California Part 6: Questioning Perspective in Berkeley

What are you noticing in your life? What are you focusing on?

Travel can be a great mirror for what we value. When I return from travels, I look back on the photos I took. What did I see? What did I stop to notice? What did I value?

As you’ll see from my travels to Berkeley, I took a lot of photos of flowers, art, and architecture. The sky is pretty gray for most of the day, which causes color to pop when you see it. The contrast of the gray sky made me appreciate color so much more.

This makes me question how I live my life when I’m not traveling. I realized that in my day-to-day life I rarely stop to notice, or take photos, of things I see. I realized that there are so many ways to incorporate adventure and inspiration into our daily lives. It doesn’t just need to be when we’re traveling.

So why don’t we?

What would our lives look like if we allowed ourselves to see it, and act on it, like travel or adventure?

California Part 3: On Never giving up and the Golden Gate

It was more beautiful than I imagined.

I’ve driven over a lot of bridges. And, like you, have seen so many photos of The Golden Gate Bridge in movies and TV shoes (Full House, anyone?). I really figured it would be like, “oh cool, I can scratch that off my list”. But you know, it wasn’t like that at all! As we drove closer to the bridge I got more and more excited. I wanted to take photos but not lose the excitement of the moment. I wanted to soak it in. I opted for very few photos and decided to enjoy the drive.

I was still really excited when we got to the other side. There’s a little rest area, Bridge Plaza, that allows you to park and take the very iconic photos we are all used to seeing. The photos of the bridge look like a backdrop. Oh, and the bridge really is as orange as it looks, and a lot bigger than I imagined.

Seeing this bridge in person was like that awesome feeling of accomplishing your goals. Achieving them always seems so distant and far away at first until you get closer to them. And the closer you get, the more excited you become. Just a friendly reminder to never give up on your dreams. Whether you want to accomplish something or go somewhere, keep going. I believe in you.

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happy exploring!

Olivia

 

NEW PERSPECTIVE ON AN OLD CITY

I love that lately the weather has been perfect for wandering around Providence. This Fall, I’ve had the chance to explore the East Side- and I love it. There are so many museums, libraries, and historic buildings that are open to the public that I never knew about.

The architecture and view of Providence in this area is stunning. I am always searching for a new perspective on this old city.

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I realized when I have a new perspective, I discover so many new things around me. I wonder what else I’ll discover.

xx,

Olivia

// all photography by Olivia //

WALLFLOWER AT THE RISD MUSEUM

A few weeks ago, I took myself and a journal to the RISD Museum. It was definitely one of the best afternoons I’ve had in a while.

By nature, I am a wallflower; I find that I need a good amount of time to be alone with my thoughts. I love going to museums because I’m challenged to think outside of my regular scheme of thoughts. Artists have a profound way of provoking and inspiring thoughts deep within us.

I walked away from the museum this day with such an enthusiasm and inspiration on my personal work. Sometimes I get caught up trying to be something or say something a certain way, but the museum reminded me that being yourself is really the only way.

Here are some snapshots of some incredible artist’s work that really captivated my attention. The museum itself is really beautiful too, so I shot quite a few of the architecture.

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If you’re in PVD I encourage you to check out the RISD Museum— It has free admission on Sundays!

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I hope you can find sometime to be alone with your thoughts and see what you can discover.

xo,

Olivia

// all photography by Olivia //

 

3 Places to see in Providence

Hi readers!

Providence is full of history and charm. I really feel as if I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to discover in this area. Today, I wanted to share a sneak peak of 3 places with you guys. I have been to all of these places, but need to schedule an actual tour to learn all about the history and details of these beautiful buildings.

#1.-  The Rhode Island State House. This building is iconic to Providence. Here is a sneak peak of the inside:

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They offer free 50 minute long guided tours, 5 times a day, 5 days a week! Go here to schedule one: https://sos.ri.gov/publicinfo/tours/

#2.- The Providence Biltmore. This building is stunning on the outside and inside!

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This Hotel has a Starbucks and a McCormick & Schmick’s in the Lobby, as well as a Spa, and almost 300 guest rooms. They also are known for throwing some really rad weddings. You can check them out here: http://www.providencebiltmore.com/

#3.- The RISD Fleet Library. Located in the heart of Providence this is a great resource!

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This library provides hours of reading and inspiration. I love sitting here and gazing out the window overlooking downtown Providence. You can check out their website here: http://library.risd.edu/

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I love being a tourist in my own town, it’s a great way to escape and feel like I’m somewhere else.

What are some of your favorite places in your city?! We’d love to hear where you’re from. Leave us a comment below!

xo,

Liv

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