Marymere Falls... always a fun stop on the Olympic Peninsula 😊🌲
Sunrise from one of my favorite backpacking trips of the summer.
This place was so vast… If you look closely to the left of @chelseakauai
, you can see two tiny orange dots, which are tents down near the lake. ⛺️⛺️
While winter might not be my favorite season, it’s still a great time to get out and explore! This hike to Franklin Falls is a favorite of mine in the Seattle area so it was fun to see how it looks here at the beginning of winter.
Staying warm and dry in my @EddieBauer
Anyone else missing those warm, clear summer nights? ⛺️🏔🌌
A few things came up this week that kept me from writing as much as I had hoped, but thanks for all your comments and thoughts on my last few posts. Maybe I’ll bring back the series at some point, but for now here is a cinemagraph of @jess.wandering
on the Olympic Peninsula.
Have a great Sunday! 😊
Let’s talk about… Fear.
It’s something we’ve all experienced and at some point, probably let control us.
It can be such a crippling emotion, where you feel hardly able to stand or even think. Sure, it’s different for everyone and we all experience it at different times, but I think learning to recognize it and push through it is an important part of personal growth. And often, some of the best things in life are on the other side of that fear.
At least that has been my experience…
You might see my feed and think I’m a natural in the mountains, but what might surprise you is that the first mountain I ever went up, I didn’t make it to the top… I stopped short of the summit, hunched over in tears, crippled by a fear of heights and the unknown. I think I was 10 at the time, but imagine if I had never worked through that fear... I never would have known that the mountains are where I simultaneously feel most alive and at peace.
I also used to be terrified of tall buildings… I once refused to go up the John Hancock Building, and another time refused to go up the St. Louis Arch. Now, anytime I travel, one of my favorite things to do in a new city, is to go up its tallest building.
And there was also a time I was afraid to snorkel but now I love diving.
These are just a few examples of things I now love, but was afraid of at one time. Not that I’ve overcome all my fears, but hopefully these examples give you some hope that you can overcome whatever fear might be holding you back.
So what is it for you? What fear has been keeping you from something?
Maybe a life changing destination lies on the other side of a fear of flying.
Maybe an amazing friendship lies on the other side of a fear of social situations.
Maybe a more fulfilling career lies on the other side of a fear of change.
These fears are not something to hide or ignore, everyone has fears of some sort, so don’t be afraid to admit yours, that’s the first step in working to move beyond it. Start small, and work up towards whatever it is you’re trying to overcome.
I hope and believe that you can begin the process to work towards not letting that fear control you any longer.
It’s going to be worth it.
Let’s talk about… Happiness.
Happiness isn’t the main goal in life, but if being happier is something you wish for yourself, than I think it’s important to look at different aspects of your life and how they affect your level of happiness.
This app, and how you use it, is no exception to that.
Do you open Instagram, scroll through some images or watch some stories, and feel happier? Or do you end up putting your phone down, feeling sad or discouraged?
Maybe it depends on the day and the images you see, but I think if we’re not careful, our happiness can be so easily affected by what we see on here and how we think we stack up against others.
When we see other people doing something we wish we could be doing or going to places we wish we could visit, it can make us feel worse about our own lives.
So maybe it’s time to take a look at the people you follow and unfollow a few that make you feel worse about your own life. Or maybe mute some stories that leave you feeling jealous or depressed. It doesn’t have to be permanent, you can always re-follow when you feel like you won’t be as affected by it.
For me, there have been times where I’ve had to do exactly what I’m talking about with muting stories or unfollowing accounts that didn’t add value to my life and ended up making me feel worse. To give you one slightly vulnerable example: while I do travel quite a bit, sometimes it can get lonely on the road; I would love to fall in love and travel the world with the love of my life, so sometimes, seeing couple accounts where people are doing that and seem so happy together can make me feel less happy about traveling solo. I focus more on what I don’t have than what I do have.
Maybe that gets you too or maybe it’s something completely different for you, but whatever it might be, it’s important to identify it, so you know what either needs to be eliminated or worked on.
I guess all that to say… remember that happiness is different for everyone and is mostly about learning to be grateful for what you do have, rather than attaining what someone else has.
And again, happiness shouldn’t be our main goal, but I think the world could use more happy people 😊
Let’s talk about… Instagram.
I’ve recently come across a few articles or people talking about Instagram and how it’s not what it used to be... how it’s less social and more easy to get burnt out on.
And, I think, in some ways, I agree.
I remember a time when I used to read every caption, and engaged in the comments with more people… and in a more meaningful way than “Nice shot!” “Thanks!”. -
I remember when this space had more depth than distance… really connecting with people rather than just “connecting” with the most people. -
So when did it become more about putting anything out there than actually sharing something meaningful?
That’s a question I’ve been wrestling with lately and I feel like I’m as guilty as anyone. I don’t know if I’ve gotten lazy, or just a little burnt out on it all.
Maybe at some point you think you start to run out of things to say, or new thoughts to share. Or you just don’t see the point in writing as much because you don’t feel it’s being read as much. You wonder if the captions are even worth the effort. After all, it’s much easier just to write “Here’s a beautiful sunset” than it is to share something of real value.
Or at least those have been the thoughts I’ve had at times.
Writing isn’t a strength of mine, it’s something that takes my perfectionist self awhile to do. But, atleast for this week, I’m going to try to share captions that create meaningful dialogue rather than just empty words. I hope you’ll follow along in my “Let’s talk about…” series and let me know your thoughts on each topic I cover. You might not agree with everything I write, but hopefully we can bring back some of the social part of this social media platform.
After all, it’s through past conversations and real connections on here that I’ve met some of my best friends.
This photo is even a result of that… a 4 day backpacking trip in Washington with 7 friends I met here on Instagram.
Anyways, if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. And I look forward to sharing and conversing more with you this week.
I love getting close to waterfalls, where I can experience the rush of wind coming off the falls and feel the cool mist on my face. Somehow, among this windy and wet chaos, I’m overcome with a sense of peace and awe at the beauty of it all.
@eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #EBContributor
Taking in the stillness of a Bali sunrise.
Exploring one of my favorite places in the world with @jess.wandering.
I can’t believe it had been almost 11 months since my last visit to the Olympic Peninsula, which is probably the longest I’ve gone without a visit since moving to Washington.
Returning to this place felt much like I was returning home, to a familiar place, a place where I feel at peace. For there is just something about these enchanting forests, and their moss covered branches, that captivates me and puts me at ease.
I will certainly not let another 11 months go by before I return!
Sunrise at the famous Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali, with Mount Agung looming in the background.