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A New Beginning

Those that know me, know I’ve been restless. I love my job, but I’ve been talking about leaving Hawaii for about…five years. In the past 10 years, I’ve done some pretty amazing things. I’ve done six years in the military, visited almost a dozen countries (all on my own), started a nonprofit, a dog training business and now a photography business that has become quite successful.

But my soul aches for more. I’m desperate to be uncomfortable in a way I’ve never experienced before. I want to see more of the world, try new things, to grow as a human and a citizen of this planet. I have always wanted to live abroad and finally, I have the balls to do it.

So this is my official announcement that I’m leaving Hawaii at the end of August 2015. I then will not be accepting weddings or sessions until January 2016. During that time period, I’ll be traveling to Thailand to get my TEFL certification, volunteer in Cambodia for over a month and then hopefully see a little more of Asia, before heading back to America to settle in….

Seattle, Washington.

This is abso-fucking-lutely terrifying. I am giving up a successful business in Hawaii to chase what my soul says I need. I’ll then, after months of traveling around Asia, tackle starting a new business in Seattle. I have to trust that in the end, this is the right choice for me. That my business won’t falter, that I’ll be able to pick it back up to almost where I left it. That’s probably a little naive, but time will tell.

I will be discussing it more in the future, but before then, here is my link to my Go Fund Me to raise money for the Cambodia trip. It’s for a wonderful cause and I’ll need to raise money to make it happen!

I’m super nervous about this blog. Putting it into the Universe puts things into motion, things I’m not even aware of yet. So here is hoping that nothing but good and wonderful things come of it. Words of encouragement are always welcome.:)

     

Alina & Sune | Haleiwa Wedding

These two….Alina and Sune flew all the way from Denmark to do a simple and awesome elopement in Haleiwa. You could tell that they had their own little world together, where they were each other’s rock. When I showed up, it was raining. Then it was sunny. Then it was raining. Typical Hawaii weather. I enjoyed spending time with these two, their confidence in one another was really amazing. When one felt nervous, you could see the other reach out to comfort. So we spent some fun and quiet moments getting some really fun images! They even climbed down steep rocks to get epic images!

At the end, we popped a bottle of champagne. During a beautifully pink sunset.:)

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Aja & Garrett | Kailua Wedding

AJa and Garrett…two perfect peas in a pod. They decided that they needed to get married on Kailua Beach,
for their Kailua Wedding! We were blessed with an *abundence* of sunshine (seriously….why so much sunshine sun??), tons of lovely half naked tourists snapping away on their 12 inch iPads, but we also had succulent soft sand, warm water and a slight breeze to cool us down. I left with a sunburn and some pretty rad images. These two looked like Ken and Barbie tying the knot on a tropical island!!
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Look at that green blue water! Dreamy isn’t it???
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Is she not wearing one of the most dreamy dresses? It was absolutely perfect and one of the most favorites I’ve seen on one of my clients!
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Isn’t this a fabulous alter idea?!?!?

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Looking for your own gorgeous Kailua Wedding? Check out my website at this place.

     

Couples Exercise #2

Okay so this one was harder and frankly, it’s hard to find exercises to do on the internet. I’m still working on finding #3, because Jay adamantly won’t write me letters. I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA.

Anyway, for #2, we spent a week of spending 20 minutes of intimacy together. This does NOT mean sexy time. I’m not saying that sexy time isn’t intimate, but I mean more along the lines of

- cuddling
- talking about important things. Topics cannot include dishes, laundry, work, parents.
- watching a movie together
- cooking together
- wrestling
- slow dancing in the living room (okay, we didn’t do this…maybe we should?)
- massage
- foot rubs
- take a shower together

The important point is to be present in the moment. I think we both struggle with it, I know I for sure do. I have a fear of intimacy (I’m learning this about myself!) and so I have to sit back and relax. But it was good to make time for each other and make a point to make each other the point. If you try it out, let me know how it goes!