Adventure Always

"Sometimes our light goes out, but it is blown into an instant flame by an encounter with another human being."
- Albert Schweitzer

Back in October, I took my soul on an adventure aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California -- to the Adventure Always artist gathering. This is the 3rd year I've attended, and each year I create more relationships and life-long friendships that I ever could have imagined. There is something so spectacular about being in a place where you are surrounded by kindred spirits, souls with similar markings as yours, hearts that are hungry for adventure and inspiration. It's magic, really.

My newest personal challenge has been to document more of my own life for once, so I did my best to carry my camera with me... but I still managed to have already packed it away when my friends and I went on a spontaneous ship-exploration (facepalm). Thus, basically any photos you see of me in this blog post were taken by the amazing Jenna Marie :)

Though the photos may be few, I wanted to also share a few things that travelled back with me -- whether scrawled on the pages of my journal or piggy-backing on my full heart...

"God will take you where you did not expect to go, to produce in you what you could not bring about on your own." - The Parsons

a beautiful reminder:

what I do MATTERS.

{above, the result of our 8am confetti fight}

--------------> JOY is a CHOICE.

"be a story LISTENER. and then a story TELLER." - Jonas Peterson

I want to capture real things. real stories. real emotions. sometimes those things aren't pretty. aren't happy. aren't perfect.
I want to capture and document the messy part of life. the ugly part of life.
Because it's just as real {and important} as the pretty parts.

{these next few images I stole from my friends Christina & Brian from Shaw Photography Co.}


jesh de rox:

you are such a light! thank you for sharing your bright spirit with us, my friend

Christina Shaw:

we could not be more thankful for you inviting us along on this unexpected adventure. Thank you for reminding us, sometimes where we are "brought to" or where we "end up" is result of something bigger than us.