June 30, 2015

Staying Zen




"Let go or be dragged" is one of my favorite Zen proverbs. I definitely struggle with letting go, especially of control. After a rough couple of months of feeling like we were dragged by life towards one direction, we gladly welcomed celebrating our anniversary in Portland where we hoped to find some peace and quiet. The Japanese Gardens was the answer to our weary souls. We left behind our stress and woes with each step that we took deeper into Washington State Park towards the Japanese Gardens. Our breaths were taken away as we explored every nook and cranny of this intricate garden. As we admired the view of the waterfall, koi pond, and beautiful greenery, we didn't talk much but that was more than okay with me. It reminded me of how comfortable we were already with silence in our early dates. Being in such a beautiful and peaceful place was the perfect way to kickoff our stay in Portland.


j: everlane t-shirt, bdg porter printed pants, birkenstocks madrid eva sandals, madewell transport tote, toms travelers sunglasses
b: h&m t-shirt, naked and famous jeans, birkenstock arizona sandals, raybans sunglasses

73 comments:

  1. This looks beautiful, it makes me so excited for Japan! Funny how it's such a contrast to my hustle bustle post. I really love that photo of the koi fish too, they're sooo beautiful! x Van
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  2. WOW, what a beautiful place. Sounds like the perfect escape. Happy anniversary!

    Amy Ann
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  3. Happy anniversary! Such a romantic and quiet garden. Would love to visit Portland too one day.

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  4. Such gorgeous photos -- absolutely love this post!

    xoxo Jessi
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  5. Wow, I love this zen garden
    xo
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  6. OH.MY.GOSH....it looks ama-zing!!!! Beautiful pictures, and Happy Anniversary:) X

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  7. Gorgeous, scenic photography!
    Have a great day gem!
    MUCH LOVE KAREN
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  8. Gorgeous. Just looking at the pictures makes me feel a little more peaceful (so needed.) Can't imagine BEING there - must be incredible! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  9. These photos are gorgeous! It looks like such a stunning, relaxing place!

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  10. The pics definitely put me in a zen mood!
    Edita
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  11. incredible photos! especially love the one with the light filtering in.

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  12. Happy anniversary to you! Great pictures, and nice place :)

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  13. I've been there twice and loved it each time. Great photos.

    ~ xo Sheree
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  14. Omgosh you were in Portland?? Should've driven up to Seattle!! :)

    Tina
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  15. How nice these photos are :) Bisous from France, *-* Sand. *-*

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  16. I love that first picture of the waterfall and that picture of the white sand! I'm back in Japan, but I still haven't yet found a place as zen as this--everywhere I go there are tourists :P Happy anniversary! and I hope you had a good one :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  17. Wow! Extremly beautiful place amd awesome pictures!

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  18. wow beatfiul place!!!
    beautiful photos
    I love Japan, intrigues me so much and I would visit him soon ..
    that you cute happy anniversary, congratulations !!!

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  19. wow beatfiul place!!!
    beautiful photos
    I love Japan, intrigues me so much and I would visit him soon ..
    that you cute happy anniversary, congratulations !!!

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    pretty good day
    a kiss

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  20. Perfect zen place ! I love gardens (in general) but I've never been to a zen garden ! ;) Beautiful pictures ! xox http://valeriesdays.blogspot.fr/

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  21. All the photos look amazing! I would love to go to a place like that

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  22. Oh wow this place is so beautiful! Love all the waterfalls!

    <3 Shannon
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  23. Wow I would love to visit this place! So beautiful, I bet it is even more amazing in person :)

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  24. Place looks amazing!! Great photos!!
    Thanks for sharing. Xo

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  25. wow .very nice place..

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  26. So peaceful! This place looks + sounds perfect!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  27. Ahhhh what a beautiful place to be zen :)

    Krissie x - http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

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  28. What an oasis! Hope you had a lovely time :)

    Erica
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  29. "Let go or be dragged" is my absolute favorite quote ever. Try to live by it everyday. Love the photos!!

    Shauna

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  30. "Let go or be dragged" is my absolute favorite quote ever. Try to live by it everyday. Love the photos!!

    Shauna

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  31. Very serene photos! Love this post <3

    xo,

    Emma
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  32. So pretty! I love Japanese gardens <3

    Gina
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  33. What a gorgeous location!! It sounds like the perfect place to relax and reflect!

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  34. The gardens look absolutely gorgeous, so peaceful. I would love to visit somewhere like this

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  35. I'm glad to hear you have found some zen in Portland for your anniversary. I totally get the feeling of feeling dragged. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel...even if it feels like a long journey to get there and if things don't seem as it did at the start.

    I have always wanted to visit Portland. When I do, I'll have to keep this place in mind. Looks stunning!

    xo,
    nancy

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  36. Peaceful zen garden is truly a wonderful retreat! Love it too :)

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

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  37. I love love love your pictures! It's been a long time since I have gone to the Japanese Garden in Portland and your pictures brought back some great memories. I want to visit again!
    Sophie
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  38. I love the zen theme going on here! Such beautiful photos! :)
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  39. Looks amazing! I really love these pictures!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  40. Lovely pictures! I have been to Japan and this garden looks like exactly the ones you can find in Japan! I love your zen proverb. I find it very difficult to let go because it brings a lot of anxiety and uncertainty! However I am aware that it's necessary to let go in order to grow. I guess it's a battle for some of us :)

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  41. love the photos, looks like such a wonderful peaceful place!


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  42. this image is so peaceful :)

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  43. I LOVE that quote! So much. Thanks for sharing and also, so many stunning photos.

    xx N
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  44. Amazing pictures , fabulous places , I love to visit there one day. Thanks for sharing , truly very inspiring!!!

    xxx

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  45. This setting looks absolutely amazing! It actually reminds me a lot of the gardens I visited in China despite being Japanese-inspired. I hope you had a lovely time :)

    Best,
    Christina

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  46. Lovely pictures!
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  47. Wonderful photos - I particularly love the image showing the descending uneven paving! Your printed trousers are so stylish as well and I love how you've styled them with the navy tee :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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  48. Such amazing photos!! Would love to visit this place! :)

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  49. Letting go is definitely easier said than done, but it's absolutely vital. Sometimes I feel bogged down but it's solely due to me & what I focus on. I love your sunglasses. :]

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  50. Everything about this is BEAUTIFUL! Major love for this post. xx

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  51. The Japanese Garden in Portland is definitely one of my favorite spots! Such amazing photos and makes me want to go back again!

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  52. Happy anniversary! :)

    It looks like such a serene and beautiful place to visit from your photos :)


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  53. Amazing photos :)
    Have a good day!

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  54. Such a beautiful place, I understand why you've chose to let it go and just enjoy the beauty around you!

    Tanya
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  55. omg!!! yes. yes to this!!! :D
    can't wait to visit this garden!!

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  56. So gorgeous and peaceful! You have to let go of frustrations even if you don't want to, everything just pulls you to calmness.

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  57. Love the photos! The place look so peaceful!

    Mischelle
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  58. Lovely pictures and what a peaceful place! Hope you are feeling much better now! ;) xo Vivian

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  59. I love Japanese gardens, they always make me forgot my sorrows and just breathe and enjoy the beauty. Perfect, thanks for sharing. Love, Kirsten xx

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  60. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I must go as soon as possible. Also, you look gorgeous Jasmine!!

    Syd
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  61. I love these pictures! I've bee to Portland several times but have yet to explore the Japanese garden. I hope you two enjoyed the rest of your trip. :D

    -Helen
    Sweet Helen Grace

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  62. Wow, this place looks so beautiful and relaxing.

    Tara x

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  63. Beautiful photos for a stunning lovely location
    Xoxo
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  64. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Breath taking.

    - Adi xxo
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