I had been telling myself, “Get to May. Just get to May, to Florida, then you’ll have time to sort everything out.” It’s been an indescribable year. The funny thing is, you can have all the plans in the world but things work out how they’re meant to. We make choices, and sometimes choices are made for us. I never wanted this year to be what it’s been… However, this year has been everything I needed.

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”  – Marianne Williamson

This year has been full of sharp pains as I have discovered more and more of who I am, and the life that I want and desire. More than that, it has been time for me to understand and respond to the life that’s choosing me just as much as I’m called to choose it. If it would have been my choice, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have taken any of these photos. I wouldn’t have been reading the books that I’ve read, or had the deep moments of revelation. I wouldn’t have been fully present for these amazing sunsets, or had such a deep journey into my self. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be the human I am right now.

This year has shaped me into a kinder, more understanding, quiet, vibrant, and colorful person. It’s shown me that I can truly slow down and be present in any moment. In fact, even though it was losing love that is what got me here, it’s the one thing that’s helped me to live with and find love everywhere else in my life.

These are the photos from the 2nd half of my Florida trip in May. My Momma found a beautiful cottage for us to stay at right next to the ocean. Most of these were taken from right on the beach outside the back door. Others were out on the water while on a boat ride around Islamorada. The sky was magic the entire time. Day and night! You probably won’t believe it based on the amazing colors, but they actually have very little editing done to most of them….. It was like God was literally painting the most gorgeous, vibrant paintings just right in front of my eyes. I shyly admit, I believe it was a sign for me.

I deeply needed healing when I got to Florida, and I left with a heart ready to mend. It’s been another month long journey but somehow I feel like I’m starting to realize what all this year has been for and why things have unfolded how they did. I hope you love these photos, and that somehow you feel my heart inside of each of them. Or else, just relax and take a mental vacay to this gorgeous place!

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