Oh sweet November! This is my favorite time of year in Seattle. There’s an aroma of firewood in the air and colorful leaves hanging onto every branch holding out for winters embrace. If you are lucky, you’ll be in town when they begin to fall and dance through the air at once. This year I got to see this beautiful sight in pioneer square, an area in downtown Seattle. There is a beautiful archway of trees right in front of my favorite restaurant, The London Plane. Sitting at breakfast with my friend Talitha, the wind caught them one by one swirling them above and all around while we sipped away at our morning coffee. Feels pretty nostalgic to see the change of seasons so clearly. For me, it is a visual reminder to see everyday as special and a gift to share with others.
Lately, I have been on the go to San Diego for Adobe Max and in Sayulita, Mexico shooting a dear photographer friend’s wedding. Needless to say, life has been a busy one. I’ve been catching planes, editing on the go, and spending a day at a time at home. I thought a lot about how I would present this collaboration and ultimately decided that showing real moments and days spent outside was the best example of #HowIRoam. Life isn’t always meant to be lived on some epic mountain, and most don’t show the days in between.
Before the holidays, I am lucky enough to have a week at home. These are cherished times for me. Incorporating time to be outside and spend time with my pup is my favorite, as the days are getting darker earlier and it is a good break between editing or shoots. Zoe doesn’t complain either ;).
Life can often take us by storm and being conscious of when to slow down is something that I am learning. I hope you get time this week to take a minute to breathe and spend time with those you love!
10 ways to slow down and enjoy the moment:
- Call a friend, just to say hello.
- Embrace the silence.
- Take a class on something you want to learn or pick up a new hobby. (i.e. pottery, cooking, painting, swing dancing)
- Have a pajama night and binge watch your favorite shows.
- Start a new book.
- Catch a local concert or create a new playlist for each season.
- Go on a walk with a loved one. I have found these walks are some of my favorite conversations.
- Find ALL the puppies and just hang out with them for an hour. STRESS be gone haha!
- Put down your phone! Be present with people you love.
- DREAM…make a list and remind yourself there is a big world out there to experience.
If you ask Zoe, her advice she will tell you to just wave at everyone you meet and chase all the geese out of the park. Also, eating leaves is a good one too!
Thank you Zappos for the ability to order any pair of shoes I love easily and not spend hours shopping for them. I love getting to jump in water puddles with Zoe, never worrying about my feet getting soaked.
Blundstone boots are the perfect addition to my fall explorations with the Zoodles (Zoe 🙂 ).
photos by: Kara Mercer and Victoria Wright
Order your fav winter boots here! I hope you all have the BEST Monday! <3 Much love to you all.