minimalism | 11.16.17

“Love people and use things, because the opposite never works” – The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus  I have found that there is a sort of stigma surrounding the word and lifestyle of minimalism. People hear “minimalism” and typically respond with a big eye roll and a “Okay, we get it, you don’t want…

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panacea | 11.06.17

panacea • [pan-uh-see-uh] • noun 1. a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all 2. an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties Don’t you sometimes wish that there was some big red button to push, a magic spell that you could recite or that just a simple snap of the fingers could solve all of…

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mitote | 10.23.17

“Sometimes my thoughts get so crazy, they’re like those little bingo balls flying around in that cage or like radio static while trying to tune into a station – any station, just something that comes through clear.” Yes, I did just quote myself, thank you for asking. It’s an excerpt from one of the posts that…

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live | 10.24.17

A few weeks before my birthday this past summer, I couldn’t stop thinking, “My god… I’m almost twenty-two years old.” Twenty-two. I barely believed that I was going to make it past 18. But I did. And then I turned 19 and thought, “This is it. I just can’t do this anymore. I’m done”, but before…

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enlighten | 10.22.17

Today’s Daily Prompt is a pretty fitting one for where I’m at in my life now. The word “enlighten” has come to mean something different to me over these last few months. Out of curiosity, I searched Merriam-Webster for the dictionary definition of the word. Enlighten \in-ˈlīt-niŋ, -ˈlī-tᵊn-iŋ, en-\ transitive verb 1. archaic: illuminate 2a. to furnish knowledge to:…

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fighting the good fight | 10.20.17

One thing that I’ve heard a lot over the years is how I – and others – are “battling” depression, “beating” depression. I guess that’s true. As hard as it gets sometimes, I’m going to keep fighting it and keep moving forward. If nothing else, it’s all I’ve done these past few years. I don’t…

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by the numbers | 10.12.17

5,100 miles, 100+ hours driving 17 days 11 states 3 National Parks 10 nights Walmart car camping 80+ tortillas, 2 jars of peanut butter and 20+ energy drinks A handful of new friends made 5 bagels, 7 muffins and 4 bananas taken from a Hampton Inn Countless new experiences, lessons learned and adventures had I’ve…

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expectations | 10.08.17

“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.”  – Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings While on this trip back to Maryland, I’ve really come to realize how much of a hindrance expectations can be to an experience. Regardless of if it’s a positive or negative expectation,…

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on the road again | 09.26.17

After an extended pit-stop in Corvallis, we’re back on the road. As I’m writing this now, we’re leaving Sacramento on our way to Yosemite. We’ll be stopping in Arizona, Nevada and Utah to explore the national parks, New Mexico to make some alien friends and then onward through Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee… Wherever we end up…

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