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I’m a Southern girl that somehow found myself out West, but my heart has always belonged below the Mason Dixon line.   I live in Los Angeles, CA with my three furry friends and my wonderful husband, Grant.   Grant showed up one day in 2005 and completely stole my heart.  His love is the shining light of my life.  I own a portrait photography studio, Tangled Lilac Photography, and a medical consulting business, Medical Management Consulting.  Yes, it’s important for me to use both sides of my brain.

Random Things about Me

  • I’m a morning person, I’m cheerful and excited to get out of bed.  This has caused me to not be invited to many girl weekends.
  • I love sweet tea, warm biscuits and honey and could eat it every day.
  • I was hit by lightening in 2018 and witnessed time standing still.  I’ve seen the cords of energy that tie us all together and I’ll never look at life the same again.
  • I’m a vegetarian.  I haven’t had beef, pork or chicken since 1996, and I’ve never missed it.  I stopped eating fish in February 2015 the weekend my father passed away.  I went to the Tennessee Aquarium and locked eyes with a sturgeon and that was that.   I don’t miss fish either.  I don’t eat meat because I don’t consider it food.  That’s really all.  I don’t care if you eat meat, it’s just my personal thing.
  • I believe in forgiving, even when the person who’s hurt you hasn’t even asked.  To live with pain is too much for the soul to handle.
  • I love the idea of travel, but when it comes down to it, I would rather hang out with my animal friends.
  • My favorite color is purple.  I could wear it every day and paint my whole house, interior, and exterior, various shades and be very happy about it.  My neighbors, probably would not be very happy about that.
  • I can’t sit still so I can’t go to the movies.  I suspect I have ADD, but I’ve never been diagnosed.
  • The biggest things on my bucket list: visit the whales, hear wolves howl in a natural setting and visit a church in Europe containing baptism/marriage records for my ancestors, all side by side with my husband.
  • I don’t like scarves.  I feel like I’m choking when I wear them.  It’s ironic because I get a lot of scarves as gifts and those are probably the only ones I own.  The one in the above photo was a gift from a dear friend, Nick.
  • I believe in angels, and I’ve met my guardian angel once in Prescott, AZ.  I was suspicious after my conversation so I turned around quickly and he was gone.  It was a game-changer for me and I’ve never looked at our life on Earth quite the same.
  • Every time I get into a plane I’m convinced we’re going to crash.
  • I believe in thank you notes.  My mother always said…”It’s never too early, or too late, to write a thank you note”.  She was right.
  • I’d rather have old, vintage furniture than the newest fanciest furniture on the market.  I love the thought of what that piece of furniture has seen in its lifetime.
  • is my Facebook.  I love the puzzle, the connections and finally feeling like I’m part of something bigger than myself.  The stories of my ancestors are going to frame a book I’m going to write one day.
  • It’s been since 2015 since he passed and I still pick up my phone to call my Dad on Sunday.  Miss that man.
  • Saying “No” is the hardest thing for me.  I’m getting better, but I still feel like I’m letting everyone down.
  • I don’t like the beach.  I know, I’m weird.  It’s not that I’m against the beach, and I think it’s because of the direct sun.  I love the “thought” of the beach, but when I get there…dang, I’m bored.  Reading a novel?  No thank you.  My vision of paradise is a beautiful mountain, a babbling stream, a serene lake and the song of tree frogs.
  • I love humidity.  No, for real…my skin feels awesome and I feel like I breathe better.
  • I don’t trust people that don’t like animals, at all.  I’ll smile and laugh when you say you’re not a ‘cat person’ but in the back of my mind I’ll wonder what the hell is wrong with you and maybe you were abused as a child.
  • Oh, and at 52, I think I might be going through a mid-life crisis or maybe just coming to terms with my own voice.  Maybe it’s a little both.

My Daily Mantra

to live each day with love, compassion and to leave this earth better than I found it

Melissa Dunstan with her two dog a Tibetan Mastiff Big Joe and her tripod dog Molly Grace