ONA bag Giveaway!

 
 
YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO

WIN AN ONA CAMPS BAY

BACKPACK FOR YOURSELF!
{See details at bottom of this post}
Taj Mahal - Agra, India - photo by Jordan Leassig 

Taj Mahal - Agra, India - photo by Jordan Leassig 

Botswana - photo by Kelsi Klembara 

Botswana - photo by Kelsi Klembara 

Hiking with Austin Mann during LTW - Photo by Jordan Leassig

Hiking with Austin Mann during LTW - Photo by Jordan Leassig

Hiking in the Himalayan Mountains - photo by Jordan Leassig

Hiking in the Himalayan Mountains - photo by Jordan Leassig

Managua, Nicaragua - photo by Constance Dykhuizen

Managua, Nicaragua - photo by Constance Dykhuizen

My ONA bag was a great "ride" for children in Botswana :-) photo by Kelsi Klembara

My ONA bag was a great "ride" for children in Botswana :-) photo by Kelsi Klembara

I always wanted to find a camera bag that didn't look like a typical black camera bag. A bag that didn't scream out to everyone that I'm a photographer. I travel to some pretty risky places at times so that is super important to me.

When I saw the Camps Bay Backpack on ONA's website, I knew I wanted it. It was the bag that I imagined bringing on a trek in the mountains with me, working in the field in Africa, or hopping on a train in India with. Well for 2 years now I have been traveling with the ONA Camps Bay Backpack and it has truly become one of my favorites! What I love about this bag is that it fits right into it's surroundings wherever I am.

The material is made out of a waxed leather canvas which makes for a pretty light bag when my gear not in it and the look of the canvas ages really well. The inside has several soft dividers that are all adjustable and removable. It holds my 15" macbook pro in a padded compartment and can fit up to a 17" laptop.  I love that the top flap of the bag covers this compartment, because if i'm in a busy street market, I don't want someone to be able to just unzip a zipper and remove my laptop. The two clasps on the front allow for easy access to my camera gear when I need it really fast. The flap hides the zipper, so again, if you are in a busy area, your camera gear would be hard difficult to get it. The straps are comfortable made out of a thick air mesh padding.  I've had other bags that have caused me all sorts of back problems and this bag seems to hold it's weight well. The canvas is not waterproof so I usually carry a backpack rain jacket and throw it over it when it starts to pour down hard. Although I have gotten it wet before in light rainstorms and the canvas still looks great.  

I get compliments on my Camps Bay all the time (many from individuals who are not even photographers) I think that speaks volumes about the bag in terms of style. Multiple times, people have stopped me in airports and asked me where I got my backpack. So here it is. I wanted to make sure you know about it! And Thanks to ONA you all have a chance to have one of your own. 

 
Having fun with a Canon Speedlight and the charity: water team in Botswana

Having fun with a Canon Speedlight and the charity: water team in Botswana

 

I've made this really simple. My good friends Becky Straw & Jody Landers at the The Adventure Project are nominated to win $50K in the Diane Von Furstenberg awards and All they need is our vote! 

The Adventure Project wants to create jobs all over the world for people. In four years, the organizations has employed 745 entrepreneurs in india, Haiti, Kenya and Uganda which include well mechanics, healthcare workers, farmers and stove masons. Together they serve over one million people each day. I've had the priveledge of photographing stories for The Adventure Project in all over those countries. I have seen first hand the impact that they've had in communities. I say this a lot and I mean it -- Every person wants a good job. If there is one thing that I truly see that brings people out of poverty, it's being employed and making a livable wage.

People all over the world want the same things: the opportunity to care for their families, send their kids to school, and lead healthy lives. Aid is always appreciated, but a job has the power to move an entire family out of poverty forever.
 

 
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HOW TO WIN THIS AMAZING BAG!


And the WINNER IS: Corrie matchell 

I have a feeling she's going to take her new ONA Bag on some pretty fun adventures around the world! 

 

Tell me.......If you were to win, where would you take your ONA bag on your next Adventure?

Connect with Esther! 

31 days of Prayer for The Dreamer + The Doer

 

IT's here! 

 
 
 
 

When my friend Jenn Sprinkle asked me to write a prayer for this book, I almost turned her down. Seriously...I still have a very hard time sharing what I write with anyone. It's a fear.....which happened to be the chapter she asked me to write a prayer for. Fear is something I have battled and battled and battled and only this past year do I feel that I've started to find freedom. I imagine that most people would look at my life and think that i'm fearless, but it's actually been the opposite. I was never fearful of flying in planes, or exploring new countries, I wasn't even fearful hearing gunfire go off around me in Uganda, going through a 6.3 earthquake in Haiti or being held up by 15 gunman surrounding my car. Fear would strike me in the strangest of places. There was once time I was at a cabin in the woods with a friend in Colorado and I didn't want to go outside alone. It was like Fear gripped a hold of me and I was terrified and almost paralyzed by what could be ready to attack me outside. I was so fearful of speaking in front of people because of the power I gave man in their approval of me, but I knew God was calling me to speak. I would be completely gripped with fear if I had to deal with a conflict situation. I was so fearful of conflict  that I would RUN the other way rather than confronting someone about something. I would be fearful of ridiculous things that made no sense to most people. I would pray and pray and pray to be released from this Fear, but always felt it still lurking. Last fall I went on a walk alone in the woods. It was that moment that I realized the freedom God has brought me to. He truly is the healer and is constantly reminding me to trust him. God does not give us a spirit of Fear.

2 Timothy 2;7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Whatever Fear it is you are facing....remember that with God you can conquer it. Don't let fear stop you from what God is calling you to do. 

 
 
 
 
 

 

I have absolutely LOVED reading through ALL of these beautiful prayers written by women in all walks of life. Check it out at the link below. For every book you purchase -- $1 goes to The Adventure Project to support job creation for men and women around the globe. 

 

Click the book above to purchase $15.99 

We are dreamers & doers – ambitious business owners – we love hard – try to ‘do-it-all’ and grow weary in the process. We need each other to lean on and to love on. More and more women are weaving their stories, their burdens and their God-given gifts into big dreams, intentional businesses and God’s work. Our prayer for this book is to keep you tethered to your faith and to the Lord, who without His saving grace, all dreaming and doing is in vain.

Curated by The {Well} Studio and written by an inspiring group of dreamers and doers, the prayers and scripture that fill these pages are written to accompany you on this the journey of brilliant dreams and scary risks, weary struggles and joyful success, inspiring ideas and fears of failure....all in light of how God has created us to be and to do all things well....not perfectly, but {well}.