I’ve really run the gamut of emotions during this year in Thailand. I flip flop between thinking this is the best decision I’ve made in awhile…or the worst. Going home for a month did nothing to make my decision to live so far away any easier. While I love exploring as many places as I can, I hate missing out on the important life milestones of my close friends and family, and I also know this is hard on my parents. And we’re all on borrowed time here…shouldn’t I be spending it with the people I love the most? I also haven’t done near the “adventuring” I had intended to do. BUT. All said and done, when it was time to fly back to Thailand, I knew it was right. I know there is something else I’m supposed to be doing out here…I just haven’t quite figured it out yet.

But, back to my extremely chilled homeland hiatus. A few highlights:

+ roadtripping with my aunt and uncle, their new baby and their dog
+ SO much time with my closest girlfriends, sometimes with their babies and/or husbands (how life has changed)
+ hiking all my favorite mountains and running all my favorite trails
+ driving, windows down and music up – did not realize how much I miss that
+ gallons of Dutch Bros coffee
+ clearing out my entire storage unit on my own, holding a garage sale for two days, and selling all the things
+ basking in the perfection that is Arizona spring
+ photographing (and modeling for) some of my favorites
+ all the food and yoga and dates and stories and hugs with my parents and brother. SURE DO LOVE THOSE NERDS.

IMG_0012Uncle Steve, after driving to Phoenix from LA, then flying back to LA to shoot, then flying back to Phoenix to finish the rest of their little family vacation with us. Can’t tell you how much I love this family. Otis too (by the look on his face, I’m not sure he’d count the road trip as a highlight).

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IMG_0406IMG_0419IMG_0349An outtake I keep coming back to, from my Bellamy family shoot.

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IMG_0567IMG_0573IMG_0575Maddie @ the Salt River

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IMG_0721IMG_0737Playing around with Jaclyn
IMG_0790IMG_0819Checking out Kyle’s new studioIMG_0852IMG_0853IMG_0859IMG_0862Hiking the Peralta trail in the Superstition MountainsIMG_0873IMG_0879IMG_0890IMG_0891IMG_0900dogsIMG_0903IMG_0908IMG_0949IMG_0952IMG_0954desertIMG_0965IMG_0972IMG_0975IMG_0977

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IMG_1241IMG_1249Shooting in the cold with Bailey.IMG_1432My trip ended with a too-brief road trip through central California, which I’ll post separately.

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