Florida Part IV

 Our last day in Florida was honestly one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve ever had. All of us went on a 20 person charter to try our hand at deep sea fishing.  I was so hesitant at first because I was intimidated by going out onto the ocean.  I grew up on boats but only ever went to our local lakes.  Lately in my life, I’ve learned to embrace the thrill of doing things that frighten me a little.

We climbed onto the boat and cruised down the windy channels that brought us out to sea. The skies were heavy and grey, which is actually perfect for fishing. The crew gave us instructions whilst slicing up bait for the chum buckets.  It was shocking in the way that I really wasn’t prepared for what I saw. We each learned how to bait our hooks and drop our lines.  I jumped right in.

Boom. After minutes of having our lines dropped, swaying in the waves a few miles away from the shore we started catching fish! They were bright and colorful, not what I expected at all.  It was a whirlwind to see what we caught. The build up of feeling something grab at your line, then having to reel it in with all your might was exhilarating.

With plenty of help from each other and the crew, our group caught a total of 21 fish.  We released most of them back to the ocean due to size and species restrictions.  Megan caught a puffer fish, which is pretty rare to pull out of the water like that. The crew member sat down and let us take a closer look before releasing him back to the sea.

Tony was one of the crew members, he helped unhook our catch and measure to see if they met the specs.

We got to take home 5 of our fish after they prepped them for us.  We marinated and grilled them for dinner that night, and it was honestly so delicious and fresh. Even if we hadn’t caught anything, and our intention wasn’t to bring something home.  The experience of being out on the water, all of us laughing and squealing with excitement was worth it. I was sad our week was coming to a close, this time away from everything familiar to me helped me expand my mind and learn to love and accept the place i am in in my life.  I could have shared so much more, and I’m sure I will as time goes on, but I hold onto all of the new memories I created, whether or not a camera was present.

Red Walls and Warm Temps

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Wearing Vintage Levis jacket | Truly Madly Deeply top | BCBG skirt | Steve Madden mules 

The weather has been unseasonably warm here in upstate New York. Usually around this time of year I’m wearing the a coat, so to be bare-legged and feel comfortably warm is beyond ordinary.  Keeping a light denim jacket by my side is perfect for when the sun goes down and the temperatures begin to drop again. I snagged this Levi’s jacket in New York City at a flea market. I just could not pass it up; I tend to find the best things when I’m not really looking.

For now, I’m happy to soak up the sun and swim in the colors of fall on this sunny Sunday afternoon.

Welcome to New York

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When I said I wanted to move to New York, I said it with the hope of unveiling something incredible. It is my dream to be able to express myself, create, and motivate others to see the beauty in life. No matter where I am beauty is there. Perception is the key, and changing it is the secret.

So here I am, in the city I’ve dreamed of living in.  It’s been over a month since I’ve moved; two apartments, a few weeks sleeping on an air mattress, and a big adventure ahead of me.  Since I was consumed by uprooting the life I’ve always known, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to post anything.

I can tell you the process to get to this point is not what you read in stories or watch on television.  The glamour is what you make of it.  I was lucky enough to be in a loving relationship with a person who helped achieve this wild dream.  Together we drove ourselves until no end, looking for apartments between all hours worked, and both coming down with pneumonia the first week in our new city, there was no rest, no down time.  Good news is it all paid off and I am pinching myself to see what I have accomplished. I’m hopeful and excited to see where this next chapter will bring me.  I miss my family and my beloved animals every day, but I must keep things moving in order to progress.

An interesting note: I bought this jacket after my birthday in July, the brand is Blank NYC. At that point in time I was wishing for a sign, something to help push me to make this move.  It was too hot for a leather jacket but I scooped it up anyway. I couldn’t wait to post it on here and find the right moment to wear it. How apropos, it was perfect for the mild weather we were having.

Shoes: Michael Kors | Jacket: BlankNYC | Jeans: Zara

 

 

Cattails and Hidden Trails

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One great thing about living in upstate New York is that there are many hidden trails and secret spots where you can melt into the world.  I drove by this nature trail countless times and truly had no idea what was beyond the gravel parking lot and the large sign hidden in the shadows.  Then came a day where I was spontaneously invited onto its path and was completely enamored.  I loved the small wooden boardwalk which seemed lonely, but also warm and curious.  The cattails teetering in the wind pulled me down the trail and every corner I turned was new, yet familiar.

Another great thing is this dress.  I was in such a rush to find something light and summery, but also slightly sophisticated.  The long sleeves and the dainty florals are what grabbed me initially, and then the open back and the criss-cross detail completely sold me.  I love a great find when I least expect it.

Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Converse