PATRICIA RUSSO @patbailey avatarPATRICIA RUSSO

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| Ocean View Villa
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Swipe left slowly to see a pano view of my ocean front villa with the most incredible views in every direction.
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Proof that dreams really can become reality. Thank you @cookislands and @seachangevillas for the home away from home.
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📍Rarotanga, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #thehellyeslife #cookislands #kiaorana #rarotonga #sheisnotlost
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| #lovealittleparadise
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Volunteering myself to try all of the beautiful outdoor showers around the world. Is there anything better than this?
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Happy Weekend from paradise! You can shop this incredible suit with the link in my Story today.
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📍Rarotonga, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #kiaorana #rarotonga #sheisnotlost
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| Milky Way
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I want to say this was the sky we both looked up and saw, but I wouldn't be completely honest...this was the sky we both looked up and saw, she squealed when she saw the Milky Way for the first time which made me smile, and then she spent almost an hour capturing it with her magic and her camera. Wow @ashleydrody, wow!
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As if we needed more to convince us that the @cookislands are perfect, the stars shine their happiest I have ever seen here. And this, this is proof!
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Have you ever seen the Milky Way?
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #kiaorana #aitutaki #milkyway
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| Invocation
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Come like the wind
and take my breath
away
and within
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Touch my heart
with every finger
play it like Cupid's
harp
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Gentle strings
standing the test
of time
time lost -
and time new
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Come to me from
my deepest
place
and show me the way
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I wrote this poem years ago when I began the most incredible journey of my life, the journey into myself. I spend most of my time now traveling the distance from my head to my heart, and I'm almost there...
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Thank you @cookislands for musing me with your unbelievably beautiful colors that only my heart can describe. Thank you.
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #aitutaki #kiaorana #sheisnotlost #thehellyeslife
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#girlsthatwander #ladiesgoneglobal #nomadgirls #hotelsandresorts #globelletravels #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #femmetravel #speechlessplaces #beautifuldestinations #americanstyle #travelgirls #ladiesgoneglobal #vintagestyle #poetess #traveldeeper
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| From Above
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She surprised me with a baby drone, and then she flew it all week like a pro! Remember last year when I posted about manifesting a partner in play to travel with me and capture photos?
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I think we fell in-love with each other right away, and this trip to @cookislands is our third trip together. Co-creating anything is tricky, it's flow, it's compromise and stretching and growing...it's wanting to do better, it's grace under pressure. It is our new work.
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It makes me so happy to share our work here, and I hope you are following my dear friend and photographer @ashleydrody because she is the softest fire I have ever known and super talented.
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Thank you Ashley for the new perspectives, both literally and figuratively, I love you.
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Our view of #tamanubeachresort, zoom in to see me in the pool!
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #thehellyeslife #cookislands #kiaorana #aitutaki #speechlessplaces
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#beautifulhotels #beautifuldestinations #droneoftheday #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #sheisnotlost #hotelsandresorts #girlsthatwander #ladiesgoneglobal #nomadgirls #globelletravels #travelgirls #paradise
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| Less Travelled
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Search for places where the path has few footprints, where the wind feel's like God's breath, and the energy all around you is so pure and delicious that it's intoxicating.
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It feels so good to be in a place not many visit, to see what Mother Earth looks like before we have our way with her, to feel like the only person on the island...to stand under the stars and feel so small and deserving.
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Thank you @cookislands for sharing your beauty with me, I am touched forever.
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #kiaorana #aitutaki #sheisnotlost
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#girlsthatwander #nomadgirls #darlingescapes #blondesandcookies #travelgirlsgo #speechlessplaces #beautifuldestinations #ladiesgoneglobal #ladieslovetravel #travelblogger #wearetravelgirls #travelgirls #femmetravel
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| Our Work
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The work of a travel writer is to drop into a story and feel it with my whole heart and all five senses, and to share this in writing and photographs.
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It IS the best job in the Universe. And, this "work" doesn't feel like work to me, because I love it so much. This is the secret to happiness, right? To find work you love.
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Swipe left to see the story I am telling today, the story of my poolside breakfast in paradise. Can you see it, feel it, hear it, taste it and almost touch it as if it's real? Do you want to be here? Does it inspire you to book a trip or take you to some far away place?
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My Monday morning looks like this. Co-creating with @ashleydrody, telling the story of @cookislands...and pinching myself because my "work" includes wearing flower crowns and bikinis in paradise. This is truly @thehellyeslife.
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #kiaorana #aitutaki #sheisnotlost
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| Infinity
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I found the place where the sky and ocean meet, where they are one. A place where you can walk straight out to the horizon, and you can see the sun's painted colors to infinity.
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This place is like no other I've ever seen, it is poetry in motion; Mother Nature and Mama Earth holding hands...
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #aitutaki #kiaorana #sheisnotlost
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#thehellyeslife #femmetravel #darlingescapes #speechlessplaces #beautifuldestinations #travelgirls #travelgirlsgo #nomadgirls #wearetravelgirls #womenwhoexplore #girlgetoutside #americanstyle #ladiesgoneglobal #hotelsandresorts
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| Kia Orana
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This is the @cookislands! Everywhere you go on the Cook Islands you hear the words "Kia Orana," and it is always delivered with a big smile and either a hug or a wave. Kia Orana is a blessing and wish for good fortune and it is the language of these islands.
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It literally means, "May you live a long and fulfilling life," and it is one of the three core values of this culture.
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I am officially in-love with you Cook Islands, thank you for sharing your blessings and paradise with me, thank you.
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📍Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #rarotonga #aitutaki #kiaorana
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| Under the Surface
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The story is unfolding here on the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, and I'm letting it come to me instead of chasing it this time.
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Yesterday looked like this...a boat cruise with Vaka Cruise around the lagoon within this island, island hopping, snorkeling in perfectly clear waters with fish swimming beside me, eating a fresh lunch and napping on pure white sandy beaches.
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I frolicked on the island where Survivor and Cast Away were filmed, visited an island called "One Foot Island," and took deep, deep breaths of the fresh South Pacific air...
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Put this paradise on your list, you must see it for yourself.
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📍Aitutaki, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #lovealittleparadise #kiaorana #sheisnotlost
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#vakacruise #nomadgirls #americanstyle #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #dametraveler #darlingescapes #speechlessplaces #travelgirls #travelgirlsgo #girlgetoutside #girlsthatwander #womenwhoexplore #ladiesgoneglobal #beautifuldestinations
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| Paradise
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I think paradise is in your heart. No matter where you are in the world, you feel paradise in your heart first.
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Yesterday @ashleydrody told me she felt like crying because we were in a place touching her heart so deeply, and I understood. She felt this way because she knows paradise and her heart told her this place outside of her body is close.
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We are pinching ourselves this week...thank you @cookislands.
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📍#tamanubeachresort, Cook Islands | 📷: @ashleydrody | #cookislands #lovealittleparadise #aitutaki
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#sheisnotlost #travelgirls #traveldeeper #girlsthatwander #dametraveler #girlgetoutside #hotelsandresorts #beautifulhotels #americanstyle #wearetravelgirls #nomadgirls #femmetravel #darlingescapes
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