we went to riley’s farm to shoot some photos for maple boutique and then made a little adventure out of the rest of the day. if you’ve never been to riley’s farm, i highly suggest you go this fall! it’s so cute, lots to do; apple picking, pumpkin patch, there’s a corn maze up the road, and most importantly, THERE’S GOATS. but for real, it totally gets you in the fall spirit!
three years ago Megan sent me a direct message on instagram asking me to text her.. we both worked for the same school district and she wanted to know if i’d carpool with her down to a meeting. that meeting was the very first time we hung out, we got yelled at for talking too much and had a lady lecture us about how eating regular m&m’s is less healthy than peanut m&m’s.. and then on the way home we GOT IN A CAR CRASH! talk about starting our friendship off with a bang. it was just a little fender bender, but we were stuck in the middle of the freeway for what felt like forever, thank goodness we had each other! over the three years we’ve been on so many adventures; jeep rides, photo shoots, girls nights, concerts, and so much more. it really feels like we’ve been friends forever. and now she and her husband are having a baby!!! meg asked if i would take their announcement photos a couple weekends ago and there was no way i was going to turn that down. i am just so excited for them! they are going to be such amazing parents and i can not wait to snuggle the little babe.
we have finally made it to my favorite time of year!! i know it’s not technically the first day of fall, but i can’t wait any longer! maybe it’s just me, it feels like it took forever to get here this year. but at the same time 2017 has also flown by. i just hope this season lasts for as long as it can. i really thrive in the fall/winter time. if there’s a place i don’t know about that has autumn weather all year round, let me know, because i’m going to move there tomorrow. i am just so excited to wear jackets, jump in leaves, carve pumpkins, pick apples, dress up for halloween, burn fall scented candles. oh and target trips this time of year are just my absolute favorite.
“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
i’ve read into the wild before, but i just came across this quote again and it really stuck out to me. my goal is to live my life like this. i want to boldly do things that i’ve never thought of doing or have been scared to try.
“have i not commanded you? be strong and courageous. do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” joshua 1:9
“do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. do what it says.” james 1:22
“and he said to them, ‘go into the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation'” mark 16:15
i got this ring at a flea market and i literally squealed when i saw it. it is so me, and so perfect. i grew up going out to “the desert” multiple times a year and i can’t even begin to explain how much this place made me who i am. the simpleness, the memories, the talks around the campfire, the off roading adventures, all of it. it’s all so irreplaceable and something i hold so near and dear to my heart. i don’t think i could thank my parents enough for making this place a part of my life, i am so happy i’ve gotten to share this space with my closest friends and family. wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
where have i been? i don’t really know. i’ve been busy doing lots of things, but also haven’t really been busy at all. just going with the flow of life, and trying to let myself relax. i tend to drift away from this space a lot lately, i don’t know why because i always always always end up missing it. this place is my creative outlet and something i care deeply for, and i always push it to the bottom of my to-do list because i feel like there’s always something more important i should be doing. i really want to change that mind set and create more time to spend on here, for a few reasons but most importantly because it makes me happy. here’s just a few photos of what i’ve been up to while i’ve been away..june gloom here at the beach has been REAL.. i don’t see the sun until about noon each day. but i can’t say i’m really complaining.TOWER OF TERROR WAS REPLACED AND IS GONE FOREVER AND I AM STILL UPSET ABOUT IT i became the cheif beer fisherman of the colorado river. the most proud title i hold to this day my roommate and i left the house wearing the exact same shoes and i also realized that i take an unhealthy amount of photos of my feet.. i took this super cute picture of my dogs and i couldn’t help but share it BOTH my little brothers are now in their twenties and it makes me feel so old i taught a little girl in my class how to draw a cabin and pine trees and it was one proud moment let me tell ya i also drove to the river twice in the span of seven days and it was well worth all the money i spent in gas
i wasn’t joking when i said i hadn’t seen the sun in months. i thought moving to the beach would mean that i would be tan all year round, and would never have to wear a jacket. Ha! boy was i wrong. it’s rained more than i’ve ever seen in my whole life! i kept joking that the world was coming to an end, i mean, the bible says there will be flooding.. and there was flooding alright. but, i’m really not complaining, cause although i am happy it’s starting to warm up, i really do love rainy weather. one day right as a storm was rolling in, chloe and i walked along the beach, and it was one of the prettiest sights i’ve seen in awhile. the waves were HUGE, and even though it was extremely windy it oddly still felt so quiet and still. it was super hard for me moving to the beach, but it has grown on me more than i ever thought it could. i am so blessed to live in this place.
chloe and i are home for christmas and friends of ours came up to adventure around in the snow. we piled into my dad’s and shane’s jeeps and went on a little drive through the mountains, it was a blast and we only got stuck once. sometimes we get so caught up in living life, needing to be places, making all ends meet all the time.. and it can just get overwhelming and exhausting. all growing up my life was spent going on countless camping trips, tons of off-road excursions and doing things that just sort of distance ourselves from the business of the world.. and honestly, to me, there is nothing more important. yesterday when we were driving around, so many memories filled my mind, and i remembered why i have such an adventurous soul. days like this are so special to me because in the end, these are going to be the moments i remember and cherish forever.
my dad: “guys go fall back into the snow and i’ll take your picture”
i was feeling homesick last week, so i drove up one evening and spent the weekend in the mountains. i always heard the saying, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’, but i never experienced it first hand until now. i miss being surrounded by pine trees, SO MUCH. don’t get me wrong, i’m happy i moved, this time living in orange county is going to be something i look back on, thankful that i took this leap of faith. “Jesus replied ‘you don’t understand now what i am doing, but someday you will.'” john 13:7 this verse has comforted me lately, i don’t really know the reason i moved here, but there’s something exciting about knowing God is working in me, even if i don’t see it. every time i come home, as much as i miss this place, i could never see myself moving back here. i’ve outgrown this town. come next year though, you’ll catch me back in the mountains just hopefully the ones a different state.