I hope this blog finds you.

To the people who feel lost, to the ones that wander, to the ones that seek joy and happiness in the beauty of the world and the relationships that surround them, to the people who don’t fit mainstream media’s mold, to the people fighting for what they believe in, to the ones who try every day to be more kind than the day before, to the ones who are afraid to love, to the ones who have been hurt, to the ones fighting to keep their head above water in this crazy extreme world,  and to the ones who want to live their best life but aren’t sure how…. I write this for you.

I have been a writer for as long as I can remember. But, to this day I have yet to find a proper outlet, one that brings me joy and touches the souls of people around me. I don’t want to be your average “blogger,” who travels the world and talks about their privileged experience.. I want to talk about how a simple girl from Oregon who works every day at the hospital to pay her bills, while going to school full-time in the pursuit of becoming a nurse, maintains her relationships with friends, family and her partner, stays healthy physically and emotionally and somehow prioritizes traveling the world despite all of this. Life is hard, we can all identify with that no matter where we come from or what path we are on. But, perspective is the difference between a good life and a GREAT life. That is what I want to talk about.

I think about it often.
When will I escape this place.
I fear I’ve been here far to long.
Faces, places, and spaces all too familiar.
I need an outlet.
Self expression.
I want to see new sights and smell new air.
When I am old, I want to say I am leaving this world.. “with a satisfied mind.”
My heart longs for those maternal things.
A husband, kids, a life to be “proud” of.
But I lack experience.
Not in the way one might think.
I have not seen what the world has to offer, the human experiece.
I have not tangibly held the sands of our worlds shores.
And without this, what is life?
** written December 14, 2014

Disclaimer: All photography is my own & I reserve the rights to the images.

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