Monday, March 18, 2013

Lately: Pictures and Thoughts

 
 
 

1. California Poppy
2. finding higher ground
3. Big Sur river
4. sea level 
5. Highway 1
6. tree hugger
7. home away from home
8. bride, groom and a vintage police car
9. on the road again
10. birthday spud


      There were many events that went on over the weekend, not the least of which was the wedding of one of my best friends. Thursday afternoon, Scott and I left San Diego and headed to Big Sur to do a photo shoot for a new project I'm working on for Roxy.

     I love the central coast; beautiful wildflower fields roll all the way down the hills to the water and streams slide through valleys filled with redwood trees. Whenever we go there, I feel this overwhelming sense of calm. You can barely get the internet and it'd be hard for anyone to find you. Camping reminds me of escaping to my secret fort as a child. It's somewhere I can retreat to, to reflect on the things in my life that happen away from that haven and try to gain a new perspective on them. 

     I had two decisions to make by Sunday. I thought about them all week and was constantly in limbo about what I should do since both decisions had good and bad outcomes. But you know what? I knew what I should do from the start and I just wasn't listening to myself because I kept thinking I would come up with this perfect plan. Standing next to the Big Sur river it was suddenly so clear to me that sometimes there just isn't an ideal conclusion. Once I recognized that, I made the decisions and moved on. You have to do what you know is right for you, not what's right for someone else. 

     On Friday, after a bike ride to the beach, we packed up the (excess) baggage we brought and headed to San Jose for the start of Nicole's big moment. The rehearsal dinner was warm and personal. The ceremony was elegant and meaningful. The reception was sentimental and intimate. Nicole looked beautiful and happy. So far I have known her (now) husband Mike to be a quiet and funny guy with good work ethic, a warm smile and eyes only for Nicole. During the wedding, I could see how much he deeply loved his partner, honored her and will stand behind her for life. I felt really at peace knowing he is going to take care of my friend.

     On the way home, we dropped by my sister in law Kristen's birthday bash at a campsite in Malibu. We were exhausted, but Kristen had enough energy for everyone. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious, as always.

     I'm writing this from the passenger seat of the car on Sunday night. I smell like a camp fire. It was a great weekend spent with those we love in places that make us happy, but I'm so glad to almost be home. 

I hope you had a good weekend, too! 

13 comments:

  1. What a busy weekend! You need another weekend to recover from your fun-filled weekend!

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  2. I love these photos! And this: "But you know what? I knew what I should do from the start and I just wasn't listening to myself because I kept thinking I would come up with this perfect plan. Standing next to the Big Sur river it was suddenly so clear to me that sometimes there just isn't an ideal conclusion. Once I recognized that, I made the decisions and moved on. You have to do what you know is right for you, not what's right for someone else."

    Precisely. :)

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  3. Sounds like a fantastic weekend and gorgeous photos. I have a tendency to do the same with regard to decisions - I often know what I should do but it ends up being a mind game to convince myself otherwise because I think that I should do something else. I love the Central Coast! I miss it. I have to make a point to visit next time I'm home in Cali.

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  4. How cute are you two atop a mountain next to the ocean! And cool night photo of the glowing tent. Looks like your weekend was packed! Can't wait to see what came of the Roxy shoot!

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  6. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Loving your pictures, it looks so amazing along that part of the coast. I really want to drive that stretch sometime! Have a great week.

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  7. oh I love Big Sur. Such a beautiful place in the state!

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  8. What a full weekend! I love days like that, way to live it up :)

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  9. what a weekend! thanks for hosting :)

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  10. I love this so much. I'm in the middle of making a big decision as well, and your words really hit home.

    Plus, Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the world. Love!

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  11. This looks/sounds so perfect!! Glad you had a great weekend!! We are planning our camping trip now. Yay!

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  12. The Central Coast is one of my favorite places, too. All through/around Paso Robles, Cambria, San Simeon... it's so beautiful and peaceful. And I love poppies! :)

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  13. I'm excited to hear about these decisions!

    Also, campfire is an awesome thing to smell like :)

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