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November

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November. A new month has arrived, however, I feel as though it’s a new year.

I feel I have grown the most in 2014. My goals, my inner happiness, my relationships, my love for the world and others, has grown exponentially. Usually on Sunday nights I would lay in bed stressed about Monday morning, but as I sit here calmly, completely in the moment, I know I am no longer the person I used to be. I look forward to what is ahead of me, and I no longer look at my past with regret; only for guidance.

Is this what it means to grow older? If so, I am looking forward to all of my upcoming years. xx

Successful travels

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IMG_5537.JPG Today I traveled to Concan, TX to camp with my dearest friend. We spent our evening by the Frio River, listening to our favorite songs and then walking around campsites as the sun set over the hills. It was gorgeous, and once again I am learning that my days spent out doors bring me so much happiness.

xx

Wanderlust

SanAntonioRiverWalkBargeRideMorningI’ve become quite tired during the evenings, yet I must still find my strength to write. Colorado photos must be sorted through for they are far too beautiful not to share, as well as photos of the Stanley Hotel!

This year I told myself I would travel more, and I feel as though I have not let myself down. I don’t need to travel across the country, traveling to any new destination, whether it’s 96 or 1,256 miles away, I long for it all.

New rivers, new trees, new emotions.

This weekend I plan on going about 90 miles outside of my city to a town I’ve never ventured to. My best friend and I will spend a day and night in nature. My camera shall be loaded with film (or just fully charged) and my mind will be free of all woeful thoughts.

Nature, how I long for you. How you cleanse my soul. xx

Adams Falls

Have you ever had a personal connection with nature? An overpowering, almost spiritual, connection? I’ve always loved nature, but today was the first time I felt an overwhelming connection to the natural state of life.

Adams Falls, hidden away in Rocky Mountain National Park, transformed me, if only for a moment. The water cascading down over rocks and enormous trees that had fallen from time. The known fact that the water was so much more powerful than you. It was the first time I had ever seen a waterfall.

The sound overpowered everything around me and all I could hear was peace; all I could see was beauty. Natural beauty, beauty untouched by human hands. The type of beauty that is forgotten in this day of technology- the day of filters, the day of photoshop, the day of altering everything around us. This waterfall, this piece of Earth, was beautiful, all by itself, it need not compete with the trees or foliage around it, merely complement it.

The metaphor, of course, that caused that one tear to brim my eye, was that of letting go and surrendering. Surrendering all of your vices, all of your pain, and letting them flow with the water, freeing you.

A place to say goodbye.

It would go against everything I spoke of to alter the photographs below, which is why I have not. Here is Adams Falls, in all of it’s glorious beauty.

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Colorado: the beginning

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After a 12 hour car ride, my family (minus my older brother!), James and I have finally arrived to Colorado for a nine day vacation in the wilderness. Well, mostly wilderness. Tomorrow we will travel to a log cabin near Rocky Mountain National Park. I cannot wait to spend the days immersed in nature. Hiking up mountains, breathing in the fresh air, drinking coffee on the porch overlooking the trees transforming into their fall selves as I transform into one with the leaves. My metaphors make no sense at this hour, for I am quite tired.

Expect many pictures xx

Late Friday post

My Friday through photos: Hibiscus sorbet dessert

A delicious hibiscus sorbet from an authentic  Japanese restaurant. I can’t get over how gorgeous the color is.

Gorgeous flower with green background

Around 7 p.m. my friend and I enjoyed the sunset at my favorite park. I walked far into the grass to get away from the geese who had claimed territory on the path and came across a beautiful flower it all of it’s loneliness. flashtat silver arrows

Yet another flashtat weekend. This design is one of my favorites from the pack.  I have found that flash tattoos and summer are my favorite combination.

xx

 

 

Back to basics

Is July really a week away? It’s hard to believe six months ago I was writing my new years resolutions. After rereading everything I felt so inspired to do in 2014, I realized some items on my list had been neglected.

1. I haven’t finished Doctor Sleep yet. What? It’s been, a while. Since January 23, when I received the book for my birthday. I must get on it.

2. Writing. Oh, how my writing has suffered! I have not one journal to account for the months of February to present day. I purchased (well James purchased) a journal for me today at World Market. Ahhhh! I love it! I must snap a pic sometime. Perhaps tomorrow. It’s wonderful.

3. Being Spontaneous. Today that was a total win. James and I were sitting on our new couch, which I must photograph as well, and we decided to make a movie that started in 15 minutes. After arriving at the movie theater and gasping at the amount of cars that flooded the parking lot, we spontaneously went to World Market, and then spontaneously picked up food. Very, very spontaneous and I am left with the high of the spontaneity.

So far, so good.

xx

Instagram happiness

Every morning when my alarm clock wails, my fingers immediately turn off the sound and find their way onto Instagram.

With one eye closed, I scroll through the images I have chosen to show on my screen and up until a couple weeks ago, I would usually feel a stab of pain near my ego. Because these photos are literally what I see when I wake up in the morning, they have an impact on how my day is going to pan out. Now, I love celebrities and Victoria Secret models, but my life is so far from all of that glam (especially when I’m under the covers in my pajamas) that I would begin to feel somewhat inferior. I would envy the beach homes and the gorgeous clothing wrapped around their figures.

After scrolling through all the photos and setting my phone down on the pillow next to me, even though in my mind I was planning my day out, internally, these amazing, unrealistic photos for myself would stay there- influencing me- for the whole morning and perhaps even into the afternoon.

On one particular morning I woke up and saw a woman looking unbelievable in her bathing suit and at that moment I thought that I needed to go work out. My very first concrete image that morning brought me to the conclusion that I needed to focus my whole day on molding my body based on an image that may or may not have been Photoshopped.

My mind began to process this and I had a beautiful realization- I was in charge of what was fed to my mind through Instagram. I can choose to follow and unfollow whomever I please. It’s not because I hated them, it’s not because I was mad, it was because I knew it was a healthy decision for both my body and mind. I went through the people I followed and deleted over 60 accounts.

This morning when I scrolled through my Instagram, I was flooded with images that only brought me happiness and healthy inspiration. Photos my friends had posted, healthy meals, gorgeous landscapes and amazing photos that made me remember there’s so much more than just me and my life right now, in this bed, from NatGeo.

I feel as though my Instagram is a “healthy” place to go now, a safe haven of photographs that influence me in the greatest way possible. I finally found my Instagram happiness.

Updating

rose nails brightlights bestsandwicheverIt’s been a wonderful few days. Gentle rain drops landing on my very much alive rose plant, freshly manicured nails from a rare spa day, glowing skin from a photo that was far too kind due to the sunlight, and an amazing sandwich from Panera. I am now hungry from thinking about the tomato basil bread the veggies rest inside of!

I’m horrible with plants. They tend to die on me quite suddenly. I’ll water them carefully when they first arrive onto my porch, but if I have a couple of busy days I neglect to water them and they sadly fade away. I am determined to keep these beauties alive for springtime is nearly here! I want to cover my porch in plants. I feel they truly help keep positive vibes strong.

Am I the only one who becomes extremely happy when snap chat photos turn amazing because the sunlight erases all of your pores? I love when this happens! Yet I rarely post it because it’s really very deceiving, but still good for your confidence?

Oh, and the sandwich. If you ever find yourself inside a Panera, please indulge in their Mediterranean veggie sandwich. Pure deliciousness.

Today I am off to meet with my college roommate and BFF for lunch and shopping. I am going to try very hard not to spend any money on unnecessary items (thin, see through blouses that I can never find the correct undergarments to pair them with).

xx

2014 resolutions

inspiration_edited-1I can’t believe it’s already March! I’ve decided to post my 2014 resolution list which I made on January 1 and see how well I’ve been doing with my resolutions.

Travel: Yes! So far I have been down to the beach and this weekend I traveled north to visit the largest telescope in Texas! (this must be a post in itself- the trip was a whirlwind)

Cardio: I feel as though I could be doing better. I run outdoors at least three times a week. Ok, maybe sometimes I only get in two running days. I’m not a fan of the gym, so I have been avoiding getting my cardio fix in there.

Journal everyday: Fail.

Read: I have yet to finish one book this year, but I am currently reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and the last book in the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Erase all voices of society: I feel as though I am doing well with this resolution. I haven’t been sucked into anything I haven’t wanted to truly do.

Be spontaneous: I could be more spontaneous. *runs away from computer*

Lose yourself: Work in progress. I lost myself on a park bench today.

Start my own company: I’ve been working on this everyday.

How are you doing on your new year resolutions?