Beaches Photography

Turtle Spotting, Slow Motion Sunset Watching, And Gentle Nudges Full of Intention

Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time.

Sometimes I need a gentle reminder to slow down for a bit. A gentle nudge on the shoulder telling me that my life isn’t a timed race to live. There is no one at a finish line waiting to give out medals to the person who went the fastest. I don’t need to be going 150 miles-per-hour all the time. Gentle reminders, like those I get when I see turtles like the ones I photographed below, remind me to live a more deliberate life full of intention and to create moments that are full of value.

For the bulk of my life this is not how I have lived. But I’ve been working on it. Things, material things, very often have consumed me. I’ve been working to change this over the past year-and-a-half and I’ve started to see, feel, and experience life differently.

That said, the blog has been a bit quiet as of late. That doesn’t mean that I’ve been quietly doing nothing. You might have noticed a few changes on the site, including post edits and removals. I’m also back outdoors. I’m enjoying hiking again. So, although the site has been a bit inactive with new posts, I’ve been actively adjusting what I felt was broken with the site and purposefully living with intention, every day searching for invigorating experiences that are new to me.

One of my resolutions for the new year was to hike more. I set a SMART goal of completing 52 hikes in 2016. I’m at 24 hikes and we’re just two months and change into the new year.

A lot of new trails and a lot of new experiences in 2016, but more importantly, I am sharing a lot of these trails and new experiences with the people that I value the most in my life. I hope to eventually share these experiences here.

I’m learning to be more like turtles that observe with intention. The goal for the blog is no longer to have the most of a certain kind of post, or to post X times per month, or to do all of everything. The mission is to share ideas, through words and photos, that are meaningful and filled with intent and, importantly, value for myself and the reader. I hope that you enjoy this new direction.




The turtles and sunset in slow motion were shot on a remote beach on the North Shore of Oahu.

By Coty

Founder of Exploration: Hawaii. Adventure, Minimalism, Vinyl, Typography, and Coffee + Matcha. A single space after a period, please.