The Importance Of A Bat Cave

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This morning I awoke to the telling white light shining through my window, indicating the reflection of freshly fallen snow. Hello world. And thank you for another day. How beautiful it is to look out the window to an untouched blanket of white, shining under the brilliance of the sun. Due to the weather, I was called out of work, and have been spending my time drinking strong cuban coffee and reading, stopping only to think and to write. It has been a remarkable winter, and a very educational year for me so far. I remember years ago when I lived in the wilderness for two months and almost forgot how beautiful the snow was. After spending many a night freezing beneath a tent, made with a simple blue tarp and some twine, huddled in a sleeping bag manufactured for summer weather at the mercy of wind and the direction it decided to blow, I wanted nothing to do with snow. I learned many lessons during that time, and it has given me a lot to reflect upon today. I recall one night there was a snow storm, and it was so cold that I truly believed I would lose my toes. I couldn’t even imagine making it until the next morning. After that experience, I learned alternative ways of setting up my tent and staying warm. The best way to stave off the wind and weather is to build a bat cave; a 5 point tent with a small opening at the front, and the back tied to trees very close to the ground. The only downside was the snow would build up by morning, and you would wake to a wet sleeping bag if the snow was heavy enough. I also learned to be the best bow driller in my group. I could bust a fire and blow it into flames in less than a minute. Another lesson I learned was to take a Nalgene bottle, fill it with water and place it near the fire. You could put this at your feet during the night and it would hold off the freezing temperatures for a few hours. My greatest lesson was that even though I spent  that one evening with a blizzard blowing through my tent, threatening to tear it down and making my sleeping bag so wet I thought surely I would get hypothermia, I adapted promptly and survived. I came to love the weather and bask in the glory of the daily snow falls. I have begun to apply this experience to my life, remembering that even though it can get so bad that you can’t fathom making it another day; if you become resourceful and learn to survive even the most bitter and coldest blizzards, you can survive anything. This is what I believe makes true success.

Wind Does Not Put Out Fire, It Makes It Stronger

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Fierce. Unstoppable. A force to be reckoned with. These are the words I feel describe me and my life right now, and I couldn’t feel any more blessed or honored to be living this life I call my own. What a treasure to wake up to a new day, and a new chance to get it right and make a change every single time the sun rises. How amazing is that?! It’s impossible to make a list of everything I could be thankful for, because I would never be able to stop writing. I didn’t always feel this way about my life, but for quite a while now I have felt unmistakably powerful and positive about who I am, even if I still haven’t quite figured out what to do with myself to contribute to the world. I do believe that I am headed in the direction of discovery, and I am so much more excited about the journey than the destination. I believe that I have been given an undeniable purpose, and when I am ready, I will know what that is. At this moment I truly don’t think I could be any happier, even if you were to ring my doorbell and hand me a million dollars. And you can quote me on that 😉

Manifesto of the Free

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Have you ever danced with a bee,

Given hugs to a tree,

Serenaded the night

Whilst down on one knee?

Have you ran to be free,

Thrown cares to the sea

And neglected your chores

‘Cause you’re lost in daydreams?

Do you wish you could be

Just as happy as me

Does it suit your monotonous,

Yet tedious scheme?

Give in to childlike whims

Whatever that means

Be one with the wind

And go live your fantasies ©

**Always remember to love everyone 🙂

5 Ways to Become Passionate About Life

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The List:

1. Be Appreciative
Wake up every single morning and say thank you for the wonder of being able to live another day. You are alive and that means that every day is an opportunity to achieve greatness. Leave the worries and stress of yesterday behind and remember to always live in the moment. Be alive for the present and remember that life is exactly what you make it.

2. Look In The Mirror At Your Beauty Instead Of Your Flaws

When is the last time you looked at yourself and didn’t criticize or critique something? We have been conditioned to hate our bodies and expect perfection in our image and that is just plain unreasonable. Love your flaws and be thankful that they are yours. Look past the things you wish you could change and accept yourself just the way you are. It is healthy to want to be a better you, but not if it means putting down what you have. Accept yourself completely first, then work on being a better you.

3. Eat Healthy Foods

Let me emphasize: Eat healthy foods. Put down the processed junk and spend a little more time on the nourishment that enters your body every. single. day. Your body truly is a temple and if you fill it with junk what do you think is going to happen? Eat organic foods that make you feel good and give you natural energy instead of chugging the toxic energy drinks. If you eat the proper diet and drink enough water, you won’t need energy supplements or medicine. Food is the greatest medicine of all and when you begin to care about what you eat instead of tossing back any old junk food, you will notice a HUGE difference in your body, mood, and energy.

4. Get Active And Exercise Outside

Exercise is SO important I can’t even emphasis it enough. Walk if you have to. Just get out there and move. I know that everyone wants to be in the gym taking “gym selfies” but make sure to get outside for some of those calorie burning sessions. Take a walk around the block so you can absorb some vital vitamin D. People don’t realize how important this essential nutrient is and even though we can get it from a canister, it is WAY better to soak in some au natural sunlight while getting your heart rate up. Trust me, this is a passionate subject of mine. DO IT.

5. Find your Passion

Figure out what it is (besides your 9-5) that makes you tick. What do you actually like doing that makes you happy? Once you find that one thing that really makes you excited about life, invest more of your time into it. There is nothing sadder than the person who goes to work, drinks their gallon of coffee, takes an hour lunch, heads back to the grind, gets off, and heads home to watch TV or drink, followed by bed (repeat). I. Would. Go. Insane if this were my routine. I HAVE gone insane before when this WAS my routine. Get out of it, add something in your day that makes your happy and gives you something to look forward to other than the bottom of a glass.

 

Always remember to be YOU 100% authentically and love everyone 🙂

A Prescription for Happiness

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Love yourself. Be creative. Seek the beauty in nature and in art. Appreciate your surroundings. Never ask for permission to express yourself. Be bold. Say things that others won’t and believe in things that others are too afraid of. Let music be exciting. Dance when no one is looking. Sing to the birds in the trees and toss away the fear of being heard. Pick flowers. Hula hoop. Stop caring what any of them may say. Stay away from people who try to cast a shadow on your aura. If you find yourself in an intimate relationship with someone who doesn’t appreciate every single beauty and flaw that you possess, run away as fast as you can. Collect leaves in the fall. Take the time to go outside and admire a butterfly. Throw away your makeup. Decorate yourself with childlike wonder instead. Let your hair fall down to your waist. Free fall into yourself and enjoy the rush. Have a conversation with a stranger and leave them with a gift, whether it be your knowledge or your company or something you created. Be in love with life and all that it has to offer. Stay innocent. Be extraordinary. Seek humility daily. Cherish every single moment and live in the present. Be gracious for your past, but always remember it is your past. Love everyone. Be brave. {Shimmer}. And never forget to breathe. ©

My inspiration for today.

I used to be the girl…

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I used to be the girl that took 4 hours to get ready, changing 100 times and applying 50 coats of mascara. I used to be the girl that cared more about what was in her closet than in her brain. I used to be the girl that turned her nose up to the idea of simplicity and happiness, but rather chased vanity and complexity. I used to be her, because I didn’t realize how absolutely beautiful it is to go on a nature walk instead of sitting in a nail salon, and how enchanting a good book can be versus an all day shopping trip. I am glad to have been that girl, because it taught me how much I wanted and needed to be the woman I am becoming. I am grateful to have learned that there is so much more to life and me than the way that I look and what society tells me I am limited to being. ©

This means so very much to me because I have found a freedom that I never thought to be possible or plausible. The freedom of waking up in the morning and walking out the door without losing 2 hours of time spent on insane vanity. The freedom of not wondering what the stranger on the street thinks about my hair or the outfit I chose. This is a freedom that many people are never able to achieve, and I am blown away with appreciation for shedding this incredible weight. I think that if everyone were to take time out of their day to think about how long they spend on tasks of vanity, (at first these things may seem like essentials, but over time you will start to get the picture) and then begin to eliminate certain things little by little, they would find that they have much more time for themselves and for the world around them. Little by little your priorities will begin to change, and where you once spent 30 minutes on your eyelashes, that 30 minutes may now be dedicated to writing or reading a new book about something educational or inspiring. Men, this is for you too. Where you once spent 2 hours and 45 minutes at the gym followed by #gymselfies, you may now actually have time to pick up that guitar and learn a few cords. I believe that our society has become so obsessed with our outer appearances that there is a true lack of upcoming talent. We are the only ones that can change this and make sure that we are a generation of geniuses with an inspirational talent to offer the world and not a generation of Jersey Shore wannabes. This is our world, our planet. Let us be the generation to make a difference and give back to humanity and not to the vanity industry.