I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years! 2015 is going to be a great year, I can feel it.
As my first official post of 2015, I’d like to take the time to reminisce about all the amazing travels and opportunities I was blessed with this past year…
My family and I rang in the 2014 New Year under the sun in Malibu, CA by playing on the beach, eating at our favorite restaurant – Malibu Seafood Hut, and roaming the Santa Monica boardwalk.
It’s a tradition in my family to take a road trip through Arizona at least once a year, in order to visit family and one of our favorite places in the world – Sedona, AZ! We always take the same route on I-89, which leads you through Navajo nation. This sign was posted on the side of the road right before you turn onto I-64 towards the Grand Canyon. I was lucky enough to travel through this area twice in 2014, the second time was in November. When we passed by this same spot, I noticed the sign was no longer there. I’m glad I spotted it and took this photo when I did, so I can always remember this beautiful piece of art.
This year was also filled with many new friends and collaborations between artists. I modeled (for someone other than my own camera) for the first time since I was a child. It was for a photog friend of mine, Emily, and her husband, Ethan. You can check out more of their work at E&E Photography.
It warmed up early this year in Idaho, which meant I jumped all over the opportunity to go camping on the weekends. There’s no better feeling than waking up in the mountains.
May was filled with adventures. Joey and I spent a couple weeks in San Francisco visiting his family and celebrating his sister’s graduation from SFSU. We also went on a 12 mile hike through Swan Falls, Idaho on a quest to find the Wees Bar Petroglyphs. It was well worth the blistering heat and close encouters with rattlesnakes!
June was a month of reunions. We went to Utah for our annual family reunion, spent tons of time with family, and hiked up Timpanogos Cave. After Utah, we drove to the Oregon coast for a family camping trip at Honeyman State Park near Florence. I also spent some time photographing downtown Boise’s nightlife, which I’d like to continue to do into 2015.
We spent literally the whole month of July and the first week of August in Washington DC, while my dad was there for business. It was the highlight of my year! I love that city so much! We spent countless hours roaming the streets in the middle of the night, taking photos, and admiring the historical sites and stunning architecture. We also drove up to Baltimore so the boys could watch the 49ers/Ravens pre-season game and I finally visited NYC for the first time!
We finished off our summer by exploring the local beauty Boise has to offer and prepping for school to start again.
Joey and I were pretty busy adjusting to our new classes in September, but we still found the time to explore. Boise is a great city…it seems like you’re always about an hour away from an adventure, sometimes less! Drive an hour to the East and you can pitch a tent in the Boise Mountains. Drive an hour to the North and you’re in the beautiful Cascade/McCall area. Drive an hour or so to the South and you can explore endless Sand Dunes, the Hagerman Fossil Beds, or Craters Of The Moon. Drive and hour to the West and you’re in Oregon! One weekend we did just that – packed up our backpacks, car, and our travel-sized companion, Oliver, and drove to Succor Creek State Park just on the border of Idaho and Oregon for a day of Hiking and cave exploration.
Busy with school, we somehow still found the time to go hiking almost every weekend. I was anxious to get it all out of my system before winter showed her cruel face. (I hate cold weather with a passion and tend to hibernate all winter until it’s warm enough for camping again.)
In November I was lucky to be offered multiple opportunities to collaborate with brands and companies. One of my favorites was with One Tribe Apparel, who sent me a pair of their Thai Harem Pants to write a review on. Yes, I’m biased to anything Thai because I have a love affair with Thailand, but these pants truly are the comfiest most laid back pair of pants I own. They’re perfect for PJ’s or Yoga! Over Thanksgiving break my brother, boyfriend, and I went on a road trip to Sedona for the second time in 2014, which I was enthralled about…it rarely happens twice in one year.
This holiday season was spent with family. My mom and dad returned home safely from Bangkok, my boyfriend, Joey, left for California to spend a few weeks with his family, and we had multiple family gatherings that warmed my heart to be apart of. I also was asked by Weddington Way to create multiple looks using one of their gorgeous bridesmaid dresses. It was such a fun assignment! I can only hope 2015 bring just as many awesome collaborations!
I also want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for showing TBL so much love this past year. The amount of subscribers and page views has literally doubled since I started this blog back in 2013, and I am beyond grateful for your support! I started this blog as a way to document my travels and share my photography…but thanks to you guys and the many brands that have chosen to collaborate with me, it’s turned into something so much more than that. The Bohemian Lifestyle is a creative collective for all the free-spirits, the unconventional, the artists, the vagabonds, and hearts bursting with wanderlust. May 2015 bring you all positive vibes, peace, and good fortune!