Happy Halloween: Princess Mononoke

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"You cannot alter your fate. However, you can rise to meet it."

I only recently watched Princess Mononoke, and it was beautiful. Bloody and brutal for an anime, but packed with thoughtful insight into human nature. 

San, the wolf princess known as Princess Mononoke is fierce, loyal, and independent. She fights valiantly for her beloved forest and wolves. I had so much fun dressing up as her and taking on her persona. I've always daydreamed of being a warrior of some kind, and Princess Mononoke embodies that for me.

Happy Halloween!

Visuals | Car Camping

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Rejection. Isolation. Exclusion. It is these emotional battles I face as I simultaneously undertake living out of my car four days a week this summer. I'm working up in the mountains for the season, and due to a fragmented friendship, the previous living situation I'd worked out for it also fell apart.

So what's a girl to do? Hike up her big girl pants and find a new solution. I'm grateful my dad helped me build the platform for my car, because it really makes this whole thing work. That's right - for the three or four days I'm up there, I camp out in my car. Complete with hipster lights and curtains. Because if I'm going to live in a space, you can bet I'm gonna make it as damn cute as possible.

Thankfully, my husky Yuki keeps me good company, as well as attracting more dog-friendly company. If you haven't been following me on Instagram or Snapchat (ahem, you can fix that now@the_dragonfruit), I adopted a sweet little husky a few months ago and named her Yuki (it means "snow" in Japanese). She's basically been my best friend and cuddle buddy since.

I've spent a lot of down time working on my photography and writing while wrestling with emotional battles I've never faced before (sooo much growth happening in my life, that's for sure). Let me say, having a creative outlet has never been such a relief. Thank goodness for the gift of art!

What are you favorite outlets during stressful or emotional times?

Travel Visuals | Aruba

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Aruba, Jamaica, ooooh, I wanna take ya!"

Aruba was a whirlwind, two-day trip that will definitely be one rich with spontaneous memories. Nothing planned, a forgotten wallet, multiple delayed flights, and sleeping overnight at the airport led to our last minute decision, and I believe it was meant to be.

We met flamingos, marveled at crystal clear waves, crashed an exclusive resort, rented an ATV, and went bouncing through the unexpected desert scenery. Cacti are as abundant as palm trees. With encouragement, I pursued a conversation with a local that turned into a night of dancing till 3 AM with new friends. We learned how to salsa, bachata, and meringue. We fought back sleep to stay up and talk about dreams, ambition, politics, and many other things with people who were all but strangers - and yet, by the end, were more than that.

Aruba, you are certainly "one happy island" and I'm grateful I got to experience your unexpected beauty.

PS: Watch my vlog to get a closer look at our trip to Aruba!

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