When you begin to love yourself, you let yourself free. Your character comes out to play and sticks by your side. You find a deeper inner peace within yourself that no one has access to, only you can control. You start to feel emotions genuinely and look at ideas with a more creative mindset. You become excited about all changes. You start seeing the big picture that you've been searching for all this time.
My life has been extremely busy and crazy since I arrived back home from Montana. I have been keeping myself involved with the outdoors as much as possible all while balancing my work life, love life, school life and a social life. All these 'lifes' keep me on my toes, but yet each one is also an incredible journey. I'm teaching myself new concepts and learning from others every chance I get. By no means am I perfect and I'll never give up, but through the mix of them all I have found my true self! She may not be glowing or sparkling just yet, but she's growing. Her vibes are positive and opportunistic. I am staying faithful to myself. So, I am dedicating this Tuesday to transformation. You may not see any physical changes with me, but I guarantee you'll feel it spiritually. I always tell myself I have so much to look forward to and I'm never breaking that promise. Life is changing, I am changing, the whole world is changing! Embrace it! Enjoy it! And most importantly, LOVE IT!💕
Women Who Hike. Women Who Empower.
If you would have asked me, let's say two years ago, to meet up with a stranger from the internet and hike up a mountain I'd never been to, I would have thought that was a crazy idea. I would have wanted no part of it. I didn't even own an ounce of 'hiking' or 'camping' gear. I was a completely different person two years ago.
Well, that all changed when I found my love for the outdoors and discovered Women Who Hike! About two years ago I began to explore outside more and realized I had the capability to venture out and see new places. I quickly accumulated gear and changed my wardrobe. I fell in absolute love with the feeling of pushing myself up the trails and seeing lands I'd never seen before. I've always known I wanted to travel throughout my life. I've always wanted to explore Public Lands and National Parks too. I just didn't quite wrap my head around the process of how it would happen or when it would begin. I started following Women Who Hike and realized I wasn't alone! I instantly became inspired by @savnorthwest and @im_nicolemarie and the many women featured on the page. I wanted to meet every single one of these ladies (and still do)! I started making new goals and revamping my bucket list -my life had took a huge turn and for the better no less! It has taken some time to finally meet other ladies in my area and up until a few weeks ago I had not participated on any group hikes. The group hikes are simply amazing! I love bonding with other women who share the same interests and similar goals. I've gained several new friends over these hikes. This past weekend I met Latonia for the first time and we experienced SO MUCH together while on the trail. We camped together Friday night and got up on Saturday to hike White Rock Mountain. We survived a bear encounter (my first) on the trail and a little slice of heat exhaustion (oops!). We were there for each other all the way to the top!!! We pushed each other and looked out for one another. Once we reached the top, it was all worth it for an amazing sunset!!! To me, this is what Women Who Hike is all about.💜
📍White Rock Mountain -Ozark National Forest
PC: Latonia Bailey