Bahamas Cruise :: Day Three :: The Wide Open Seas

We disembarked from Nassau Sunday morning for our “sea day.” In the morning, Dad bought tickets for us to go on a several hour “behind the scenes” tour of the ship. We got to see the galley and the laundry and the bridge and even meet the captain! It was fascinating and very informative, but unfortunately there were no cameras allowed. 😦 Sad day.

Then in the afternoon we had a memorial service for my grandfather who had passed away the week before. My dad and his siblings all spoke and my mother played the piano and it was really a lovely service. It’s a blessing to be with family.

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Goodbye Nassau, it’s been fun. Stay awesome.

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Goodbye really beautiful water and warm weather.

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It’s windy up on deck.

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The crew make up these towel critters in your room every night and also fold them out of the pool towels on the deck lounge chairs. They are really cute. Bunny and elephant were my favorites.

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My dad and his siblings and my grandmother.

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We’re only missing three… I love my family. Michael, Katelyn, and Gabriel wish you were here!

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My grandmother, “Besta.”

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Okay, I know these are fuzzy and dark and not very good but they are just happy snaps and I love these two crazy kids a lot. Really. We had just gotten through a fun day and a freezing swim complete with racing each other down water slides and shivering in the oceanic wind. They are pretty rad. Jo and Beka, thanks for sticking around.

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I ended this day with singing karaoke for the first time {sorry, no pictures, I was a little busy holding a mic 😉 } and then by sitting out under the stars again and enjoying all the fresh air and wild beauty that was surrounding me. And also by working on my ability to photograph stars without a tripod but that’s a whole different story…

“I have loved the stars to fondly to be fearful of the night.” -Galileo

In all it was a wonderful trip and a grand adventure and I am so grateful for the experience.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

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Adventure {Favorites Friday}

Well I have been neglecting my blog sorely the past couple months. I am determined to get back to blogging now however and will start off with showing you a bit of graphic design work I did recently.

I am slowly learning to work past my immense dislike for photoshop so that we can have a healthy working relationship. 😉 But still, I find it’s best for me to work on small projects, this particular one was for my new Facebook cover photo.

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I’m happy with how it turned out. What do you think of it?

Oh and speaking of adventure in the great wide somewhere, my next post I’m working on is about my recent cruise to the Bahamas. It was fantastic and I cant wait to share some images with you!

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Adjust the Sails {Favorites Friday}

God and I were talking about life today. And when I say “talking” I actually mean that I was complaining about uncertainty and all the never ending changes in life and how much I dont like change. He told me that I needed to stop letting the waves shatter me, and instead learn how to sail my ship.

This quote came to mind.

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It’s really is true, my friends. Dont let the winds blow you away… just learn to adjust the sails.

Oh, and stay beautiful.

~Alaina

Quote Mug {DIY Wednesday}

Oh my dear. It is hot outside. As in, 55 thousand degrees hot.

Okay, maybe it’s more like 100, but it’s still hot.

And you might be wondering why in the world I am talking about coffee mugs at a time like this, but the fact of the matter remains that I never lose my love of hot tea and coffee. Regardless of the weather, I like hot drinks in the morning and at night.

I also have a bad case of fall fever… it’s like spring fever only it’s worse because you cant wear your hoodies yet.

But [hopefully] it will be fall soon and wont you want a smashing personalized mug to drink your tea out of, or to give as an awesome and super easy gift?

The answer is yes, you will. 😉

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You’ll need a ceramic mug and a sharpie and an oven. That’s all. Except maybe some artistic ability… I dont have any but somedays I like to pretend. Today I am pretending.

I found these mugs at Target in the dollar section. They’re blue, adorable, and cheap, what’s not to love? Oh! And they stack too!

[I also love how retro they look]

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Decorate as desired and bake them in the oven for 30 minutes at 350′

By the way, you will need to handwash them.

I decided to write a quote on mine.

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5 points if you know what quote this is and who said it. 😉

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That’s it really. I kept mine simple but I would like to get some more and do line designs or filigree on them.

What would YOU like to put on a mug for sipping something lovely?

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina

Original link here.

Fight your way through…

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

“But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

“It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

{Ira Glass}

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And speaking of creative work, I have a new Lightroom edit that I’m quite addicted to, and I’m currently using it on every image in sight. 😉 I’m like a kid in a candy store with a new edit. Seriously. They rock my world and make me happy to be alive.

May today, and every day, you find some reason to be happy you are alive. May you be ever willing to be a beginner. And may you fight your way through to be your absolute best at what you are most passionate about.

Stay beautiful,

~Alaina