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


  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


  2. 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


  3. 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 ๐Ÿ˜› Happy anniversary! and I hope you had a good one ๐Ÿ˜€ -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's


  4. 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!



  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Aurelie |


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