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Fran Cresswell  Photographer • Adventurer • Free Spirit 🌏 Chiang Mai, Thailand

• Setting Sail •
It has been such a gift to be able to leave work behind and just be for a few days. It's so easy to get caught up in the constant 'need' to be doing and forget to take a step back to get some perspective and appreciate what we have.

• Rainbow Skies •
Sunsets at the beach never fail to bring immense gratitude. I have been actively cultivating gratitude daily, but scenes like this with amazing company are still mind blowing to me ☺🙏🏻🏝

• skin deep •
We all have our struggles with the way we look. But what if your appearance started to change in ways that you had no control over? Would you still love yourself? How would your relationship with yourself change?

• striding through •
There's something about golden hour isn't there? Even a grotty tunnel can become beautiful in the light...

• Quiet Reflection •
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Sometimes, it's easy to get caught up in all the things you feel you need to do and forget to take time out to connect with the people you love and care for yourself. -
It's all about knowing what a good quality of life looks like to you and taking some steps towards that.

• Into the Darkness •
#tbt a calm spot overlooking the chaos of Jemaa el Fna, Marrakesh. There's something wonderful and peaceful about watching people go about their daily lives isn't there?

• Through the mist •
I decided to base myself a little outside of Chiang Mai whilst I have a big chunk of work to get through.
The choice to say no temporarily to a lot of the things that this place has to offer is already paying off. I am once again reminded of the beauty of saying no and the possibility that lies therein.
What are you saying no to today?

• the finer details •

Over the past few years, I have become much more attuned to life's finer details. The little things can bring so much joy 😍

Know what I blame? #meditation and #photography

• Flying high •

It's so important to surround yourselves with the right people: the doers, the creators, the lovers, the positive ones.
I am so lucky to have a number of wonderful people in my life, this guy being one of them. What he has created in @causewayliving is nothing short of exceptional. There is no better feeling than seeing your favourite people grow exponentially 🙌🏻🏝😆 #Throwback to our shoot last year in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

• Feeling Fruity •

I had wondered how easy it would be to find vegan food in Asia. The answer has been a bit of a mixed bag, if I'm honest. There are a lot of places where every option on the menu is meat-based, but often they will be able to swap out the animal products when asked.

Having moved into a place with a small kitchen is a godsend. I have been able to buy all sorts of fresh fruit and veggies from local markets and make simple and nourishing meals for myself. A welcome change from fried everything!

• No place like home •

It can't just be me that starts to feel a little bit all over the place when my routine is slipping. It's such a hard balance to get when you travel, especially when it is long term.
Some things have to be non-negotiable (by that I mean I have periods where I don't, but feel like I'm losing my mind 😂): like meditation. Some things come and go: like having my own space or being in the same place for more than a few days at a time.
I'm getting a little bit strict with myself in all of these things and working out what things I can say no to each day. Having a little bit of space and structure to my day allows me to be more creative.
What are you saying no to today?

• natural thoughts •

There is very little calmer than being truly connected with nature. Admittedly, I was brought up a country girl, but nature can bring the best of us back into a healthy equilibrium with ourselves.
Pictured: @dubyinyoga
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