I am rich because of the experiences and people I encounter on my life’s journey. I am enlivened by the endless possibilities of travel and adventure – humbled by the vastness of the world. I believe travel and adventure can be found locally, and afar.
| April 11, 2017 |
Happy Full Moon! Today I’m reflecting on what brought me here, to the state of Washington again: all the support and love of my family and friends on the East coast, the endless development of my connection to my heart’s calling, and the power of manifestation.
My brain that was overloaded and confused (therefore “stuck,” and “attached”) finally let it go. Through some intense dark-room meditation with Alan Watts, I got real with myself. I allowed myself to proceed into the next natural step in my life, and started exploring some options. With a ton of meditation and self-reflection, I reached a state progress and clarity. It all seemed to come together so fast, yet I wasn’t overwhelmed. It all felt so natural. I was free within the confines of my mind to control my destiny.
I decided I would head back out to the Western United States to get back in touch with the mountains that had inspired me so grandly in 2016. I came to terms with my areas of weakness, and sources of attachment (to people, places, and ideas) that were detrimental to my psyche. I realized my undying enthusiasm for EVERYTHING sometimes disconnects me from my goals. And so, on January 24th, I made the well-thought-out decision to return to the state of Washington to work with children and I still had so much I wanted to learn, and knew I’d be ready for all that would open up to me back in Washington.
But first? Some more quality family time, sunshine in Florida, and big purchases.
| April 4, 2017 |
You’re back for more OW-some talk about the WFR course, huh? I’ve told you how much I miss this group of people, right? If I could have, I would have lived eternally in winter at Raquette Lake. Waking up every morning for breakfast at 7:30am wasn’t even a battle. I was usually awake before my alarm clock, ready for the day. Though my brain was somewhat overwhelmed at times, it never got unbearable. Some of my knowledge from my Doctor of Physical Therapy program was actually becoming applicable, and raised some interesting questions for our units such as spinal cord injury and cardiac/respiratory conditions. I also recalled the time I had Acute Mountain Sickness in Ecuador as we covered the effects of altitude. It was really amazing to see the skills of my classmates and I evolve in a few days. Our confidence was rising, and our professional medical skills were growing exponentially. We all supported each other in beautiful ways, and I couldn’t have handpicked a better crew to endure the WFR course with.
| April 3, 2017 |
I’ve started writing about this course a few times now, and every time I sit and think about these 9 days, I feel overwhelmed. So I’ve been a real jerk about it and haven’t devoted the time to actually put this course into words. I don’t really have a lot of photos, so I can’t even overcompensate for my hesitancy to write with photos. Damnit.
Well, let’s be honest here. I was super lost before this course. Frustrated, confused, and ready to just run away to Hawaii. NOLS and Raquette Lake gave me just what I needed at this time in my life. I’m so glad I sucker punched the doubts in my head, questioning why the hell I was spending the money on this course (cost was FOUR digits) when it wouldn’t give me any credits toward continuing education for my actual career, I didn’t feel my desire to learn was justifiable alone, and I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted out of it. Yet… I was drawn to take this course to be more comfortable venturing into the outdoors (and not depending on others all the time), and maybe… just maybe… find a way to use this course to get me outside in my career. Even if not, I didn’t care. I just wanted to take this course.
And so my journey began in Raquette Lake, New York on January 5, 2017. Let’s dive into this…
| March 20, 2017 |
There’s a whole lot of Intagram Inspiration talk coming your way. That’s Insta-Ration for short.
The era we live in constantly intrigues and confuses me. I seem to be in limbo between appreciating the easy access to information, and strongly disliking the emotional battle we have on social media. It’s really a curious thing. People are becoming “Insta-famous,” exposing their lives via video and photo in a way that hasn’t existed before. We have access to the whole world at our fingertips, yet many young adults are battling depression and self-esteem issues. We seem to have it all, but really don’t have it all together at all. Our relationships are suffering and we are living out of balance. It can sometimes feel incredible, and other times downright overwhelming. I certainly feel there’s a huge cost-benefit to the world of social media, especially on a platform like Instagram.
I will admit that I’ve found some huge benefits to Instagram. I’ve been inspired by the success of others, and a big part of recent my journey to the Pacific Northwest was sparked by images of foggy landscapes and breathtaking mountain ranges I saw in little squares. I have grown to appreciate Instagram in many ways, despite my underlying tumultuous emotions regarding social media. I really fear disconnect from the world and shallow living without real relationships. I see so many people scanning through their Instagram news feed while sitting at the table with a group of friends, waiting at a red light, or before bedtime.
And, yes, I’ve seen myself do this.
The reason I love Instagram is because it’s allowed me to connect in curious ways to my surroundings. It’s a really complicated relationship that has actually grown beyond the screen. I’ve actually connected with real humans from Instagram communities, and am now even more baffled by the world of social media.
Read on for my first Insta-Meet and more complicated, bipolar emotions regarding Instagram, social media, and the millennials…
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