Life’s a Beach July 21, 2015 Growing up our parents teach us many things. They teach us manners, to work hard, and to always treat each other with respect, but the one thing that they could never really prepare us for is how much of a bitch life really is! Yes, I’m going there- buckle up and enjoy the ride! We’ve all heard that dreaded phrase “Welcome to the real world” and I’m sure every time we heard it we cringe just thinking about how true it actually is. When you’re younger life is all rainbows and butterflies, and you float through life with not a care in the world, but once you start to get older you realize that even though your parents taught you to respect others, not everyone got that lesson. You learn that all those “plans” you made can pretty much go to shit in a matter of minutes, and you learn that good friends are all that matter, but they are also very hard to find. Though life teaches us more lessons than we care to admit, it’s still a beautiful thing, and for those of us who work every second of every day, this seems like a hard concept to grasp. I didn’t realize I was living life the wrong way until very recently. There is a difference between doing what you love, making it part of your day-to-day life and working so hard that you forget to live! Once I graduated college, I went straight from pulling all nighters hoping to maintain a perfect G.P.A. to working 70-80 hours a week(sometimes even 90!) Most of the hours were brought on by myself, but that still wasn’t an excuse! I had missed so much! Family events, friends birthdays, you name it. My friends were worried about me, leaving voice mails just to make sure I didn’t drop off the face of the planet, and my little brother drove 7 hours just to make me shut off my phone and relax. Needless to say, I had a big wake up call! It didn’t happen right way though – it happened right on North Ave beach with Sammie, a camera, and the intention of shooting a blog post. For those of you who follow the blog religiously, you already know that Sammie and I are really good friends (her husband even jokes that we spend more time together then they do – which on a good week is true! ) so she knows how stressed I get. She pushed doing a beach shoot and I wasn’t really feeling it at first, but then something amazing happened! I started acting like a 5 year old. Remember the rainbows, butterflies, I had mentioned before – that was me in that moment. I was playing in the sand, I screamed as the freezing cold water splashed on me, and I was laughing – really laughing. I kept telling Sammie to let me know when she was done testing the light so I could actually pose (or do what I consider posing) and get the post done. Little did I know she was snapping away the whole time! Moments like these are what makes life worth putting up with, and they keep you in check. No matter how fast life goes, make sure to remember what makes you happy! Once you find that thing, hang on to it, and never let go! Photos By: Samantha Jean Photography Tunic: Tory Burch// Jeans: Old Navy// Sunglasses: Kate Spade// RELATED POSTSSummer StaplesFinding a LifeA Few of my Favorite Things….