I say this wholeheartedly... Grab a friend and go! I recently asked God for friends that loved to travel like I do. Three months later I had a new neighbor move directly above me with the same passion for traveling, sightseeing and experiencing other cultures. It's so much fun to have that in common with those around you. I have friends of all kinds, ones who are made for days in the rain, days outside, and laughing until your sides hurt. Each friend has such a unique purpose. And are certainly ALL necessary!
This friend asked me to join her on a weekend getaway and a week later I jumped on a plane and laughed my way through all the fun!! Keep your eyes open for adventure! You just might find it!!
10 things to do and take with you on a Spontaneous Mexican Adventure
1. An adventurous spirit! We took a Bread baking class through Airbnb an it was amazing! Look up @Eliceolara on Insta and see what He's got going. We loved every minute of it!
2. A camera, there's a lot to see and you'll want to remember it.
3. Comfy shoes... there are Art galleries everywhere, but there are nearly 200 there, so be ready and pick your faves
4. Activated charcoal, for a girl who's experienced food poisoning a time or 10, I've come to be acquainted with what works fast!
5. A translator, slow southern accents don't go over well...
6. A carry-on, I got rerouted twice so having my luggage nearby was way less of a headache!
7. An appetite, some amazing food to be experienced eveywhere you go. I never knew tamales were a breakfast situation, so don't expect to have them for dinner.
8. Something colorful- or else you'll stand out! Be part of the culture! And they love color!
9. Your A game + a Map! when it comes to grabbing Uber, everything seems to sound the same...So make sure of where you're trying to go!
10. And always a good book! I'm a nerd, but love the airport, so traveling is a really great way to read a book quickly!
As we engage in the journey to here, we are guided with only clues of what lies ahead. And to me, that's the heartfelt adventure of God... Seeing Him in everything we do. Knowing He's leading every excursion, every detail, and every excruciating part of how things unfold. boma beautiful
Good things take time... so it's been said! This is year 3 of business here at the Studio, and what appears to have just happened was finally branding the place I've come to know and love as my little home in the world. My little beauty hub. I now get what my newly-ish married friends, (friends into 3rd year of marriage) are talking about when they say they haven't changed their last names yet. You always think you'll get to things sooner than you do. But even so, it has been a crazy whirlwind of excitement to see it all come together!
The logo... the brochures... and a new blog at last! So follow along to keep up with the journey here and around the globe!
I took the vision + adventure and put them into one unique place. And it meant so much... every little detail of it coming together. Every hand that touched it. From creation to production it's a big fun process putting designs on paper to what speaks out your storyline. But I wouldn't trade it. The outcome was greater than the question marks. Anticipation greater than the waiting.
Here's are some photos of the process and a little shoutout to everyone that made this possible during the production of it all.
My good friend and artist Christina Johnson made this dream come to life! I called her up and said this is what I'm thinking... and she said I'll pray and we'll see what happens. You gotta love that!! (I do anyhow!) Look her up at Christina_Johnson78 She's lovely!!
Then designer Rachel Bradford-Deaton took it all to the next level! She poured over my card like it was her own. I really took my first vision and married it to the second. FREELANCE part 1 + STUDIO part 2. Having that all make sense required a mind who could comprehend and not take me from my vision.
AFTERPRESS- this little chica is a rockstar! There's no discount for me telling you this, trust me! But the investment and the work was worth it all! When you get to be a part of the process letterpress requires. From how the colors are chosen, to the paper, the whole thing begins to make sense. If you have needs of letterpress anytime soon, meet with this one, BRADY! She gets it... and she gets people! She'll meet you at the front door of their cute space with a warm smile!
I couldn't have done it without all of you!! Many many thanks to your love & hard work!! XOXO, kb
Summer can feel like a delayed response.... A season that comes and goes like dust settling on an old dirt road. One minute you're up in the air, and the next like the road less traveled. It's easy to feel like we've got too much time on our hands and if we allow it, become discouraged that things aren't going as planned. That we aren't making any progress. But that isn't always the case...
There's a running theme here, and summer is an invitation to rest. A great reminder of the moments where we sink a little deeper & live a little freer. One thing I've learned is that time is never wasted. There's a gift in every moment. Every moment that feels like you're not seeing the end result your heart so pounds for can also be a channel of unforseen goodness and rejuvenation.
I encourage you today to take a step forward into your future and look back into the present moment. Fresh perspective often changes the things you see & feel and overwhelm becomes a thing of the past. Throw your hands up and run with the wind. Drown out the thoughts that ail your joy and give them a good kick in the pants. Let your heart experience something new as peace becomes your sidekick. Don't try and figure anything out. The middle of the journey is a powerful place to be! And NEVER a waste of time.
Narrowing down the search to success...
I've heard it said a thousand times... DO IT AFRAID!! We all have something beautiful to give. It's the moment that you stop believing it that everything changes. I was on a journey to Eden when these kind words were spoken to me. "Pick up your shield. Poke holes in the darkness..." Louder than any force the earth can resemble is a word connecting to the soul that can teach us the art of living both wildly and freely. We need the other voice. The ones that tell us we're beautiful in the midst of messy. The one that says you're worth it in the middle of uncertainty. And the peace that can cause it to penetrate down deep into our being. It's the driving force that says BRAVE over BACKWARDS, but we must fight for it.
Sometimes in life we experience things that take us in unexpected directions. Maybe a decision led you there, or a situation caught you off guard. One way or another, it felt like loss. It felt like a piece of you went missing. And it may have led to the present moment not beaming with the radiance you'd hoped for. It can be discouraging to find yourself there, in La la land... off the beaten path, that path possibly without clear markings, uncertain of where to go from here, and without a wingman at your side.
But these are the moments when I've come to discover something more amazing on the other side. On the other side of backwards is a place worth fighting for. Something real and vulnerable. Something inconvenient yet powerful. Something known as BRAVERY. And when bravery becomes the only option you have left, you become the strongest version of yourself.
Lord knows we live in a world with more options than we can count! We like that though... having the content. The swirling that keeps us moving throughout the day. But that swirling can also keep us in the shallows. We try our hardest to stay out of the deep end, but it calls us back like the reverse of a mudslide. It's hard, but it's worth the view at the top. UP hill makes us stronger as bravery beckons us to go beyond our reach.
Today, if you find yourself in a similar position, know It's within you...the hard thing. The climb. And you can say yes to it! You can change your place in line. You can change your outfit. And you can discover more of all you didn't know existed inside of you! Go ahead, Darling...don't settle for backwards, be BRAVE!
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