I am connected to my heart and intuition, allowing them to guide me on my life’s journey. I recognize the power of the Law of Attraction and embrace many spiritual practices in my daily life. I believe in the mind-body connection and that we should rule our minds, or our minds will rule us.
| January 25, 2016 |
I’ll admit it. I’ve completely romanticized North Cascades National Park. I’ve proclaimed it, essentially, as my mountain muse.
I can’t help it, though. The first time I bestowed my eyes upon Diablo Lake, I felt something inside me shift. It felt like a dream. I had to shake my head and ask myself: Do colors that blue really exist in natural features? What is Earth, after all? Is Mother Nature really this fruitful?
Yes, Kristen. Yes to all of it.
Here is my photographic homage to Diablo Lake and written romanticization of life…
| January 6, 2017 |
My third day in North Cascades National Park was a solo trip. I planned to venture into the park before weather was supposed to turn over the weekend. My goal? To arrive at the trailhead of Hidden Lake Lookout early enough on a Friday morning in September to claim an overnight spot in the lookout! I packed my overnight goods in my car (with thanks to my friends who loaned me a poop shovel/trowel, bear canister, and Jet Boil), woke up at an ungodly hour, and drove 4 hours to Hidden Lake Lookout trailhead.
This hike was life-changing for nearly unexplainable reasons. In the challenge of reaching the lookout, I felt awe-stricken, confused, frustrated, determined, and awakened. I went through periods of doubt and assurance that I can make it. Certainly, this hike was a lot more challenging than I expected.
The magic of this place will resonate in my heart for quite some time. Read on to discover it with me…
| January 1, 2017 |
Are you with me in the disbelief that 2016 is over? Apparently, we were gifted one second more in 2016, but it still seemed to zoom by. I can’t believe all the transitions I’ve experienced in 2016, which I adapted to nearly effortlessly. From leaving the Sunshine State to embracing mountain culture in The Evergreen State, I feel like I’ve developed a deeper sense of connection with myself than ever before, and therefore continue to strengthen relationships with others.
I’ve briefly touched upon how I used to obsessively over-plan and over-think, but you’ll never know how toxic these thoughts were. I plan to continue exploring my previous thought processes as I expand my intuitive connection with myself. I’ve realized I am being pulled silently in the direction of more freedom, love, and travel than I could have ever imagined. I crave the ‘vagabond’ lifestyle, and certainly feel like a domesticated hippie stuck between the professional world and life of liberation and freedom. Somehow, though, I feel these two worlds will continue to entwine and I will maintain a balance between them in this new year.
I envision a 2017 filled with even more magic than 2016. There’s a lot of unknown ahead, and this excites me. In the beginning of 2016, I connected to my core desired feelings in order to create a backdrop for 2017. I’m doing the same for 2017…
| December 5, 2016 |
I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t always been a confident dream chaser. I’ve certainly built up my self-confidence and belief system over the years. I sometimes reflect on my high school days where I was malleable and obedient – listening without hesitation to the rules set by others. No alcohol? Deal. No drugs? Deal. Get good grades? Sure, I can do that!
I measured a lot of early successes by how many clubs I was president of, how many honor societies I was inducted into, what commodities I possessed, and how many other people were proud of me. Of course, I was also proud of myself. I had something to show for my hard work and determination, and I certainly wouldn’t change a thing. Those little successes built my confidence, and I full-heartedly believe they were building blocks to who I am today.
Then… something shifted in me. I discovered who I am, and realized my dreams are now under my own influence. I am in control. This was new to me, and quite uncomfortable. But… I’ve leaned into this discomfort, and redefined success.
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