Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BRINGING IT BACK


There comes a time in everyone's lives when things come full circle.  In many ways, the end of this year and the whole turning 30 thing have allowed me to question who I really am and why I do the things I do.  I have worked this office job for some time now, and when I first started working here in 2008 I decided that my extra time could be used to help me expand as a blogger.  As life changed with different influences and circumstances, I lost myself in others.  The emergence of adventure blogging as a huge thing caught my curiosity and my wanderlust fell in love—the only problem, which is a pretty big problem to have, is that I have this 9-5 job still.  I finished my general education at college, decided to drop out as soon as I transferred because scary, but have since (in the span of the last year) reassessed my choices and found that in order to spark my curiosities and keep my whimsy and my creativity alive, I must continue to learn and work towards my goals.  With my (hopefully) eventual degree in Library Science I can not only become a librarian, but I can also look into being a curator at museums and all sorts of scientific libraries as well as simply my first love—books.

With this emerging thought came the fact that this is what I've always loved to do.  From a young age I loved books and bugs, rocks and plants, animals and all sorts of odd collections.  I loved playing dress-up, and with this whole adventure blogging thing, dressing up sort of isn't an option.  Here I am, now, wanting to re-embrace the skirt, the tight, the shoes!  I am ready to relearn how to do my hair and makeup and be that girl who first began to blog in the hopes of sharing a story, inspiring others, and keeping herself interested.  If you have an audience to write to, you're more likely to do things worth writing about.


I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do exactly, or write about ... but I do have a house that I'm slowly fixing up.  The photo of the cactus garden is from a recent trip to the Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center which has an enormous nursery, a rad rock shop, and really awesome children's programs where they can learn how to dig up rocks, crack them open, tumble them, and identify the type of mineral it is.  Not only that, but they have some pretty cool and creepy dinosaur sculptures.  Look for the woolly mammoth on the hill north of the 60frwy near Pedly in Southern California.  The top photo was from a recent trip to Oak Glen, Southern California's local "everything apples."  For the season, they have some deer in a feeding pen, and there are stands with apple cider and all sorts of crafts lining the town.  We wandered into a little cavernous animal museum filled with bad taxidermy, live reptiles and rodents, and a few friendly parrots in the gift shop area.  These are some of the things I like to do.  I enjoy the natural world, I am amused by knickknacks, and I really dig a good road trip.

I hope you stick around for a bit to read some more of my adventures and what I've been up to.  I don't want to promise anything, but I'm sure there will be a few outfit posts in my future, some bike riding, adventuring, and hopefully a bit of fitness motivation.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 2, 2015

GRATITUDE

I love that gratitude rhymes with attitude because lately I've been all sorts of attitude, and it's exhausting.

This year has seemed like a giant pit of snakes that love breaking things, ruining plans, losing money, and all around being snarky snakes.  Except maybe the pit is filled with spiders or something a little easier to get away from, because just when we think we're out, we get bit again and fall back into that dogon pit.

It's not like this year has been all bad days.  It's just that sometimes you have one of those days where all the bad stuff seems to drown the good times that were just a part of your memory, and for some reason you can't seem to remember the good.


But this is why I'm here.  I'm sick of being down in the dumps, and I'm really ready to see what happens with this list I'm about to make.  So, here it is.  Here are the things I'm grateful for:

-I am SO grateful that the weather is finally changing and Fall is peaking its head out from behind the curtains.
-I am grateful that I have a car that works, is paid off, runs well, is reliable as all getout, and even has ac and a rad iPhone system to boot!
-I am grateful that I have a roof over my head—a home to call my own.
-I am grateful that I can afford food, clothes, and the luxuries of this first world life we lead.
-I am grateful that I am healthy and in some sort of shape.
-I am ridiculously grateful that I have an amazing husband who puts up with my mood swings, and loves going on adventures with me!
-I am grateful for my furbabies.  They keep me warm at night, cuddle me when I'm sad or cold, and love me so unconditionally.  It's really awesome.
-I am grateful that the friends I have are really rad, and even though we don't see each other as much as we did in the past, we still have a sort of familial connection that will last the ages.
-I am grateful that my parents are kind and giving, no matter how much they drive me crazy sometimes.
-I am very much honored and grateful that my mom and grandma are both such amazingly progressive and liberal ladies for their times.
-I am grateful that eye doctors can help me see all the beauty in the world that otherwise would be but a blur.
-I am grateful for my shoes, my clean underwear, shampoo, toothpaste, nail clippers, q-tips, lotion, clean water, and coffee.

Basically, not just the little things in life, but the big things, too.  Life is full of things to be grateful for, it's just a matter of recognizing these things on a daily basis, and especially when we think that there is so much getting us down.  Look up!  See the good and the great, and be grateful!