Roaming Through Fields

11/30/16 – Wednesday

On this cloudy day I got to work with Carson Hollis Cisneros (@carsonhollis). We met for the first time and adventured out to this field where we ran around in the grass, took photos, and formed a friendship. I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner with others and create something beautiful. Carson is such an amazing photographer to work with and it shows through his work.

While finishing up the shoot, the owner of the property came and basically told us to get off. We also had a stare down with some cows and attempted to not get hit by cars. So if you ask me, it was a pretty successful day!

Thanksgiving

11/24/16 – Thursday

Thanksgiving. A day in America where we gather with family, eat, then shop all night. However I don’t see Thanksgiving in the same way America does. I despise the fact that we give thanks then go and spend our money. I view Thanksgiving as a time where we can come together with loved ones and give thanks for everything we’ve been blessed with like food, a roof over our heads, our health, etc. Here in the United States and possibly in other parts of the world, we are seeking the next big thing rather than just living in the present. We are always wanting the new iPhone or looking forward to finishing school. Rather we should live in the moment and enjoy the time we’re having right now. If we keep looking towards the future, we are failing to fully enjoy the life we have been blessed with.

I challenge you to stop looking towards the future and remind yourself of all you’ve been blessed with not only on this day, but also the days to come.

Laguna Thousand Steps

11/06/16 – Sunday

When in doubt, beach it out! Today Faeln and I decided to check out Laguna’s Thousand Steps Beach. It can be a little tricking finding the beach, however. Just type in Laguna Thousand Steps into your Google Maps and it should pop up! You can park on the side of the 1 on the Coast Highway and walk over to the entrance of the stairs.

The beach is reserved and quiet, which is nice when you want a calm beach day. The sound of the waves crashing and laugher from nearby strangers was soothing. We read our books and enjoyed a day of peace. All of Laguna is nice, but this beach is famous for the long stair case (Me and Faeln attempted to count the steps but we lost track. It’s not 1,000 steps though!) Going down the stairs was much more fun than the trip back up so be prepared for a slight workout.

Book in the photo: Love Kindness by Barry H. Corey

Scuba Certified!

11/05/16 – Saturday

Scuba diving let alone doing anything involving water is not me. I am terrified of surfing or even swimming out into the ocean. Then what made you want to get your scuba diving license you might ask? Well a couple friends last year told us that getting your scuba license counts as a PE credit a Biola University. So me and Faeln decided to face our fears and get scuba certified!

Getting scuba certified is half the cost of a regular PE class at school. The money you pay to Pacific Dive Training (http://www.pacificdivetraining.com) goes to renting equipment, paying the instructors, and getting a hard copy license.

“The Open Water SCUBA Diver Course includes:

  • Online theory and academic study (basically just an online class)
  • 1 Orientation Session, Quick Review of the Online Course, and Swim Test (this is just the first day of the in person class)
  • Gear Workshop
  • 2 or 3 Pool Sessions (depending on the needs of the students)
  • 4 Open Water Ocean Dives, usually conducted over 2 days (four to five hours each)
  • Individual live web and phone support
  • Rental Gear
  • PADI Processing Fee”1

So you complete an online course, take a swim test, complete an in person exam on the online course, 2-3 pool sessions, and 4 open water dives and bam! You’re scuba certified. With the help of amazing instructors, Faeln, and newfound friends, I am now able to scuba dive anywhere in the world and for life!

If you have any questions or want to chat about becoming scuba certified or want to go dive together, please message me!

1: http://www.pacificdivetraining.com