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@chelseakauai

Hawaii-born creative🌺 Currently 🗺: Kauai Outdoor travel + inner exploration. Present over perfect. ✨🐳🐴⛺️🏝🌿📷

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#ad Recipe for a happy Chelsea: uphill, ocean views, and tasty snacks courtesy of @liberteusa. I really like how they source real fruit and organic ingredients from some of my favorite places all around the world - vanilla beans from Indonesia,  from Baja, lavender from France. I linked a lot more info in my stories about why, if you like yogurt, I think theirs is one to try :)
I always have appreciation for brands like Liberté that are actively trying to find ways to be better, who are openly telling the stories of their producers and inspirations, and who are proud of what they make and how they make it. Find all their flavors at @Wholefoods 🤗 #hawaii
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#ad Recipe for a happy Chelsea: uphill, ocean views, and tasty snacks courtesy of @liberteusa. I really like how they source real fruit and organic ingredients from some of my favorite places all around the world - vanilla beans from Indonesia, from Baja, lavender from France. I linked a lot more info in my stories about why, if you like yogurt, I think theirs is one to try :) I always have appreciation for brands like Liberté that are actively trying to find ways to be better, who are openly telling the stories of their producers and inspirations, and who are proud of what they make and how they make it. Find all their flavors at @wholefoods 🤗 #hawaii

Oahu
I’ve been to places of incomprehensible beauty. I’ve been in driving snow when flashes of lightning shuttered the atmosphere around me, spent quiet nights perched below the immaculate stars of distant skies, laughed as the wind blurs sunlight and erases all sound. At such times, wonder saturates every cell in my body, provides me with a deep well of energy and an infinite capacity to love. It changes who I am.
For as much as I have transformed I am still a kid, full of curiosity about the world, chasing dreams of faraway summits.
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My favorite words from @tommycaldwell in his inspiring book “The Push”, which I just finished.
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 @jbxcreative, edit @sam_kolder
#southafrica #drakensberg #happyplace
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I’ve been to places of incomprehensible beauty. I’ve been in driving snow when flashes of lightning shuttered the atmosphere around me, spent quiet nights perched below the immaculate stars of distant skies, laughed as the wind blurs sunlight and erases all sound. At such times, wonder saturates every cell in my body, provides me with a deep well of energy and an infinite capacity to love. It changes who I am. For as much as I have transformed I am still a kid, full of curiosity about the world, chasing dreams of faraway summits. - My favorite words from @tommycaldwell in his inspiring book “The Push”, which I just finished. - @jbxcreative , edit @sam_kolder #southafrica #drakensberg #happyplace

Drakensburg Mountain
I believe every place has its own unique energy. Forever grateful that the place my molecules are happiest is the one I get to call home. Also, excited to help spread the word that @HawaiianAirlines is hosting a #ceLEIbrateAloha photo #contest where you can win 200,000 HawaiianMiles and a 4-night stay on the beach at @SheratonWaikiki :) It ends May 20, so head over to their account for rules + how to enter! #Hawaii
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I believe every place has its own unique energy. Forever grateful that the place my molecules are happiest is the one I get to call home. Also, excited to help spread the word that @hawaiianairlines is hosting a #celeibratealoha photo #contest where you can win 200,000 HawaiianMiles and a 4-night stay on the beach at @sheratonwaikiki :) It ends May 20, so head over to their account for rules + how to enter! #Hawaii

Hawaii
Reminiscing on last summer’s 2,000 mile road trip across BC as I cross into Canada this morning. This was one of those perfect days with barely a breathe of wind. We had tried to fit two of us in a one man kayak which proved to be both highly entertaining and highly inefficient, yet earned us some chuckles from the other campers and some really rad freediving photos️ So here’s @bejamin gracefully exploring solo while I happily followed along from up high.
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Excited to be here in the mountains rock climbing for the first time!! This is my favorite time of year to be outdoors and I’m filled with so much gratitude for my friends who are willing to indulge my never ending love of learning. Happy day to all you earthlings #explorebc
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Reminiscing on last summer’s 2,000 mile road trip across BC as I cross into Canada this morning. This was one of those perfect days with barely a breathe of wind. We had tried to fit two of us in a one man kayak which proved to be both highly entertaining and highly inefficient, yet earned us some chuckles from the other campers and some really rad freediving photos️ So here’s @bejamin gracefully exploring solo while I happily followed along from up high. - Excited to be here in the mountains rock climbing for the first time!! This is my favorite time of year to be outdoors and I’m filled with so much gratitude for my friends who are willing to indulge my never ending love of learning. Happy day to all you earthlings #explorebc

British Columbia
Just a wall flower turned late bloomer turned ardent pursuer of whatever makes my heart soar.🤓
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Standing outside of our room @laresidencesa as it started to lightly rain. There are gardens and olive groves and even the air smelled sweet like oranges. I loved staying here, nestled away against the mountains. Thank you so much for having us @theroyalportfolio. // Photo by @sam_kolder #southafrica #freepeople
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Just a wall flower turned late bloomer turned ardent pursuer of whatever makes my heart soar.🤓 - Standing outside of our room @laresidencesa as it started to lightly rain. There are gardens and olive groves and even the air smelled sweet like oranges. I loved staying here, nestled away against the mountains. Thank you so much for having us @theroyalportfolio. // Photo by @sam_kolder #southafrica #freepeople

La Residence
Lucky to lay here and read my book last night. After so much travel it was nice to sit quietly and reflect on all those who bring light to my life. Love you mom, thank you for being the brightest beacon in mine. #home #happymothersday #iloveclouds #wonderland
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Lucky to lay here and read my book last night. After so much travel it was nice to sit quietly and reflect on all those who bring light to my life. Love you mom, thank you for being the brightest beacon in mine. #home #happymothersday #iloveclouds #wonderland

Kauai
I’ve been working myself a lot this year. On meditating. On my thoughts and the words that come out of my mouth. How present can I be? How patient? How much joy can I seek and how much can I spread?
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I’m surrounding myself with people who show me their soul, who wake up for sunrise, who sing with me through the rain and in the hard times. I’m focusing on intentional conversations and zero gossip. On people who ask me to be my best self and give theirs in return.
I’m realizing that, somehow, we ALL feel a little lost. Success doesn’t change that - defining your own standards and your own goals does. I’ve found that success itself is relative and that comparing my life to the little squares of someone else’s is a disservice to the beauty and complexity of both of our stories. Every single person in your path has something to teach you, be humble enough to learn accordingly. I’m working on less judging, more learning, more loving. I’m working on unbecoming everything I thought I needed to be and just...becoming. What are you working on? :)
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Photo by @sam_kolder 
#30daysofthriving #afrikaburn #notestoselfseries
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I’ve been working myself a lot this year. On meditating. On my thoughts and the words that come out of my mouth. How present can I be? How patient? How much joy can I seek and how much can I spread? - I’m surrounding myself with people who show me their soul, who wake up for sunrise, who sing with me through the rain and in the hard times. I’m focusing on intentional conversations and zero gossip. On people who ask me to be my best self and give theirs in return. I’m realizing that, somehow, we ALL feel a little lost. Success doesn’t change that - defining your own standards and your own goals does. I’ve found that success itself is relative and that comparing my life to the little squares of someone else’s is a disservice to the beauty and complexity of both of our stories. Every single person in your path has something to teach you, be humble enough to learn accordingly. I’m working on less judging, more learning, more loving. I’m working on unbecoming everything I thought I needed to be and just...becoming. What are you working on? :) - Photo by @sam_kolder #30daysofthriving #afrikaburn #notestoselfseries

South Africa
We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music. #alberteinstein Photo/art by the truly incredible @bejamin
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We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music. #alberteinstein Photo/art by the truly incredible @bejamin

Banff, Alberta
I wasn’t going to share this. No fancy music, straight off the camera. But this is it you guys. The reality. The struggle. What is success? To me, it’s in the trying. I stood up and took a few steps 400 feet above the canyon floor. There will be many more days like this and I’m excited to find the limitations and surprises in my own mind.
 
So if you’re watching now know this - sometimes learning looks a lot like failing over and over again. That there will be a moment, many moments, where something inside you will beg you to take a path that is easier, safer, more certain. I want you to do me a favor - Don’t listen.
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More on my story and more to come, but for now just a massive thank you to the team there with me and to all of you for the hundreds of messages of well wishes. Video @hellolucid rigging @handsomerobinson Team @kylormelton @christianschaffer @she_breathes_fire #highlining #30daysofthriving
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I wasn’t going to share this. No fancy music, straight off the camera. But this is it you guys. The reality. The struggle. What is success? To me, it’s in the trying. I stood up and took a few steps 400 feet above the canyon floor. There will be many more days like this and I’m excited to find the limitations and surprises in my own mind. So if you’re watching now know this - sometimes learning looks a lot like failing over and over again. That there will be a moment, many moments, where something inside you will beg you to take a path that is easier, safer, more certain. I want you to do me a favor - Don’t listen. - More on my story and more to come, but for now just a massive thank you to the team there with me and to all of you for the hundreds of messages of well wishes. Video @hellolucid rigging @handsomerobinson Team @kylormelton @christianschaffer @she_breathes_fire #highlining #30daysofthriving

Utah
Happy National Parks and happy early #earthday humans! Make sure you look up tonight as the Lyrids meteor shower will be peaking in the northern hemisphere️ I’ll be out of service the next few days doing one of my favorite things, sleeping under the stars, pushing myself outdoors and practicing #leavenotrace. Have any of you figured out what I’m going to be doing out in the desert?! :) see you next week hopefully no too bruised and with some good stories to tell️🤘
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Photo by @travisburkephotography from our last trip to Zion NP #findyourpark #utah #nightphotography
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Happy National Parks and happy early #earthday humans! Make sure you look up tonight as the Lyrids meteor shower will be peaking in the northern hemisphere️ I’ll be out of service the next few days doing one of my favorite things, sleeping under the stars, pushing myself outdoors and practicing #leavenotrace . Have any of you figured out what I’m going to be doing out in the desert?! :) see you next week hopefully no too bruised and with some good stories to tell️🤘 - Photo by @travisburkephotography from our last trip to Zion NP #findyourpark #utah #nightphotography

Zion National Park
Into the unknown. I’m flying out tonight to a different desert a few thousand miles away to do something I’ve never done. It’s been a while since I pushed myself in a way that felt like failure is a realistic outcome. Maybe the first time. Sweaty palms and beating heart feel good. I can’t wait to share these upcoming days with you all #30daysofthriving #namibia
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Into the unknown. I’m flying out tonight to a different desert a few thousand miles away to do something I’ve never done. It’s been a while since I pushed myself in a way that felt like failure is a realistic outcome. Maybe the first time. Sweaty palms and beating heart feel good. I can’t wait to share these upcoming days with you all #30daysofthriving #namibia

Namibia
I am fascinated by the all the wild in this world. By nature, which never ceases to be alternately beautiful, haunting and humbling.
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The historic flooding the last two days on Kaua’i has been unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced. A few thoughts from my very scattered mind: 
1. Thank you so so much to everyone who has donated, shared, and sent well wishes to the community here. Kauai is obviously very special to me and it seems it is to a great many of you too.
2. I know the damage assessment is just getting started and if there are opportunities to assist (on island or from afar) I’ll let you know. Or please inform me of any projects on island I can help with
3. I am so insanely proud to be from this island!! Even with roads washed away and so many homes flooded, I know everything will be ok. Because I learned a long time ago people here, perhaps people everywhere...We aren’t good at sitting still when there’s work to be done. The beauty I see in this island is as much in the DNA of the people as it is in its outward appearance. My love to your warrior souls, creative minds, helping hands :) #home #kauai
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I am fascinated by the all the wild in this world. By nature, which never ceases to be alternately beautiful, haunting and humbling. - The historic flooding the last two days on Kaua’i has been unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced. A few thoughts from my very scattered mind: 1. Thank you so so much to everyone who has donated, shared, and sent well wishes to the community here. Kauai is obviously very special to me and it seems it is to a great many of you too. 2. I know the damage assessment is just getting started and if there are opportunities to assist (on island or from afar) I’ll let you know. Or please inform me of any projects on island I can help with 3. I am so insanely proud to be from this island!! Even with roads washed away and so many homes flooded, I know everything will be ok. Because I learned a long time ago people here, perhaps people everywhere...We aren’t good at sitting still when there’s work to be done. The beauty I see in this island is as much in the DNA of the people as it is in its outward appearance. My love to your warrior souls, creative minds, helping hands :) #home #kauai

Kauai