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West Coast Bound

I’ve always had extreme wanderlust. It stems from the many family road trips I was apart of growing up. It comes from moving over 14 times in the span of 20 years. It also comes from wanting to experience something new. The midwest (my home, the place that has my heart) is a wonderful place to be, but knowing that there is so much more out there to experience, makes the wanderlust stronger. My first traveling experience was last spring break when I took a trip to Colorado. It was amazing, and unforgettable. Seeing the mountains for the first time is indescribable. A year pasted by, and I was getting antsy. I needed something new. I needed another road trip. One of my closest friends, Laura, lives in Redondo Beach, California, and when she suggested that we make the 21 hour drive for spring break, I was so excited that I’m not sure the words “yes” ever came out of my month, it was just screams and squeals. CALIFORNIA, the place I’ve been dreaming to go ever since I saw “Free Willy” (yes, I realize this movie’s location is in the northwest, but it’s the whole ocean thing) as a child. It’s #34 on my bucket list. It’s a place I’ve been wanting to go forever. The west coast. Who could pass up a road trip this magnificent? Absolutely no one.

At 4AM we hopped into The Challenger and headed down interstate 40 west. Four states and twenty-one hours later the four of us travelers arrived in Redondo. Seeing this part of the country for the first time was almost too much for me to handle. I had to keep myself from over-posting on instagram along the way. It was all too wonderful to even imagine. I even enjoyed Arizona for a little while, before it became mundane.

California is everything I imagined it to be, but I’ll tell those stories later.

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January 2014

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2014.
31 days in.
For some reason, time seems to be passing slowly. Maybe it’s the winter months. Maybe it’s the cold weather. Maybe it’s because that’s how life works sometimes. It moves slowly before it’s about to pick up pace.
January was filled with concerts and cities, with coffee and strangely warm days. It burst with golden skies and the blue hues of dusk. It’s been a nice start to 2014.

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” [Anaïs Nin]

 

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What a year it was || 2013

2013 ::: Started with snow on the ground, and cold air filling up lungs. It moved into a new semester with new adventures and challenges. Spring came and friends parted ways at the end of a school year. Things changed. Summer rushed in with heat waves and green grass creeping up between the toes. Everything changed in the summer. Four months seemed like ten years, but at the same time, it was over too soon. School started again. Autumn finally showed up with a whirlwind of events, tears, struggles, joys and bits of laughter. The changing of the leaves was a visual metaphor for life. Pushing through with a weary soul, Winter came just in time. Holiday spirit refilled the soul, and the anticipation for 2014 was strong. With a quick glance back, 2013 was a year for growth. With that realization, it was time to move forward.

Iphone images from 2013 January-December. Processed with VSCOcam.

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“Breathe, my friend. You are not old, you are young. You are not a mess, you are normal. Extraordinary, perhaps. In the blink of an eye your life will change. And it will continue to change for decades to come. Enjoy it, embrace it… be grateful for the ride. You are not old, you are young. And faith will get you everywhere. Just you wait.”
[ ABBY LARSON ]

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