Destination: Pleasure.

Atlanta Photographer

Last weekend, I was told to go find pleasure to add to my day…

So I did just that. I put the top down, grabbed a coffee, and decided I’d enjoy a drive with the wind in my hair and the sun on my shoulders and the music turned all the way up!

Destination…nowhere! Perfect!

And as I headed out on my ‘Destination Nowhere’ day out, little did I know that there actually was a destination up ahead (but more on that in a bit.), but what I did promise myself in that moment is that I would do it in a way so it all felt downstream.

Easy. Effortless. Fun.

So I took off and I turned when there were green lights, took the road that had no cars stopped and just drove. It felt amazing!

With music loud, wind in my hair, about 20 minutes out, I heard this loud roar and as I peeked above, I felt like a kid. I was watching this belly of a gigantic airplane above my head and it just felt magical AF! It was as if I had reached up, I would have been able to touch it! 

So I decided to pull off onto the easiest exit and found an open spot to watch the planes. It sent me into a really cool memory and dream space as I heard their roars and started wondering where they were headed.

And that reminded me of how much I love to travel!! I’ve lived in Arizona, New Mexico, and then in Europe in my 20’s and traveled all over and then kept it up in short stints for work which took me to Vancouver, India, and Calgary. And that didn’t include family vacays between Scotland, St Lucia, Mexico, the Keys and many more places over the past many years!

Atlanta Photographer
Atlanta Photographer

And so, then after not traveling because of all the health issues I had had for a few years, I thought about how I celebrated my single-hood and healthy beginnings birthday gift to myself last year to California! And then, of course, as ya’all know, Asheville has been a mainstay for a while now!

So, watching these planes that day got me back to dreaming. And I realized that I want more of this. And, maybe one of these time, to not plan the hell out of the trip. Why not just go!? Kinda like the drive today?

Breathe it, feel it and be all in on being present and in the moment and truly surrendering to being taken care of.

Pleasure at its finest.

Watching these planes and dreaming of more travel also got me excited about the retreat I am planning and out of the blue, I got all these new and cool ideas that I want to do for the women who join me.

I want women to give themselves permission to enjoy, love themselves, their bodies, and find their pleasure and their OWN destination! Which then brought up a thought...can it be that simple!? That pleasure can be found in that stillness and presence of self?

And funnily enough, I realized that is the magic and the tough part all at once. To just be. To surrender. To create everything by creating nothing. To breathe and take up space. 

So my “Destination: Nowhere’ was a dose of all of that and so much more and best of all, it felt blissful and totally downstream. Between the wind in my hair, clouds in the bluest sky and the sunshine blazing down and planes roaring overhead going to destinations unknown, I created a bit of magic in me and for me as I discovered pleasure can exist in whatever I desire it to be.

And now to create that same magic in my business so I can spread the love...And maybe I need to reframe it: Destination: Pleasure.

Yes, that is it. Here we go, you want to join me?
xoxo

Atlanta Photographer
 

The storm behind the magic.

The storm behind the magic.

Last Spring when I headed up to Asheville, I shared all of the fun stuff that happened behind the scenes. We did have a blast but what you all may not know is that before the magic happened, there was a bit of a storm that didn't seem to end until the night before the sessions started.

Between my little Bella having a seizure to the weather deciding it would be frigid beyond belief (it truly felt like it was -20!) to my makeup artist getting so sick she had to cancel two days before … I honestly felt broken. It was rough but, at the same time, I always feel like it is a bit of a test from the Universe for me on strength and resiliency! And I want to say that I think I’ve been passing each time!

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I’ve enjoyed myself for the past few weeks and feel like I am just now coming off the Boston high. It was a lot of fun! I had set an intention a few years ago that I wanted to be able to go on a trip at least once a year with my kids and treat them to a few days and have a blast. And, I accomplished that this year!

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Ya’all, I went to COWGIRL CAMP recently! It brought back all the awesome memories of my younger days when I used to go set up a tent, make fires and get back to nature in a deep and reconnective way.

This time was no different really even though it was done many, many years later! It was a total badass advenutre! One that I am so grateful I decided to go on for myself! 

I drove to Kentucky last week to spend the weekend at Cowgirl Camp at Little Wing Hollow. It was started by Anessa Arehart as her dream has been to connect women organically and to create experiences during the weekend which will do the same. We had everything from a Birding class to Crystals class to live music each evening under the sunset and stars. 

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The studio was still not 100% moved into but we made it work! I had such fun with her and she was totally up for the music and dance piece I love doing during sessions now-a-days! So we did and the song ‘Sweet Talkin’ Woman’ by ELO made the magic happen!

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I don't ever think I have heard a doc use those words when it comes to test results and as they relate to me and my body, and I totally teared up but was also very proud of how far I have come!

We celebrated how far I have come on this emotional and physical journey of mine and I think I may still need to truly celebrate because that is a thing that I am still learning to FEEL...not easy for me!

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I love telling this story because on the days that I’m exhausted and think about all the work it takes to be an entrepreneur and a strong woman, I look to her and see my role model.

The woman who after her second stroke, who had lost her speech, but not her spirit, who pushed me out the door when I didn’t think I could do this thing anymore and said in her limited ability, “GO!!! To your meeting. Go!”

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