Thursday

chasing the sun back home.

Yesterday we drove from 6:00am to 4:00am; starting in Utah and landing back home in Missouri. The original plan had us coming home today, but we decided to bite the bullet and make it one long trip. We took these photos on the border of Kansas and Colorado as the sun began to set on our long travel day. The past two weeks have been a dose of fresh air and honestly, just what I needed. I guess you could say that since January I've felt like these photos...about to take on that long home stretch right before you land home, which always seems to be the hardest part of the trip. With the reward so close you can almost taste it, yet the journey ahead seems too overwhelming to conquer. I'm not sure if I would call it a rut or just over working myself to the point of exhaustion, but if I'm being honest with you (and myself) the expectation to be creative has been an agonizing ghost the past few months. Don't get my wrong, I've had some incredible moments and adventures so far this year, but my mindset has been a bit off, I think. I've been viewing blogging, photography, and just creating in general as something I have to do, instead of something I want to do. Something I chose. Something I continue to choose. Something that makes me feel alive. This trip (I think it also helps that Josh was able to join this go around) has sparked the desire to get back into the game at full swing. New goals, dreams, plans, and ideas. Setting new boundaries and pushing myself in ways I've never pushed before. 

So cheers, to a refreshed soul and a renewed mindset. 

24 comments:

  1. You are fierce and inspiring and I thank you for that :)

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  2. Pretty! Love the tones in these photos :)

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  3. These photos are breath taking!

    www.victoriabeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Beautiful photographs...sometimes it's good to take a break to re-charge your batteries..

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Mm so good. Give a listen to the message from last night, it was super inspiring

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  6. I love these photos. I'm from the plains, and these photos remind me so much of my favorite things about home. I have trouble finding anything more beautiful than long miles of prairie stretched as far as the eye can see on a summer evening. The dress is beautiful as well :) I'm glad you found some refocus and feel refreshed :) xx

    The What's In Between

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  7. First things first, you're gorgeous. The ruts that creatives fall into are disappointing and sometimes terrifying considering it's our livelihood. But it is always inspiring knowing that the artists we look up to get in the same ruts, and even more inspiring, is that they come out of them as better versions of themselves. Your work is consistently growing and getting more amazing overtime.

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  8. Something about the sky in these photos makes me feel wort of... melancholy, but in a good way. Gorgeous.
    nolongergrey.wordpress.com

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  9. Gorgeous, love the dress. The photos are perfect!
    xx

    www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

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  10. oh my gosh. when i was looking at these i was like, "Is this Kansas? This has to be Kansas...maybe not... NO NO IT HAS TO BE KANSAS I KNOW THAT COUNTRY... but why would they be in Kansas? OH YES OH YES OH YES I KNEW IT!
    so delighted that you, too love the beauty and free, undying spirit of my state. out there in the high plains and east colorado its so even and the sky is like youre inside a bowl. so breathtaking and it gets to me everytime i see it (which is a lot) love the freedom here, you capture it perfectly :)
    ~Abigail
    sweetergetsthejourneyblog.blogspot.com

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  11. These photos are gorgeous I cannot believe you had been driving for so many hours before they were taken!! I can't wait to see what you do next!

    XO, K
    http://www.kokay.me/

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  12. Tes photos sont toujours magnifiques. De France, où je vis, elles me font rêver. Si tu éprouves le besoin de te réinvestir dans ta démarche artistique en tous cas tes photos ne manquent jamais d'inspiration. Il y a de l'âme dans toutes tes photos, dans tes publication...

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  13. I love every bit of this post :)

    Maurine
    maurinedashney.com

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  14. these are all so gorgeous. love wide open spaces.

    m.see
    mollyseee.blogspot.com

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  15. you shine. as always :)

    chatclinkrepeat.blogspot.com

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  16. lovely...

    and I'm sure as bloggers, we get that feeling a lot. At least for me, it came full swing around September and only now am I back at it with vigor and enthusiasm!

    Valentina
    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

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  17. These are all so beutiful, but the 6th picture is breathtaking!

    Hugs
    Kamile
    http://ayoungdreamcatcher.blogspot.com/

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  18. I love the idea of recharging and remember why we started it all in the first place. And, girl, that's a long trip but I bet it was a beautiful drive!
    Love the pictures

    ann

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  19. Such gorgeous photographs, and a beautiful dress. Impressed that you managed to drive for so long and still blog!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  20. Beautiful photos and words. Blogging can definitely become very draining pretty quick and I'm glad that you're feeling better about it! I can't wait to see what you have in store.

    xoxo
    Taylor

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  21. Taking trips and breaks and being in new places always reignites my creativity as well.

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  22. These photos are complete perfection
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

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  23. The same thing happened to me when I flew out to Los Angeles in March. I came back better than ever. I enjoyed and could relate to this so much. Lovely pictures too!

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

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