Snowy Yosemite

12/30/16 – Friday

There’s nothing better than a spontaneous Yosemite trip with good friends. This adventure was planned the day before when I sent out a group text saying, “Yosemite tomorrow. You guys down?” The next morning we all met up at my house and took off for the hour and a half drive to the gate and then the forty-five minute drive to the tunnel. The drive up was quiet and breathtaking. The moment we saw snow we couldn’t contain our excitement and began yelling like little children.

There’s no way to describe the feeling of driving out of the tunnel and adjusting your eyes to the sight of Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and El Capitan all in one. Be sure to keep your eyes on the road if you’re the driver though! You can stop at either a small parking lot on your right or left where you can park, hop out, stretch your legs, and take some nice photos. Once you get back on the road you have a couple minutes until you get down to the valley floor where you can park on the side of the road where indicated. There you can see Yosemite Falls, walk across a bridge, take more photos, and like we did, have a little picnic in the park. If you do go during the winter, I highly advise packing boots, warm socks, comfy pants, a couple coats, gloves, and even a wool cap.

If you get in your car and drive a couple more minutes, you’ll come across a small church on the right that’s hard to miss. Depending on the time of day, you can go inside and check it out. If you continue on the same road, you may stop at the Yosemite Village Store and get some more refreshments, snacks, and souvenirs.

Yosemite at this snowy time is so beautiful and very different from what it looks like in summer. However, be sure to check the weather before going to make sure it’s not going to snow and that the roads are clear! Safe travels and enjoy!

Fleurish

12/21/16 – Wednesday

Today I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kat (@kathryndamschen). She has such a kind heart and amazing personality. I can proudly say that this was one of my favorite shoots and the images just prove how talented Kat is. More of her work can be found on her website: http://kathryndamschen.com

 

Yoga Lover

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12/05/16 – Monday

Yoga. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word? Is it something like hippie or maybe relaxation?

Yoga can be defined as “a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.”1 It’s a time where one can focus on breathing and relaxation while also getting a workout in. I personally love to do yoga when starting my morning. I’ve seen that it puts me in a better mood and gives me a more positive outlook on my day.

There’s different ways one can get involved in yoga. A free way is watching some clips on Youtube like…

(Yoga with Adriene is one of my favorites)

You can also attend yoga classes at local gyms and search for specific yoga centers in your area. However, both of these options will most likely include a fee of some sort.

Yoga can be so beneficial for your mental and physical health. I challenge you to just try 10 minutes of yoga a couple days a week and even keep a personal journal to see if your mood, outlook on life, and physical well-being changes.

1: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yoga

Relieve Your Stress

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12/03/16 – Saturday

As finals approach and life feels like it’s crashing down on top of you, remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Here are some ideas to help you relieve stress and live a life of relaxation in the midst of craziness.

  • Water coloring/ painting/ drawing
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit a museum
  • Try something new
  • Watch a sunset
  • Journal
  • Watch Netflix
  • Shopping
  • Walking / Exercising
  • Yoga / Meditation
  • Pet an animal
  • Eat some chocolate

Here’s just a few things to help you take some time for yourself! Be sure to schedule time into your day or week where you can relax and treat yourself. If you don’t take time to let your body relax then you may become sick which is never good, especially during this season. Love and treat yourself!