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Bio Passionate about the great big world and all the people in it || Just trying to capture a drop of the beauty surrounding ||Arkansas || @fullmoonphotos

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Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Honestly, this season of my life, God's been revealing things to me in the most unexpected of ways. Prayers that have se" at Dallas Museum of Art - 1688655593977692910

Honestly, this season of my life, God's been revealing things to me in the most unexpected of ways. Prayers that have seen my lips many, many times have come to fruition and in it, I feel nothing but peace, love, and joy. I'm grateful for a love so unconditional that provides though we are undeserving. How awesome. ||

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Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "A year ago today, I walked into this piazza for the very first time and it was filled to the brim with people celebratin" at Piazza Navona - 1684896746150753515
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A year ago today, I walked into this piazza for the very first time and it was filled to the brim with people celebrating the holidays, celebrating Befana, and just joining together in such beautiful community in such an ancient space. And honestly, ever since the moment I stepped onto the plane to head to this place, my heart has changed, my eyes have opened in wonder for this great big world we get to live in, and my ears have been open to new ideas, new languages (both spoken and unspoken), and new people. I've had the opportunity to grow, learn, and overall just thrive in a place that I would learn to call home. I learned to ask for things in Italian, how to live in a city (where there are no supermarkets... you walk to different store for your different needs), how to navigate numerous forms of public transit, how to communicate when neither person speaks the same language, and how to overall love people no matter the differences you have or encounter. I learned to love art more, to never take a day for granted, and to breathe it all in and live in the moment, because unfortunately, most things have to come to an end at some point. Rome taught me more than history and architecture. Rome taught me how to be me. How to say how I feel, love people openly and fully, see the beauty in every stone on the path or just over every hill... it taught me a lot about life. And I'm beyond grateful I got to experience it with the people I did, and meet the people I did along the way. Rome, you and your people helped shape me into a more patient, understanding, and loving individual. You helped me find my way in a world that can polarize so much. And with that, I'm eternally grateful for my time in the Eternal City. Tutto il mio amore, Roma! ||

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Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Got to bring in the New Year with some of my favorite people and a whole lot of coffee, You can say it was pretty good. " at Quay Coffee - 1683915478487271400
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Got to bring in the New Year with some of my favorite people and a whole lot of coffee, You can say it was pretty good. Here's to all of the coffee I'm going to drink with all of the greatest people in 2018 🎉 (no seriously, If you wanna get coffee with me sometime or just need someone to talk to feel so free to hit me up// shoot me a message!) ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "So, this is it. I've been writing this post over the course of two days so that I can put out the right words and all of" at Dolomiti - 1681999282284355055
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So, this is it. I've been writing this post over the course of two days so that I can put out the right words and all of the words I want to say. This may be a long one but hopefully a good one. 2017 has been a year of major changes for me, or better yet, the manifestation of a lot of the changes I've been trying to make for years. I spent the first 4 months of this year on another continent- and I can only say that nothing has ever built my confidence in myself or revealed my true self more. In a foreign country, where I didn't know the local language, I found my true voice. I learned more about my passions and what fuels me day to day, how to openly communicate with others, and that it's completely okay to not be okay all of the time. It's okay to make mistakes, to be frustrated, to be angry, and to cry. It's okay to have days where you feel you're truly climbing a mountain and feel like you'll never make it to the top. But it's also important to realize that one day, you will make it to the top. And you'll look down and see just how beautiful that journey that got you there was. And ultimately, you wouldn't want it any other way. This year has taught me how to better love and serve others in ways I didn't think possible- no matter the difference in language, background, etc. It taught me that people are just people everywhere. Everyone wants to have love and be respected- to be heard in some way or another. It's allowed me to better understand how to cope when you feel like the black sheep- how it's completely okay to have differing opinions- and how to deal with those differing opinions without feelings being hurt. It's taught me that we shouldn't allow ourselves to only live by a "new year, new me" policy- that we should strive every day to be more, see more, understand more, and most importantly LOVE MORE. Love ferociously and unapologetically. In a world that seems so focused on hate, love. Love people, love the earth and everything in it, and LOVE YOURSELF. Try to find positivity in situations, do what you love, tell those you love that you love them. Life is too short to sit and wish that someone else will come along and write your story for you. Go.

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Stay curious. Keep learning. Be open to new ideas, to constructive criticism. || Today I watched the Netflix film First " at Uffizi Gallery - 1680197432480414636

Stay curious. Keep learning. Be open to new ideas, to constructive criticism. || Today I watched the Netflix film First They Killed My Father, a film set in Cambodia in the 1970's, when the Khmer Rouge suddenly took control of the country and many were displaced or murdered (they ended up killing off 1/4 of the population). It was a story that further opened my eyes to just how inhuman humans can be to each other, and greatened my want to work towards peace and greater international unification... I'm saying all of this to ask if anyone knows of any books//films that touch on similar topics to this, please share!! ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "We had to stop and admire this sunset on the way to the Moon house in Missouri for Christmas with the Moon fam 🌲what a b" at Lake of the Ozarks - 1676470754143024040

We had to stop and admire this sunset on the way to the Moon house in Missouri for Christmas with the Moon fam 🌲what a beautiful world we live in. ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "I've been looking through my pictures from the past year and can't believe how much I've been able to experience and see" at Austin, Texas - 1674158088476952276
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I've been looking through my pictures from the past year and can't believe how much I've been able to experience and see, all the people I've been able to meet and get to know on a deeper level. And through all of the crappy things that happen, I can't help but still stay smiling. I serve a Father who loves and forgives and provides, I have beyond loving friends and family, and I don't go wanting much. Life is good. People are good. Go show each other some love this holiday season, that's what it's all about anyways. ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "I received the news yesterday that my hard drive couldn't be recovered. And honestly y'all, it was a blow (and still is)" at Badlands National Park - 1670765667915645997

I received the news yesterday that my hard drive couldn't be recovered. And honestly y'all, it was a blow (and still is). Most of my pictures from Europe and my family's summer vacation were on there (I don't want to hear your "you should have backed it up 5 times" comments either haha), and now they're gone (minus the random ones I posted a long time ago). It's not that I have to have pictures to be able to remember things and appreciate them. It's just that my pictures mean a lot to me. Looking back at them, I can remember exactly how I felt in a moment. Photography is something that I can do completely for myself. But this has also been an important lesson in not depending on THINGS. Pictures are wonderful and beautiful depictions of ways you feel, things you've seen, and things that may make other people feel those emotions. However, I still have the memories. I still had the opportunity to go out and do all of these transformative things- see all of these incredible places. And I don't need pictures to remind me of that. I've learned so much this year from strange mishaps and this is just one more thing that has helped me grow more and learn more about myself. So don't feel sorry for me, I'll be okay. I love y'all dearly and hope this can help you too- no matter what situation you're currently faced with. We're all gonna be alright ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Sometimes life just wants to throw a couple twists at you. And it seems overwhelming and like things won't get better- b" at Artist Point, Arkansas - 1662103741257913622

Sometimes life just wants to throw a couple twists at you. And it seems overwhelming and like things won't get better- because you have these expectations of perfection for life. But, friends, life doesn't quite work that way. Life isn't perfect-and it never will be. This isn't a bad thing. It's something to be joyful for. What's life without a few twists and turns? How would you know who was actually next to you if they've never had to walk with you through a struggle or hard time? This week has been interesting. But this weekend made me really reflect. Simple days with people I care about, days that didn't require extravagant plans, or really many plans at all. I laughed, i cried (happy tears, because I was reminded of just how kind people can be), I danced and sang. I realized how nice it is to just be. And to have people that you can just be with. And how much these people make all of the struggles in life seem less bad. How much they support and listen and care to the point that your problems seem so small and too ridiculous to truly rest on them. I'm so beyond grateful for the people God has surrounded me with. Y'all, life is too short to waste on people that don't treat you right. Surround yourself with people that accept you for you 100%, people that will laugh with you and cry with you, people who will check in on you and call you out.... people that will be true friends. They don't have to be people you see every day, they can be a friend overseas, whatever. Don't settle for less than people who will build you up and tell you when you need to take it down a notch- people that will remind you of your worth and try to understand where you're coming from. Like I said, life's too short to have it any other way. To all of my people, I hope you know how much I love and appreciate every one of you. I learn so much from you every single day, even if I don't see you often (or ever, really). You make life a lot more fun, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Sorry for the long post, but I'm feeling sappy and this is on my heart rn. So here's to being the true me. ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "We are one. We, the people of the world-- every ethnicity, every religion, every HUMAN BEING-- are one. For anyone to st" at Berlin, Germany - 1655499303197913726

We are one. We, the people of the world-- every ethnicity, every religion, every HUMAN BEING-- are one. For anyone to stay in a bubble of comfort, never caring about what's going on around them at all- whether that be in their community, their state, their country, the world- is them joking themselves. You don't have to be religious by any means to wish other people around the world well. You don't have to be someone who understands everything to make a change. These senseless acts of violence we are forced to just watch on TV against people of all religions, races, etc. need to stop. And it starts with opening your heart to being upset with these things. It's okay to cry along with those that are hurting. It's not okay to completely ignore anything is happening. I don't expect anyone to be a complete expert on every worldwide event- it's not physically possible for us as humans to worry about everything happening to everyone. Find something you're passionate about and make a change- whether that be in your neighborhood, your town, your country, or the world. Because in the end, we are all people. We all deserve to be loved and respected. We deserve to be one. || If you've made it this far, I apologize for the long post. But what has happened in Egypt today has really hit me hard. Don't just pray for people that are around you. Pray for those far away. Pray for those you don't know. If you don't believe in praying, send good vibes of some sort. Think of them. Don't let their stories become forgotten in the dust of history. They deserve so much more. ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Since I now know my mother knows about it, here's my tattoo 🤘🏻 It has a lot to do with what I'm thankful for so I though" at Albuquerque, New Mexico - 1654500179292160648

Since I now know my mother knows about it, here's my tattoo 🤘🏻 It has a lot to do with what I'm thankful for so I thought today may be a really appropriate day to post about it. To me, my full moon represents my family. What would I do without them? We may not always see eye-to-eye but through the moves, life transitions, drama, heartaches, etc... they're constant. Their love is unconditional, and they are my biggest supporters. On the other, more personal side, the full moon represents something my mom once said to me when I was in a really low place, with really low confidence. In the midst of tears, she looked me straight in the eye and said "Maris, if you're going to be a Moon, be a full one." A full moon lives unapologetically, confidently, without fear of what's ahead and with full faith that things happen for a reason and that they'll all work out. I've carried this view with me for the past 2 years now, and although it's not always easy to live fully, it's what I am to do. I am thankful for this daily reminder to live fuller, smile brighter, be kinder, and to put myself out there. Life's too short to live in fear of what people think of you. It's too short to depend on others for your happiness. Be kind, love fiercely, adventure endlessly, stop doubting, and don't be afraid to live a little. Sorry this post is so long but that's what this page is for, thanks for reading 🤘🏻 ||

Instagram Image by Maris Moon (@marismoo) with caption : "Life's looking up, a lot of opportunities have been presented to me lately and I am overwhelmed by the goodness of God. " at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - 1653898817541855200

Life's looking up, a lot of opportunities have been presented to me lately and I am overwhelmed by the goodness of God. He works in the times that leave you weary and wanting to quit, and he works in the good times too. Just keep trucking, y'all. Everything will work out, even if it's not the way you expected. ||