Sheesh, a year flies by!! One year ago I was witnessing the amazing white sands of New Mexico, and thinking, "How am I this lucky?" I am so grateful for the opportunity @tetonsports gave me to live a few weeks of van life, see many incredible new places, and meet some great people. The more I see of this vast world, the more I realize just how small I am. I've been humbled by the tragedy our earth has encountered, and feel fortunate to have witnessed the small pieces of it that I have thus far. I've also been deeply saddened by the amount of young people I know... parents, friends, family, strangers, falling fatally ill to disease, tragedy and addiction. Nothing is ever perfect, and life seems to hand us those ever so often reminders to live in the now, right now! We never know what tomorrow will bring.... so launch yourself into every wave of opportunity to be grateful, to give thanks, to express love, to cherish family and friends, to be an example of kindness, to surrender to what is, and work diligently for what is to come. Don't let another year pass wishing you would have started today. Because no matter what you are dealing with, no matter what stress, trial or ill may be haunting you, today will never come again. #bepresent
One of the greatest things I have learned in life, is that the admittance of a mistake or fault hands you the greatest opportunity to improve your life. Once you can see that denial or passing blame only further guarantees your likelihood of repeat ridiculousness, you begin to see shortcomings as an opportunity to learn from them. #admitit
If you are weak... you will seek vengeance, if you are strong... you will practice forgiveness, if you are wise... you will pay no attention to.
LISTEN TO YOURSELF:
I have a history of cancer in my family, nowadays everyone does. But my brother had it at 18 months, and 6 months into his treatments my mom was diagnosed, then my brother had it again at 25. The C word terrifies me to no end! It physically, mentally and financially crushes our loved ones and takes many of them way too soon. Thankfully I still have my mom and bro around . That said, I am a tiny smidgen of a hypochondriac . Oddly enough, I was speaking with a friend of mine yesterday about skin cancer and making sure you make your yearly check ups. And that was that. Well this morning I went to get in the shower and noticed a small weird something at the bottom of my leg, (I shave everyday of my life, so I know for a fact it wasn't there yesterday). I went to my boyfriends house to show him, he immediately tried to hug the concern out of me (awe ) and told me to give it a while. I said, "ok, let me just make one quick phone call, hold that thought babe....."Hi doc, this is Liz, and I need to be seen immediately, or my charming, hypochondriac self will come sit on your lawn until you see me, love you! Ok, now what time?" Hahaha... luckily they know me well there, and in I went. The doc gave me knuckles and told me I did the right thing, "Always listen to yourself Liz, this is why women live longer than men !" _
My "showed up in a day, burned off two hours later precancerous thingy majiggy," has been annihilated! I hope it doesn't return!
Make that yearly check up!!!
The sea has always represented healing to me. I think this is why I crave it when I am feeling the urge to replenish and repair. I rush to its edge whenever I get the chance to be near it.
Today I watched footage of before and after hurricane Irma. I was brought to tears by the incredible damage it has created on many of my favorite past time visits.
Then I remembered how much I love the sea, how much I crave its ability to make me feel peace upon my immediate arrival.
It made me realize that perhaps these chaotic surges of turmoil that happen to us in our lives, and in the world, are giving us opportunity to look outside of ourselves, opportunity to be grateful for what we have, and opportunity to serve whenever and wherever we can.
Water is powerful, it can wash away and devastate earth, but it also cleanses, carves its own path, creates peace, and sustains life. Perhaps water is even intelligent, and can send us messages that we can do better, be better.
To all of my friends who have been in the path of this devastation... My thoughts are with you
Cant believe I stood here not even two weeks ago and now this area is continuing to be threatened by scorch once again. With the Gorge fire and the Glacier fire, two of the most beautiful places my eyes have seen are turning to ash. Heartbreaking . ________________________________________________________
Those who are watching your back, fighting for you and along side of you, putting weapons in your hands when you need to fight and arms around you when you need to cry. Surround yourself with these people, but more importantly...become the person.
Not a monumental mountain top with a grand valley view, no sore muscles on this hike, I didn't even need water or a pack. I've always found the greatest joys, the impactful moments, the lasting impressions...in the small details.
You can get amazing light from a scorched past. Let the wisdom you've gained from the experience encourage you to keep walking... stronger, taller, enlightened!
When you fall for the same thing more than once...
It's no surprise I fell madly in love with this place, over and over, I was awe struck by views that surpassed my wildest, I'm smitten for sure and can't wait to return! Also... I'm not a planner, I just go, so when I get to an amazing place... I either go where the wind takes me... or ask a friend who lives near by what I should see... In this case, I had such a short amount of time, so I am super grateful Caroline @wilderness_addict kindly mapped my days out for me!! I won't mention how super jealous I am she is so close to this place... Her pictures made me do it!
Thanks lady!! ____________________________________________________