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Poppy wants to live in a world where everyone's story matters, regardless of their income or way of life.

As a photographer, she's won ribbons at the county fair. As a spiritual seeker and writer, she's been featured in Jen Louden's The Life Organizer and once published an article at allthingsgirl.net.

When she's not writing or photographing her story, she can be found at her day job as a technology consultant, or at home snuggling her cats, or in the park, taking a walk with her husband.

Here is my ideal day:

In my ideal day, I would wake up in the morning whenever I happen to wake up - alarms make me groggy and less happy about morning.

I need to move around first thing in the morning because the way I sleep causes my shoulders to cramp and tense up - so moving early helps me feel better all day.

I usually read email and blogs while eating breakfast - they can become time monsters if I keep going after I've eaten, though, and take up most of the morning.

Morning, especially early morning, is one of the best times ever for photography because the light quality is so different. I'd want some hours in the morning to spend taking pictures or making jewelry or one of the other projects I've picked up over the years and never made a habit.

Lunch would be a time to connect with people I care about. Some days, maybe I'd lunch with my mother, some with my best friend, and some with my fiance. I crave a certain amount of connection with others that has been present at times in my life and absent at other periods.

I can't pull myself away from the idea of working for a living - I enjoy being productive. I'd prefer to work 4-6 hour days instead of 8 hour days, and at my own pace so that I could determine when I was too tired to continue. I'm not committed at this point to working for myself, but I suspect that, in the current market, running my own business is the only way I would have enough control over how much got done and when. It's an idea that I will explore later; right now is not the time (although I'm considering making some photo products available now to see what kind of response they get.)

The evening is devoted to my fiance and soon-to-be-husband. We'd share a nice sunset if I could control the weather, make dinner together, and rest together. I'd pick up a good book, one that's not going to make me angry, and play some soft music to relax us while he picks up a video game or reads the latest research on game design.

And then, I'd fall into a very satisfied sleep, knowing that I've done the best that I could do with the time given to me that day.

"Aren't you a rope?" "Nope, I'm a frayed knot."