Legitimately crying right now. This post is long overdue. I have a lot of thoughts on this one so bear with me.
It’s April 14th and it’s now been 3 weeks of being quarantined. Writing this still seems unreal, but it’s real. What a time to be alive. COVID-19 has really taken a toll on humanity and has impacted millions of lives, including mine. My business has suffered and I have had moments of anger, sadness, frustration, loneliness, uncertainty, and confusion. And that’s okay. It’s okay to feel.
Although it has been really f$%#ing hard, it has also allowed me to pause. Stop. Think. Holy shit, I am grateful. Why is it so hard to see that in the moment? Why does something so tragic have to happen in order for my mind to wake up and look at everything differently? The other day I decided to get out. I needed to feel the fresh air on my skin. I got in my car and just drove down the coast. Windows down and just looked out at the deep blue ocean. I didn’t get out of my car and I didn’t need to. That moment in itself was good enough. I love that I can find joy in that.
I left for Australia the day after the US announced this as a pandemic. I can tell you that this wasn’t an easy decision and there was a lot uncertainty at the time. I was flying over there for Evan’s sisters wedding. YES. Crazy right? I met them during this elopement in Yosemite a little over a year ago and we knew that I had to come to Australia for their wedding. Thankfully I made it there by the skin of my teeth. If it was one day later, I would have been required to self quarantine for 14 days in Australia. It’s all so serendipitous.
(I will be including their story and what it was like traveling during a global emergency when I post their wedding. Keep an eye out for that one!)
Now let’s talk about Emily and Evan. First off, these two flew all the way from Australia to get married in their favorite place on planet earth. YOSEMITE
The day the arrived into San Francisco, they were targeted outside a CVS and got 4 backpacks stolen. Which enclosed their passports, wallets, MacBook Pros, cameras, etc. It was devastating to say the least. What a way to start off in a new country for your wedding. When I met them you would have never known something so awful had just happened. They expressed such gratitude and kindness. They are two of the most genuine souls I have ever met and I now consider them family. They have taught me so much– just by simply being around them. All of my love for you two.
What a lesson to be learned. It’s so easy to let unfortunate situations take over our mind and sprit, but we are in control. Don’t let someone or something steal your joy. Try your best to pay it forward and spread love. You never know what is waiting for you on the other side.
I still remember it like it was yesterday. As we made our way to Taft Point, a wave of emotions came over me. Tears starting streaming down my face. I have never seen a sunset like that in my life.
We decided to wake up at 4am the next morning + get some sunrise goodness at Glacier Point >>