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Made with fresh Rocky Mountain Spring water, @stranahans is Colorado's first distillery and is making an amazing single malt right in the heart of Denver. We had such a great time working alongside @thefryecompany capturing this story; not to mention their master distiller Rob is a total bad ass and drives a motorcycle brought in from Russia. Check out more in my IG stories. Cheers!
There's more than just beautiful mountains that make Denver such a great city. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside @thefryecompany for a couple days documenting a handful of makers that specifically embody the creative spirit of Denver. We loved spending the evening with @azurefurniture who are creating some of the most beautiful furnishings out of reclaimed Colorado beetle kill pine. #MeetOurMakers #FryeDenver
I shared this on our pup @aspenthemountainpup's feed the other day, but I love it so much I had to share it here too. Such a heartbreaker.
I don't think I realized just how much I had been missing these views until we stood here and watched the last bit of light cross over the Rockies; Denver glowing behind us. Oh Colorado, stop showing off.
First light over the Rockies with some of the best company around. Beyond grateful to spend a couple hours out on the river this week with @jgbakk. So good for my soul.
Fireside with friends is the best way to spend the weekend in my opinion. Sarah and I are beyond thankful for the people that we get to walk through life with; community truly is one of the greatest gifts. Thanks @buschbeer for providing a classic drink for these types of occasions. Cheers to more moments like this!
One of the hardest things in the world for both Sarah and me is to make decisions and move forward with courage and confidence even if we know that people around us don't necessarily understand or in some cases agree with us. Maybe it's our desire for approval or affirmation from those we respect or love. But maybe, just maybe it's us trying to live into the lives we feel others expect of us.
I just finished a chapter in Scary Close by @donmilleris, and it nailed it on the head for me. He speaks of a woman whose job was to take care of patients with twelve or fewer weeks to live. Miller says, "Remarkably, the most common regret of the dying was this: they wish they'd had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life others expected of them." I'm begging the Lord for more courage this year to live a life true to who he created me to be individually & who he created me to be alongside Sarah. 🏻
Found a roll of film I had never gotten developed from our trip to Iceland almost 2 years ago to the date. I just got the scans back this morning and got to relive some of our favorite memories. Sarah and I were 23 and 24, we had just moved to Colorado, I barely knew how to drive in snow and somehow we ended up in the North Atlantic during the peak of winter for over 2 months. The friendships and memories we made on that trip will forever shape us.
Every week Sarah and I make a Moroccan dish full of vegetables, spices and whatever meat we have on hand. The dish takes a few hours to cook, and is best enjoyed with as many people as you can pack around your table. I woke up this morning and our home still smells like cumin, turmeric and harissa spices, and probably will for quite a few more days. I can't wait to get back here, Lord willing in 2017.
We haven't been back to Colorado since we left almost 8 months ago. 8 months since we've seen mountains or felt the snow crunching beneath our feet. 8 months since we've fly fished a mountain river or hiked a mountain trail. Most importantly though, 8 months since we've seen some of our favorite people on earth and hugged their necks. I'll be honest, these last 8 months have been some of the most beautiful yet gut wrenching and refining times in our lives. I was thinking the other day, why has it really taken us nearly 8 months to fly a simple 2 hours back; and the truth is, I don't think I could have physically gotten back on a plane and left all over again. I'm reading this book, Scary Close by @donmilleris. I read it last January and it kicked my ass, and so I've decided to make it an annual thing now. Miller says, "There are pruning seasons in life and there are growing seasons. When I look back on my life, the greatest growth comes right after you've been cut back." If there has ever been a time where @sarah_michelle_lawrence and I have felt like we've been cut back, it's right now. Today by the Lords grace, there is a hopeful anticipation in our guts right now about what's ahead, a security in us that comes from where our true identity lies, and a strength that can only be felt after you've been refined by fire. See you next week Denver, it's been too long ol' friend.
All of this rain in Austin lately has me missing those foggy & rainy days strolling the streets of London. What a city. : @sarah_michelle_lawrence
Weeks like these make me more and more grateful for community. Thankful that Sarah and I don't have to walk through the craziness of life isolated. Lord knows we need it. Thankful for his grace in giving us so much that we don't deserve.
The North Atlantic weather has etched these islands in some pretty unbelievable ways. Check out that little village in the bottom left corner, amazing to me that a few people call this spot home.
A man couldn't ask for a better tribe. So thankful it is January, the calm after the busyness of December.
We spent a lot of time on planes this past year. Of all the places we traveled too, the Amalfi coast in Italy might take the gold for us. Hoping to get back there in 2017!
Colorado, you never disappoint. I'm so ready to get back out into the mountains in the New Year. Bring it on 2017!
As the craziness of December starts to wind down, our crew is looking ahead at 2017 with an incredible amount of anticipation. I'm about to start working through some end of the year questions and goal/vision setting for the up coming year and man oh man, I'm thankful to say the least for all that 2016 brought and so excited to get to cranking on some new projects in the new year. I don't say this as often as I should, but I'm especially grateful for the team over at @staffretreatco for being in our corner this year. If you need any small business counsel then look no further. 🏻
We've spent many hours around this fire this Holiday season swapping stories with family and friends and laughing until our stomachs hurt. Our hearts are full and Aspen smells like he's bathed in a campfire.
In a village where the smell of peat smoke from everyone's chimney tops filled the air. I wouldn't say no to spending Christmas here next year.
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." - CS Lewis
Today was one for the books. We took the train out of town and found the most amazing trails through the foggy English forest. Then we sat at a pub that was built in the 1600's and ate lamb and drank mulled wine & Guinness.
A huge thanks to our friends at @helmboots for keeping us classy on this journey. The Pablo boot might be some of my all time favorites. Our step tracker app says we've almost walked 30 miles so far, and I've done it all in these bad boys.
Tomorrow we're looking to take another day trip out of the city, any recommendations?