This hike to this beach was one of the craziest, coolest hikes I’ve done. It was pretty much straight rock climbing for a good bit of it. x I got down to the bottom, looked all the way up the cliff we’d just scaled down, and just went “wait. what?!?! HOW???” because looking back at that cliff from the bottom, it was wilddd to see what we’d just climbed. I stood, marveling, and the Lord spoke to my heart: “That’s how I see your journey. Each of my kids. And that’s how I want all of you to see your journeys.” x And it hit me. While we’re so focused on placing one foot carefully in front of the other, He’s marveling at the strength you’re showing. You don’t give up. And sometimes, it’s so easy to be so focused on the path directly in front of us, that we miss the big picture. The full view of what we’ve done, how far we’ve come, and just how badass we are. x Today, I wanted to encourage you: pull back. Try to get a bird’s eye view of your journey. You’re stronger than you think. You’ve come so much further than you realize. And your Papa is SO proud of you. x Tag someone below to remind them how far they’ve come and how capable they are. 🙌🏼💕
🌺BALI🌺 it’s been the craziest trip. I haven’t taken two weeks COMPLETELY OFF (other than a few emails every few days) since I was literally in middle school on summer break. I’m not kidding. 🌊 I woke up every morning with nothing to do beyond explore, rest, read, swim, surf, or nap. not gonna lie... the first few days were weird and harrrdddd. I’m used to working hard. nonstop. (workaholic. oops. ✋🏼) so to be doing NOTHING for TWO WEEKS was honestly an adjustment. and there were moments during that transition when I wasn’t having fun 🙈🤣 🌊 but now - at the end of the trip - I couldn’t be happier. my brain got a chance to reset. and I’m feeling more refreshed + energized than I have in a good long while. rest isn’t optional. we don’t work well when we don’t have the chance to rest. (sorry, workaholics!) so please... REST. even if that means shutting off work an hour early and taking a bath. or starting your mornings a little slower with Jesus. or turning off your phone while you have dinner with your family. try it. I GUARANTEE your work + life will be transformed. 👏🏼 🌊 anyone else struggle to take breaks and truly rest? 😬🙋🏻♀️
I LAUNCHED MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL. FINALLY. and guess what?? I almost didn’t. x a couple days ago, I announced my vlog. and WOWWW. my heart is so full it could burst. the enthusiasm and support you’ve shown for the vlog is UNREAL. I’ve been blown away by your excitement and kind words. seriously... thank you. 😭🖤 x I also wanted to say something. this project almost didn’t happen multiple times. why? because I was scared. I’ve been scared SENSELESS more times on this journey than I can say. I was scared it wouldn’t be good enough. Scared people wouldn’t care. Scared I would fail. Scared that it wouldn’t be “perfect” and somehow would taint my current brand reputation as a photographer. x I was just plain scared. Many times. But guess what? I DID IT SCARED. x I’ve had this dream for YEARS. I knew God had put it on my heart. I have a huge vision and plan for this channel and this is only the beginning. so every time fear came knocking... I slammed the door in his face. x the best way I can describe it right now is this: when you skydive, that first jump out of the plane is one big rush. and the ground feels like your enemy. once you’ve hurtled out of that plane door and your ‘chute is pulled, that ground feels like your best friend, waving to you from below. you’re just floating peacefully above gorgeous land - taking in the most incredible view of your life. that “enemy” that felt so huge before has turned into the greatest joy. fear was lying. x so today, I wanted to encourage you: take the leap. do it scared. I can guarantee you the fear is a liar and the view is more than worth it. x love you guys so much. thank you for being here. I mean that. 💕 p.s. comment below if this struck a chord today?? who needed this reminder?
joy + rest // Bali day 02 // we made our way up to Ubud. ate the biggest breakfast of our entire lives, explored the city, came back to our Airbnb, laid by the pool + swam around for HOURS (I just listened to an audio book + ate snacks) and overall just explored + rested the entire day. x jet lag has been more than manageable, but I definitely felt pretty tired a lot of yesterday. I took a nap at 6, went to bed at 8, and slept a full 11 hours. 😂 x day 03, let’s goooo!!! p.s. I have something really exciting coming for you guys this weekend. STAY. FREAKING. TUNED. 😍🙌🏼🔥✨🙈
WE MADE IT TO BALIIIIIII!!!!!! ✨💃🏻🇮🇩 🥰🌺🌊☀️🌴 x after over 24 hours of traveling, countless movies on the plane, mini workouts outside the lavatories (@quinnaclayton and I got some great looks) and a 3am Airbnb arrival… WE HERE. x the next TWO WEEKS are full of nothing but exploring, adventures, laughs, surfing, swimming, hiking, sleeping, reading, and RESTING. I’m so dang thankful for this lil vacation and SO excited to be doing it with 3 of my favorite people in the world. x what are y’all looking forward to seeing from this trip?? What can I make sure to share with y’all? Food, locations, hikes, surf days…? (Or let’s be real… everyone’s excited for Landon’s + Brady’s antics, right? 🤣🤣) x OKAY VACATION MODE BEGINS **NOWWWW** 🙌🏼🔥
PAUSE. STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING. it’s this queen’s birthday today. and she deserves to be celebrated like freaking royalty. ♡ Lindsey. My best friend. My business partner. My soul sister. My kindred spirit. This woman is fierce and full of grace. She’s powerful + kind, wise + funny, inspiring + relatable. She knows how to kick butt AND she knows how to give YOU a kick in the butt. 😉😜 She inspires me daily. She knows how to work hard and play hard, she lives life to its fullest, she doesn’t give a DANG what people think of her, she’s humble but confident - so full of joy + passion. ♡ I wouldn’t be who I am today without this girl. I can’t imagine doing life without her by my side. We knew the minute we met that God had us in each other’s lives long term. Lindsey said “we’ll be friends ’til we’re old and gray!” and little did we realize how insanely true that would be. ♡ The following pics are a documentation of some of my favorite memories with this girl. Swipe at your own risk. (the last two are from the FIRST TIME WE MET in person in NorCal and swapped photo shoots 😭💕) ♡ Now everyone… what do you love about Lindsey?? How has she inspired you?? She’s way too humble to ever ask for that info, but I know how much it would mean to her. SO TELL HER BELOW. How has she impacted your life??? Let’s love the heck outta this bombshell today ❤️😭🙌🏼👇🏼