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Chelsea Y.✨🌊 Hawaii + Travel

↟Learning. Adventure. Art. Seeking the extraordinary in every day. Explore often, consume mindfully. Currently ↬ Jaipur, India ⛰🌥🐳🐴⛺️🏝🌿📷

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On our last day in Udaipur @emmett_sparling and I had a meet up with a group of female engineering students and creatives. What started at a little 15 min talk turned into a full day adventure, including buying this traditional saree and scootering to a nearby mountain for sunset. We sat by the river and talked future stuff, religion in our life, customs, how the words for numbers work in India (lahks and crores!😋) - Thanks for the help ladies, for helping me understand your wonderful country a bit more through your smart and candid minds and for finding me an outfit that makes me feel like a queen.☺️ Don’t know where I’ll ever wear this at home but definitely keeping it and the memories for life♥️ #Udaipur #rajasthan

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On our last day in Udaipur @emmett_sparling and I had a meet up with a group of female engineering students and creatives. What started at a little 15 min talk turned into a full day adventure, including buying this traditional saree and scootering to a nearby mountain for sunset. We sat by the river and talked future stuff, religion in our life, customs, how the words for numbers work in India (lahks and crores!😋)
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Thanks for the help ladies, for helping me understand your wonderful country a bit more through your smart and candid minds and for finding me an outfit that makes me feel like a queen.☺️ Don’t know where I’ll ever wear this at home but definitely keeping it and the memories for life♥️ #Udaipur #rajasthan

Out there rain or shine🌊 Hawaii had been doing its typical spring weather of pelting rain to sunshine every 5 minutes haha happy to be near the water no matter what. - Proud to be partnering with @backcountry this year in our shared belief in empowering people to try new things big, small, and in your own backyard🤗 So many of you DMed me about this suit from the day with the dolphins! It’s called the cosmo bodysuit and in my very humble, very swim-obsessed opinion it’s the perfect black suit. The fabric is made in the US from 56% plant fibers and 25% recycled nylon from plastic bottles (love that this is getting to be a more common option!!). Until recently I didn’t realize how much of our clothing particles make their way into our ocean (mostly through washing). Swimwear is particularly prone to degradation since its exposed to harsh sun and salt. Although they tend to be more pricey when I can replace my old bikinis with more eco friendly options that are this cute - Win win happy Chelsea🥰🌎 - Use code CHELSEA15 for 15% off your first purchase at Backcountry.com! #Sponsored #Hawaii

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Out there rain or shine🌊 Hawaii had been doing its typical spring weather of pelting rain to sunshine every 5 minutes haha happy to be near the water no matter what.
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Proud to be partnering with @backcountry this year in our shared belief in empowering people to try new things big, small, and in your own backyard🤗 So many of you DMed me about this suit from the day with the dolphins! It’s called the cosmo bodysuit and in my very humble, very swim-obsessed opinion it’s the perfect black suit. The fabric is made in the US from 56% plant fibers and 25% recycled nylon from plastic bottles (love that this is getting to be a more common option!!). Until recently I didn’t realize how much of our clothing particles make their way into our ocean (mostly through washing). Swimwear is particularly prone to degradation since its exposed to harsh sun and salt. Although they tend to be more pricey when I can replace my old bikinis with more eco friendly options that are this cute - Win win happy Chelsea🥰🌎
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Use code CHELSEA15 for 15% off your first purchase at Backcountry.com! #Sponsored #Hawaii

India♥️ On our first day here @emmett_sparling and I’s flight was delayed so we spent those extra few hours enjoying the relative quiet of the massive Red Fort grounds. Amongst all the sounds and sights and near misses from motorbikes, it’s the pops of color that keep catching my attention. I bought this crimson scarf in the market and now, ironically, I feel like I fit in just a tiny bit more :) #delhi #redfort - Photos @emmett_sparling

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India♥️ On our first day here @emmett_sparling and I’s flight was delayed so we spent those extra few hours enjoying the relative quiet of the massive Red Fort grounds. Amongst all the sounds and sights and near misses from motorbikes, it’s the pops of color that keep catching my attention. I bought this crimson scarf in the market and now, ironically, I feel like I fit in just a tiny bit more :) #delhi #redfort
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Photos @emmett_sparling

The synergy of two good things making something even better☀️💧🌈 NEW BLOG: I posted the other day about being mindful while hiking and the discussion there led to a piece on my blog that can be a resource to anyone who hikes in the islands :) Also this video just took 47 minutes to upload and I know it’s something different for me but can we please just appreciate this 800 ft of liquid sunshine for a moment 🤗 - The guidelines were greatly contributed to by my friend Ryan Chang (@ryanschang), who works for the Oahu Invasive Species Committee. #Hawaii

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The synergy of two good things making something even better☀️💧🌈 NEW BLOG: I posted the other day about being mindful while hiking and the discussion there led to a piece on my blog that can be a resource to anyone who hikes in the islands :) Also this video just took 47 minutes to upload and I know it’s something different for me but can we please just appreciate this 800 ft of liquid sunshine for a moment 🤗
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The guidelines were greatly contributed to by my friend Ryan Chang (@ryanschang), who works for the Oahu Invasive Species Committee. #Hawaii

Just one more flight away - next stop India!!🇮🇳 Can’t wait to dive into what I know will be an awesome and overwhelming experience. I tend to love quiet places so spending the rest of the month amongst the crowds, splendor, smog, and chaos of India feels a bit daunting. It’s a place in my mind that seems very paradoxical and I hope to share the experience in a way that feels respectful and true :) - Photo by @emmett_sparling from a great trip to the Philippines earlier this year. Emmett is always so intrigued by culture and backroads and people that I think this will be a fun one. #Philippines

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Just one more flight away - next stop India!!🇮🇳 Can’t wait to dive into what I know will be an awesome and overwhelming experience. I tend to love quiet places so spending the rest of the month amongst the crowds, splendor, smog, and chaos of India feels a bit daunting. It’s a place in my mind that seems very paradoxical and I hope to share the experience in a way that feels respectful and true :)
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Photo by @emmett_sparling from a great trip to the Philippines earlier this year. Emmett is always so intrigued by culture and backroads and people that I think this will be a fun one. #Philippines

A few of my favorite moments from this past week.☺️ Thank you @kukuiula for letting @samkolder and I play house and have a base for such incredible adventures up and down the coast. - I actually used to work at Kukuiula in the spa and as a private tour guide up until I made the transition to doing photography and social media full time. I’ll never forget how flexible and supportive my manager and coworkers were - letting me work a ton when I was on island so that I could take consecutive days off for shoots. It’s such an honor to come back and experience that same spirit of community as a guest. As ever, you guys teach me what it means to live well and dream big.💗 #kukuiula #kauai #onedayiWILLownahomeonthisisland

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A few of my favorite moments from this past week.☺️ Thank you @kukuiula for letting @samkolder and I play house and have a base for such incredible adventures up and down the coast.
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I actually used to work at Kukuiula in the spa and as a private tour guide up until I made the transition to doing photography and social media full time. I’ll never forget how flexible and supportive my manager and coworkers were - letting me work a ton when I was on island so that I could take consecutive days off for shoots.

It’s such an honor to come back and experience that same spirit of community as a guest. As ever, you guys teach me what it means to live well and dream big.💗 #kukuiula #kauai #onedayiWILLownahomeonthisisland

#ad You are a product of your environment. Are the things around you helping you towards growth or holding you back? - This month’s creative challenge from @canonusa was the idea of blending in... a little counterintuitive for me since normally I’m trying to make the subject stand out as much as possible! This was my middle ground, inspired in both form and fashion by our afternoon next to these sandstone pillars of the Badlands. :) #shootforgreatness #Badlands - Shot on Canon #EOSRebelT7i w/ @masha.photo EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5 ISO 200 SS 1/2000

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#ad You are a product of your environment. Are the things around you helping you towards growth or holding you back?
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This month’s creative challenge from @canonusa was the idea of blending in... a little counterintuitive for me since normally I’m trying to make the subject stand out as much as possible! This was my middle ground, inspired in both form and fashion by our afternoon next to these sandstone pillars of the Badlands. :) #shootforgreatness #Badlands
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Shot on Canon #EOSRebelT7i w/ @masha.photo 
EF-S 10-22mm 
f/3.5 
ISO 200 
SS 1/2000

What is one thing you’re grateful for? I am grateful I witnessed this honey golden light. Grateful that Sam gave me his jacket when he saw I was cold. Right now I’m specifically grateful to this uncomfortable feeling in my chest that asks me what I’m contributing in the world because I know it won’t stop until I find that thing. I am extremely thankful that my parents made it a priority to take me hiking every single year since I was born.💛 - A FAVOR: If you do come to Kauai and hike I would love to ask you all to tread lightly as the trails here get more use now than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Please use a camp stove instead of building a fire (which I believe is illegal anyway) so that we can keep everything untouched and lush without big scorch marks. With love and gratitude always 🙏🏼 #hawaii

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What is one thing you’re grateful for?

I am grateful I witnessed this honey golden light. Grateful that Sam gave me his jacket when he saw I was cold.

Right now I’m specifically grateful to this uncomfortable feeling in my chest that asks me what I’m contributing in the world because I know it won’t stop until I find that thing.

I am extremely thankful that my parents made it a priority to take me hiking every single year since I was born.💛
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A FAVOR: If you do come to Kauai and hike I would love to ask you all to tread lightly as the trails here get more use now than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Please use a camp stove instead of building a fire (which I believe is illegal anyway) so that we can keep everything untouched and lush without big scorch marks. With love and gratitude always 🙏🏼 #hawaii

In the beginning people always seemed to ask: where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? I said I didn’t know and I didn’t really like the idea of picking favorites. Now more than three years of travel later I discovered I unconsciously do have a few. :) Like people, I think places can speak to part of your heart. They’re the ones you choose to make time for, the ones you keep finding your way back to.💛 Indonesia, South Africa, and French Polynesia seem to be those countries for me. Hawaii has also been calling my name lately and it’s been a blessing to be home this month! - Photo from one of my first big international trips by @travisburkephotography. Apparently all this gorgeous greenery has been washed away by floods, but I’m sure with time nature will once again make some beautiful patterns. #wonderfulindonesia

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In the beginning people always seemed to ask: where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? I said I didn’t know and I didn’t really like the idea of picking favorites. Now more than three years of travel later I discovered I unconsciously do have a few. :)
Like people, I think places can speak to part of your heart. They’re the ones you choose to make time for, the ones you keep finding your way back to.💛 Indonesia, South Africa, and French Polynesia seem to be those countries for me. Hawaii has also been calling my name lately and it’s been a blessing to be home this month!
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Photo from one of my first big international trips by @travisburkephotography. Apparently all this gorgeous greenery has been washed away by floods, but I’m sure with time nature will once again make some beautiful patterns. #wonderfulindonesia

The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. //Virginia Woolf on What is the meaning of life? - Captured by @taylorfreesolo💗 If you want to follow someone sharing meaningful stories with the world she is a bundle of bravery, honesty and thoughtful intelligence. Another late night impromptu yoga session turned life talk soon please :p #havana #beboundless

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The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark. //Virginia Woolf on What is the meaning of life?
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Captured by @taylorfreesolo💗 If you want to follow someone sharing meaningful stories with the world she is a bundle of bravery, honesty and thoughtful intelligence. Another late night impromptu yoga session turned life talk soon please :p #havana #beboundless

We were eating lunch just across the way and I could see this house across the water. A sandwich in my tummy and matcha latte keeping me warm we walked around this beautiful village while dozens of seagulls dove in the fjord. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie, albeit one that smelled very strongly of fish. - Matchy with my environment @karitraa sweater. Thanks for freezing your fingers to help me get this one @jordanswientek, fun getting to shoot telephoto instead of wide all the time☺️💛☀️🛵🏠 #Lofoten

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We were eating lunch just across the way and I could see this house across the water. A sandwich in my tummy and matcha latte keeping me warm we walked around this beautiful village while dozens of seagulls dove in the fjord. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie, albeit one that smelled very strongly of fish.
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Matchy with my environment @karitraa sweater. Thanks for freezing your fingers to help me get this one @jordanswientek, fun getting to shoot telephoto instead of wide all the time☺️💛☀️🛵🏠 #Lofoten

Still can’t whistle, but I can do this🤗 just wanted to say thank you for all the support and kind messages about @emmett_sparling’s Philippines vlog!! He did all the hard work of putting it together but I had a ton of fun on the trip and helping film. If you haven’t watched it link is in his bio - mostly confirms that A) I’m super dorky B) Emmett shouldn’t ride scooters C) The Philippines are even more beautiful than I remember😊 Happy Friday humans! #bubblerings

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Still can’t whistle, but I can do this🤗 just wanted to say thank you for all the support and kind messages about @emmett_sparling’s Philippines vlog!! He did all the hard work of putting it together but I had a ton of fun on the trip and helping film. If you haven’t watched it link is in his bio - mostly confirms that A) I’m super dorky B) Emmett shouldn’t ride scooters C) The Philippines are even more beautiful than I remember😊 Happy Friday humans! #bubblerings
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