|Demented Happy Hippie. Coffee Enthusiast. Simpsons Tragic.|
Seated under a neem tree in the plantations of Kilifi charting a way around all my life is about; I can’t help but to be grateful for the past fortnight & the experiences I’ve had. I’m not sure I can describe how healing this has been for me - such beautiful souls I’ve had the chance to connect with. ✨🍃🌸☮️
Magic to me are the evergreens keeping color alive in the forest. Magic to me are pancakes, coffee and kisses on Saturday mornings. Magic to me is all of us realizing that kindness is the answer. Magic to me is finding more joy in giving than in taking. Magic to me is hope, love and Mother Nature.
The earth has stories to tell to those who are willing to listen. She reveals her secrets in the mist. She whispers words of encouragement through the rain. She screams words of strength on the wind. She brings hope to her sky when the sun meets her in the early morning and she paints a picture of love in the air during sunset. Go out, and listen to her ancient legends, it's the way to your soul.
'We are a place for the makers. A place for the seekers who live life with eyes wide open to all that we cannot see. We are on a mission to find home. To find a place that begs us to come alive. We don’t know the answers, but that doesn’t stop us from asking the questions. We are following the fire within. Sometimes we get so close to the flames that we get burned by our own light. But those scars don’t stop us. We trace our fingers across our skin and we know that they are signposts guiding us home. We show up. We strip down. We make art. We create to make sense of it all. And through everything, we have come to know that together is surely better.'
"I know for myself, two of my hardest things is I dream big, but it's not like one dream; I have so many. And then loving hard. Like people.
My overall dream is I want to love and support people so hard that I want them to go for their dreams. Does that make sense? I think that is coming from where I come from. Have you ever been to Nakuru? Where I grew up is a small town where people grow up there, work there and stay there. Anything out of the ordinary is kind of pushed aside. My family is great, it's not like they aren't supportive, but when it comes to creativity and big dreams, it's like, 'Okay, put that aside and be realistic.' The biggest thing for my life and what I want for other p...
"...once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English or Spanish or Mandarin or Portuguese, but that language where others know what it’s like to leave, change, grow, experience, learn, then go home again and feel more lost in your hometown then you did in the most foreign place you visited.
This is the hardest part about traveling, and it’s the very reason why we all run away again."
"There are so many lessons to be learned through travel. Heck, the first one is realizing what you can and can’t fit in an overhead bin — a lesson in necessity. However, the biggest lesson for me comes through a second chapter on personal change in flexibility and patience. Patience is a virtue, flexibility is an attitude, and from there, in practice, comes the lesson of leaving room. Leave room for a last-minute adventure, a late-night conversation around a bottle of wine, a second chance on friendship, and an opportunity to learn something new.
At home, I realized how many times I had to say No to things I would have loved to do because I had said Yes to things I was mildly amused by. Thi...
I think nature is what's keeping my pieces together these days. It allows me to log out for a moment and remember that life is a beautiful mystery and it goes far beyond our understanding of it.
I'm at a point in my life where I just don't care anymore, I don't care what society say I should be doing to fit in, I don't care about being cool, I don't care what people think about me, I don't care about irrelevant bs that distract me from being truth to myself.
I want to be free.
I want to be me.
Nature reminds me of this constantly.
Take a walk today, in the park, in the forest, leave your phone at home, observe what's around you and listen to the sounds. Take a deep breath.
Reconnect to wh...
new life nurtured
within the confines of another
an inexplicable love
universal, yet unique
beautiful as it shatters & mends
Running this race we call life isn't always graceful. It isn't always in full, perfect strides; rather, it involves clumsiness, stumbling, and falling...hard. I'm learning that it's a learning process and sometimes the process is pretty ugly. Some days are easier than others; other days you feel like you can't go on.
It isn't easy, but it's worth it.
A nerve-wracking and exciting start to what would be a life-changing experience. Meeting so many incredible people from around the world opened my eyes to the beauty of taking a leap of faith, packing a bag, and embarking on a journey. I think everyone deserves to experience the exhilaration, joy, and happiness that come from traveling, meeting new people, and immersing oneself in different cultures.
You have a permanent place in my heart.
A home you can always return to,
It will always love you,
Always welcome you & it will never forget you.
Next time when you are strolling down the street, take a moment and smell, touch, taste, hear ~ surrender, how does your city feel?
My duty as a photographer is to tell a story through the images processed through my camera. These stories can excite you, enrage you, cause you to reflect, make you cry, make you laugh, make you smile, and even make you regret am always honored to be able to share images through my experiences, and I appreciate all of the love shown as l share these photographs with you. Today was a very interesting day for me. I have had the opportunity today to capture photos of people who expressed all of those emotions.
I think I love this city because of the endless iterations of different people l come across each day. Recently I've made an effort to be more engaged with the diverse and
seemingly infinite variety of Nairobi the energy and life that ebbs and flows in these crowded streets. In a city where you stand shoulder to shoulder with so many people, a few inches can feel like ten miles. I live for the moments that shorten that distance. A stolen glance, a shared moment, a smile of recognition. You make eye contact with someone you never speak to, and later you'll remember them, and wonder what could come from breaking though. I'm trying to spend less time wondering, and more time breaking through.
A Visual Showcase
@felixielaurens x @maudhui_
There are some stories that have to be told and ‘Reaching Out’ is one of those. Through a short visual showcase, this is a story that journeys with a traveler who, eventually, finds home. The three-part poem seeks to display three different phases in life where we question the why, destabilize the status quo and then finally, exhausted, trade in hope. Through ‘Reaching Out’ we hope to inspire you to unfold your tongue, speak your truths and reach out for your dreams and in every aspect of your life.
had dinner with a friend l love dearly tonight, who is also a photographer. On the surface, our friendship may seem odd. We come from very different places and experiences. But we connect. listen. feel. We talked of being present. Shared laughs. I held back tears as I felt a surge of gratitude for our ability to speak freely without fear and to actually listen. Sometimes you have to look a person in the eyes and say thank you for no particular reason.
"Sometimes we need to take a step back. After months of routine, we need to make sure we're not taking for granted an experience that may never come again...Time, at least to us, is linear, so let's grab hold of what we have for every second of every day. Tomorrow might not come, so let's love today."
My photography is the documentation of a fascination with the natural world.
I love to be surrounded by beauty and unique geology. I see meaning and purpose in every journey and I see light, composition and opportunity in every scene. Every trip I take, adventure set out on, there has always been a lesson. It's how I've come to view my photography now, as a series of lessons and I'm here to learn.
Exploring nature is a meditation in itself. The feeling of power that you experience rejuvenates your inner self again. It’s like a dream you do not want to wake up from; swimming with a shoal of bream, plants tickling your body with the smallest touch and the limitless vision of water all around you.
Don't give up on your hopes and
dreams. Just because you go through creative droughts or you feel uninspired, doesn't mean you weren't called to this. What separates successful creatives from the rest is their ability to push through their ceilings and not give up. So many people look up to big names on Instagram wishing that they could instantaneously gain their followers and edit like them. But, they don't realize that the people who are renowned didn't just wake up and all of a sudden become what they are today. Instead, they experienced trial and error, experienced world creative droughts, stayed up tireless nights editing photos, ignored the many doubters who tell them that photography i...
I decided for 2017 that I wanted to stop consuming one thing after another and live minimally simply. Instead of buying things because I think I "need" them, I'm now asking myself "what value will this add to my life?" I started to notice that the less I have, the happier I am! I'm able to focus on my relationship with God, each other, our family/friends, the outdoors and live fully without being possessed by material things. I want my life to reflect what Paul says in Philippians 4:11 "Not that l am speaking of being in need, for l have learned in whatever situation I am to be content I feel this scripture summarizes the minimalist lifestyle to the fullest. I want to collect experiences; not...
Just before the new year, I thought about what I wanted to do more of this year, and what could change. The first thing that came to mind was to take more photos of the hard times. Those times that I'm so distracted by pain or so in shock of what is happening; to remember to pick up the camera and document those times and treat them with importance and value equal to the highlights l realized l don't have many photos of when things went wrong, but yet those are some of the most defining points in my life l want to tell a full story, containing both the times l feel most alive, but also those moments so close to death, when you thank God for giving you a second chance, once again.
I feel like as each year passes, we say that it's been the greatest year of our lives. Are we just saying that because it's current and fresh? Because it's not too far out of our memory? Or is there real truth to that? As we grow older, we experience more. We're given more opportunities. We go through more, learn more, become more. 2016, for me, has been filled with learning. I've learned more about myself and about the person I want to be. I've taught myself how to love more, appreciate more, and cherish more. I've been graced with many opportunities, and those opportunities have turned into memories I'll never forget. I've discovered a whole new meaning to the word, "adventure." Sleeping in...
I've lived 22 full and beautiful years of life as of today. So many wild times, loves, losses, mistakes, lessons, and joys. I am grateful to have been loved by and to have loved so many wonderful people. If this was all the time I was given it would have been unmistakably worthwhile. But hopefully this is only a 1/4 celebration. Thank you if you're reading this for what you've brought into my life. Some of you more than others but all of you are appreciated. If there's one thing I know for certain it is that despite all the pain this life can bring it is worth it to live and to love and for all of this am grateful.
I have been going through a huge shift in my life as of late. So I thought I’d provide some of my thoughts, insights and beliefs with you!
Before I start though I’d like to make clear that none of this has been induced by any drug or marijuana influence whatsoever as people can quickly jump to a stereotypical conclusion and say you’re a “tripper” for being open-minded enough to believe and have faith that the world can one day be a better place filled abundantly with love for one another and everything we share this world with like we once used to.
There is SO much I have learnt over the last 3-4 months, I am so very thankful that I have finally found a group of beings that are on my waveleng...
Life is hard. I'm in the middle of personal projects, I'm extremely financially strained, and I'm finding myself missing home more than ever during this holiday season. But life is good. I've been working harder and harder to define personal boundaries and limits. It's becoming easier and easier to know when I can commit to something, and give a sincere YES instead of giving half-hearted yes's to everyone and having to disappoint everyone when being spread too thin am striving to become more and more aware of the best places to put my energy and time. Throughout my journey, I've had angels lifting me up with encouragement, unconditional love, and amazing memories. These friends are the reaso...
"Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon--even if it's just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything." - Pippa Middleton //