Hope for the Future

Back in July my family and I took a hike to two waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. We visited the beautiful Elowah falls and the majestic Wahclella falls. Both were absolutely beautiful hikes and I would totally recommend them but thats not what I’m here to talk about today.

The hike to Wahclella falls is short but steep. It is a family friendly hike and we saw lots of young children there. Once you reach the waterfall, there are multiple viewpoints. If you’d like, you can make your way down a series of muddy and wet rocks to get as close to the water as possible.

Obviously, I had to get as close as I possibly could, so my brother and I made our way through the rocks to the small lookout. It was so amazing. Any time there’s a breeze, a rush of water comes flying toward you to cool you off. We stood there for a while and took some pictures before turning to go back.

On our way back, some new people were making their way down. There was a blind man there who wanted to get as close to the waterfall as possible because he wanted to feel it. He asked if anyone would help him get to the bottom through the rocks. A young boy who looked to be about my age volunteered.

The boy directed the man and told him where the best places to step were, as they worked together to get to the bottom. When they finally reached the bottom and were misted by the waterfall, the man raised his arms in the air in celebration.Processed with VSCO with e1 preset

At the time I was unsure why I found this so fantastic and why I was getting so worked up about it. I then realized that we sometimes lack spontaneous acts of kindness in the world. There are a lot of terrible things going on and I am sure there will more in the future. When we see all of that happening we develop this outlook and idea that the world is entirely bad and evil.

That is not true.

The world is filled with good too we just fail to see it sometimes and we fail to act on it. We should not feel like we shouldn’t do the right thing. The world is filled with so much good but we need to step out. Bad things are happening. Bad things happen.

But trust me, the world has so much good in it and this is our future and we can overcome the bad. We can rise above. You don’t necessarily have to make some grand gesture, you can always make spontaneous acts of kindness, because that is how we will give people hope for the future.



What Climbing a Mountain Taught Me

You may have clicked on this thinking that I literally climbed a mountain, or did some extreme backpacking adventure. If that’s what you’re expecting, let me lower your expectations of me a little bit.

No, I did not climb that kind of mountain. To me, this was climbing a mountain, but to others, I’m an amateur who has no clue what I’m talking about.

Flat Top Mountain is no easy hike, despite the short distance. Up until this point, I had never done a hike like this and I learned quite a bit on the trek.Processed with VSCO with c8 preset

It’s okay to take breaks.

Believe me. We took our fair share of breaks on this hike. Don’t feel bad about it and don’t beat yourself up whenever someone passes you. We had all sorts of people passing us, some were running up the hill and looked ten times fitter than I will ever look and some were little nine year old kids (I won’t lie, that was a little embarrassing). Anyway, as frustrating as it was to have a little boy climb past you on those rocks, it’s important to remember that you can’t determine how successful you are by comparing your successes to other’s successes. This reminder goes for both when hiking a mountain and any other circumstance. If it’s a success for you, then it is one more amazing step up that staircase. Stop looking at what everyone else is doing and keep doing you.Processed with VSCO with c8 preset

It’s easier with friends.

Trust me, if anyone enjoys their alone time it’s me. I’m a crazy introvert and I’ve always had that independent look on life (which is awesome) where I say, “I’ll do it myself”. This experience would not have been the same if it weren’t for the people. Who else but your friends can you laugh with when you almost fall off a cliff. (don’t fall off a cliff, some of my friends are really dumb). If you’re laughing your way through something tough with the right people there to support you, it makes it way easier. And who doesn’t need the comic relief?

Pick the right clothes.

Don’t wear Vans, pick reasonable shoes. Don’t wear jeans, that’s not a good idea. I won’t call anyone out but… let’s just say they were most likely to fall off the cliff.

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It’s better in person.

This seems pretty self explanatory but it is so much better in person. liking a picture of it on Instagram will never satisfy you. You need to go out and do these things. We live on this gorgeous earth and there is so much beauty around us so stop stalking travel accounts on Instagram (@me) and go do something. Explore the city closest to you, go on a hike, go find some gorgeous views. You have no real excuse not to.

If you ever find yourself in Anchorage, Alaska, I definitely recommend this hike. If you don’t, there is a ton near you to explore.

Here are my favorite moments captured.

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My Dream Travel Destinations

When you love traveling as much as I do, you can’t help but create a list of dream destinations. Here is a compilation of my dream destinations. Maybe it’ll help you plan your next trip.

1. Peru

Probably my most dreamt of location. All of the cities in Peru look absolutely beautiful and who doesn’t dream of Machu Picchu? I’ve never been anywhere in South America but when I do, this will be my first stop. Someday, you’ll see pictures of me hiking Machu Picchu, Piranha fishing in the Amazon, and exploring Cusco, Peru.

2. Havana, Cuba

Cuba definitely  needs to be on this list. There is so much there that I can learn and so much that I don’t know about the culture. It looks so gorgeous and unique and you can’t see what you’ll see in Havana, anywhere else. The buildings and roads are so beautiful, and how could I forget about those gorgeous old cars that are all over the city?


3. South Africa

Just take a minute to look at how amazing this place looks. Who doesn’t want to go swim with sharks and see penguins? Cape Town looks so colorful and bright and I’ll definitely be adding it to my bucket list.

4. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is the name of a district in Italy that encompasses five towns, Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Each town has its own unique and beautiful qualities and attractions. The entire area looks absolutely adorable and that view of the Mediterranean Sea is to die for. I can’t forget to mention how gorgeous all the hikes I’ve seen look. Cinque Terre, is a definite a must on this list.

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5. Santorini, Greece

I fell in love with Santorini the moment I saw pictures of it. Again, that view of the sea looks to die for. Santorini is a volcanic group of islands in the Aegean Sea. It is widely known for its sea filled volcanic caldera and its beautiful,steep cliffs. Can’t you just imagine sitting outside eating breakfast looking out at the sea?

Goals For 2017

Let’s just pretend that this post isn’t an entire month late, and that it was posted at the beginning of January, not February. I have been feeling unusually motivated lately, hence this list that I have created. You may notice that it is short. The reason for that is due to the fact that many do not achieve their New Years resolution. The shorter the list, the less shame.


1. Distance myself from technology

I haven’t exactly begun this goal yet but it’ll happen at some point. This generation is swiftly being consumed by technology. There are definitely people who have this problem much more than I do, a.k.a. my brother, but it is still something I would like to improve. I may not spend my entire day on my phone or watching Netflix, but if I had time, I just might. I would be exceedingly proud of myself if I could spend an entire day, once a month, completely unplugged. I love to read and write and I would like to spend more time pursuing those activities, rather than worrying about my Instagram feed.


2. Write

I created this blog about six months ago and only three things have been posted. I have four journals that I have accumulated through birthdays, Christmas, and being unable to resist buying adorable journals at Target. They have some writing in there but not one is complete or even remotely close to completion. I’ve had ideas for books I want to write, blogs posts I’ve wanted to make, and yet none have actually been translated from my mind, to words. I am determined to make this year a year full of journaling. Journaling in my notebooks, journaling on this blog, journaling in my Bible. I might even start writing that book that has been cooking in my minds for months.


3. Learn another language

You may have noticed my love for travel, you may have not. I’ve been taking Spanish classes for years and my ability to speak the language has progressed very little. This year I would like to take matters into my own hands and start to learn the language on my own. I plan to read Spanish books, watch Spanish movies, spam my friends with snapchats of me speaking Spanish. The world is so much bigger than just this country I live in and I want to go everywhere. I want to live in so many other countries and the first step to that, is improving my ability to communicate with more people. I know so many people who have convinced themselves that where they live is the only place on earth that they would ever want to be. News flash, there is so much more out there, if we only paid attention to how amazing this entire world is and how amazing all the people here are despite our differences. Some day I’m going to travel the world and I’m going to be able to speak to a lot of people and learn so much.


4. Procrastinate a little less

Initially, this was just listed as “procrastinate less”. I then came to the realization that of all the things I mention in this post, this is the least likely to happen so I changed it to, “procrastinate a little less”. My expectations for myself can’t be too high. I tend to procrastinate a lot which only adds to the constant amount of stress that all students seem to experience.


5. Focus on the present

Another tendency I have is that I am constantly concerned with the future. I’m intimidated by the future, I’m scared of it, I’m excited for it. Ultimately, my need to constantly plan everything in the future, has taken away from how much I learn about the present. Most of the things that happen now, won’t even affect the future. Some things will, but that’s okay.I would learn so much more about life if I only focused on what is happening, rather than what might happen, or what has already has happened. If it has already happened, there is nothing you can do to change that. The question is, what can you do to fix it?


6. Find a constant

With all the crazy things happening right now, it’s important to find something constant that I can look forward to when I get home. something that relieves my stress, makes me happy, makes me smile. It could be a book, some music, writing, my journal, my family, my best friends. Anything to help me keep my sanity.