Instagram of the Day: Things happen for a reason…

I haven’t done an “Instagram of the Day” post in a while so I decided that it was time for one. I’m feeling extra ‘in-need-of-motivation’ today so I thought I’d give you a dose of inspiration for your Monday blues. I picked up this trinket a little less than two years ago at a little store on Martha’s Vineyard. It was a store full of motivation, happiness, life and zen; a type of store I can spend a lot of time in browsing everything. While I was in this store, I picked up this trinket and a mug that simply said ‘Let Go.’ The trinket has now been turned into a key chain (I got a hole drilled through it in Cambodia).

I’ve always been the type of person who had to have full control of what goes on in my life. What I wanted to study, where I ended up for school, what I did for my internship, how my future looked, etc. Until I realized that nothing is really in our control. We just have the power to do the best in what we do now, focus on the present and hope that things work out the way we want them to. There are times when I didn’t achieve or get what I wanted. I usually spent those times punishing myself – but looking back, we always realize that things do work out in the end – and you know what, it even works out for the best, better than what I could’ve imagined. Where I am today is definitely not somewhere I had planned to be 5 years ago but it’s definitely a lot better than what I could’ve asked for. Everything that I did link to each other and shape who I am today – hence everything that has happened to me in the past has had a reason behind it: to help me be where I am today. I was only able to realize this when I let go of all expectations and control of the future and just focus on the present with an open mind.  I now truly believe that:

Things happen for a reason; just believe. All you have to do is simply… let go.

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Instagram of the Day: Couldn’t Ask For More

I’ve been away from home for quite some time now. A little over 4 years, to be exact. And during those 4 years, there were times where I didn’t get to see my family for a long time.  I saw them last year for the first time in 2 years and haven’t seen them since. Usually I’m fine. I’ve gotten used to it – but there are days when I really wish I could visit them for the weekend or see them over the holidays. The older I get, the more I miss my parents. Odd.

Last night I had a dream that I had fainted and my mom was there to catch me. She was stroking my hair the way she always does when I lay on her lap. It felt kind of real. So today’s one of those days where I wish I could go over and tell them about my day. I can’t wait to see them soon – hopefully around this time next year! This photo was taken when we went on a one-month family road trip around Cambodia – this is in front of the gorgeous sunset in Kratie.

They are the most perfect parents – they support every decision I make and are on my side no matter what. I couldn’t ask for more.

Instagram of the Day: Bring Me a Copy

I’ve been revisiting some of my old photos and sharing with a greater audience through Instagram. Here’s my photo of the day:

Being me back a copy

There are a lot of street vendors in Cambodia – just like this gentleman right here. He sells cigarettes, gum, candy, lighter and also has air for punctured tires. I met him on a Photo Walk back in July, 2011. He told me I could take his picture but only if I brought him back a copy. His wife is hiding behind the cigarette stand. I never got to go back. I hope he is still there next year.