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Consider with Valerie Metz

What is a meaningful keepsake you own?
The gold pieces given to the women in my family are so special to me! I have more of a family tradition over an heirloom and it's getting our name plated on a gold necklace (before they became cool! ;)) All of the girls in my family have them and I can't wait to get one made for my daughter.

What moves and inspires you most?
Being outside on a sunny day inspires me! Our family is always spending time outside whether it's a beach date or in our cozy backyard and I instantly feel recharged after spending time in the sun. My simplest pleasure is jumping in the ocean or sunbathing! Both give me so much life!! My favorite scent is a misty beach morning- it reminds me so much of spending time in Peru, where my family is from. We visit annually and it's always my highlight of my year!

How do you try to live a more sustainable lifestyle?
We practice sustainability in small ways, the spectrum is wide! We always minimize physical belongings, buy local and fresh food, buy mostly secondhand, use reusable items, and recycle.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The best gift has been my first big girl camera. My family and husband pitched in and bought me a very expensive camera my first year as a photographer! I'm so thankful for my family and marriage. My husband is truly my partner and biggest supporter, our kids are pretty awesome and darn cute.
What makes you feel self-conscious?
Assumptions that others may have about me make me insecure, not sure if that makes sense! Social media is a wild thing because you get a glimpse of someone's character through a curated feed and that terrifies me. I would hope people don't romanticize our life or assume we have it all together because it's definitely not perfect. One of the boundaries I have with social media is to not be too personal about my struggles because I find it healthier (for me personally) to share that with my friends and husband who provide a safe space. However, I worry that others will make assumptions and think something of me that isn't accurate

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