This happens to me every so often, I get caught up in all things creative – I want to re-vamp my blog, merge it with my site, be better about posting… I want to photograph a million more interiors, work with designers and lifestyle blogs, set aside more time for my personal photo projects… sometimes I find myself wanting more, more, more and this little quote I read yesterday put it all in perspective – “be happy with what you have while working for what you want.” And, in reality, I am SO happy with what I have. This year has been completely different than any other and sometimes, I can’t believe that my career has become what it has. I have been given some amazing opportunities and feel so grateful every. single. day.
I have learned to take quality time for myself; time to go to yoga 4 times a week to clear my mind + soul, time to hike everyday and take in nature, time to take day trips with Scott and our dog. I get to see the ocean a few times a week, work in Malibu, Montecito, Santa Barbara, really see what Southern California has to offer. I have never felt this connected to the earth and I am thankful I live in a place where I can grab lemons off the tree in my backyard, pick fresh greens from my outdoor plants for decor, drive a mile and be at the top of a mountain. For me, that’s what matters most in my life right now. All of this makes me more inspired to work harder.
Since college, my biggest regret was not studying abroad, I held on to that for SO long and even though I have traveled so much, something about not living in another place really didn’t sit well with me. This year, I finally let that go. Maybe if I did spend three months elsewhere I would not be here today, maybe I would have gotten that out of my system when I was 20, or maybe not, who knows, all I know is that I am happy to be exactly where I am at this very moment and no longer want to change anything about the past. Of course living 2,000 miles from our family and friends can be difficult at times but luckily, we live in a place people love to visit and I get to play hostess, entertainer and tour guide a few times a month.
One last thing… people have been asking me for years now where to purchase my scenic prints so I finally opened a printshop, I will be adding images frequently so check back often and don’t hesitate to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for something specific. If you see something on my Instagram that’s not in my shop that you would like to purchase, please let me know!