I saw this post on a friend's story and loved it so much I just had to repost. H/t @lisaoliveratherapy.
A lot of my journaling practice is about finding direction and uncovering knowledge my heart knows that my head needs to get with. I've definitely felt lost before. I've had some pretty low lows because I felt like I should know what I was doing. In hindsight I see that I was wandering, searching, seeking, and I still am (with a little more clarity now). There isnt a roadmap for those who are trying to do things differently.
The Ocean stirs the heart, inspires imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul - Robert Wyland
That quote pretty much sums it up. Definitely feeling rejuvenated and inspired after our time on the Pacific Ocean. So glad we made the decision to head to the coast before making our way East. Looking forward to exploring Idaho and Montana next on our adventures.
Like millions of others around the country, @jillian__alexandra and I found ourselves suddenly unemployed in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thinking we'd be out of work for a few weeks, we decided to take advantage of the changing season, and our love of the outdoors, to get in as many hikes as we could.
We decided to break out of our patterns, and hike as much off the beaten path as we could, exploring trails and parks that were new to us within a 30 minute radius. We logged over 100 miles, tens of thousands of feet in elevation gain, and found several new favorite spots, all with my dog, Tesla. (He is small, but mighty, and can out-hike either of us any day.)
We hiked in blazing sun, and sleet. We fell off logs and into brooks. We got covered in mud, and dust, and dirt. We tracked the vernal pools as they seeped up from the earth, watched frogs and salamanders spawn and grow. We watched our legs, and lungs, and hearts gain strength by the mile.
This is a terrifying time to be alive, but our time together in the woods, brought us peace hour by hour. It's easier to see the light, from the dark, when it's filtering down the leaves. We made this movie for fun, for ourselves, as a memento of this singular moment--so that whatever happens, we remember that even in darkness and uncertainty, there's goodness to be found.
We hope this brings you some light.
Please enjoy a day in the Connecticut woods with great friends and the best dog.
Filmed on GoPro Hero 7 Black by Jill, Stacey, & Tesla.
Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen. - George Washington
You may find that hard to believe, as I’ve wandered the world for the past 2 years, but it’s true. Even when I was wandering, I was still putting the brakes on. I made things harder on myself. I didn’t believe that I could have an easy life. I was raised to work hard, not to work smart.
If it was too easy, I found a way to make it harder. Not consciously, of course, but I still did it. I made my life much harder than it needed to be.
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Last weekend we loaded the dog pack into the Jeep and drove off the grid. We visited with family and disconnected from everything else. It’s these small things that are good for the soul.
I hope everyone had a good weekend! Happy Sunday!☀️
Mt. Rainier, 2019: I am usually in this space this time of year, but not this year. This year is about missing people and missing places. It’s about resilience and patience. It’s about looking for the good news, the good people, and the selfless instead of selfish. I often tell my team at work that everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about, so be patient and have empathy. Some days that’s more difficult than others. Be patient out there - and try to make the best of these times. Get out and find some nature and get away from it all.