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Learning from the past to make a brighter future

BEACH DAY!!!!!!!! — February 28, 2015

BEACH DAY!!!!!!!!

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Today was amazing. I spent most of the day at the beach with a friend of mine, and it was amazing. The goal to forget about the stuff that is stressing us out in real life, was a complete success.

We totally went down on the beach in three different towns. When I got home I smelled like the beach, which was amazing. I love the way the salty sea air mingles with the smell of camp fires, which then mingles with the way one smells from being outside. I also love watching the sunset over the ocean. That is one of my favorite things to do while at the beach, is watch the sun sink into the ocean. I know it is the whole earth rotating around the sun thing, It looks like the sun sinks into the ocean, and then disappears into the sea.

IMG_0113I grew up going to the beach, and the beach is one of the places that always feels like home for me. Here in Oregon the Coast Range runs right along the coast, so there is everything. there is the ocean, beach, mountains. Being at the beach is so natural for me, and I feel free.

I had determined it, within myself that now that I am working to use the free days that I have to go do what I love, which is getting outside and do what I love. There is a part of me, that when I know there is an adventure involved that gets me outside to someplace I love and/or going to go see History, I am going to go do it. I also love coming home tired at the end of a long day of being outside. I always sleep better after spending the day outside, and if it includes having gotten a good dose of ocean air, that is all the better.

10339276_10205554685373948_5081531226358583879_oThis weekend, as well as the past two weekends I have had the opportunity to go on adventures on each of the Saturday’s, and during each of these adventures I have absolutely loved my life. For some it may be hard to believe how much being outside, hiking, exploring historical sites, exploring in general and all that jazz makes my life complete and gives me energy. I feed off of it. I know that at some point I have to sleep, but if I could have stayed longer, I would have loved to have had a place to crash, and just spent the whole day on the beach. I thrive when I go on adventures, there is a part of me that is brought out.

The cops were out in force today. There was one point that I thought I was getting pulled over, but turns out someone else was the one getting pulled over. I am glad it wasn’t me. Especially when I am outside of the big city I try to behave myself because I know what small town cops can be like.

Adventure, the great outdoors, hiking, it is all in my blood, and it is what gets me up in the morning, and keeps me going throughout the day.

I know I will be finding sand in weird places for the next few days, and I am more than fine with that. It reminds me of each time I get to spend time at the beach.

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Happy Friday! — February 27, 2015

Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday! Man am I glad it’s Friday. I knew something was bound to go wrong after the amazing weekend and Monday that I had had. Time to pick myself out of the funk I have been in for a couple of days, and enjoy tomorrow.

I could be all Debbie Downer about the changes at work that affect me, or like I am trying to do, I am trying to stay positive about it, and remember that it will now be easier to work 4 ten’s, and thus have a week day off, so that it will be easier to coordinate schedules for adventures. As much as I don’t like the change, it could just be an answer to prayer, that I didn’t even know I was looking for.

I am going to call it a night all. Thanks for following, and reading. Talk to you all tomorrow.

Changes with Work — February 26, 2015

Changes with Work

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Today is one of those days where I am just in a funk. I believe that everything happens for a reason. As much as I don’t like sitting in traffic, I am going to miss coming into the office 5 days a week. I still have a job, I am just going to not be working in the office anymore. That is going to take some getting used to. Once the computer situation gets resolved I will be a bit more at ease about it. 

Changes are inevitable, and this kind of feels like one term of college is ending and another one is starting. The length of time that has passed is about right as well for changing terms. 

I am trying to stay positive about it, but working from home will be harder for me than working out of the office. I am going to try to work 4 10’s rather than 5 8’s, so that I have an extra day to do adventures and stuff like that with. i am going to try to make the best of a situation I don’t like, and see what comes of it in the end. 

One of Those Days — February 25, 2015

One of Those Days

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What a day today has been. I don’t want to go into to many details, though I am still thankful that I still have a job.

The past couple of weeks have kind of felt too good to be true, and while today didn’t bring that to a grinding halt, it was definitely a hiccup along the way. I won’t let that sway the progress that I have seen in these past couple of weeks. I know they have happened for a reason.

The upcoming weeks will put some of the skills I learned in college to work. The skills of setting my mind to something and sticking to it to get the task done.

She is Worth It. — February 24, 2015

She is Worth It.

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Today my thoughts have been withy friends and their little miss. I really feel for the kids in foster care. Getting bumped from home to home, some better than others, and some are amazing. It is unfortunate that kids have to go through that kind of thing. 

I am hoping and praying for the best for little miss. I am hoping for her sake that she will stay put where she is for a long while. She has two foster parents who love her, foster brothers who adore her, and a church family that has been pulling for her since the day she came into my friends’ lives. 

Wanting what is in her best interests is worth every tear, prayer, broken heart, worry, and happiness. She is worth it all and so much more. 

Like A Breath of Fresh Air — February 23, 2015

Like A Breath of Fresh Air

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Wow. Today just added to the amazing weekend i had. Today went smoothly at work, and then I was able to go to the credit union, and stop at Fred Meyer on my way home. It was, as I was leaving Fred Meyer that I checked my Facebook notifications, and saw that a good friend of mine had updated her status, so I stopped long enough to read it. Upon reading it, I almost broke out in an ecstatic happy dance. I found out that they got their foster daughter back. Many prayers went up for this little girl over the last 8 months, and she has returned to the home she has spent most of her little life in.

Today went smoothly at work, and even running on a bit less sleep than I would like to normally get, it was a great day. Which was a great way to top off an amazing weekend. Getting such good news totally made the good day I had even better.

This is one of those times where I really still wish I lived only 8 miles from my friend, and still had a more flexible schedule. I would love to take her a coffee, and then do the dishes, and fold some laundry, and help pick up around the house, and helping make lunch for the littles who are there during the day, so she could focus on adjusting to being a mom of 5 when just a couple short weeks ago she was a mom of 2. I would love to see the kids, naturally, but I would love to do something nice for her, since she has become like an older sister to me over the past eight and a half years.

Amazing Weekend! — February 22, 2015

Amazing Weekend!

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All I can say is that this weekend has been amazing.

This afternoon and evening I went home. It still feels like home, but it is different. I am different, I am what has changed. My love of the area has deepened as I have grown up a bit more in the past 4.5 years. It doesn’t feel foreign but different. I want to call it home, and have a permanence to that move. I don’t know when or if that will happen though, but being there feels so right and normal.

I know I have said it already, that this weekend has been amazing, but it really has. One awesome thing after another. It isn’t one of those pinch me moments where I am waiting for the balloon to pop, rather this is the direction I want my life to continue to be going, and keep getting better. I know it can and will happen. For now I need to keep up what I have been doing and keep moving forward.

This weekend has totally been one of those “this is what life is about, I love my life” kind of weekends. Next weekend is looking to be great as well.

I Love My Life — February 21, 2015

I Love My Life

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Most days seem like a repeat of the day before, get up, go to work, get off work 8.5 hours later, come home, get dinner, make a lunch, watch some youtube videos and go to bed to start it over the next day.

Then I have weekends like the one I am currently having. I got to hang out with a friend last night who I hadn’t seen in months. I then spent today with another friend going on a hike in a gorgeous park here in the city that has many hiking trails. For this hike I broke out my hiking boots again as well as my REI Flash 22 pack. I debated on the pack versus a smaller backpack and a purse, but I am glad I took this pack. After we had finished our hike we then went to two old homesteads, one of which dates back to the 1850’s, and the original owners came out here on the Oregon Trail. It was so amazing to be out exploring, doing what I love. After our adventures we went and got food, which was much needed.

IMG_0142Throughout the hike I kept thinking “I love my life”, I never really got to hang out with friends outside of school and church, so be able to go where I want, when I want, with who I want is amazing. The past few months, and with having my current job I have really seen my life start to change for the better. It is changing in Baby Steps, but I am loving it. Work is still kind of a bore, but it is totally tolerable. It also means I can support my weekend explorations, and outings with friends. I would not have traded last night or today for a million bucks. I am tired in a good way and really feel recharged to get back to work so that I can have another amazing weekend.

Life is meant to be lived, and I am living it, and enjoying every opportunity that I have.

You Can’t Stop Your Life From Happening. — February 20, 2015

You Can’t Stop Your Life From Happening.

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Tonight was awesome. I got together with a friend who I hadn’t seen since last summer, and hung out for a bit. I love friday nights like this, where I have plans with friends of my own. That is just one of the great things about being an adult, and working, is that I can go where I want, with who I want after work. When I was a kid, I really was not allowed to hang out with friends much outside of school and church, so the freedom to do so now as an adult is amazing.

I am also very excited for tomorrow. One of my friends and I are planning on going on hiking.

This past week, I was reminded of why I am doing what I am doing, in that I am working at a job that I can tolerate, but that is not a career for me. Like many other American’s, the Economy is still tough. I graduated from college at a tough economic time, so I am thankful to have a job, an one that I can afford to pay my college loans, put gas in my car, keep myself fed, and still have a bit to do my own thing with. I am thankful for that income, and the opportunity to work on building real world paid work experience. So I may not love my job, but I am grateful for it, and I do view it as a great opportunity. Having basic office experience in Data Entry, Data Verification, and organization is useful in any career field. Part of what I do is to look stuff up to make sure it is correct. What I am looking up and where I look it up is different from writing research papers like I did in college, but some of the same underlying factors are still at play.

With having a job, it does allow me to be able to go on adventures over the weekend. While I am still just getting started, and have not ventured very far afield yet, I am working on it. I am also hoping that through my adventures blog, and the “Adventure is My Middle Name” Facebook Page, that it may help me get to where I want to go career wise. The more I get to go see and do, the more I have to photograph and share, and the more I will hopefully get noticed.

For now, my weekends are where I am making what I want my life to become happen. Small steps, and Local Adventures, are steps in the right direction. Doing something, is much better than doing nothing. You are not going to make it happen by doing nothing. I am building on my adventures, I am doing more, seeing more, as well as thinking and dreaming bigger. I would love to see where my life takes me over the next five years, and I don’t want, and refuse to let fear of the unknown stand in my way. This is my life, and I am going to live it.

I know I have been loving the adventures and outings I have been on of late, and I look forward to the next adventure with an intensity that is only of knowing that going outside, seeing history, and being there is where my passion lies. After my adventure last Saturday, I felt like I was on top of the world, and in that adventure I loved my life, and I could not have imagined a better way to spend part of my Saturday. I wanted more, more days filled with seeing history for what it was, and stand where so many had stood, and remember the lives that had come before me, to get me here, in that moment.

Living is taking in each of these moments and storing them away. Building upon what you love, and what makes you happy. For me that is going outside, going hiking with my friends, being in the great outdoors. If it involves history it is that much better.

Excited for the Weekend! — February 19, 2015

Excited for the Weekend!

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I am starting this blog earlier in the evening, so I can remember to actually write it tonight.

Beings that I finished season 3 of Downton Abbey last night I am holding off to start season 4 until next week. Especially when I have plans tomorrow night, Saturday, and Sunday night. Beings that I have seasons 1 – 5 on DVD I can watch them at my pace, but it is nice to have something to look forward to when I get home.

Last night I completed the first of two baby blankets I am knitting for my cousin and his wife who are expecting their first baby in June. They are waiting to find out the gender of the baby until the baby is born. I completed the turquoise blanket last night and started the Honey Bee yellow sweater while I was watching the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey (where the Crawley’s were in Scotland!!!!!) I have to say that it has to be my favorite episode so far. That might also have something to do with the fact that I think Scotland is amazing, and really want to travel there.

I know I am kind of Downton obsessed right now, and that will die down after I have watched the 5th season, and then I will be patiently waiting for the 6th season to come to the US.

Tonight I am going to watch Divergent, while working on the second baby blanket for my cousin.

I am super stoked for this weekend, and going hiking. The weather should be gorgeous.