"Learn modesty if you desire knowledge,
A high land would never be irrigated"
The Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud at dawn. Sufi, poet and champion wrestler, Pahlavan Mahmud's philosophical couplets date to the 13th Century, but are still renowned across Central Asia, Iran and the Indian Subcontinent.
This little app is so strange in some ways.
I resisted joining Instagram for years as the idea of having a public profile creeped me out a bit. I joined it while on assignment for a writing gig, since it was mandatory, and got featured early on which is why my following grew. Because of that, I kept sharing pictures to the point that now I prefer this app over all other social media as a sort of timeline of my life.
Truthfully, I'm grateful for all the opportunities this app has given me, and have even made a few friends IRL because of this app, but while trying to ignore whatever the algorithm does, the odd thing I have noticed is that having a few followers does mean I sometimes think twice about what I'll post and therefore this is mostly just images of where I've been.
Until recently, I had decided to not really be too personal on here. I even debated whether to ever say I was preggo, since it didn't really fit with my outdoors orientated 'theme' and I was pretty sure bring pregnant was going to be a liability to some of my collaborations. But, I decided to share the news as I felt that the only storyline being told to pregnant women (or at least what was in my feed) was that you could be sexy with lingerie photo shoots or you couldn't see your toes so you were bed ridden with junk food. I wanted to show that life for me stayed the same. That you can do outdoorsy things and post photos of yourself doing so even if you do not look like you just walked out of a magazine photo shoot. That adventures big and small are equal and worthwhile. That while I might have trouble tying up my shoelaces, once they are on, I'm going to walk and groan that 1km/hr uphill until I reach that viewpoint.
I still debate whether I should just stick to pretty landscape photos with no faces showing and no internal thoughts shared, but I am starting to think that if you're following this account then you might as well get to know the person and people behind it.
Our whole world is about to change in the next few weeks, but I have a goal to try to start making this a little less impersonal going forward. Hope to stay with me for the ride.
Who else love looking at unique patterned tiles when they are traveling?! 🙋♀️ If you have just followed me recently, hello hello hello! 👋
Quick intro of myself:
💻 9-5 email marketer
✈️ Traveled to 13 countries and not planning to stop anytime soon
📸 Photos you seen on my Instagram are taken with Canon DSLR, Google Pixel or one of my countless film cameras
Tell me more about you! ❤️ What is your favorite country? What is your favorite food? Also, what is your favorite colour?
is very pleased to present to you this hq_globe feature by @neohumanity selected by @loubalad
Heavenly morning is a perfect way to describe this scene 😍🏆
How beautiful is this image for the brand new book, Aperitif: Cocktail Hour the French Way by Rebekah Peppler?! You know I love all things French 🇫🇷 and have a special fascination with Americans living in Paris (my dream!) so I wanted to ask Rebekah a few questions to share with you and lucky for us, she played along:
EJ: What made you decide to move to Paris?
RP: Oh, so many reasons but the main one—the one that keeps me there every time I run up against something especially challenging in the logistics of expat life—was and is for myself. I was looking for a new adventure and Paris turned out to be the greatest of them all. ✨
EJ: If you had to pick one drink and one food recipe from Aperitif to make tonight, which would you pick?
RP: Can I have three? Since there’s a chill in the air, I’d start with a Shot de Pineau (p137), then move onto a Lillet Rouge + Tonic (p96) paired with unlimited Fried Olives (p188). ✨
EJ: What's your favorite place to go for inspiration in Paris?
RP: The Canal Saint-Martin at 7pm on an especially beautiful summer day. It feels like the whole city is parked on the banks for l’heure de l’apéritif, flirting, falling in love, all of it. It’s pure magic. ✨
I’ve been working with Rebekah on my upcoming book and I can tell you, SHE IS THE REAL DEAL, FOLKS. ✨
Go check her out 👉🏻 @rebekahpeppler and @sliceofpai who took the beautiful photos and pick up a copy of the book! @clarksonpotter #aperitifbook
#Rabari woman in her kitchen in #Narlai vilage, southern #Rajasthan . It was filled with choking smoke, she cooked over a small open fire, her kitchen equipment consisted of about two pots, the floor was compressed mud and cow dung yet here she was chatting on her mobile phone. The technology has transformed #India , leapfrogging the copper-wire, home-phone networks of the Western world and putting instant communications into the hands of just about every adult.
#TBT to that time in Sochi I took this epic photo of the supremely talented Stéphane Brisson and he used it as the cover photo on his website. Still waiting for my commission, Steph. productionsstephanebrisson.com
Lately I've been paying extra attention to vibes and energies that I get from people and moving away from people that don't offer any sunshine to my life. I'm learning a lot about myself and the nature of human beings in general. These two girls I feel so much warmth from and it's all these constant feelings and lessons that help me grow and appreciate the sunshines in my world 🌞🌵