Bali Pool Day

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When most people hear me say I just went to Bali, this is what they picture: relaxing by the pool, exploring the local villages, getting immersed in the culture, etc. And while a little part of that is true, the bigger truth is that my “vacations” are 90% work and 10% play. Trust me, I’m not complaining. I’ve figured out a way to make my lifelong dream of seeing the world possible. But this realization got me thinking about work/life balance and how my version of achieving that is actually not going on a trip for once. Right now, I’m taking a break from traveling and while traveling is absolutely what fulfills me, this little break is feeding my soul just as much right now.

It’s ok to love something with every fiber of your being and still need a break from it.

This photo was taken after a long, 12-hour day of shooting photos in four different locations, touring Ubud, shooting video footage at the hotel, and never having the chance to eat all day. I was exhausted to say the least. All I wanted to do was relax by the pool, but when it’s golden hour, you can’t pass it up. Ryan and I rallied for one last shoot before the sun set and it was magical. We only got to see the sunset at this hotel on this one night since we arrived too late the night before and we had to leave early the next morning. It was gorgeous. I knew I wanted to shoot there as soon as I saw it and I’m so glad we were able to.

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And I have to admit, I was about as excited to share this swimsuit as I was about the view. I’m not usually a mix and match kind of girl, and I definitely would not say I’m a big print mixer. But this combo just works. I love it. What’s even crazier is that these bottoms are actually reversible and the other side is the same colors as the top, but vertical stripes. I love the color combination with this mix, but I kind of totally fell in love with the reverse side when I tried it on for the first time.

I’m so glad I finally got a few minutes to wear this suit and while this was the only time I’ve ever worn it, I definitely plan on practicing a little more work/life balance in the coming weeks so I can wear it again!

How do you recharge?

Photos by Ryan Carpenter.