I shared this photo on Facebook and my friend texted me saying, “Meredith you need to share that photo on your Instagram. It might not match your feed but it’s cute and it shows a little bit of who you are.” She was right. I’m really bad about sharing my life here. Instagram has become such a game of perfectionism and although I’ve chased that in the past, I honestly don’t care about the likes and comments and follows anymore. I share a lot on my story so I forget to post personal stuff here on my grid. My business will always be a huge part of my life but there’s a lot more to me than that — one of those things being some of my wonderful friends in Charlottesville. I’m grateful I get to live in a townhouse a few miles from downtown with these gorgeous girls and I’m blessed to not only call them my roommates but my friends. I figured it was about time to introduce them. 😄 Go follow along with @autumnbrookeg and @mckennao13 because they’re pretty great.
The changing of seasons 🍁 This photo stuck out to me tonight as I was sorting through the endless amount of content I'm trying to organize and it just made me think. It's amazing to see how God works in our lives through different seasons. And this might sound cheesy but just as we are heading into a new season and the leaves are changing, I too feel like I am headed into a new (better) season where I'm going to continue to change a lot. I am so blessed for the people that God has brought into my life recently and continues to bring into my life. They are the reason I have been able to grow so much. God works in incredible ways and I can't wait to see how much more I grow as I head into this new season.
This is #cocora valley, in my opinion definitely one of Colombia's must see places. The huge palm trees you can see are called #quindío wax, or wax palm tree. They are the tallest palm trees in the world and are also famous for being the national tree of #colombia .
This is #Filandia , a lesser touristy town than #Salento in the #zonacafetera de #colombia
Due to some misinformation our busride took 1,5 instead of 0,5h and when we got out of the bus, we were quite shocked because we thought the driver had just driven us back to Salento. But nah.. the towns just look almost identical. But if surrounded by beauty.. quien interesa dónde estamos exactamente?
A couple of days later I find myself in the #zonacafetera , around #Salento a couple of hours south of Bogotá. Comparable with our experiences on Java/Indonesia, Colombia as well did not develop a #coffee culture, despite both countries holding the 3rd and 4th of all coffee exporting countries. That might as well be the reason: all the good coffee gets exported. Luckily for... me, tourism advances this industry quickly. So yes, growth in tourism is not always bad ;) Therefore it is getting easier and easier to sip a great cup of coffee, while staring into the stunning hills of Colombias main coffee region.
A few days into being back in #colombia , i spent a memorable day at laguna #guatavita , a couple of hours north of #bogotá . This famous place is home to the legend of #Eldorado . In earlier times, the soon to be leader of the indigenous tribe #Muisca set of on a raft, covered in gold jewelry and gold dust, to jump into the lake, as a symbol of adoration towards the gods. When the Spaniards came later, they even tried to drain the lagoon, but never quite found what they were looking for, because the used gold was not pure enough and the efforts to drain the lagoon cost them way to much.