2019: A New Year, A New Resolution, A Longstanding Lesson From Gramps

It’s as if all those years ago he already knew the answer to the question that so many of us nowadays ask ourselves: What will make me happy? For my grandpa, it was as if without worrying about being happy, happiness ultimately found him.

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My grandpa once told me I hadn’t really lived unless I earned one new scratch by the end of the day. He also used to do handstands off diving boards, swim across inland Michigan lakes and write letters to newspapers explaining why he thought the seatbelt law was ‘an unjust load of crap’. Needless to say, he lived his life a bit differently than most.
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I Find Myself in the Most Beautiful Place

It’s 4 pm and I’m sitting at a kitchen table facing the Juan de Fuca as the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Outside and straight ahead of me I see the wind swaying the trees and encouraging the waves.

Today I find myself sitting in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m in a remote cottage that’s located on the top of a cliff in Northwestern Washington. To my left, there are the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and to my right, our hillside overlooks the Juan de Fuca waterway. I’m surrounded in every direction by natural beauty, it is breathtaking and the first place I’ve ever been that I never want to leave.

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A Birthday Weekend in the Olympic National Park

I spent my 25th birthday with my boyfriend and 2 of our close friends backpacking through the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park of Washington.

This world can be a real son of a gun sometimes.

It can make you lose hope, lose direction, lose yourself, and on really crappy days maybe even lose your faith in humanity.

However, I’m not here to talk about that side of the world, I think we all hear enough about that crap already.

I’m here to talk about the other side, you know, the one where all the rare gems hide.

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