Looking back on some photos from a past trip, I stumbled on this photo that I had taken with my camera app. I Reminisced on the scenery, the people, the adventure and it put a smile on my face. Some of those people I won’t see again and some I will. Even though there are lost relationships, there are some great memories with the ones I hung out with for a blink moment of my life. The cool thing is, there was laughter, adventure, and great companionship.
Life has some wins and some loses but I am grateful for the good times I had with those that I shared such precious moments with. I am looking forward to the future with new relationships and new adventures. My heart is open.
I’m going to exhale the past and inhale the future. 2015 was a year of letting go and growing. It was a time of learning more about myself and becoming the woman that God created me to be. 2015 had it’s ups and downs and it was a roller coaster in retrospect. From the hard times I learn to take it in stride and I kept telling myself that this soon shall pass. Nothing last forever and that life is cyclical. I just have to ride the wave. What I’ve come to learn is that being sick can take it’s toll on you. Now I have empathy for others. You not only don’t feel well but your moody and depressed. It’s just a fight to stay motivated and positive. But God has a plan, Jeremiah 29:11, plans to prosper you. I clung to those words knowing that I will come out of this in victory. That no weapon formed against me shall prosper.
It was also a season of building a business for myself and developing better relationships. Growth is essential and though it hurts in many areas of our lives whether it be physically, mentally, financially, or spiritually there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope and faith are key and essential to a victorious life.
I’m blessed to be able to photograph the first sunset of this new year. The clouds reminded me of an angel souring from above. This was a reminder of the hope I have for the future. I get to start 2 new jobs and I feel immensely blessed. God is good and he is always with us through the good, the bad, and the ugly times. We just have to stand in faith and believe in our dreams. Happy New Year!
The cool thing about doing photo shoots are the locations. Each location is definitely a learning curve. This particular one was one of the funniest ones that I have been on. I would say their were potential dangers looming. One of our encounters was this spot in particular. These weeds are serious weapons when they are dry. They have the most insane prickly ends. They were stuck to my tires, the soles of my shoes, my handbag, whatever it managed to attach itself to. I told the model, DO NOT step down barefoot. This would mean a 911 call for sure. Another incident was the horses, beautiful but, potential danger ( see portfolio page ). One of the horses thought that her finger was a carrot. We learned palms down and if they get a finger, squeeze mouth. Duly noted I might say. Lastly, remember to look both ways before crossing. We almost got hit by cars so many times. Just two giggly girls having way to much fun.
Wildwood in Thousand Oaks California is a great local neighborhood trail for hiking. It truly reminds of the Southwest vibe. The great thing about living in this area is you can go from the beach to the mountains in less than an hour.
My friend and I decided that we needed a really good mountain climb. This trail is one of the many amazing trails in Malibu. The views span from the Conejo Valley to the Malibu beaches.
This view of the ocean was just spectacular. Once I’m up there I just want to keep going until I reach the shore, but time wasn’t on my side neither was the weather. This particular time of the year you must start real early and bring plenty of water for hydration. It gets hot and dry.
Malibu Canyon road is one of the highways that takes you from the valley to the ocean. An easy commute and a beautiful one. After a really good rainy season it reminds me of Hawaii. Being such a dry arid region, it’s incredible when everything is green and lush, considering, Los Angeles is a chaparral, which is just another form of a desert
A SoCal girl living in a hiking world. Enjoying life in the mountains of Los Angeles California. Blessed to be in such a beautiful place.
One of my passions is the love of photography another one is hiking. I live in southern California, where there is a mecca of trails up and down this state. But for a large city like Los Angeles there are great hikes in the back of your yard so to speak.
My friend and I decided to do a little adventure of our own and check out something that we have never been on. Paramount Ranch is amazing. Funny how I lived within 10 miles and never been there. It’s almost like saying I live in Anaheim and never been to Disneyland. A little embarrassing. Well I got to do both of my favorite things this day and I sure had a lot fun with my partner in crime. Shooting photos with this lady till we’re 95.
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Photo cred myself and Maryam Khorram. Editing myself.
This past year has been a journey of the unexpected and growth. When you lose something that was never beneficial or healthy it hurts. But, what you gain is a whole new perspective on life and what you really want out of it.
So whenever you go through hard times the best way to get through it is to be open to it. Embracing a difficult journey is the only way to get the healing. You get a chance to grow from it and do things differently and react differently. Maturity is staying calm, being positive, and be a loving human being. Everything works itself out eventually.
It’s always fun to go to summer festivals and what’s even more fun is finding opportunities to do a photo shoot with friends. My friend and I will pull over on the way when we find a great scene and just shoot away. We are far from professionals, but nonetheless it’s fun and spontaneous. It keeps us feeling young spirited and adventurous. So always take your camera and download amazing apps and get started.
This is a great start to getting the best ideas for working out. I never know what to do, how many reps to do, or what are the best exercises out there. Hope this helps. It’s not to late for the perfect beach body.
There’s only so many times you can do the same workout before it gets boring and you eventually, inevitably, give up on it entirely. Been there, done that–we get it. Not only does your motivation dwindle when exercise is boring, but repeating the same workout plan over and over can actually be ineffective, and cause your fitness to plateau.
Instead of falling into this fitness trap, add some interest to your exercise routine with these 23 (free!) workout plans that you can follow online. Ahead, we’ve ticked off everything from yoga sequences to treadmill intervals, circuits, bodyweight training, and more! Get moving, girl.
Perform each exercise back to back, then rest for 120 seconds at the end, and repeat the circuit again 4-6 times: Complete 12 x walking lunges (each way), 12 x incline dumbbell bench press, 12 x glute bridges, 12 x dumbbell bent over rows, 1…