I wrote this quick post for my birthday- to share on social media.. I wrote this on the 30th of December and realize it is an entire contrast to what I just wrote about Failure- see my last post. I know people talk about social media being a highlight reel. I agree, but this post is true. I felt every word I typed- so it made me think; If we share the good times on social media, and not the bad (esssentially creating our highlight reel) does it make the post fake? I don’t think so. I didn’t post this post to prove to anyone that I am happy- I wrote this post to share a reflection from age 20 to 30. It was a birdseye view of my life. Whereas the last post is an upclose view of the moment, of a few hours of doubt. It’s ok to have varying thoughts, life happens, we can have an overall feeling of pride while also experiencing stress and doubt. In the end, I am still positive about life and every choice that has led me to where I am now. If anything I am becoming impatient for the next chapter. I also went hiking the day of this IG post. =)

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New decade. Dirty30. . I turned 30 3 days ago. I was dying to get outside alone and think/reflect. I have been thinking a lot lately about how I've evolved over the years especially through travel.. my gift to myself was to spend my last years in my twenties traveling solo. With no specific expectations or reason; I went to explore, learn, and immerse myself because I knew it was the best thing for me. . "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Mark Twain. 🙌 true. . While I was hiking on Saturday I started thinking about my entire decade in my twenties. It was trying.. it was fun, chaotic, scary, sad, exciting… it was a lot of lessons and a lot of silent battles. I found lots of forks in the road and had to take a lot of leaps of faith to get me where I am today. In the end I was able to rid of some dysfunctional patterns, learn how to find gratitude and acceptance when otherwise in conflict, and forgive while accepting change. . I've also realized my inner voice is a lot nicer than she used to be. She's become more of a friend than a critic. I'm not sure how or when it happened but I've let go of all negative self-talk; now it's all positive. I love it.. is this 30? . I'm not one to make resolutions for a new year, I make changes throughout the year.. and these last years of my twenties have prepared me for my 30s. The only thing I'm adamant on for this decade is connecting with nature weekly. I've already completed the #52challenge accidently with well over 52. So this decade is all about the literal sense of getting dirty. #dirty30 . #marktwain #travel #idhikethat #keepnaturewild #optoutside #gooutside #womenwhohike #happyplace #USA #globetrotter #travelguide #solotraveling #adventure #explore #findyourpark #meditate #selftalk #newyear #newdecade #goodbyetwenties #hello2020 #im30 #thirty #wheretonext #hiking #healthylifestyle #makingmemories #happybirthday

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A traveler who has allowed the World to show her that extreme posing beliefs are necessary to find the sweet spot that is revolutionary. Because life is too complex; it’s a balance of black and white; we need to blend the two so we can live in the grey space of an Open Mind. Currently finding a balance in exploring the World and being sustainable everyday.

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