Minding the Mountains

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IMG_0020IMG_0161Anxiously wanting to explore the Pacific Northwest, Sean and I drove up the coast from San Francisco to Seattle to visit friends. Along the way, we marveled at the mountains in Northern California, ate terrible Mexican food out of desperation in Oregon, and finally reached Seattle by midnight.

After three days in the city, we craved to be surrounded by nature. I fell in love with Rattlesnake Ridge, a thirty minute drive out of the bustling city, simply humbled by the lush greenery and crisp air. Trailing through the tall, green trees to find the outlook peeling over the lake, I felt consumed by wild joy stillness.

Impulsive dreaming

“It’s ok to be sleepless and restless.Late nights and early mornings are worth it.It’s ok to let a dream consume you.To breathe it, eat it, drink it, make love to it, let it seep in, permeate through your pores, pulse through your veins, rise the hair up on your skin, bounce from cell to cell and let it radiate from the very core of you.I feel we have to dream a dream that way, otherwise it’ll only be just a dream.”-Satori

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My impulsiveness loves that life is always the biggest adventure if we want it to be.

Celebrating life

I’m a big believer in honest introspection and learning from the string of moments that make up our lives. My friends call it real talk, so let’s get real. 

Here’s a look into what I’ve learned, and am still learning  in my own life:

1. You are incredibly powerful and capable, stay passionate.

2. Soak up experience. There’s no rules how to live.

3.  Travel is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself.

4. Loving someone means accepting and celebrating everything about them.

5. Don’t be apologetic about your faith.

6. Nothing is worth sacrificing your own joy.

7.  Take care of yourself-mind, body, & spirit.

8. Don’t underestimate what you can accomplish in one day.

9. Confidence in your own individuality is straight up sexy.

10. Make an intentional effort to strengthen your friendships.

11. Don’t underestimate the power of eye contact.

12. Reading is an easy form of knowledge and perspective.

13. Fall in love with yourself. You’ll realize how freeing it is.

14. Be dependable, keep your word…people appreciate that.

15. There is beauty everywhere and in everyone.

16. Learning how to love again is just as incredible as falling in love for the first time.

17. There’s no such thing as strangers, we all have to start somewhere. Be friendly towards everyone.

18. Be in tune with your aspirations and future goals.

19. Challenge yourself often; learning never really ends.

20. Your vulnerability unfolds into courageous beauty.

21. Stop waiting/complaining for something to happen, make things happen.

22. Liberate your mind. There’s nothing sexy about hatred or close-mindedness.

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Love letters from Perugia

Perugia is known for its hazelnut chocolate called Baci, translates into ‘kiss’ in Italiano. A love saying is wrapped tightly around each individually wrapped chocolate. Here’s one of my favorites: “Launch your heart before you and run after it”

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It’s the small idiosyncrasies of life in Perugia that makes you fall in love with this città.

Sending all my love from Italia!