Wanna hear the story about how my cell phone disappeared on my way to Thailand? Well here it is anyway.
SO, my trip literally hasn't even had a chance to start at this point; I land in San Francisco from PDX to catch my connecting flight to Shanghai, which means I'm flying internationally out of SFO. So far, so good! Until...I hit TSA before the international terminal. In Portland, I was able to toss my carry-on onto the conveyer at TSA and cruise on through while hardly breaking stride. At SFO, I had to remove nearly everything from my bag(laptop, camera, lenses, Kindle, extra batteries, etc.), everything from my pockets, as well as my belt, watch, shoes, wallet, hat, jacket... the works.
After emptying all the things into these 3 plastic bins and I'm finally out on the other side, I grab my stuff and go to find a place to sit to put my life back together.
I get everything into my bag, put on all I had taken off and shove the remainder into my pockets.
I have about an hour until my flight leaves and it was almost noon so I stop to grab a sandwich about 100 yards into the terminal. As I'm getting ready to pay, I realized that in the shuffle of everything I must have put my phone elsewhere because it wasn't in my back pocket. Not a big deal, assuming I tossed it in my bag with all of my other worldly possessions. Fast forward 15 minutes after taking an inventory, and now a mini panic has set in. Figuring I had left it where I was sitting, I go back to TSA to ask if they've had a phone turned in, and no such luck.
I explain the situation, so they offer to go check the bins and ask around at other stations. Still, nada.
Thinking I must have left it at the desk where I got my boarding pass, I literally retrace every step I made in that GODDAMN airport, and still, no phone.
At this point there's a whole lot less panic and just an, "of course this is happening" feeling, as I'm sitting there waiting to board a plane to China...
Aaaand I'm a little long winded so Instagram is cutting me off.😂 BUT HEY! Check out my next post, whenever it may be, for the remainder of the story and how it influenced my trip and beyond.🍻
Sometimes it's the little things we don't notice that mean big gains. Even just six months ago you wouldn't have caught me in a sweathshirt that actually fit. Oversized please....and if it covers my A🍑🍑?? Even better. Honestly, I used to only buy a sweatshirt if it fit those two silly requirements, because I was trying to hide. 🙅♀️🙇♀️
Growing up I was told to be a certain weight that fits my age. I was tall and awkward with big hips and big boobs. And I was ashamed of my curvy figure. I was comfortable in baggy sweatpants, sweatshirts, boy jeans to hide my hips, and oversized jerseys. And if I had to dress up?? ❗❗❗All I can remember is second guessing myself every minute.
♀️Unfortunately, as a woman, how we feel is largely based on how we think we look!👗👠💄 Was I pretty enough? Was I wearing the right shoes? Did these dress pants make my butt look too big? (Ha NOPE - that's just my 🍑😂😂). Are my clothes too old? Can everyone see my armpit sweat??? I mean legit questions of constant insecurity.
➡️And today....today I am choosing to see how far I've come. Today I am where I need to be. I can stop and see something simple, like wearing this sweatshirt, and recognize the hard work I've put into my body and SOUL. 😍
It's not the physical changes that helped me love myself ❤. It was through finding out what I could do, what I was capable of, that changed my mind. I learned to give the finger 🖕 to my self-doubt and choose self-love instead. No amount of muscle, weight loss, or booty gains 😂 can give me the confidence I have learned by accepting me for me. ~~~
➡️If you have doubts, ditch them with the finger and a large dose of positivity. ➡️If you have curves - show 'em, love 'em, own 'em and rock 'em!!! ➡️If you can't see the big goal or end game, start seeing the little steps you take each day. Where you are now is where you are supposed to be. And if you can't see that you are ❤BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME❤ just the way you are, I hope and pray you will see that very soon. Baggy clothes and all.
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Today’s contemplation at the ocean. “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains? Nature remains; to bring out from their torpid recesses, the affinities of a man or woman with the open air, the trees, fields, the changes of seasons — the sun by day and the stars of heaven by night.” - Walt Whitman, on contentment
Repost Ben’s photo of the lantern district aglow at night. Magical. Simply magical. J was getting a little cranky because it was passed his bedtime so after we grabbed a bite to eat, we headed back to our Homestay. Traveling with kids is sure different than from when we were single!
Cheeky monkeys were running all over the place, including up and down a rickety observation tower. (you could feel it swaying at the top 😬) Also saw wild pigs and piglets strolling around looking for food.
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Making an effort to enjoy sunsets and sunrises as often as I can this year. 😌Also saw two bald eagles, a red-tailed hawk, a fox, deer, a great blue heron and I'm sure I'm forgetting something while on a hike today ☺️👣
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The Junípero Serra Museum exhibits archeological finds, historic objects, and reference materials related to Spanish colonization and the early history of California and provides educational programs about the Spanish, Mexican and indigenous heritage of the San Diego region. .
Each time I find myself standing in a bone-dry slot canyon, I can't help but picture the chaos and violence of the flash floods that create them. In this particular canyon we found some solitary shoes, and a few dead fish in the remaining debris. 📸@menagerieclimb 📍Lake Powell / lower Antelope Canyon
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SUCH a peaceful and mysterious view! Looking out into the vast unknown. Something about a crisp foggy, hazy morning while on the trail, suited with the proper gear any adventure is just that, an amazing adventure. ⛰
We never know what the next day will bring. A wise man once said, "Don't take life too seriously , you'll never get out alive." ⛰
We could not agree more, survival in the wild is so thrill fulfilling due to the unknown of a genuinely great adventure, we all ponder what this life will bring, but if you take everyday too serious and never step out of your comfort zone, will you ever find out?
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There will always be those who feel more comfortable not venturing from the warmth of the hearth, but there are those who prefer to look out the window and wonder what is beyond the horizon.
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