Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigale Moon.
Hi Abigale, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
When I received my first nice camera in high school, everything changed for me. I would spend hours just playing around and looking for things to photograph. I would invite friends over to do mini impromptu photoshoots just because it was fun!
In my junior and senior years of high school, I was able to participate in journalism, taking photographs and writing articles for our newspaper and yearbook. In that endeavor, I realized I enjoyed writing and getting the scoop. In 2010, I went off to college in Tampa, Florida, a place I had never been except to tour once. Away from almost everyone I knew, I realized I had to get to know my new surroundings.
On Saturdays, I would go with friends to different beaches and cool towns that had been recommended. I loved exploring my new city! Actually, exploring was something I have always loved. Some of my favorite memories involved wandering around small little towns admiring the architecture and antiquing with my parents.
I guess in some ways they instilled in me the love of getting lost. In 2015, I started wondering how I could combine all these loves into something more meaningful. After much deliberation, I decided to take a leap and start my blog “Wanderings and Beautiful Things.”
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Blogging has not always been easy. While I love nothing more than to create, sometimes life just gets in the way. You get busy with the mundane and there isn’t always time to create content. When Covid hit, it was such a strange dichotomy because I had all the time in the world, but I couldn’t go anywhere!
I had very little I could write about because most of my posts are travel-related. I decided to overhaul my website at that point because I needed a change. Some of my posts felt very outdated. I felt I had grown so much as a photographer and a writer that I needed to get rid of the content I was no longer proud of.
I wrote a few posts after the overhaul, but I decided to take a break. I had been blogging for 5 years and I just was burned out. I took some time to completely get off social media and focus on my life beyond a computer screen. It’s funny, when you love something it’s hard to let it go.
While I massively enjoyed my break, I missed creating. I did things here and there to have a creative outlet, like film photography and learning how to draw. But during that time I would always hear a small voice in the back of my mind saying, “Start the blog again.”
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love being creative. My main hobby has always been and probably always will be photography. To capture moments in time feels almost magical. One of the greatest gifts ever given to me was photographs taken by my grandpa when he was stationed in Europe in WWII.
To have those moments captured on film from so long ago is nothing short of incredible. I want my future children and grandchildren to have those same feelings about my work. I enjoy digital and film photography, both of which are featured on my blog. More recently, I have started to draw architecture!
There is so much beauty in the details of an old home, and they deserve to be admired. I have really enjoyed driving around town and finding old homes to draw. I have done some commissioned pieces, but ultimately I just draw for the fun of it!
Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I feel like I learned so many lessons from the Covid-19 crisis. I learned to enjoy life and health while you have it. I learned that the freedom we experience, like something as simple as going outside of our home, is a blessing.
It taught me that nature is healing; the feel of grass beneath your feet and wind in your hair is freeing. Most of all, it taught me to love simple things. It doesn’t take some big, expensive vacation halfway around the world to enjoy your life.
Sometimes just going to the small town right up the road, where everyone is friendly and there are places to walk around, is more than enough to make for a wonderful afternoon.
- Website: www.wanderingsandbeautifulthings.com
- Instagram: @abigale.moon