“As soon as she realized that happiness was not out there, but instead inside of her, she was able to hold onto it for longer than she ever has before.” Red nose, cold hands, brisk wind, no sleep...but I could not be happier 💙
Whatever lifts the corners of your mouth, trust that.
There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life. There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine. If you are in search of that, don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek that.
Be soulful. Be kind. Be in love. Wherever you are, and whatever you do, be in love. - a collection of quotes by Rumi 🙏🏻
Thinking about this afternoon today. We hiked through Onion Valley and made our way to Matlock Lake. We set up a hammock and enjoyed some snacks while taking in the views of this beautiful scenery. We listened to music, journaled, and even took a little nap in the sunlight. We had the whole lake to ourselves all afternoon long. Nature can be so nurturing, but it can also be destructive and scary. My prayers go out to all of those impacted by the California fires. Click the link in my bio to find out how you can help.
This photo shows a moment of pure happiness! It does not tell the whole story of our day. I had worn my hiking boots down so much, and a week before Whitney I went to the @rei used gear sale and found a pair of waterproof boots for super cheap. I didn’t think breaking them in would be an issue because they were previously used. The day before Whitney we did around an 8 mile hike through Onion Valley to acclimate. And I got the two biggest, most painful blisters of my life on each heel. I had two choices, stay in Lone Pine while everyone else hikes, or cover them with moleskin and hope for the best. I’m telling the truth when I say that every single step up that mountain was painful. My blisters rubbed with every inclined step. Somehow I knew I could tolerate the pain to the summit. My blisters were on my heels, so as long as I got up I could get back down... We made it up. Took these photos in 35 degrees. Took some shots (not the best idea at 14,505ft) and started our descent. I didn’t realize that my shoes would start to rub on the way down, just in different spots. I’ve cried on the mountain before, but never because of negative feelings. As we descended on the 99 switchbacks I was so frustrated because I couldn’t enjoy the views. Instead of living in the moment I was in so much pain, and I was angry that I wasn’t able to get out of my head and appreciate the beauty of this mountain. I started to cry out of disappointment in myself. Yes, we successfully summited, but I have never in my life wanted to get off of a mountain so much. I guess hiking 22 miles with blisters will do that to a girl 🤷🏼♀️ Once we finally got back down, I was able to breathe. I took my shoes off and had 4-5 blisters on each foot. I looked back on the trail where we started, and I realized I was still grateful for the day. I have been blessed with so many beautiful, dare I say easy(?) summit hikes, and that’s how Whitney was for me my first time too. This day presented new lessons and challenges. I would return to this mountain again and again, because I always leave with a lesson learned. ——————————————————- What has been your hardest day on the trail? #type2fun
As we climbed this mountain the moon was landing in Gemini. Gemini reminds us that there are two sides to every story, and that we need to open up our minds to see both. As we moved up the mountain I felt a shift in energy. A willingness to embrace new perspectives, find curiosity and to expand consciousness. We had been fairly cold climbing in the dark, but as soon as the sun started to rise over Consultation Lake we had to stop and soak in the beauty of that moment. I didn’t take a lot of photos on this trail, but this is one I felt like I had to. This photo is edited. The moon was so bright that it was hard to see many stars in the sky that night. Sometimes photos just don’t do moments justice. That sunrise was so magical, and I felt like I needed to bring a little magic back into this photo. 🌌
I used to hate “overly edited” or manipulated shots, but I have to admit it was super fun getting creative and seeing another side of editing. Check out my story for the before!
Hey everyone! This is your reminder to get out there and VOTE today. 🇺🇸 What happens today will shape the next two years. What happens today matters. You have the opportunity to use your voice, which is a privilege a lot of people in this world do not have. So use it.
Oops, I lied. I got one more from Zion that I really wanted to post! This was shot on my iPhone + a @sandmarc Wide Angle Lens. If you don’t already know, I work for SANDMARC and use the gear when I’m not shooting with my DSLR. I went to yoga tonight and they asked what we’re grateful for. I’m grateful to work for a company that has allowed me to really push myself and grow professionally and creatively. I had an amazing opportunity to shoot with our gear this weekend in Joshua Tree. What do you shoot with? Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for what I was up to 😉 #sandmarc#shotoniphone
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been completely MIA this week. I broke my phone on Monday and haven’t been able to use my Instagram app all week. I thought I’d enjoy my time away, but to be honest I missed this community! I love seeing all of your posts and hearing about your lives, and I love sharing my life with you all too! I’m super bummed I missed Halloween, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Catch me up! Comment below with what you dressed up as 🎃 PS this is my last Zion pic I swear 😄
I love fall because it brings out the inner child in me. I can’t help but get excited by all of the colors. If I see a crunchy leaf I will step on it. I love bundling up in warm clothes and sipping on hot drinks. There’s a certain sense of wonder about this season. What’s your favorite part? 🍂
I drive overnight to sleep 2 hours to hike all day because it’s an actual addiction. An addiction to the beauty of this earth, to the fresh crisp air, to long talks with friends under the stars. I’m so grateful for every adventure I’ve had this year. 💙 Where has been your favorite destination?
You guys. I summited Whitney yesterday for the second time. So many emotions, such a long day. I honestly haven’t fully processed everything I felt during the 22 miles yet. I might be a few days until I can edit and upload my photos, so here’s one from Angel’s Landing at sunrise. 🌄