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
 

I want more.

I want more.

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