I Want Her Back.

I long for her young heart again.

That sweet, cured sensitivity to the battered bruises of my mother’s needs.

The want to save the soul of my dead guinea pig that lay on its back or my father’s lingering Modelo breath that was earlier spat on the concrete floor. I laid on my bed in that blue-flowered blanket hoping for buttered toast and not those dry, severely under-seasoned pork chops. But mom would seldom prevail. 

I still yearn for those summer afternoons drenched in iced lemonade as I watch the dryer tumble my underwear, white-knuckling the tip of the white ceramic as I stretch my legs. I’d rot in curiosity while sifting through dead Canna-Lilly beds in the backyard. I’d come back inside with fly and ticks and mom would rail something mad.

There’s a pain in dreaming of who I used to be.

Who I’ve met.

Where I’ve gone.

What I have left to do.

What Happens When You Take a Company Offsite to Mexico

Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
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Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer

Tulum, Mexico

Where was the greatest place you’ve ever awoken at? Was is your grandmother’s cozy muffin-ridden guest room, a tropical cruise stateroom, or an expansive space tapping between dreaming and the day? Perhaps it’s a hazy space that puts the guest in the wonder of wherever life will take you; space where reality has yet to creep into sudden change. Villa H20, a boutique hotel nestled between palm trees and grass cabanas that the Moment family stayed at in Tulum, feels like you’ve never left that first moment between sleep and awake. It felt unreal — the melting of land and sea, the ethereal mixing of the senses.

Remote culture means hustling in even the most exotic of locations; toying with some perpetual vacation syndrome — even the easiest of days means waking up at the crack of dawn to go heads down on support, write product copy, or photoshop graphic renders. Then, as soon as the warm afternoon sun blankets the jungle, we set out for an adventure. Perhaps it’s a catamaran ride splashing against the cozy Caribbean seas or an expedition to the famous turquoise cenotes just across the horizon. Whichever we choose — Moment plays hard.

Many times, us humans want our tender moments to be temporarily unbothered. We wish to escape the violent snarl of a 9-5, the dreariness of routine, and the fidgety nature of everyday life. Much like the moon, we want to rip through ever-changing tides to feel full again, like escaping amongst the panthers in the jungles of Mexico. These natural blessings create a heightened sense of awareness, leaving our souls replenished and full. With a large group of nearly 40 individuals searching for that same purpose, there comes an inevitable bond between work and play.

If you talk about doing something for long enough, you’ll come to a point whether you either have to see it through or let it go. The fantasy of taking a company-wide offsite to an exotic international destination was one of those things. Intending to drive our revenue 2x over a year ago, we mustered the drive to ramshackle that very opportunity.

Mexico is a fascinating place where leisure exists, which is why we quickly jumped on the invitation as soon as we had the idea. It reminds us that we’re happier, stronger, and more focused when we bond together as a team in a thoughtfully curated and gently placed landscape that exists in harmony with nature.

New Journal Post on Norway

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The Lofoten Islands | Discovering Norway's Unbeatable Beauty

Norway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries on planet Earth. The vast mountainous backdrops, snow-capped vistas across the horizon, vibrant hues from the aurora borealis, and a stunning cap to the remarkable simplicity that is Oslo city. Travelers from around the globe come and witness and photograph Norway's absolute beauty, but some of the most gorgeous spots you'll see lite deep within the Lofoten Islands, located just North of the Arctic Circle. You'll never forget your first approach to the islands' gaping epicness; their tall, craggy profiles stand against the sky like some spiky sea dragon. The beauty of this place is just staggering.

Read my new journal post on Norway, link here.