Today I leave sunny Costa Rica and in two weeks head in the opposite direction up to freezing Norway. It’s gonna be a shock to my system, but once those magical northern lights pop out, the cold won’t even matter 😍💚
If this little baby sloth hanging and playing off of mom isn’t the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know if we can hang 😍 Seeing and photographing sloths in the wild yesterday was everything I imagined it could be. I still can’t believe that we saw a fresh lil baby and mom. LOOKIT THAT LITTLE FACE. SO DANG CUTE 😭😭😭
I have to be honest, I’m so tired of not being taken seriously as a photographer simply because I’m a woman. Sometimes I get so discouraged that it makes me want to quit. But then I remember that this is the time NOT to quit — not to let other people destroy my passions. I’ll continue learning and building and hopefully someday it either won’t bother me anymore or it won’t be an issue anymore. 🙂 #girlpower
How can a creature so cute be such a little hellion? 😂 It’s always a wild adventure watching these little monkeys leap and prance around the trees. 🐒 Have you ever seen a monkey up close in the wild?
OK, maybe I’m not leaving after all. I could watch sunsets like this every single day. The way the air stays so warm after the sun retreats beneath the horizon is just one of those little details that I’d forgotten. 😌🌅
Simplicity. Life can be complicated at times. We tend to over-complicate them and create more stress for ourselves, which obviously affects our overall happiness of life. The aspect that I love most about Costa Rica is the simplicity: Pura Vida. Simply translated, this common phrase found here means simple or pure life. But it’s more than just a phrase, it’s a way of life; no worries, no stress, just thankfulness and joy for all that you have. I hope this photo from our amazing journey with @panachesailingcosta brings a little more Pura Vida into your life this week! 🧡
Happy Moooonday! 🌝 Hope you all have a moontastic week!
Oh man, Costa Rica has been incredible so far! Haven’t had a chance to snap off any photos yet because we spent all day playing in the ocean 🌊😍, but here’s another water stunner to get you psyched for what’s to come!
🥳 ANNOUNCEMENT! 🙋🏻♀️ *deep breath in* Today is the day. Today is my last day as a senior designer at zulily. Today I say goodbye to the 9-5 grind and tonight I board a plane to Costa Rica with @nateinthewild to jump-start my new life as a freelance photographer and designer. I don’t think that I could possibly be more excited about where my life is headed, so how could I also feel such sorrow? I write this as I sit on the train for my daily commute and I can’t help but feel sad. Inserting a bookend after five years of my life spent surrounded by incredibly inspiring, creative, and caring people hurts more than I thought it would. But I’ve been shown too many signs to count (including the good ol’ birth chart and tarot readings - where my mystics at?) — all telling me that this is my path. That I don’t belong in an office. That while I love my coworkers dearly, I am meant to be out traveling and doing everything that I can to raise awareness and empathy for our absurdly beautiful yet fragile home, Planet Earth. So here I sit, coming to terms with my ever so exciting journey ahead of me. I can’t help but feel like Frodo about to embark on his big adventure (where my nerds at?) — sad and a bit nervous to leave the Shire, but determined and motivated with destiny by my side. I’ll have my dear Samwise along with me, as well as new and old friends alike, to walk this long road of life with and obviously ultimately defeat the darkness that is Sauron and bring lightness back to prominence, but I digress. To a new, thrilling, and nomadic year! 2019, let’s do this!! 💪🏻 Thanks for the snap, @nateinthewild ❤️
Experiencing new cultures is more than interesting; it opens your mind up to another way of life. It changes you. It reinvigorates you. It challenges you. It ends up rewarding you. Get out of your comfort zone and experience new things this year! ✈️
It’s funny how we think we know what is best for us and that we can hide away from what is TRULY best for us. Have you ever noticed a push to do something that felt like it was coming from a source outside of your being? My advice? LISTEN TO IT. I’ve been somewhat ignoring such a feeling for quite some time now and it’s hilarious to look back on now that I’m aware of what it’s been telling me. There were SO many times that I should have listened, but I continued onward saying, “No, not now. I’m not ready.” Time and time again I did this. But I’m listening now. It’s right. I was stubborn and afraid. I may still be stubborn 😆, but I am no longer afraid. 💪🏻
You know those sunsets that leave you thinking about them years later? This was one of those — a memory that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life 😌
This year has been... something else. I saw the aurora for the first time this year and I can’t believe that I didn’t make it a point to see it sooner. I’ve never seen anything like it and I cannot wait to teach a workshop here in February to show others just how incredible it is. I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need to keep me my happiest self. This next year is going to be a big year for me, and I’m so freaking excited to continue to share my journey as I navigate through this life. Thanks to all of you who continue to support me and encourage me to keep going. I see you and I hear you. Happy end of 2018!
OK, you guys, something big is happening in my life this week and I can’t wait to tell you... but I will. Here’s to 2019 and chasing goals! 😃🙏🏻💪🏻
It's raining cats and dogs out there. Holy moly. Nobody knows how to drive in the rain. The roads are actually slickest in the first half hour. The plants are going to love this. I actually sleep better when it’s raining. What’s the last one?
I am not naturally a morning person, but one of my favorite times of day is dawn — the perfectly silent and still blue hour before the sun reaches out to wake up the world. I think part of the reason why is that it reflects who I am and what I need fundamentally in order to feel at home. I don’t kid around when I say that my patronus is a sloth; I feel most Autumn when in these still, serene environments. Where do you feel most at home?
Yesterday @hitrecordjoe posted on the @twitter webs asking what 4 words of advice you’d give your younger self, and it really got me thinking. What would yours be?
I hope that y’all who celebrate Christmas had a lovely day yesterday spent with those you love. @nateinthewild and I decided to gift each other presence this year. It honestly felt so good to not worry about what to get each other and what if the other doesn’t like it and yada yada. Our time here is limited, so for us, quality time together is even better than what’s inside the box. 🥰 Thankful for you, BB8!