Finding Solace in Colorado's Wilderness

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
Natalie Allen | Photographer + Writer

I Left My Heart in The Colorado Wilderness

I know I’m not the first person to say or believe it, but Colorado serves an immeasurable magnetism. It’s been years of my constant visitation every summer, soaking up the wild, lush mountains and evergreen landscapes. I have good fortune with my family being born and raised in Grand Junction, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and Denver, so my time is often spent with excellent company. Each time I am invited, I make it a goal to explore one spot I haven't yet seen, to ride the wave of spontaneity and learn yet another fact about our nation's most exquisite state. If you ever find yourself en route to Colorado, there is only one thing I can tell you from the heart: search with an open mind and if you cannot do so… this place will do it for you.

My most recent visitation stemmed from my friend’s invitation to our first ever Red Rocks concert. We drool over local cider and excellent live music from our favorite bands, so I couldn't pass up that opportunity. We drove nearly 14 hours straight from Phoenix, Arizona to Denver and crashed at our other friend’s quaint apartment in Capitol Hill. Our days were numbered by the hikes we took outside the city’s corridors and soaked every last minute of our time in the fresh, summer air. And sure... we snuck inside a bar or movie theatre every now and then — you have to do “all the things”, so they say.

One of the reasons why I keep going back is that I’ll never know what I’ll find (nor will I ever be able to predict weather conditions, which is half the fun!). From day trips to the northern mountainscapes to stellar backpacking locations across the state line, there’s room for all levels of leisure. Some days I felt weak, so we’d hop around the hot springs in Glenwood, and other days we’d feel up to roaming the entirety of a 10-mile hiking trail. Never rush the process, though. You can always return, always come back and seek the path less traveled. It’s best to wholly enjoy one thing than to run around in circles aiming to experience everything.

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.