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Lizzy Gadd  Vancouver, Canada. Nature dweller, animal lover, chocolate eater.

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Who really inspires you on this social platform? These days I often find myself checking back through all the beautiful dreamy landscapes by @bejamin and @marc.adamus, as well as the emotion-filled portraits by @georgiarosehardy and @laurazalenga. Whenever I need a little inspirational push, these artists never fail to get the job done πŸ‘Œ (I mean, when their work doesn't make me want to quit altogether πŸ˜‚). Now tell me! Who do you look up to on here? 😊

There's a certain loveliness to be found in loneliness. Beauty seemingly excels with the contrast of pain. The mind can be quick to tumble down darker routes, so several times a day I say the words out loud to myself: "Be here now". They pull my mind back on track to the present moment, where the thunderous waves and the quiet rain-forests and the cries of the eagles all conspire together to say "Look! Just look where you are now." Suddenly both physical and mental pains aren't such a hardship, but a reminder of being part of an incredible journey. The human absence is not a desolate roar of isolation, but a peaceful serenity. And I feel a strengthening connection to the roots of creation. And a renewed gratefulness to be here now. *Just returned from a 6-day solo trek on the West Coast Trail... It was tough, much needed and absolutely stunning, to say the least. πŸ’›πŸ˜Š

I can't resist sharing this because just look at the little adorkable floof @adventurepepper and how he's such a good boy sitting and waiting with utmost patience and adoration in his eyes 😍 (not for me, but for dinner).

Going through old work and just found this outtake from a sunrise selfie session way up in the mountains a couple years ago... Still one of the most magnificent foggy sunrises I have ever seen. πŸ’›

Climbed a mountain, ate some cake. Typical day in Iceland from back in October. I finally pieced together a blog with the rest of the Red Dress series as well as some aurora-filled skies, feel free to take a look! Link is in my profile. 😘

It's tough to function like a normal human being when this is the face that keeps staring at me around the clock... I admit I might tear up a little on the daily when we make eye contact, heh. The love is too much to handle. 😍🐢 @adventurepepper

Wow, thanks everyone for so many great podcast suggestions on my last post! I've got stuff lined up for weeks now. πŸ˜‚ First up "Shoot First, Questions Later" by @a_mugs_game and @william_patino... Pretty amazing photographers, do check 'em out. 😊 (and thanks for helping shoot this photo, Will! πŸ™)

πŸ’› Anyone listen to some good talks or podcasts lately? I'm doing a lot of running this month and am currently looking for some new inspiring stuff to listen to... Feel free to share your favourites in the comments. Thanks, loves! 😊

"But imagine, if instead of fretting at the things that scare us and holding on to what we know, we use fear to keep going. To believe in the process and to exceed our own limits." -unknown.
What's keeping you going today? πŸ’š

Once upon a time (back in October), we got trapped in the highlands of Iceland for a few days after crossing a raging river for a quick "day-trip" that was too treacherous to cross back over. We took up the kind hospitality of @volcanohuts, hiding indoors from the cold rainstorms and consuming endless cups of coffee and cake to keep ourselves sane. On the second day we braved the weather for a climb up the mountain and ended up getting treated to one of the best views I've ever seen, hundreds of streams and rivers all intertwining and flowing together through the valley. The wind blew rain and snow and hail all around us, often concealing our view but then opening up to reveal more layers of mountains in the distance. Feeling the icy elements on my skin and seeing an awe-inspiring view always makes me feel so alive in the most thrilling way. Sometimes the best part of trips going wrong is the new opportunities they may bring you... I'd happily get stranded in these highlands any day. :) (Thanks to Stefnir of @midgardadventure for coming to our rescue in the end!)

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Breathing in the first light of day... A misty morning flashback from a few years ago. ❀

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