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Why I'm Done Pursuing Balance

Helllooooooo!!!

It's hard to believe that the summer solstice came and went, isn't it? That's because life seems to fly by for all of us.  I was thinking about it... I have dedicated my entire life to intentional living, wellness, and pursuing happy.  Not only is it the front and center of my personal life, but my entire brand (which is really just an extension of my identity) focuses on this. So, achieving balance which is "essential" for feeling good physically and mentally, should be somewhat easy for me, right?

It's not.

An Unplanned Break

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was busy shooting for a really rad lifestyle brand (can't wait to share with you!), as well as a ton of time with my husband and Bodie, and of course, the beach.  Today is shaping up to be a bit of a catch up day, which feels really good.  My trip to NY was delayed by a week due to my dad's surgery (he just had his second surgery for a subdural hematoma).  He is on complete rest so he needs a very quiet week.

Since I rescheduled my flight last minute, it has left me with a week of zero appointments or plans.

June Q+A

Hey friends,

Today I am answering some of the questions that were recently submitted to me on Instagram. I'm going to be doing these monthly or bimonthly (depending on the kind and amount of questions I receive).  Please send me your questions either in the comments or via email for next month.  Ask me about life, yoga, health, wellness, beach life, photography, or anything else!  

Here we go...


A Post with No Ending or Point

Hey friends!

This post is long overdue, and a fair warning, may be a little over the place.  I hate to say that I've been "too busy" to blog, but I truly have been too busy.  I've been pulled in a million different directions between motherhood and business.  In addition, we took a vacation last month, and then my dad ended up in the hospital.  I tried to keep everyone updated on Instagram, and appreciate all of the love and prayers we received.

The 30A Life Cover + Weekend Thoughts

Hey friends!  Happy Friday!

I am so excited to share that my photo (and Ellie the Bug) is on the cover of the latest issue of The 30A Life!  You can see the issue here online or pick up a copy around the 30A area.  I've been wanting to share this with you all since I first saw the cover a few days ago.  It's really a cool feeling as I watch where my photography takes me... Where will I be this time next year?

Social Media Authenticity Police

Has anyone else noticed the barrage of people questioning and scrutinizing other people's authenticity?

The "I am the real deal, and they are not" message seems to be everywhere I look on social media these days... which is basically a microcosm of real life.  There just seems to be so much judgement about who is being real and who isn't.  I find the whole thing off putting, negative, and ironically unauthentic!

It's too easy to point fingers...

Less Options = More Creativity

Earlier this winter, I decided to sell an extra camera body, 4 lenses, and several other accessories.  Since I had first gotten into photography, I had a huge wish list, and the mentality that I needed more and more to be a good photographer.  Obviously my equipment is important, but something had shifted in me as I began to focus on my creativity and expression rather than what gear I had. I realized, a good photographer or artist really only needs the basic tools to create magic.  How could I use what I already had to create an image in mind?  This has put me up in trees and in all sorts of strange places to get a certain shot.  Some of my most like photos were created this way.

Intentional Living Gone Bad

Hey guys,

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend!  I didn't do much of anything.  Well, I relaxed, went to the beach, took my son for pizza (and enjoyed a glass of wine while he ate), and went on a drive/adventure with Ed which lead us to some sketchy and questionable places.  I took Ellie, the Bug, out for a spin down 30A (the main beach road here) Sunday afternoon, and went to bed early.

Great weekend? Yes?  Aligned with things I love?  Yes.  Did I get much of anything done? Nope.

There were times where I would have looked at a weekend like the as a waste...

Meet Ellie

Hey guys!  

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed a whole bunch of photos with a cute 1969 yellow VW Bug creeping in.  World, meet Ellie, out newest baby.

I first met Ellie last year at a photoshoot for some of my favorite clients, who are now great friends of ours!

Uneasiness and Truth

Hey guys,

I'm going to start this with the following disclaimer:  I'm not really sure where I'm going with this post, but feel a strong pull to write and share some truth.  Last year I wrote a blog post about financial stress, and received a lot of emails from concerned loved ones (and strangers!) that Ed and I were going under (we weren't).  After that, I haven't really gotten super personal because of the fear that people will take what I have to say the wrong way.  As a society we are so closed off and guarded to admit our struggles.  Most of us have financial stress all of the time, but are embarrassed to admit it for fear of being judged or looking like a failure.  Why are we so scared to share?

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018, friends!

My husband, Bodie, the two dogs, and myself headed up to the Adirondacks to celebrate the holidays.  The drive was LONG.  Like 24 hours not counting stops.  Most of the drive went very well, and we had time to talk about life, passions, projects, and random silliness. 

When we got up to New York, it got very very cold.

Pedego 30A

Last month I met up with Pedego 30A in Watercolor, Florida for a really fun lifestyle shoot.  Pedego makes electric bikes, and you can rent or buy them at their shop in Watercolor.  I totally want one now.  They come in pretty colors (I may or may not have mentioned that the aqua blue one was my "soul color"), and you can ride them like a normal bike, or turn them on for a boost while cruising.  Be sure to check them out when you're in town!

How Instagram Opened My Eyes and Saved My Life

I constantly read about the negative impacts caused by social media, and I have a feeling you do, too.  It causes depression.  It's fake.  People are buying their followers.  There's an ongoing movement for people to give social media the finger.

But I'm not riding that train, and this blog post is not about that.  Today I am focusing on why I love Instagram, and how I credit the platform for being one of the most profound and beneficial influencers of my life.

Long ago, I was sitting in a cold dark office (literally it had no windows, and would blow cold air from the vent). 

Mommy, Me, & the Sea

Last week I got to hang out with Janie and McCarty during one of the most gorgeous evenings on the beach to celebrate McCarty's third birthday! These two have such an amazingly playful and loving relationship.  The sky was incredible, and as you'll see below, they soaked up every moment of it.

Family's First Beach Vacation

Hi!

Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a lifestyle shoot with the LaVoie family when they vacationed here in 30A.  It was their first beach vacation since having their two daughters, and therefore, this shoot was extra special for me to do.  It was a hot and sunny day.  We met at Grayton Beach State Park

Is Pursuing the Life you Dream of Irresponsible?

Hello!

I wrote this post up a couple weeks ago, but never got to editing and publishing it.  Mom life kind of happened, as it always does, and then Hurricane Irma was looming in the distance.  We had a few days of preparation, worry, and sugar binging from stress.  Luckily, Northwest Florida escaped Irma's wrath with just tropical storm conditions, and a strong northern wind. While we were super fortunate, parts of Florida were not.  I am researching how I can best contribute to helping those who were hit hard by Irma (and Harvey!), and will soon share more details.  Thank you for all the love and prayers.  We are so grateful to have all of you.

And now for the post I've been meaning to post...

Why Minimalism?

Why not minimalism?  Just kidding.

As my personal and professional life have drifted towards minimalism I often get weird perplexing looks from people, as well as the frequent, "why on earth would you want to live that way?" questions about my lifestyle choices.

Let me take you back.  Years ago, I had a lot of stuff.  If you don't believe me, you can ask my husband.  

Surfin 30A

I've felt a calling to surf ever since I was a kid.  My father and uncles were big time surfers in the 60s and 70s.  My dad went on to wind surfing, and then took up waterskiing when we moved up to the mountains.  So I grew up on skis, which is so awesome in itself, but I think that itch to surf is somewhere embedded in my DNA.  I'm drawn to the surf lifestyle, and feel deeply connected to the ocean, glassy waves, and all things beach.