Grainy photo from sunset in the trees but a special moment nevertheless.
Shoutout to the people who are happy for your happiness, who feel excitement when you win, who take joy in your success. The people who notice the strides you make and allow room for you to grow, change, and thrive. The people who congratulate you, support you, and remind you of your strengths. The people who don’t use your success as ammunition against you. Those are your people. Do the same for them, and thank them often.
This is my brother @allenmkuhl, hands down. Constantly rooting me on and congratulating and celebrating my wins. The person I compete with on credit scores and constantly check in with on how much we’re saving vs spending.
I hope you have one of these people in your life too! ❤️
whoaaa has it actually been 13 days since I last posted?! I guess real life has had other plans for me the past 2 weeks.. including a completely random and spontaneous trip to the Land of Fire and Ice 😍✨💎 Iceland blew my mind in so many ways and I think we’ll be taking full advantage of the free stopovers on the way to England from now on (why the heck have we not been doing that?🙃) ⠀
SO excited to show you guys our Iceland photos but for now, here’s a couple pics from the Southwest, where I’ll be heading next week!! you can also check out my Iceland and UK story highlights if you wanna catch up on the crazy busy summer we’ve had so far... life is overwhelming, but so wonderful at the moment 🥰 ⠀
I hope everyone has been out adventuring and exploring and taking full advantage of summer!! what exciting things does everyone have planned? I love hearing all about it🙌🏼
Mindset is key to evolving and growing. My demons were just obstacles to strengthen me. My failures were opportunities to grow. My struggles prepared me for a better life. My sadness taught me to find gratitude in everything. My loneliness taught me to love myself. My distance from my home state taught me what real friends are like. Blessings in the lessons 💯 I couldn’t be more proud & happier of the girl I lived to be. Survival comes with ups & downs. I’m all the way up ⬆️
If I'm having a hard time on the way to a summit, it's okay because my body is producing all the adrenaline it needs to get me there while keeping me happy and excited. If I'm having a hard time after the summit, it's also okay because I'm going home knowing I've packed in as many great memories as I could. We didn't get to climb this weekend because the unprecedented amount of snow still on these peaks and the hot July temperatures don't mix well. It's tough for me to not be a total grump when things don't work out, but as @brandonmacmullin told me while trying to make me feel better "If these mountains weren't so hard to get, they wouldn't be so special." No, they wouldn't be. 🙂 July 21, 2019 📷@mzlphoto
I wanted to shoot some long exposures at this lake so we got here way before sunrise. It was raining a bit and there was a storm going off in the distance. Then this intense pink colour bursted through. I tried capturing the lightning and these intense clouds, but just couldn’t get the lightning strikes! What’s the best way to capture Lightning? What a breathtaking morning.
Guess where we’re headed?! Delilah and I are going on a mama & me camping trip!
We have gone camping together before, but never just her and I. Quentin is at his Sun Dance ceremony in South Dakota, and so I’m excited to get some one on one time together. 🧡⚡️
For all you mamas out there, have you gone solo camping with your little one? Or if you are planning on having kids, do you want to experience the outdoors with them too?
Over the week of our nation’s 244th anniversary, I had the unique experience of joining a climbing trip to northern Wyoming. The destination: a spectacular canyon of limestone & ponderosa pine near the one-road town of Ten Sleep, population 257, an area so remote that if the automobiles, pavements, & climbers were removed one might be convinced that he/she was somehow transported to the late 1800’s. Cowboys, herds of cattle, a lack of cellular service, & vast open spaces contrasted against canyons set the precedent for a weekend free of the pains of modern technological devices.
I’m by no means a climber, so this trip was largely an opportunity to scramble the canyons, observe the climbers & cowboys, & practice my own proper art. Days were spent in the canyon, with myself either exploring the side canyons adjacent to the crag or hanging with the climbers at the crag. Nights were mostly spent around the campfire. On the Fourth we traveled into Ten Sleep, the main street closed for what was likely the largest celebration the town would see annually. Climbers donned their finest polyester North Face, Cotopaxi, Patagonia; cowboys sported Stetson hats and Wrangler jeans. As the local country band put on a performance fitting for any Independence Day celebration, all were united that night to celebrate our nation, warts & all, despite our seemingly apparent differences. It struck me that it’s moments like these that, when embraced, make our nation so great & strong - the melting pot effect in full force. I’m by no means a climber nor a cowboy, but the more I interact with these respective groups it becomes obvious that we all share so many of the same values: the desire to embrace nature irregardless of pursuit, the opportunity to succeed in the face of some challenge, & the need of a supportive community (to name a few) - life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness translated to the modern lifestyle.
As we as a nation face trials innumerable & an increasing degree of polarization, it’s of utmost import that we realize we’re not so different. Finding a thread of commonality will no doubt help us thrive under pressure. Diversity is our greatest strength in adversity.
God knew my 55mm lens and I can never capture such moments so He blessed me with the company of @ianmun.thebun for game drives.
Go look at his Instagram and marvel at the beauty that exists in the bush, his mad skills and 500mm lens.
'This is what I like about photographs. They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.' Jodi Picoult ❄️
Do you ever feel the urge to go out of the city? I do, very often actually, even more when life becomes a roller coaster of emotions; last week was closure for me in so many ways and now I can finally say I’m at peace, every piece of the puzzle fell in place and it’s time for new beginnings.
I’ve told you before that I’m just like most of you, I have not one but two (9 to whatever) jobs, but traveling is my passion, when people ask how I do it it’s just simple for me to say that it’s a priority and as such I dedicate my free time to do it and also save as much as I can in order to travel as often as possible.
As a woman solo traveler I have discovered amazing places and met awesome people; hiking has brought me closer to some friends and allowed me to connect with people that share the passion for the outdoors, that’s how I came across hiking groups, agencies and friends that enjoy nature as much as I do, so every Wednesday I start checking all those groups to see what’s happening on the weekend. 👣
On Sunday, plan A didn’t work and we ended up here, at Charquini, with an amazing view; I’ve been hiking for a while now and this is the first time I got to see Huayna Potosi and Charquini fully covered in snow ⛄️ (insert happy dance moves).
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