“When you release expectations you are free to enjoy things for what they are instead of what they should be.”
I had a strange and meaningful conversation with my parents yesterday. Learning not to expect much will make life a little more enjoyable.
The experience of being in nature is worth every effort, especially when there’s a lighthouse at the end. 11 Miles never felt so good. The hike out to this lighthouse really inspired me, literally 20 eagles including one that likes to perch on a sign next to this beautiful spot. #lighthouse
🎵"Just as free. Free as we'll ever be."🎶 I come from a history of anxiety & depression. Nothing that had to do with how happy or unhappy I was with my life. I am married to a man who treats me like a princess, I have wonderful & supportive family & friends, & seemingly by nature I follow my passions & dream big. But none of that means that a person will not still face internal struggles.
As I spent the last 10 years of my life in the "9-5"(& let's be real, in today's world, most jobs require much more than that) ,I so often had days where I felt that urge like a high school senior to sneak out back, hop in my friend's car & hit the open road with the sunshine piercing through the windows & breeze in our hair. I was always a head-out-the-window, belt-the-songs-at the-top-of-your-lungs kind of gal; but I also am a woman with an intensely dedicated work ethic & a true desire to create greatness. Some where in between that grew moments of pure panic attack. One where I even had to explain to my boss, through uncontrollable tears, that I didn't know what was going on with me. But there were so many who depended on me in countless ways every minute of that work day (& beyond), so many roles I had to fulfill, & high expectations I ultimately put on myself. So I guess it built up & blew up. As ridiculous as it seemed in the moment & even now looking back, it was also so very real. Was there one particular cause? No, genetic makeup & the demands that typically are, again, usually self-imposed I guess caught up with me... and then some. I let the fear & worry of what needed to happen next & next & next consume me & keep me from living in the present.
Today, on an errand for my business, my son & I took a detour to the lake. Is this really January? It was BEAUTIFUL.... peaceful, serene. Yes, I sacrifice a lot to make this "on-my-time" job work BUT my goodness, I am meant to breathe in this wild air.
I love exploring Washington with these three cuties by my side🌲
Today we found a beautiful spot in Olympia! A big park for Adalynn to run around and go down slides(her favorite), a half mile walking trail that is surrounded with giant trees covered in moss and another trail that took us down to the beach. I’m always in awe with the Pacific Northwest beauty! I can’t wait for it to warm up a little bit so we can go on some serious hikes😍
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