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agoodwin1 276w ago
Reflections of me via my passenger seat.

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Packing for a whole lotta travel from now until December 1 got me wishing I had spent more days at the beach. I love to see the world, but as of right now, nothing beats calling Hawaii home.
Monday morning I leave for Chiangmai, Thailand (+ Bangkok) for my fourth mission to the country with @inspirechurchtv. The call for discipleship, wether in country or out is strong on my life, this one future tidbit I can't deny. (And Marshall's, but I'll let GOD tell him that 🤣😂). Years ago, before my first mission to Thailand God showed me a seemingly out of the blue "vision" of us oh so happy and said "you will do missions together", one that was so real I will never forget it. While I'll be joining the group without hubby in tow this go 'round, I know being apart of this team is what I'm supposed to do, no doubt about it. Even though I DID doubt it. Convicted at first, the pull back to Thailand was so strong, I felt it and even smelled it everywhere I went on Oahu. "Okay Bob, when are we going back?!?!" I called our leader to ask. "I'm ready!" Through a series of events I started to doubt this call and in my distractions and busy days started to think I should just stay home to work. STAY HOME TO WORK (and rest) instead of listening to the call of God. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? Shewww wee let me tell you God was NOT happy with what my mind was trying to convince me of, stuck in the desire to to be selfish and stay comfortable instead of adding "one more thing" to my plate. (How about take off the things that don't matter in order to make room for things that do, instead?). Over and over in my inner turmoil the Lord convicted me that I had been called to go back to Thailand on this mission for MONTHS and to not forget it. Even showing me in the midst of my mental battle the scripture "it's a sin to know what you ought to do and now do it." I cried yet EVEN THEN I dragged on getting ticketed. Finally in a very timely "put it all in a bow" day of joy, praise, exciting news, prayers for others and spiritual breakthrough God pushed me to make the call. Back off to Thailand we go! And can I just tell you I am so, so excited. God's plans are always good and I'm thankful I didn't consciously derail His plans for my life a la the Egyptians by sitting home in front of my laptop clicking away + cleaning, making other plans that have absolutely nothing to do with his.
I read a post that today is "World Mental Health Day", a reminder of the debilitating anxiety I used to endure + to be praiseful of inner healing of my life. From the age of 12 I suffered from severe anxiety; full on panic attacks that would work me up to the point of throwing up on the spot. No matter where I was, I would literally freak out and vom -- once even in my own hands. This lead to me altering my life and who I hung out with, the places I frequented with one eye on the bathroom at all times. Twice I spoke to doctors about it and most told me to "reduce the stress" in my life. Hard to tell a teenager who's parents are in the middle of a divorce. So in college I tried to find other ways to cope, like getting into yoga or avoid potential triggers all together. Yoga, at the time, seemed like a great remedy as it promised to teach me to look inside + how to breathe. But as years went by and my panic attacks lessened I realized the buried hurts, fears, anxieties + ultimately lies of my childhood, the TRUE cause of this perceived "anxiety" still persisted they just resurfaced in different ways. It wasn't through retreats, downward dog or breathing that I came to "self actualization" + it certainly wasn't the .25mg of xanax I was prescribed (and was only a crutch that made matters worse). It was through another, quite darker testimony that pushed me + my anxious self-realizing, self-help seeking heart OUT of looking inward + into the arms of Jesus. Someone I thought I knew but really had no relationship with whatsoever. It's been years of developing a real relationship with my Creator + Savior and I'm still growing daily but I'm no longer relying on myself or causing my OWN anxiety (because "ourselves" always end somewhere, right?). I can confidently + FULLY lean into God and HIS plan for my life, not my own. No amount of mind clearing, soaking in oils, medicine, herbs or books can 1000% heal my heart + take my pain like Jesus did on the cross + today. For THAT self actualization I'm so grateful. Now the only anxiety I ever feel is through prayerful discernment for others who, too, need to be released from that stronghold. I lived it, hard, for far too long
When 2 become 1. Literally! @sohwhite + Elbert married on Feb. 1 at the insane @fslanai. Coordination by @belledestinationevents blooms from @mandygracedesigns featured on @stylemepretty #hawaiiwedding #spicegirlsfans ps: when you're determined to get the shot you wake up early the morning after the wedding + scurry down in your pjs to the floral prep room to style up the lasttttt little bits and pick apart arrangements before catching your flight back home. Backdrop a table linen by @latavolalinen!
Off the shoulder glam. 👌🏼 @sohwhite + Elbert's insane @fslanai event featured on @stylemepretty today! I'm thankful because this gorgeous flower + acrylic filled wedding deserved some googley eyes!!! 😳 ps: this is about as "fine art" as I agree to get over here. 🤣😂🤣😂 coordination: @belledestinationevents florals: @mandygracedesigns cinema: @ohanafilms #hawaiiwedding #fslanai
And they lived happily ever after... 🎀 #hawaiiwedding @opihilove @passionroots also, how pretty does the Hickman Officer's Club look?!?!?! 👌🏼
Really appreciating these weekends on Kauai and the privilege to help out the always incredible and hardworking @sealightstudios. Sadly it was a trip without this handsome guy who looks like he is setting sail on the voyage back to his motherland. Maybe next time, boo! But we both know what happened the last time we were there....soooo...then again maybe not. ;) @woodrow34 @captain.andys
"If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true." 💎
"because you remind me of everything there is in this world to love" - story people #hawaiiphotographer #thelaylow
Talk about resilience: in the last 10 minutes of our epic Na Pali boat tour months ago these rolls of film took a salt water bath, getting soaked to the core AND went through x-rays at the airport (because who needs to hand check 800 ISO film if it got doused by a wave?). I thought for sure the shots I teetered on the edge of a boat for (and ruined my last Contax in efforts) were long gone. To my excitement they came back looking a-okay!! I also prayed over them before mailing them off, so you know, #miracles. @goodmanfilmlab @capt.andys
While typically the entire wedding process feels female driven (hey! I get it, most men don't fuss over variances of color and ponder the perfect mix of florals!) I personally try to keep the focus on clients as a couple throughout their photography experience. There is no greater reward than when a gentlemen brushes the sand from his feet after a shoot and says "Hey! That was a lot of fun!" or when leaving an event and having the groom sincerely hug you and proclaim "you did a really great job, it was so easy -- thank you." mission: ACCOMPLISHED!
Color + texture: it's what drives me, makes my heart go pitter patter and stops me in my tracks, inspiring me to visit places I've never been and create in ways I never thought I could. It's how I see the world. Oddly enough, if I had to pick one color to surround me in life, it would be white. #allwhiteerrthang What main thing inspires YOU?
Scored RT tickets from HNL to Paris for $486! You can hardly get to the west coast for that. So, naturally I found the only gap of time that would work for us and booked it. Good thing I still haven't unpacked from our Euro trip LAST year!!! 😜 #foreal. We are thinking just going straight to #marrakesh from Paris, ya girl loves a pom pom and sequin blanket. One thing's for sure: I wouldn't be needing this jacket there! Have you been to Morroco? Would love to get the scoop!!! Photo by @woodrow34 from our trip to Europe last year, perfectly curated by @briannaglenn #milkandhoneytravels shout out to @jonathancanlas for telling me about Pomelo Travel! It's their email that alerted us to the deal (that you have to book real fast).
Happy Aloha Friday! Friends in the path of Irma, please be safe and know that the little islands of hawaii are watching and praying against the wind and waves. And, if for whatever reason you decided to stay, stock up on those extra hurricane essentials, ifyaknowwhattamean. No, but in all seriousness. Be smart. Stay safe. Don't tiki it easy.
If you know me (or, let's be honest, have seen my insta stories or simply talked to my husband...) you know I love chairs. All shapes, sizes, colors and textures: ya girl don't discriminate; I LOVE a good case good. Even before college and my work as an interior designer, I've always appreciated the form, or maybe just the function that a great seat has. Tons of options for character, a chair is flexible and can easily change the vibe of an entire space. I don't know why, but I always comment on (and ultimately buy) all kinds of dang chairs. Maybe at the root of it all I just like to sit my a$s down...🤣😂🤣😂 these at the Laylow are no exception.