Travel Buddies with Life Set Sail

You can see Brittany’s original post here.
A few words from Brittany about our trip:
On Instagram, everyone knows @miltonphoto as the one who takes all of my beautiful blog photos, but in real life no one seems to recognize her (classic photographer problems, always behind the lens)…Justine is not only my photographer but one of my best friends, and this year I’ve been trying to get her on the other side of the camera now and then. Someone once said to me (regarding Instagram) that they loved my content but it needed “less me, more we” and it stuck. Because life isn’t just about ourselves, but the people in it that make it great! Now that’s something I want to share. As much as I love posting photos of myself (I say somewhat sarcastically), the photos that give me all the feels are the ones that include my loved ones!

That being said, it is definitely hard capturing more than one person when travelling…I can totally see why big bloggers employee teams of people to go places with them. That’s literally what it takes. These photos would not have been possible if Justine’s husband wasn’t with us – and no we don’t trust strangers with our cameras.

Life Set Sail on Turning 30

A few words from my dear friend Brittany, who recently turned 30!
When I was a teenager I used to think thirty was so old, but now that I’m there I only feel excitement. For the first time in my life I am comfortable with who I am, more than that I actually like who I am. I learned a lot in my twenties, I changed a lot in my twenties. There is nothing I am more thankful for than the experiences I’ve had as a young adult, they’ve shaped me into who I am today…mainly by making me more resilient! And I don’t mean for that to sounds as melancholy as it does but, honestly, everything I’ve been through has only made me strong. 

One of the most important things I’ve learned is not to settle…in work and in relationships (and I’ve definitely done both in the past). Life is not at all long enough to live it regretting the decisions that you’ve made. And through that lesson I’ve learned that it is never (ever) too late to start again, how refreshing!

It’s funny how we put time limits on different life milestones…like I always wanted to be married young (checkand then uncheck) and have my first kid by the time I was thirty (nope, thank god). Of course along with that a career that makes a amazing amount of money, a house, a car (I don’t even have my license)…all classic things that society presses on us. And of course if we don’t have them we’re made to feel like we’re failures.

I couldn’t be more happy than right where I am. Sure, I’ve had some setbacks, but seriously all for the absolute best! If I look back I honestly don’t think I’d want it any other way.

If there is one thing I could have encouraged my younger self to do (and how I try to live these days as well) is to not take things so seriously all the time. It’s totally okay not to have you entire life figured out. It’s OKAY to not have a five year plan! Honestly life can change so quickly, I think the most important thing is to be able to adapt to all of those changes. I’ve always been the type of person who is stubborn and set in my ways, and being able to let go of some of that has definitely helped change me for the best.

 I’m so excited to see where this next year takes me and I’m not afraid of being a year older at all! I’m curious, if there was one life lesson you could teach your younger self, what would it be?

 

Life Set Sail On FINDING MOTIVATION IN AN INSTANT WORLD

From Brittany of Life Set Sail:
I’m not gonna lie, in an instant world where everyone wants a quick glimpse of something they can double tap on their phone, it’s kind of hard to stay motivated in putting together entire blog posts that people probably aren’t going to take the time to visit. That being said, I find that I am brought back to the whole reason I even started Life, Set Sail…for myself. If you ever wanted to start a blog, you’ve got to make sure you’re doing it for you first…I cannot stress this enough. Almost every photo on LSS is taken by a professional photographer. We travel, shoot from sunset to sunrise, send off film to get developed, wait around for it, make simple edits, put together a layout and THEN I still have to think of something clever or insightful to write about! And I’m not even going to get into the whole business side of things (pitching companies, negotiating rates etc.) It’s no picnic…but things are done this way because both my photographer and I are passionate about what we do and we want to make it as beautiful as possible! I love instagram as much as the next person, but I really hope that people will start looking for more than just a pretty image…I know I’m getting tired of it. More and more I want to seek out real blogs and be able to read something with actual substance.