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the heat of summer

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It’s the heat of summer and it’s got me thinking about palm trees and bikini days spent under the sun, exploring in Florida. We were homeless beach bums, sleeping out of the back of our jeep and waking up every morning with the same routine. I was just thinking about how much I miss that time. Wake up early, head to the cafe and grab iced chai lattes, chocolate croissants, and edit photos form the day before. Then run along to the beach and spend the entire day in the sand and water, exploring and shooting and shooting some more. I still have so many shoots from the Florida Archives that I’m picking through. So many good memories of having no responsibilities and no schedule. It was absolutely the best feeling I ever had, knowing that waking up to this daily routine was my “job”.

And to be honest, we only had enough money for gas and some food, and it was the simplicity of it all that made me feel utterly free from the world. Like I was outside of it, and could run and laugh and have no worries. I was free from the mundane normalcy. It made me feel young, and ageless. It taught me how, being down to the bare minimum is sometimes having more than all the richest you think you need, because what really can the world give you, that freedom from it can not?

Making that sacrifice to go with nothing and just be, to take the leap and forget the fear… it was the official beginning. I knew I could live this life of wandering and wondering. Being homeless isn’t as hard as it seems. It may be a little scary, but you so easily get the hang of it, if you’re truly a wandering soul. If you’re looking for more, forget about society. It’s a spiritual experience we all look for, and we will only find it when we shed what we find comfortable and familiar, to see through new eyes and live everyday with an open mind. Bear your soul to the world- searching it is easily done when you have nothing clothing it.

Wearing:

Top: Spell Designs / Soleil Blue
Bikini: Andi Bagus
Necklace, Belt: Silk Road Design
Sandals: Bali Elf
Sundial Compass Watch: Pandeia
Silver Cuff, Turquoise Ring: Ohm Boho
Finger Chain Ring: Sunahara Malibu
Compass Ring: Midsummer Star Jewelry
Pointed ring: Barefoot Belle
Midi Rings: Wild Heart Jewelry
Happy Ring: Sally Rae Design Embella
Hammered Stacking Rings: Ija Designs

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