keynote speeches on the story of my struggles with mental health, my suicide attempt, and the evolution of Live Through This, as well as workshops on suicide prevention in social media. Last week, I presented at the 5th annual Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Summit. While I was in LA, I stopped by BuzzFeed and helped out with this amazing video on living through a suicide attempt. I’m really proud of how it came out.

Like it? Share it. You never know who might need to hear that they’re not alone today.

One Shot | Amor in Iceland

We spent a LOT of time in Iceland stopping on the side of the road to gawk at pretty things. This farm was just west of Dyrhólaey.