Day 17: #juliepaisleytravelcandids #iphone . I leave France in a few hours. I’m so excited to be in NYC for a few days and then back home on Tuesday. . Today has been hard though. I’ve had a lot of traveling and time to think and today has been a year since Maw Maw went to heaven. I.miss.her.so.much. . But, I KNOW she is smiling down on me and is so, so proud. She loved it when I traveled and always commented on my posts. She wanted to go to Paris and I wish I could have taken her. . Maw Maw, I felt you with me on this trip, I had little reminders of you all along the way. Happy one year birthday in heaven, I know you wouldn’t want us to be sad but I wish I could call you today. Love you forever and ever.
Day 16: #juliepaisleytravelcandids #iphone . Tomorrow I leave France. 2 and 1/2 weeks in this place that has been stealing my heart for the past 5 years. . Today I toured another castle, met and photographed the prince of the Loire valley. Ate the most delicious goat cheese and laughed with kindred spirits who feel like they have been friends forever. . I need some time to put this trip into words to share with the world but for now I’m keeping it to myself so I can share about it properly. I adore you @fluttermag and @joyproctor thank you for asking me to document this trip, it’s been such a pleasure. . #loirevalley #france #destinationweddingphotographer
Day 15: #juliepaisleytravelcandids #iphone . Today I played with flowers. Wild ones, straight from the garden. . @fleuropean taught us how to make the most beautiful simple and organic arrangements, I kinda fell in love. . My love runs deep for flowers. The gardens here in France are like none other. Walking around taking pictures of them and arranging them has filled my soul with so much joy. . This trip has taught me so much about myself. I see things differently, I feel things differently, it’s been good but when you break down the walls and open yourself up to new thoughts and ideas, it can also be a painful journey as well. . There has been a change in me recently, maybe it’s age, but there’s been such a shift for me to be a better person. To love more, to care more, to teach, to be a shinning light and not to toot my own horn. We live in such a “me, me” society and daily it makes me sad. . I won’t be that person. I’ve watched the gardener prune these gardens for the past 2 days. Just like the gardens we need to prune daily as well. Toxic relationships, negative thoughts, insecurities, competition, when we do, then we have room to grow. #lessonsfromthegarden . #loirevalley #heartsafluttertour @joyproctor @fluttermag
Day 14: #juliepaisleytravelcandids #iphone . 2 weeks. Usually this is my limit for being away from my family but I still have a week left. 3 days left in France and 4 days in NYC. It’s been so lovely but tonight I’m a little homesick. Having this experience to travel, be inspired and meet new people is so amazing but I miss my hubby and kids and home. This is the hard part. . BUT... today was a literal fairytale. All my Disney dreams came true as we toured castles and walked through gardens. I saw rows and rows of sunflowers. Wild and untamed gardens. Splendid and Elegant rooms. I painted in gardens, had lunch in the middle of a vineyard and dinner overlooking beautiful scenery. My eyes and heart were inspired as I captured it all behind my lens. Pinch me. This can’t be real. . But it is and it’s because of hard work and being willing to do my time. Success doesn’t come overnight and won’t last forever unless you are willing to put in the work. It takes time friends, you can do this too, I believe in you. . So write down those dreams. Put it out into the universe. Set goals, work hard and just go for it. And I will cheer you on. . Thanks to my lovely friend @joyproctor for taking this image of me. . #heartsafluttertour #france #loirevalley #garden #destinationweddingphotographer
Day 13: #juliepaisleytravelcandids #iphone . This is my home for my last 4 days in France. I love Paris but it was time to leave the hustle and bustle and enjoy some quiet time. . For the next few days we will be touring castles, painting, cooking, floral arranging and of course I will be shooting. I’m pretty caught up in pretty flowers right now and castles, lots of castles. . So here’s to 4 more days in Europe, then back to NYC and finally home! And yes, my normal feed is coming back and while a lot of you didn’t understand why I did this, it’s helped me in so many ways that I can’t even explain. Maybe one day I will write about it. . #loirevalley #heartsafluttertour #castle #france #travel