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Maddie Maney – Photography Feature

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“Nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough and National Geographic’s ‘Photo of the Day’ series are what inspired me to pursue environmental biology early on in high school, and ultimately lead me to photography during college. The ability to capture the absolute wonder of our natural world in a single image has never failed to astound me. I hope to instill that same feeling in others when looking at my pictures. Capturing those unique fleeting moments forever is an amazing thing.”

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Click to read Maddie’s feature and see more of her nature photography in issue 08.

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Gratitude + Daily Mindfulness

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Thanksgiving is a time that arrives each fall and serves as a reminder to stop and remember all we have to be grateful for and to put into perspective the blessings that we have been given.

As I think about this, I wonder why it is that we choose this one time of the year to really celebrate all it is that we have to be thankful for. Why is it just this time of the year that we feel the need to express gratitude? Why isn’t this appreciation for what we have been blessed with a daily practice? Why do we let the other 364 days of the year go by, complaining about insignificant annoyances when we could instead be channeling those frustrations into mindful energy that takes a second to stop and look around and think “Wow. Look at all of this! Look at what I’ve been blessed with!

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Our lives are filled with an abundance of blessings that we cannot even begin to comprehend. As this Thanksgiving comes and goes, we here at Izzie + Sky are going to make more of a mindful effort to express daily gratitude. Upon waking up, think about some things that you are thankful for. Not only will your day start off on a great, positive foot, but you will be reminded of all you have, and those small, insignificant annoyances may place less of a burden on your day.

As I’m writing this, I’m cuddled up in my cozy bed, feeling nice and warm. I’ve got a delicious hot cup of coffee, a candle is burning, Ben Howard is playing, my stomach is nice and full, and my dog just nudged my door open to come in and say hello, her tail wagging. Blessings are everywhere. You just have to look.

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Issue 08 Cover Artist Spotlight

We were beyond stoked when artist Shea Conlan agreed to creating our cover art for issue 08. We allow our cover artists to freely create with only a few guidelines so we were anxious to see the result! We couldn’t be happier with how the final cover came out.

Just like us, Shea is inspired by nature. “I’m entranced by the intricate, repetitive patterns of nature; it’s what attracted me to drawing in the first place,” says Shea. “There’s something so soothing in drawing the lines and grooves of nature’s patterns – something meditative. As I continue to focus on the fine details of nature, I notice more and more small patterns that repeat themselves over and over everywhere I look. It makes me feel a deep connection to the universe, and gives me faith that there is some sort of organization to the chaos.”

Click here to read more of Shea’s article and see more of her illustrations.

Playlist // November

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HELLO, NOVEMBER.

Some long November drives have created the need for many a car playlist (obviously), so we decided to compile some of our favorites from this month (so far) into a little playlist for you to enjoy. Since driving brings about all of the moods and therefore the need for all of the music related feels (think: happy-hey-let’s-dance songs to sad and mellow i-need-to-stare-out-the-window-into-the-Delaware-abyss-er-chicken-fields songs), we’ve got quite a mix here for you. From artists like First Aid Kit and Passenger to The Assist and Lauv, there’s something for all of y’all. Since it’s only mid-November, the list is only destined to grow throughout the remaining weeks of the month. You’re welcome.

Click here and your ears will thank you.

Things Get Good // The Assist
Reforget // Lauv
Echoes // Lauren Aquilina
Call On Me – Ryan Riback Remix // Starley
Amadeus // Family and Friends
Thirteen Sad Farewells // Stu Larsen
Wolf // First Aid Kit
Shape of Love feat. Boy & Bear // Passenger
Monster Lead Me Home // Sara Hartman
Call Me In The Afternoon // Half Moon Run
Drugs // EDEN
Happy Machines // From Indian Lakes
Security // Stop Light Observations
Rise Up // Thomas Jack
Mayla // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Added tracks:
Fight to Keep // Run River North
Bow & Arrow // Little May
In The Cold // The Drums
My Cousin Greg // Houndmouth
Land of Gathering // The Ceremonies
Sunlight // From Indian Lakes
Sick In The Head // The Lumineers
Tin Lover // The Paper Kites
Piano Song // The Districts
For U (feat. Charli XCX) // Miike Snow
Moaning Lisa Smile // Wolf Alice

Enjoy!
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