It's valuable to take time to connect with people you admire. It’s enriching to spend time with people who live life vivaciously. IT’S IMPORTANT to step into someone els’s shoes to gain a new perspective. Woah! What an epic week this was! I am feeling grateful.
Spending time at Milk and Honey BnB in North Carolina was rejuvenating because the focus was on animals, good food, and great friends. Those are all three things that are near and dear to my heart!
You will notice that I loved taking pictures of the goats, chickens, dogs, horses, bunnies, baby lamb, the adventurous baby girl! I think it would be kinda fun to be raised on a farm! May one day I’ll have chickens and goats too =)
Thank you Surya & Chris for being the amazing people you are and hosting us like family! I had fun playing with your baby doll and all the sweet animals!
Our South Carolina at Myrtle Beach was full of morning jogs along the beach, coffee, family time, jelly fish, ping pong, games, seafood & southern comfort food, beach days, site seeing and sunset walks on the beach. Of course meeting Kaleo's first niece was definitely a highlight of the trip! What a cutie pie!
Kaleo gave me a super romantic proposal. Let’s start with the shorter version for my engagement story =) He proposed to me on our last day in Costa Rica. In the morning, I got a massage and time to hang out at the beach. In the evening, Kaleo and I rode off into the sunset on horses and, when we stopped along the beach, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said, "Yes!", and he picked me up and swung me around. That night we had a fantastic dinner at a five star Italian restaurant in Puerto Viejo, called La Pecora Nera. When we got back to the hotel, he led me out to the beach where candles that spelled out, “Marry me?”, next to a small bonfire and a big blanket to sit on.
You will have to scroll down to the bottom to read the longer version =)
Costa Rica is by far one of my favorite places in the world due to their lush tropical environment, the thousands of plants and animals, the opportunity to practice my Spanish, the fun latin music and culture, and the AMAZING fresh food!
First, we stayed in a small town less then an hour outside of San Jose called Ujarrás. The B&B we chose called Villas Valle Bello had beautiful views of lakes and rolling hills and lots of banana trees on the property.
🍻🍀Celebrating a little St. Patrick’s Day fun with my love Kaleo by eating lunch at one of our favorite spots in Sedona ... !Indian Gardens Cafe & Market !
💚🍀💚Of course Kaleo got a 🍺 928 Local Farmhouse Ale from Wanderlust Brewing Company & the roast beef sandwich called “Bear Howard” 🌲🐻
💚💚💚AND It’s not hard to guess that I got the AMAZING... out of this world...miso soup with kale in it and fresh sprouts on top! Lots of green and yummy food!
What are you doing to celebrate?
Both meals were seriously soooooooooo YUMMY!!!!
I also almost always get their Chai tea with Almond milk which they home -make!
CLOSE your eyes... Can you remember what it was like to be yourself at 5 years old? I CAN.
When I think back to being about 5 years old there are certain memories that always stick out to me. I will never forget always having a stuffed animal by my side because I didn't care much for dolls. I would pretend that I could talk to animals and they could communicate back to me.
I had a cat named Chip. I would always communicate with her and I remember she would come to me and purrrrrrrr on my lap to make me feel better when ever I started crying. Unfortunately, I was allergic to her and of course my parents didn't know that until after we got her. I refused to give her up. She would come with us every summer from Sedona to Colorado on a 8 hour car ride. I would hold her in my lap the entire time to calm her down and by the time we got there I had hives all over my body. If that isn't love I don't know what is!
I never grew out of being an animal lover. As soon as I graduated with my BFA in photography from ASU and moved to Sedona I got a cat. More recently, I got Liberty my dog. She goes everywhere with me and hangs out with my parents or friends if she can't be with me.
Kids are always asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I think it's a little unfair to ask a kid to have one dream or be in one career! Honestly I think every kid should answer... "happy"! Anyways, I wanted to be so many things. One of the things I wanted be when I grew up was a zoo-keeper. I wanted to work with animals. I totally forgot about this dream until most recently when I visited Out of Africa in Camp Verde Arizona with my family for my mom's birthday! I spent a good half hour questioning one of the workers about their job. I definitely don't think I would ever give up my career as a photographer, but it felt so good to spend time taking photographs of all the wonderful animals there.
Sedona Yoga Festival
I am a local photographer born and raised here in Sedona. I have been a part of the Sedona Yoga Festival since they started it years ago. I started out volunteering or what the call an “angel” helping guide other throughout the festival in trade for taking classes. As my photography and yoga careers started to take off I naturally fell into taking photos for the Sedona Yoga Festival and enjoy doing so every year.
This year I would describe my experience to be powerful for making worldwide connections with other yogis and entrepreneurs around the world. I am so grateful to have experienced classes through my camera lens, a little bit of asana, savasana, and great conversations!
A SEDONA ARIZONA, NATIVE WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH LOVE STORIES, FAMILIES, CHILDREN, TRAVEL, NATURE, AND PHOTOGRAPHY.