Wind in my hair, salt on my skin, warm sand under my feet, and the sound of crashing waves….no matter where in the world I am, the beach is always my sanctuary. There is no better jet lag cure than a good salty, sandy beach sesh. Here’s a few pics from one of those magical days when we first landed in California.
Thanks for the good times, mellow vibes, and awesome twilight beach bonfires Santa Cruz :)
I’m finally back in Australia after our amazing month long California Summer holiday. I’m so happy to be home, so happy to have created ever lasting memories with my family, and my heart is filled with gratitude for all the incredible adventures we experienced. Every travel experience deepens my soul, widens my eyes, expands my heart, and elevates my whole being, as my imagination gets lost in the wonderment of this breathtaking planet we live on.
There were so many highlights, so many photos which I’ll be sharing and reliving here on my blog over the next few weeks.
These photos were taken on a perfect summer’s day at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. For the folks who live here in Santa Cruz, they know it can be hit or miss with beach days. The ominous fog lingers along the coast most mornings, though naturally we took every opportunity to head to the beach, fog or no fog, to get our feet in the sand.
On this absolutely stunning beach day, I was lucky enough to reunite with one of my Melbournian besties and share my love of Santa Cruz with her. We watched the fog roll out to uncover these stunning natural bridge formations, home to a couple of seals and birds. We danced upon the shores as the waves rolled in, soaked up a bunch of glorious sunshine, and spent this magical day connecting as kindred sistars do.
Santa Cruz has always been my second home and holds a very large piece of my heart. It’s not only that my dearest sister Reija, lives here, but the landscape has captivated me since my very first trip here in 1996! I’ve been travelling back and forth for what feels like forever now and each time I discover even more about this amazing place. I love you Santa Cruz! Until next time :)
There’s something about those tropical island getaways…the colours, the scents, the vibes. Food tastes better, the air is clearer, and everything around you is magnified, rich in colour, texture, meaning. A palpable and enriched vitality resonates in every single little thing and it’s amazing!
I had such an incredible stay recently at Sri Panwa in Thailand, so I wanted to share a little more about this beautiful location, and some of my precious moments there.
Perched upon Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa resort boasts the most idyllic 360 ocean views. Sunset cocktails at Baba’s Nest are a must, followed by some authentic thai food at Baba Soul. Each day I awoke before the sun, did a few morning sun salutations, and watched from my bed as the sun rose and painted the sky. Every morning was a stunning light show and I had the best seats in the house. My bedroom opened up to my pool on all 3 sides with an ocean vista to ignite all your wildest dreams. It was in this moment as I gazed upon this glorious view, that I felt nothing was beyond my grasp. All that I could imagine was possible. The veil between my dream world and reality were somehow merging. I was reminded of one of my many lucid dreams of flying high in the sky like an eagle. It was pure and utter magic.
Fuelled by the energy of each sunrise and sunset, I moved through my days in harmony with nature’s rhythm. I was filled with so many perfect moments of peace, joy and contentment. Sharing this amazing journey with the gorgeous Jasmin was the highlight of the trip. There’s nothing better than having the time of your life and sharing it with another kindred sister.
Next stop California! I’m so excited for a month long family holiday in the summer sunshine, exploring rivers and redwoods, and magical scenic coastlines.
Sometimes I love nothing more than to sit on my bedroom floor with a pile of jewels and play dress ups. Stacking rings and necklaces is by far the part of my job I love most. It’s my heart’s joy and it connects me to my inner child that is always bubbling just beneath the surface awaiting every opportunity to come forth. It’s a space that is so spontaneous, expansive and completely timeless. It was such a joy for me receiving this awesome package from the divine Minc Collections, and layering all these gorgeous pieces to create one goddess inspired look.
As I frolicked along the beach on this calm, overcast and slightly eerie day, I was reminded of why I began this creative journey. I danced upon the beach, jewels jingling, my body dripping in layers of silver chain and quartz crystal, fingers fully adorned in moonstone, silver and an assortment of stacking rings, filled with light and love, and total freedom to be myself.
To take a canvas like my body and adorn it beautifully in all that I love reminds me of the beauty that resides in all beings, in everything. It reminds me of the magic that I am, that you are, that exists everywhere I look.
It’s been a little over 2 years now since I started GypsyLovinLight and I’m so grateful every single day for how it continues to enable me so much freedom to creatively express myself. It provides me with a platform for my own unique voice. It reminds me to be myself. To be true and authentic. And in sharing who I am with the world, and all that I love, I hope to inspire others to do the same.
My beautiful daughter, Jade, and I were recently blessed to have shared a very special photoshoot together for the divine Kapri Couture. They designed and custom made matching pieces to specifically suit our aesthetic and the mermaid vibes we were after. It was so heart warming to share this journey with my sweet girl, to watch her be pampered in this way, and see her soul alight as she found her own creative expression. She is such a natural beauty, emanating love from deep within her soul. She is my teacher, my angel, and always brings me back to my heart when I need it most. My heart is filled with gratitude for the honour of being her mommy.
This was such a fun family shoot with Bobby (daddy) behind the lens and our dear son, Jacob, our little behind the scenes helper. He was such a sweetheart, taking care of his big sister.
I’m so grateful to Kapri Couture for organising all these pieces for us, so we could share this very special day together. These moments and captures will forever remind us of our bond and unconditional love for one another.
You’ve probably already seen from my social media that I was recently blessed with the most amazing adventure to Thailand. There really are no words to express how incredible this trip was for me. So much beauty and magic. I am beyond grateful for the experience. I’m especially thankful to Vamastyle and The Luxe Nomad for organising such a wonderful adventure. And meeting my dear soul sister, Jasmin, was simply the icing on the cake.
As a mother stepping away from my family, venturing overseas on my own can sometimes bring up certain fears. It’s so natural for this to happen, as the family bond and links between mother and child are so strong. Nevertheless moving through my fear and allowing myself time and space for adventure, and for some much needed nurturing, was the most empowering experience for me.
When we give ourselves permission to fully enjoy life, to tap into that spontaneous childlike joy, and completely let go, we awaken the heart. Passion, creativity, love and joy flow effortlessly from this point. Smiles light up your face and beam from deep within your soul. Sometimes all we need is a little reflective time, a little pampering, a little time out. Something just for us. Filling your love cup and maintaining it is quite possibly one of the most important tasks as a mother. It doesn’t always need to be a holiday, though it definitely helps. Sometimes it can be as simple as having a bath and filling it with flowers, lighting your favourite scented candle and sitting with a good book for an hour, or taking a nap even though you know you have a million things to do.
So now I’m back to the routine, though I’ve brought a little of that holiday magic with me. Every time I look at these images, I’m reminded of those moments of pure joy. Where there was not a worry in the world. It’s an anchor point for me to draw upon, and bring a little of that magical energy into my everyday life. I’ve arrived home stronger than ever, more determined, focused, and filled with more self love for taking that step into the unknown, and treating myself with love and respect. I have filled my love tank and I have so much more patience and presence with my family. I’ve realised how this time for myself has been a gift for all of us.
I hope this post inspires you to follow your heart, your dreams, your passions, and most of all love for yourself.
I’m still in amazement at how gorgeous the days are here in Perth. It’s now officially winter and though the mornings and nights are icy cold the days have been so beautiful, sunny and warm. Being a Melbourne girl and living through years of freezing cold weather, I seriously soak up every little bit of sunshine I can get over here. It still blows my mind 9 years later.
Since I’ve been dreaming of chasing the endless summer my entire life, I’m actually ridiculously excited to share with you all that I am headed to California in just a weeks time! My heart is singing with joy! I’m so excited to reconnect with my US family, relive summer all over again, and simply be amongst those giant redwoods and majestic ocean coastline. So many amazing adventures await! For now though I’m loving every minute of the here and now and so grateful for all that I have in my life.
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” Marianne Williamson
One of my all time favourite quotes a dear friend once shared with me. It continues to help me so much, as a daily reminder of the light and magic within, when I need it most. I hope it reminds you of how magnificent you all are too.
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There’s nothing quite like the combination of turquoise and gold for me…and Karen London Jewelry just knows exactly how to do it right! I’m so in love with all these exquisite pieces. And I’m beyond excited to be running an Instagram giveaway with this divine lady. We are gifting one lucky soul one of these incredible handpieces! Details to enter are all below :) Wishing you all the best of luck. I wish I had one for all you turquoise dreamers!
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When the stress of life seems to build and form into one giant Mavericks size wave and you feel as though you can barely stay afloat, remember to breathe, remember your family and friends, remember those who fill your heart with love and joy. Take a moment to completely stop, breathe in deeply, find that still point in between the breath, and feel your centre return. Focus your attention on all the blessings in your life and your stressful perspective will begin to melt away into peace. Feel yourself rocking and rolling with those huge waves, riding them with grace, not letting anything knock you down. Life is ours for the creating. Treat it like a precious piece of art and with each stroke paint it with love and gratitude for the amazing being that you are.