Friday, February 27, 2015

If/Then



I sometimes catch myself asking "What if?" I begin questioning outcomes and if/then instances of so many things in my life. During my most recent trip to New York,  I watched the Broadway play "If/Then." It's a play about a woman"discovering a world of infinite possibilities" while trying to start her life over. After watching this, I began analyzing my own life and I couldn't help but reflect on the amazing way that life unfolds.


Whether you believe that life is left up to chance, choice or planned by a higher power, they all happen with purpose and intent sometimes far bigger than we can understand. 


In these moments, you may meet the right person that inspires you. You may even encounter a moment that changes your perspective, or you could reunite with someone that you never thought you'd see again. All in an instant, your entire life can change.

This past month, I've experienced all of the above. 


I've had a lot of time to reflect on these moments, during all of my alone time on planes, taxis & long drives home. And for every encounter and experience, I am thankful for. 


I can even say that I'm thankful for the unexpected moments that have occured . Though sometimes sad or difficult to  accept, I've tried my best to find the good in those as well. During these times, I search for opportunities to grow stronger in my faith and use this as a time to improve myself, lift the spirits of those around me or help alleviate the situation.



 I'm grateful for the handful of new friends I've made during my most recent trip to New York. As well as a couple of old friends that I've had the opportunity to learn more about and grow closer to.



 It's astounding how a simple "hello," a choice to make plans or taking that one chance or trip, could lead to the most incredible moments in your life or someone else's. 



photographer Erich Chen (check out his work HERE)

So here's to meeting new friends, making time for old ones, taking chances and making the best of every situation you encounter.

Share your latest inspirations or life changing moments with me in the comments! 


Also, you can catch more of what I'm up to on Instagram, where I tend to post tons of photos especially when I'm traveling. This is where you can see what I did on my latest trip to New York (here @StayLA)





Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Renewed

Photography: Jessica Whitehead
A new year is finally here and for the first time I've actually set goals for myself. I'm keeping it simple and trying to focus on what I'm feeling called to do. Instead of trying to pile on more things to my to-do list, I'm trying to stay focused on just 5 tangible goals for 2015, and I've even added things to a "stop doing list." This past weekend I literally didn't leave home for 2 days and sat down to really think through each of my goals. I even went as far as to make a plan weekly and monthly of what I need to get done accomplish them. 

This is the first time I've ever been so intentional about my year and the things I want to achieve. 2014 was full of changes as every year brings. Personally, it was a year full of letting go, moving forward, discovering a new found independence, rekindling new friendships and saying goodbye to some old. I moved a bunch, traveled a lot, tried new types of food and I've even took a stab at cooking more. 2014 involved so much growing for me and I am thankful for the roller coaster that it was. 

With that said, I couldn't be more happier that 2015 is now here. I'm more than ready to start off with a clean slate and I genuinely feel like this will be a great year!





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I'll be sharing more on here, so you can join me on the journey and see if my predictions for this new year are right ;) If you're visiting for the first time welcome and for those of you that have been here before, thanks so much for the love! 

 Happy New Year to you and yours. 

<3 Stay L.A.















Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bigger than fear



















How many things have you hesitated pursuing because of fear?
Many of the problems we face in our life root from fear. This is something I've only recently come to understand. From reading and trying to fully grasp what fear really is, I've came across a quote from Pema Chordron who said "Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."


Often times we hesitate making moves towards a dream or a goal because we are fearful of what that could bring next in our lives. This is something I could definitely relate to and I've often times let fear get the best of me. I've let it stop me from pursuing many things throughout the years.  A great piece of advice I've heard is to make your dream bigger than your fear. This has been really inspiring to me lately and it has pushed me to make moves towards goals I'd usually be fearful of.
I hope you find some inspiration in this post that will inspire you to do something you’ve been scared to pursue.

I recently overcame my hesitation to meet with my friend and amazingly talented photographer Erich Chen (check out his work HERE) to collaborate with me. He's a pretty busy guy doing engagement shoots, wedding photography and dancing his way around the world , so I was afraid he wouldn't have time or interest in shooting with me. But everything fell into place after a meeting over boba, some great food and even better conversation, which in turn led to our collaboration and this post.  Look out for more from Erich and I coming to some future blog posts.

<3 Stay L.A.

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