Becky is a waterfall seeker, an outdoors extraordinaire, a photographer, and has one of the coolest vibes I’ve encountered. She’s also a mom, a diy-er, and super humble about all things she can do. I personally love her competitive streak. We’ve played some basketball together and we get fierce…in a good way. To top that, she’s a great listener, an artist, and helps her kids raise bunnies so they can use the money for their own devices. So cool. (All pictures in this post are from her.)
I think one of the amazing things about Becky is that she knows exactly what she wants to do. Yes, she’s taking care of her kids and keeping house, but she wants to be an outdoor photographer. Her work speaks for itself. It’s her passion and being active as a family while getting such amazing shots is central to her life. I’m so grateful she agreed to this interview to give you peak into her musings.
Becky is joining the community of Dynamos. You are a Dynamo if you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. This looks different for each person, we like different foods, activities, and hobbies, but we each have a story to tell. I believe that these stories empower you, the Dynamo, and others on their own Dynamo journey. We affect those around us more than we comprehend. Our lives, our love, and the light we share with each other can bring inspiration, peace, and encouragement in our own stories. With that…Becky.
Why is the pull to nature so strong for you?
When I’m out in nature, I feel so small, my problems feel so small. I feel like I can just be myself out there, I don’t have to try to impress anybody or play any “roles”. It’s one of the very few places where I truly feel at peace. It re-charges me, helps me to feel more, and to see more beauty in the everyday….let me not fail to mention that the Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful, and I love getting out there and seeing things for myself.
When you photograph landscapes, what scenes move you the most and why?
There are so many! I love scenes that show motion: waterfalls, rivers, sunsets, and the ocean. Exploring and/or sitting and watching these scenes – and just being able to witness the movement of nature is incredible to me. The night sky as well, there is something indescribable about standing in the middle of nowhere on a really dark night, looking up and seeing countless stars and the Milky Way stretching across the sky. We are so small!
What does hiking teach you about yourself?
It teaches me that I can do things. It strengthens me. It helps me to know that the things that are likely to hold me back are just in my mind. It takes work and effort to get out there (especially with kids), but the payoff is more than worth it.
What is a favorite moment in the outdoors with your children?
A favorite moment with them that is still so clear in my mind: It was a hike to a waterfall that is not heavily traveled. On that hike, right before you get to the waterfall, there is a corner that you come around. When you go around that corner, there is this huge natural amphitheater type setting with this amazing waterfall just right there. It kind of takes your breath away. So, the moment that we came around that corner and saw this scene, the boys both just stopped and automatically and simultaneously started saying, “WHAAAAAATTT?!?!?!?! WOW!!!! This is so AWESOME!!!” It is moments like that, when they express their excitement for the awesomeness of the earth that are my favorite.
Your photographs are magical, what is your goal as a photographer?
I don’t have a written down goal as far as business. Though my main goal when I’m taking a picture is that it will be a photograph that will make the eventual viewer feel something, and maybe inspire them.
Do you have a favorite place to be outdoors?
Not an absolute favorite. Around here, I love the mountains, the coast is beautiful, and the gorge is amazing. I love waterfalls and all the green that surrounds us here…but at the same time, I love being in a canyon in the middle of a desert just as much.
What other fitness activities do you enjoy doing? Why?
I grew up playing team sports- so anything that gets that competitive drive going – basketball, soccer, tennis, racquetball, softball. I enjoy biking and running, which both provide excellent thinking time. I also have started loving doing more weight lifting and pushing myself in that area. All in all, I love it when at the end of a workout I’m sweaty, shaky, tired, and sore…because that means I pushed myself hard enough to the point of growing, and that next time I’ll be stronger.
How does being active make you a better person?
I think that having an active lifestyle not only benefits me physically, but mentally as well. If I am wandering out in nature, or working out, or playing with my kids – I feel stronger, more confident in my abilities, more empowered, more capable of helping others, and more at peace.
What have you learned about yourself through your dedication to fitness?
That the saying, that every single coach I ever had would tell us over and over is true: “This is 90% mental and 10% physical.” A lot of fitness requires overcoming our own doubts about ourselves…when those doubts are overcome, and we start pushing ourselves more – real growth can happen. (at least for me)
Who is your hero?
I don’t have one specific person that comes to mind – but have had quite a few people throughout my life who I have looked up to and admire for various reasons. I consider all of them heroes for their examples of how they handle trails, how they treat others, dedication to fitness, and so on.
(Becky is in the blue, I’m in the pink…this was gorgeous!)
What does healthy living mean to you?
To make a conscious effort to take care of your body, mind, and spirit through exercise, eating well, using healthy coping mechanisms, and believing that God will help you with whatever you may lack (after you have put forth your best efforts).
What piece of advice to you like to share?
To make time to do whatever it is that makes your soul happy. Don’t compare your efforts with others, just to the person you once were. Always strive to improve, don’t give up, and never say “I can’t”, and always be willing to learn. Life is about making progress, not about being perfect – so give yourself credit for the progress that you do make. Respect yourself, and respect others.
What is your definition of beauty?
I think true beauty is just being yourself and owning who you are. A lot of beauty shows in the way that a person treats others – some of the most beautiful people I know are not necessarily “model status”, but those who know who they are, and reflect it in how they act, speak, do things, carry themselves, and care for others.
How has your example motivated or inspired others?
I am not sure – I think I can really only claim that is has motivated and inspired my kids. When they see me working out, they always want to join in. They ask to go on bike rides, hiking, and camping. They love being outdoors just as much as I do. My oldest has started to be more interested in photography. Honestly, if these three people are the only ones I ever inspire, it is good enough for me!
What do you want to be remembered for?
I’m a strong believer in leading by example. I think that, yes, a person can talk and give advice all day long…but it’s our actions that will have more of an effect on others. I heard a saying that went something like this: “be the kind of mother that your kids WANT to remember.” I want to change that a little to say, “Be the kind of person that other people want to remember.” So, I guess I just want to be someone who people WANT to remember because of positive actions.
All pictures from Becky’s mad skills!