This past Monday, in addition to being MLK Jr. Day, marked my 3rd anniversary in California. I celebrated it with a hike in one of my favorite areas with much needed Me-time.
3 years might not seem like a long time, but for someone who moved around a lot as a kid because my parents chose to and then as a younger adult because I wanted to, it feels good to call this place home. I’m so thankful for the life I get to live here. When I need a break from the noise in my head, I’m thankful for the sound of breaking waves and wind here and the peace that can be found so close to the city.
What’s your favorite natural space in your neck of the woods? 😂 Pun, definitely intended.
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Our topographic #yosemite
magnets before and after the rusting process. Check out www.dawnslipper.com for more!
I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy. - Marie Curie
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Colorado River carving his way through the Utah sandstone here in Canyonlands National Park.
Unfocused. Hyperfocused. Is either better than the other? I’m not really doing what I would call traveling at the moment and when I’m not traveling, it’s difficult for me to find the right balance in focus.
Distractions are everywhere in a “normal” life these days. One second your Googling a review on Patagonia’s newest jacket and the next you’re ready an article about how carrying an extra down jacket in your pack can save someone’s life on a hike. Let’s not even mention the 4 other “keep warm” related articles you read before that. It’s easy to lose focus. And while I struggle with that when living in “normalcy,” I’m concerned with being hyperfocused.
Have you ever had one of those days where, at the end of it, you ask yourself - “Who did I talk to today?” All of the sudden, the questions and realizations start flooding in. [If any of this sounds familiar, head over to itschaddyar.com/blog to read the whole article. I just had to write this one out.]
#peopleoverprofit #hyperfocus #distractions #balance
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Visit the Escape blog for our 7 steps to planning the ultimate romantic campervan getaway 💝 Link in bio.
It’s not cliche if you stop and listen to the words. Absorb them. React to them. Because life, today, really is a beautiful gift. Think about that-there are no guarantees-all we can do is live in each moment thoughtfully. The smell of the earth after a rain. The sound of your kids’ uninhibited laughter. The warmth and comfort of a long hug. The taste of a sweet carrot straight from the dirt. The way we choose to be in relationship with the people around us. There is an abundance to be grateful for. Cellulite doesn’t matter, petty arguments don’t matter, complaining about situations out of our control don’t matter, fancy anything doesn’t matter, perfectly curated IG feeds don’t matter, people who don’t show up for you...let them go. Appreciate what’s here and now. My dad’s death has offered me some very harsh truths and blessed gifts. I often think of a poem I love by M. Oliver; ‘maybe death isn't darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us.’ I feel that way a lot- this light continuing to teach me, enveloping me, reminding me and centering me on what’s truly important. It’s okay to be cranky. It’s okay to be tired. It’s okay to not love every single moment with your kids. Just don’t let it consume you. It’s been 8 months today since my dad died. Every day I strive to be the kind of human he would be proud of. ❤️ Happy Friday, make it count.
With a government shutdown ensuing tonight, I'm thankful they're planning to keep the National Parks open! Services will be extremely limited from what I've heard, but hell, I don't need the gift shop to be open I just need the Nature to be. When I first heard the shutdown was approaching, I immediately became worried we'd have to cancel our Misadventure this weekend, but looks like the Cosmo crew still gets to camp! Thank you National Park Service & thank you Trump administration (yes, I said it) for keeping the Parks open & accessible during the shutdown. So stoked! Sending some love to all the government employees that might be out of work for a bit. Hopefully they get you back in action before you know it! ⚡️ If anyone needs a beanie or tee for their next roadtrip, abduct it at ArtOfCosmonaut.com (link in bio)
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Finally getting to catch up on some of our personal photos in what’s considered to be a Photographers “slow season” if ever one. I love taking a moment for myself and remembering where I’ve been with my main squeeze. In July, we hiked through @DoiInthanonNationalPark
while visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand on a coffee tour, and I loved when we got a clearing in the forest to catch an overlook of the farms and mountain living of the village people. What a beautiful site of hard work, family, and the natural beauty of Thailand. People ask me all the time what is my favorite place I’ve visited. I’ve always loved them all equally for difference reasons. But when I hit the beaches of Phuket, Thailand and then we flew north Thailand to Chiang Mai, holy smokes this might be one of my top trips of all time! I’d totally recommend everyone saving for the plane tickets. It’s so ridiculously cheap once you get there. A full meal for two of us, about $2.50! 🌴 .............................Who’s taking a little time for themselves today and what are you catching up on?
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Playing on the trail on my way up to Hightop Mountain & making an effort to love the trail just as much as the overlook ⛰ (it wasn’t too hard with these fun rocks!)
#mountaingirl #visitvirginia #findyourpark
The mountains are calling and I must go #johnmuir
There's nothing quite like walking through fresh snow in a national park. Bonnie and I walked through the snow to explore the fortifications at Petersburg National Battlefield.⠀
This gnarly tree in #RMNP
is probably my favorite tree in Colorado that I have found so far. Is it weird to have a favorite tree?
Happy Friday. I love views like this, because it makes me use my phone more to take pictures than for other things.
What's the one thing you look forward to every Friday? Share in the comments below. 👇