Grounding, getting lost to find yourself, reconnecting with nature, disconnecting from technology, slowing down to smell the roses, taking the long way home...these are all things that take time, but add value to life.
I recently took a hike and though I didn’t intend to experience any epiphanies, I did (as per the usual). For nearly a year I had been putting in so much work to heal myself over past wounds and I was doing it through the extension of kindness and grace toward others, and submitting my own hurt to empathize with their emotions.
I had NO IDEA how much this was holding me back from completely moving on and letting go. It’s almost as if I was trying to remain strong, but for who, because it definitely wasn’t for my benefit and the people I had tried so hard to empathize with had all abandoned me. So why then was I still empathizing?
For months I held myself back from people and things because I felt as if I was not ready, but it was an illusion. It was not me who was not ready. I got tired of trying to heal myself by saying I was still healing and processing. I thought by being gentle in explaining the actions of others, I was being gentle to myself but FUCCCCKKK that. Nope. Sometimes it’s okay to just let it go and say what that person did was fucked all the way up and they will face the karma one day. Stop apologizing for people that hurt you because you still wanted to be loved. Let the people who want to love you in to love you. 💕
This hike was beautiful in more ways than one; and I was reminded not to grow like a rose (delicate and finicky), but to grow like a penstemon or a weed through a rock (persistent and without regard for hindrances).
Another day of sun. Yesterday I had the rare chance to hang out with all of my closest buds. It gets harder for everyone to hang out as we get older because of conflicting schedules and such but the closest of friends will always find a way to come back together✌️
Only 30 minutes outside of the District, this trail is a gem ❤️ The water levels were a bit lower than the last time I did the hike, but the views were still on point. Fall's beautiful colors are starting to pop up and I'm hoping for a wonderfully colorful autumn this year! #billygoattrail#dmv#hiking#hikingadventures#autumn#trail#gooutside
Last week, I had a rough start.. so much paperwork, edits, and stress piled up. Surprisingly, I got it all done and my inbox is now back to 0 unread emails - woot!
Started off this week with a bang. This couple was willing to hike in the heat!!! Sweat for days but hot damn was that sunset beautiful. We will have to celebrate with boba when I get back from Japan! Thank you for the most uplifting session. Can't wait to see you two!
For now, I shall enjoy my #properbasic life in the motherland.
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Glad I got to visit home for a few days. Never forget where you came from :)
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Let’s just say today was probably not the best day to hike the entire Billy Goat “A” Trail—2-1/2 hours to complete this trail and another 30 minute hike to return to our cars, in temps that *felt* like 100 degrees F! Still, Suellen and I did it with just two short breaks in the shade. It was seriously hot, and I will select a cooler day for next go round. #greatfallsmd#hiking#billygoattrail#billygoattraila#hike#getoutthere
"clay seeps onto roots, roots drawn by salt, roots crowned / by trees. The cords unravel from the flesh of trees, unravel / by the storm shutters. Come." - Ricardo Maldonado 📍 Great Falls, Potomac River, Potomac, Maryland USA
a pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of a difficult, troubled, or hectic place or situation.
Went on a hike through the Billy Goat Trail into the Great Falls Trail—it was so much fun discovering these trails today. It was what my mind and heart needed. I stayed hydrated and opened my sights, on what I could see with God today. Happy I was able to experience this today’s day let myself breath.
It’s good to just getaway and forget things at home. Take some time at anytime to retreat away from everything your heart is feeling & processing. Let it just be you and God. Allow the Holy Spirit teach you to just rest, and to just let God take control.