[I guess so that I can take pretty pictures like this and share it. Also just because I can. Location: somewhere in northern Arizona]
Sometimes (aka 24/7) I think about why I blog. And I wonder and ponder and think and probably care about it way too much (hiiiii INFP over here!!).
It’s kind of an odd thing, isn’t it – taking a bunch of photos and putting them in this online space that doesn’t really exist tangibly and sprinkling in some words here and there. And hoping that someone will stumble up on it.
[A random street in Bruges, Belgium – somehow we were able to escape the tourists]
What I’ve learned:
“Starting” something is NEVER as glamorous as they make it look in the movies.
There’s no swell of music or careful camera angles –
It’s just you and yourself in your messy room, deciding to do something.
I’m slowly transitioning into a more natural, less wasteful, cruelty-free beauty routine. I haven’t really tried to make my own make up yet – I don’t know if I’ll ever graduate to that level of intenseness – but here are some brands that I like:
[Driving on a random road in Arizona]
Okay so these are things I’ll most likely cross off in the next year (so they’re basically ALL in California). Mainly because making a legit bucketlist makes me cry because I want to go to places like Iceland and Kyrgyzstan and it’s not likely gonna happen right now at this very exact moment. So here’s some California weekend trips inspiration!
ALSO, in my head, a “year” kind of starts and ends in September instead of January – it just makes more sense to me? Thanks, school schedule (even though I’m not in school anymore, I work in a job where I do school programs – so I’m kind of still on that hype).
Sometimes I wonder –
Growth is good and all, but when is “good” good enough?
Like, I know that making yourself uncomfortable and whatnot is good for growth – but sometimes ya girl just wants to be comfy, ya know?
Like if I have the option to choose between the chair with nails sticking out of it and the chair with and extremely soft cushion that feels like a cloud – you better believe I’m gonna choose the chair with the cloud! Maybe that’s not the best analogy – but I feel like there’s a very fine line between feeling uncomfortable and being just downright MISERY.
[Desert scene from our camping spot on BLM land near Yarnell in Arizona]
Want to travel and get paid? Join the conservation corps!
And yes, it’s definitely too good to be true, because you get paid practically nothing. Woohoo!!!!!
[Classic fall scene in Porteau Cove and Provincial Park in Canada]
Because I’m a basic bitch and fall is literally my fucking spirit animal. And I am okay with that.
[Look at me and all my friends!!!!!! I just can’t help it that I’m so popular…]
Okay so – I was terrified that I would make zero friends if I traveled solo. I’m an introvert, and can easily sink into hermit mode if I’m not feeling motivated to socialize. I can be outgoing when I want to be, but I don’t always want to be – I was afraid I’d end up having a major pity party while everyone else was laughing and having a great time. But – spoiler alert – that DID NOT HAPPEN! For the most part. There were definitely a few nights where I felt like a big ol’ lame-o (it’s a vicious cycle: I feel like being alone so I don’t try to meet anyone, but then I hear people laughing together and I feel bad for myself. SIGH). But most of the time, it was easy to meet people and I’m now super hyped on solo travel!
[The Cathedral of Florence, aka The Duomo, is absolutely gorgeous]
So, by ‘popular’, I mean the cities you’re most likely to go to on your first whirlwind European tour, i.e. Rome, Barcelona, London, etc. Those cities you’d have to be living under a rock a la Patrick from Spongebob to not know about. This list is all just my personal opinion, and keep in mind that I definitely based the list off of my experiences, too. That said, here are my favorites (along with some I’d like to visit):
Oh, so I hear you’re going to the Eastern Sierras?
Well, you’re in luck because I just came back from there and had. An. Epic. Time.
Check out where you should go & why below: