saying ‘yes’

For the past six months I’ve been building my business, Little Paper Plane, across multiple platforms and expanding my brand. I’ve been delving into the art of film and tried my hand at vlogging. Instagram has been a big focus of mine also, as I build my personal, lifestyle and travel photography brand to soon be a full time travel influencer with my boo – that’s the dream.

Another thing that I’ve been working on (and will never stop) is my brain. I’ve been learning a lot about building a business, entrepreneurship and skills involved in running a successful brand. I am continuing to improve my physical health and nutrition and believe that it is a key part to my success. Shawn Stevenson is currently a favourite for me in this area and I love listening to his podcast “The Model Health Show”. I have also just purchased his two books “Sleep Smarter” and his newest “Eat Smarter” to read in my morning routine. I highly recommend checking him out here: https://themodelhealthshow.com/podcasts/

On the topic of podcasts and self development, another one of my favourites is “The Mindset Mentor” by Rob Dial. Rob talks on many different topics ranging from health to business, money to love, and of course mindset. He is a leader in his field and changing thousands of lives everyday. They are only about twenty minutes long and you could benefit from simply listening to one episode in the car on the way to work! Check it out and level up: https://robdial.com/podcast/

One of my favourites is an episode that I listened to on the way to the gym the other day, it’s #902 “6 Ways to Be More Confident”. I won’t spoil too much, but one of the points was “to say yes, say yes to more things, say yes to things you would usually say no to”. Oooofta, that’s a thinker. I thought about the things I’d recently said yes to that had stirred me down a good path and perhaps led to some momentum and had been good for me. I also thought of the recent times that I’d said no. Not that it was a bad thing and I obviously wanted to say no at that point in time, but maybe it could’ve led to some new opportunities or gotten me closer to my goals; who know (well God knows, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Point is, the other day I said yes.

My sister in law asked me to take some photographs for her portfolio. I’d been saying that I would help her with some shots whenever she wanted and she finally took me up on it. It was the quietest week at work for months and I needed to get my hands back on a camera. I played some “Sol Rising” through my portable speaker and started to flow. The shots were stylish and fresh. We both had a really good time and both got a whole ‘lotta benefit.

The following photographs are all taken on the property between 7.30-9pm, using my Canon 6D with 24-70mm f/2.8.

Model: Ebonny Cooper – available for similar shoots and film. Please DM through instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ebonnycooper/

Leave your comments below; I’d love to know what you think and which are your favourites!

we must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong

I’m torn between going adventuring and pocketfuls of money. And in order to travel, I need pocketfuls of money, so I guess that’s my first step. In Australia, particularly Adelaide, things are starting to open up again. For example, and most importantly, the gym reopens in less than forty-eight hours. Yeah, there’s a bunch of restrictions and you have to book in one of twenty time slots allocated on the hour, but it’s a start.

Switching lanes, I’ve had plenty of time to think and I’ve been reminiscing, hard. I can’t wait to make some fresh travel plans and pack my bags again. But for now, here’s some everyday moments in Canada that I whipped out my phone to capture.

Part 1- the start of work in November and into the new year.

italy / day two / taormina

After a satisfying spread at Catania Hotel and trying to order Pop something similar to a flat white, we caught a taxi to the station and jumped on a train to Taormina. A Sicilian lady attempted to talk to us the entire way; I was surprised at how much I could understand. As we approached our destination, the terrain started to become a lot more mountainous and we started to see a lot of towns scattered along the cliffs. To reach Taormina, we needed to get off the train and catch a bus up to the town. The kind Sicilian lady waited with us, making sure we got on the right bus, and then walked the opposite way. We stumbled onto the crazy packed bus with our luggage and somehow found some seats at the very back. The bus ride was somewhat scary. The road up to the town centre was narrow and steep, and it expertly curved around the handles of the mountain. The bus took up majority of the road and would constantly cut off other vehicles coming the opposite way, especially on the corners. And then there were all the cars that were parked on the road; seriously mad. Once we reached the bus station in Taormina, we took a short walk to our accomodation, Sirius Hotel. Checked in, dumped our luggage, freshened up and then we headed out to explore.

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Taormina was magical; the cobbled streets and old buildings splashed with orange and pink hues, the views out to sea and the picturesque landscape of the towns below and Mt Etna, this town was full of life. After grabbing a bite to eat and people watching, we had plenty of daylight to spare, and ventured to the ancient Greek theatre of Taormina (Teatro Greco). Perfectly perched on the mountainside of Taormina, lay this extraordinary place. Instead of being overcrowded like some archaeological sites, there was barely a soul. We breathed in the coastal fresh air, as we explored the miraculous ruins.

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The ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina

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After a caramel gelato and some more wandering through the streets, we sat down for an early dinner off the main thoroughfare. For our first dinner all together, we stuck to the classics and warmed up with tomato soup, followed by carbonara and lasagne for main course. Pop enjoyed some minestrone. On the way home, we picked up some juicy, bright red strawberries to munch on for dessert.