The best thing about hiking in the snow is you can do all of the fun snow activities at the same time. Whether it’s building a snowman, making snow angels or having snowball fights. There are moments that call for refreshing your mind, clearing all of your problems and just have fun with life.
“Instagram vs. Reality” There’s a reason I share so much personal stuff on a platform that I know strangers can access. When I first started using Instagram around 17 or 18, I followed mostly friends and family until the explore page introduced me to photographers, models, and bloggers. Soon, most of my feed was actually people I didn’t even know. I formed a love/hate relationship with Instagram. On one hand, I loved having constant inspiration at my fingertips. On the other hand, I hated that my life didn’t seem as exciting, adventurous, luxurious, or simple as the people I was following. My small town life felt, well, small. I often thought, “Why not me?” Why wasn’t I good enough? Why didn’t I have so many friends? Why didn’t I look like that? Why didn’t I have so much money? When I moved to Oregon, I met lots of “instafamous” people with hundreds of thousands of followers. Suddenly, I was behind the scenes. Instead of just what they shared on social media, I got to see the reality of their day to day lives. I got to see how they treated others, how often they were on social media, and how much work went on to keep up their Instagram appearance. It really messed me up. Sure, I knew that “Instagram is just a highlight reel”, but it really didn’t click until I was faced with people treating me differently because I had under 1k followers. Gross. I didn’t realize that I didn’t even know the people I was idolizing and comparing myself to. I promise there’s a point to this whole story: This is why I share so much with you. I don’t want to be idolized and I don’t want you to think I’m someone I’m not. Just like you, I go through highs and lows. Just like you, I juggle a busy schedule and (struggle to) make time for being outside and being active. Just like you, I want to live full of new, adventurous experiences, I want to pursue and achieve my dreams, and I want to make a big, positive impact on the world. But I don’t want to do it at the cost of making you feel bad about yourself or your life. I want to encourage you to get out there and get after it! Chase the life you want because it’s out there! You can’t get it by looking at a screen and wishing it was yours.✨
Today is my birthday 😳 THE BIG 40 😳 and my plan is to get lost in my thoughts for a bit this morning, and go on a hike.
Truth be told, I’ve been excited about getting older every year, until this birthday. Maybe it’s because I’m unsatisfied with where my life is right now or that I’m not celebrating it in Greece or Iceland like I had planned. What ever the reason is, I think a little perspective in nature will help me get grounded again and off this self pity train. 🧘♀️🥾❤️🧘♀️🥾❤️🧘♀️🥾❤️🧘♀️🥾❤️
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest let’s talk a little about why I chose this photo today.
Cypress is an oil I like to bring with on hikes. Rubbing a few drops mixed with a carrier oil on my legs right before and some time right after a hike, it helps with circulation while also invigorating the senses. No joke I think it also helps me feel a little more in-tune with nature. Like........I smell like nature so I must be one with nature. 🧘♀️🤷♀️
Introducing my new buddy, Flat Logan! My cousin, Logan, made him for me so we can go on adventures together since I live in Virginia and he lives in Illinois. We took this pic in West Virginia on a road trip back to VA from holiday break! Stay tuned to see all the fun we have together! 🐕😍 👦🏼
I had 3 jobs and have been slowly quitting them over the past 3 months and tomorrow is my last day of the last one, yet I am still carrying an iPad because of work. If you know me this isn’t a surprise. Also nicknamed the GPS extra weight and I though that was funny, but it gives my parents a piece of mind.