Lake Oconee Georgia by Gia-Marie Garganese

HEY GUYS! 

Long time no talk, but I am happy to be back and blogging! I just got back from one of the most rejuvenating, relaxing trips I've ever had, so I am stoked to share some of my favorite photos and experiences with you! 

Brandon and I met up with his family for his dads 60th birthday in good ole Georgia(btw, thank you guys for the best trip). Their family friend let us stay at their breathtaking 6 bedroom home right on Lake Oconee(talk about happiness) But first let me just say, I've never been to the South, so that was definitely an experience of its own and I wouldn't have changed it for the world. It's funny because we were originally thinking about going to the Keys and doing that whole scene, but I'm grateful for how things turned out(because little did I know, my mind, body and spirit needed it SO bad). This was the most refreshing, gorgeous, and relaxing place I've ever been too; I truly feel like a new person after having 6 FULL days of nothing but sunshine and P U R E relaxation. There is just something special about soaking up the sun with not a worry in the world;  its free, its invigorating & motivating!

My day kind of looked liked this:

-MORNING - woke up, enjoyed breakfast, met outside on the gorgeous patio with a warm cup of coffee and enjoyed the cool breeze. Next, sat and chatted about life with the fam - laid in the hammock and read (btw i finished The Girl on the Train.. and HOLY CRAP.. SOO good.. ANWAYS) - took a break and practiced my technique on the slackline(which is truly a great form of meditation) 

-AFTERNOON - gathered the gang, put my bathing suit on, grabbed the towels, speakers, the drinks and headed down to the dock - spent a majority of the time out there kayaking, paddle boarding & swimming. 

-SUNSET - showered off the day, grabbed a beer, headed to the dock to watch the colorful sunset & stayed there till late night(late night meaning 11pm because were old people now..) 

NIGHT - grabbed some delicious dinner - started a fire & put on a movie, then off to bed. 

I did that for 6 days straight & it was so powerful! The house was SO big and SO beautiful that we all had enough room to have our alone time. There were great meeting spots for everyone to hang out, but the property and area was so big that it was refreshing to just spend time with me, myself and I. I spent time meditating on the dock, in the grass, on the stairs overlooking the lake, in the hammock, on the slackline, and in the kayak.  It felt like so much time had passed by to where I haven't felt THAT free, that open, and that joyous in years. It was the first time in a long time that I felt TRULY connected to my mind, my body and my emotions. It was a beautiful feeling.

I've been on my spiritual journey for the past year or so & this was just another kick starter to keep me moving forward. I spent time with Donna(brandon's mom), who is just the most passionate and soulful woman I have ever met + she inspires me more and more everyday & I'm beyond thankful of the relationship we have. She has opened up so many doors for me & and I look forward to whats to come.

With all that being said, I yearn for everyone to take 10-20 minutes a day to spend time with your present self. We all get distracted and spend all of our time worrying about the future or thinking about the past & we seem to just skip living in the present moment. Spending time and getting to know the most authentic version of your self is so important; the best part about it is, your mind, body and spirit will be glowing and thank you after! I swear you'll feel more refreshed, clear minded and ready to kick ass! 

Now here are some of my fav photos from the trip! xox

Monterey Bay Aquarium by Gia-Marie Garganese

So these past couple months have been extremely hectic, it was my last semester in school, I was juggling 3 jobs,  putting together my final portfolio, preparing for graduation as well as grad review, family coming in town, etc. I was SO busy and did not have anytime to just relax and actually take in all that has happened. First off, I AM NOW A COLLEGE GRADUATE! WOO!! thanks mom n dad and to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey! I am so happy to finally be done so I can put 100% focus on my business and career. I also can't believe my time at Brooks is already done and over with, but boy oh boy it was worth EVERY second.  From blue spheres, to black glass, to 16 hrs in the studio, to data books, creative apps, electives, capstone, then finally the most nerve racking day of my life, grad review. Which I passed with flying colors and also took the biggest weight off my shoulders. Its now time to close that chapter of my life and start a new one, in the REAL world :)

After graduation we decided to take a trip up north with my boyfriends family.  It was wonderful spending quality time with them and showing them what California has to offer!  We stopped in Big Sur, slept in Carmel, cruised the coast, checked out Monterey Bay Aquarium, and headed up to San Francisco for my brothers 26th birthday. I have been wanting to go to the Aquarium for some time no; I was happy to roam with my camera without a care in the world with these cute little fishies modeling for me.  So here are some of my favorite pictures from that day :) enjoy!