This getaway still hangs in my head pretty clearly as it was quite an adventure. Unfortunately I didn't take many photos as I was soaking in every bit of my company and enjoying my time quite a bit! Quite a few of these are cell phone shots and I'm okay with that because the best camera is the one you have on hand to capture the most meaningful moments. The countdown for this trip started at the beginning of June and oh my, did it feel like it was the longest summer ever because I was so excited to get here. I started packing a month in advance and I watched the weather like a hawk because lets be honest, Florida is H O T in August!!! I could hardly sleep the night before and I woke wayyy before I had too! I was absolutely freaking out because I was visiting family and exploring the beach! I even got to photograph them, see the gallery here! The flight felt like it took forever because I was so outrageously excited to see everyone. The moment I landed and stepped foot into the Florida air it was like I got slapped by an angry Mother Nature. The humidity was ridiculous. The jitters came back and I was all excited again. There is something about exploring an unknown area by your self that's really exhilarating!
"I like to hang out with people who make me forget to look at my phone. "
After I got my rental car I was only a 30 minute drive away from seeing my friend in St. Petersburg. I was outrageously excited to finally land and enjoy this quick trip! Also, the view was pretty amazing!
The Banyan Trees were so incredible to see!
This particular evening was peaceful. To sit on an empty pier and eat our to-go food that we had picked up at, "That Mexican Place." The food was pretty delicious too! Watching the sky change with classical music playing in the background this moment was easily one of my favorites.
"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air."
Treaty Oak Park | Jacksonville, Florida
I had been wanting to see Treaty Oak park for years now. A local Florida photographer who I follow had an event here and I knew I had to see this amazing tree for myself.
At the end of every tunnel there is...
...light and new opportunities waiting.
On my last night in the great state of Florida I ventured out to Treasure Island in Saint Petersburg and watched the sun set alone. I sat in the white sand and watched families and couples play together in the evening tide. I sat there with sand all over me thinking at how brave I was for jumping on a plane to expand my circle of networking with no set plans. I learned a lot about myself at the end of this adventure. I did something I never thought I would do and I had a great time jumping and putting my faith into life again. This will always be a trip I remember.
"I don't think that anything happens by coincidence. No one is here by accident. Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us." -James Redfield
...and one day I hope to be back here.