VOYAGES OF AGAPE
Plenty of exciting things happening over the past couple weeks — but I want to skip to the biggest and most exciting……
Rachel + Josh,
the adventurous hearts behind VOYAGEs OF AGAPE,
to join them for a month or two of sailing to the South Pacific, spending time in places like the Galapagos and Easter Island! I fly to Panama on Jan.24th and we’ll do a couple day trips before we set off on Feb. 1st for the Galapagos! It’s a 7-10 day passage to get to the Galapagos, so I’ll be an expert sailor by the time we get there, right? We’ll anchor in the Galapagos for at least 2 weeks and then from there it’s a 2 week passage to Easter Island. I may or may not join for that leg and the ones to follow, but we shall see!
The timing couldn’t be more ridiculous and perfect all at the same time.
I JUST furnished a guesthouse and started paying more in rent and expenses than I ever have in my life. I JUST started making connections and putting things in motion in CA ... and yet, I’m also untethered - with a blank canvas.
While I could name a dozen reasons not to go, the child-like, artistic, water-loving, adventurous spirit in me said, “how could you not?!”
We’re here and then we’re gone. Follow the YES’s while you can. Pay attention to what lights you up…
I love that Rachel and Josh are opening up their home and their adventure. They’re not asking or expecting anything of me in terms of video + photo. Rachel is a photographer, as you’ll see if you visit their website. I will capture + create of course, but they want me to come along because who I am and what I’m passionate about is so in alignment with how they’re living, where they’re going, and who they want to surround themselves with. So, in case you need to hear this today…
You don’t always have to provide/do/create/deliver to be worthy of what you dream of. Who you are being is enough to lead you to your wildest desires.
YOU MIGHT NOT know this about me
but I spent the majority of my early twenties living and traveling in Madagascar, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Hawaii. The islands and I have a history. I grew up speaking French and did my senior thesis project on 18th century French explorers’ accounts of their journeys through the South Pacific — specifically how their rhetoric regarding the local women has carried into present-day tourism advertising. Funnily enough, it was exactly (and I mean exactly, to the week) 10 years ago that I set off to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora to document what I had spent that year researching — which turned into my first photo gallery.
Another synchronicity: my dad (who also had a passion for photography + the great outdoors) went on a sailing trip at this age, which I know from reading his old journals. He passed away when I was 9 so I never knew that side of him, but the older I get the more I find out how similar our passions are…
In a nutshell, this opportunity to sail with Josh + Rachel feels all too familiar and resonant with the adventures and experiences I sought out a decade ago when life was a blank canvas - and that are very much still a part of me.
COME ALONG FOR THE RIDE
I don’t know whether I will go for a month or two, but what I do know is that I intend to capture and create like crazy - and I want to share it with you.
When people share their adventures, you usually see the glamour and bliss, but not the shadow side of it. You’ll get it all from me…
I leave January 23rd.
Next update will probably be in mid February. The best place to stay up to date in the interim is instagram (@pranalens) but the algorithms don’t work in favor of the little guys, so you may need to make a comment or two on a recent post in order for instagram to get the hint that you want to see my posts in the future!
SEE YOU OUT THERE! We