When I was a kid, I thought every parent gave their child a middle name based off their infant’s personality. Because my middle name is Joy, I assumed kids in my class had middle names like "Strong" or "Kind" or in some cases, "Really Annoying." Aside from a few celebrity babies, it turns out I was wrong.
When I was 17, I asked my mom to take me to get "Joy" tattooed on my wrist. Yes, I wanted a name tattoo, even worse my own name, but my teenage self felt confident in her reasoning. I figured that A: I could never breakup with myself and B: It was the perfect word to celebrate that I had just hit 5 years cancer free. I hoped it would be a reminder to stay grateful and pursue things that brought me happiness. Even with the wisdom of age and with the various jokes over the years, the sentiment behind it has prevented any feelings of regret or embarrassment. Good or bad, it is a window into a chapter of my life, a daily reminder from a sincere and hopeful version of my younger self about what truly matters.
Over the last 4-5 months many of the pillars of my life have cracked under an immense wave of change. I am grateful to be busier than ever with work, but as the weeks and months passed with very little time to move outside or create art just for me, I started to feel disconnected from the things that I cared about and stressed beyond the standard background panic of freelance art. Things were out of balance in a bad way, daily moments of joy were few and far between, something had to give.
So, last month Jason and I spontaneously packed up Lola and Susan and headed to the ocean. In a culture that equates "busy" with "things are going well" it can be hard to create space to move slow. We walked the beach, ate too much, did a lot of reading and basically did nothing. It was great.
Sometimes when things feel overwhelming and you are pulled in ever direction the best thing to do is nothing. Be still, put it out of your mind, and when you come back to it later it will be with clear eyes.
Thank you @staystarfishcottage for your cozy ocean get away and a chance to recharge and find joy. The ocean in winter is a magic all its own.💙Mimikvinge.com #livecolorful
A repost of one of my favorite images from last year. Also took some time to completely re-process it. The lauterbrunnen valley is one of my favorite places in Switzerland to visit. Not only is it just incredibly beautiful, but the towns themselves are just awesome. If you are ever in this country, this is a must visit!!
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I’m never a fan of hiking a flat section of trail that used to be a road. Roads are always too straight and to the point because, why waste the resources if you don’t need it to turn. Taroko Gorge road trails are different. (1) The Tunnel of Nine Turns is an old road turned hiking trail but was maybe the coolest road trail I’ve ever hiked. This section of the old highway weaves its way thru the cliff and creates these half tunnel half cave moments where the gorge is so narrow it feels like you can touch the other side. (2) The Zhuilu Old Road might have been the sketchiest road that ever existed. This trail is cut into a cliff 1,500’ above the river and is only 3’ wide. Guardrails are only at the biting of the trail so you get the full vertigo effect if you look down over the trail. Oh and the constant threat of rockfall certainly didn’t ease your mind as we traversed this section twice (it’s an out and back)
Pre-Winter Season shakedown hike. After a busy Fall, I decided to take a month off to rest the knees and focus on strength training. Well, the rest part is over. Keeping busy keeps me out of trouble 😇... or maybe that’s just the story I told Santa.
Very grateful for the opportunity to photograph @pyrobellydancer from @fire_empire_events being a ninja pirate.
Not much is more fun than assembling a crew for a little photo expedition.
Happy #firefriday 🔥
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Epic. Epic is what yesterday was for me. Hiking to watch the sunset followed by the rise of last full moon of the decade from above was truly an unforgettable experience. It was one of the most magical things I’ve witnessed to date and I’m so grateful to have seen it right alongside my most treasured and exceptional friend. We held hands as it rose above us and wished on that moon knowing it wasn’t your standard ol wish upon a star scenario. I guess I never really was much of a rule follower though and I’ve always believed in dreaming big, wildly, and with intention. Thank you Universe for this day, my one in a million people, and a decade of magic beyond my wildest dreams. #nofilter#capetown#southafrica