10 with a 10: Laura Rowe

10 with a 10 happens every Monday, folks.
10 questions. 1 Polaroid.
The point? To feature strong women who run their gigs like a boss. 

This week, Laura Rowe, a dear friend whose presence is ... well, it's like the sunrise.
Warm, awakening, gentle, full of possibilities. She's eager to bless everyone with light and all the things that she is makes you believe you can be those things too. 

She's also a lovely photographer with an ethereal, true style that I adore.
But I'll let her do the rest of the talking.

1.  What do you do and what does it give to people?

I spend my time documenting new places I see and awesome milestones in people’s lives.  I’m a travel and lifestyle photographer, but I like to think of myself more as a storyteller.  I give people the opportunity to not only remember their stories, but also to slow down and appreciate what’s going on around them in their own world.  Photographs have a way of evoking emotion, it’s my hope to offer that to people.

2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?

I catch myself on the daily reminding people to be patient in their lives and to be careful not to wish it all away.
Easier said than done.

We’re all so consumed with our visions of success and happiness that we forget to actually allow ourselves to experience them. Whether we know who we want to be, where we want to live or what career we want to pursue, there’s an entire life happening that is drenched in incredible amounts of happiness and success. Being mindful of our experiences, that’s the root of the root I think, or so I’m learning.

3.  How do you rely on others to make you better?

I am constantly observing the people who make up my days. Reflecting on their attributes, on what makes them remarkable.

I rely on others to show me how to be a better version of myself. From compassion, photography skills, courage…I’m always striving to grow.

No matter how bad my day might be there is always someone somewhere having a worse one and still carrying themselves with grace and appreciating what they have.

4.  Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?

I find my husband and tell him to pack his bags.

Not to run from our life, but to get out there and make some dreams come true. He spends his entire life trying to build the best one for me and if money weren’t a consideration, he’d be moving even more mountains.

There’s no one I want to see succeed more in this world, no one I know who deserves to chase their dreams more than him.

5.  What has compelled you forward more than anything else?

I think what has compelled me forward is the knowingness that anything is truly possible and the understanding that in order to live with that mantra you’ve got to be prepared to work your ass off. So I guess what’s compelled me to move forward is knowing better than to ever give up.

6.  Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"

Yep, because I think the people who ask that are most often the least aware of where they will be in 5 years and if they find out your lost too, you’ve made their day. We’re all just doing out best.
Some people thrive on having a 5-year plan, but planning anything more than two weeks in advance gives me anxiety. Anyone who knows me can testify. I’m indecisive, but of course I have goals.

All I know for sure is if anyone tried to tell me where I’d be in 5 years I’d plug my ears.
What’s the fun in knowing?   

7.  If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?

What do I want in this life?

Where do I want to live?

In nature.

Near the people I love.

Near culture.

On a Beach.

In a City.

On a Beach, close to the city.

Let’s move to New Zealand.

Is that crazy? 

Am I crazy? 

I’m crazy…

Will I ever settle down and sit still?

Yes.

No.

Maybe.

Probably not.  

8.  Are you spontaneous?

Yes. Being indecisive, I naturally gravitate towards a more spontaneous lifestyle. But sometimes my spontaneous decisions stress me out when I have to make real decisions surrounding them.

“I’m moving to FRANCE!!!!” (Insert happy and confetti emoticons here)

“Where the hell am I going to live in FRANCE”? (Insert awkward teeth clenching emoticon here)

9.  Are you failing differently each time?

I like to think so. I kind of like making mistakes to be honest.
Knowing that I’m still learning keeps me grounded.

10.  Paul Newman or Robert Redford?

Paul – have you seen his eyes?