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The only thing stronger than fear is hope — November 12, 2016

The only thing stronger than fear is hope

Hey Everyone! 

As most of you know, this past Tuesday, November 8th, was our presidential election. Donald Trump won. While the popular vote went one way, the Electoral College went the other. It reminded me a lot of the 2000 presidential election, with the exception of a much wider gap in the electorate vote this time around. Though if you look at the percentage difference it is pretty much identical this year as it was in 2000, though the big difference is in how many of the states voted (which in turn is how the electoral college votes), and much of the map was in red this year, and many key states went red. 

With that, and Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, Clinton supporters took to the streets in protest. 

I will make one thing clear, I could not in good conscience vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. I did vote though. While I do not like what either person, I accept the fact that Trump has won, and am moving on with my life, and am holding out hope that maybe, just maybe things will get better than they have in the past 8 years. Since I graduated from college, it has been tough, and the only light at the end of the tunnel has been this election and the hope for change. 

I don’t know about the east coast, but out here on the west coast the protests began once Trump was declared the winner. These protests have been taking place in cities across the country. Here in Portland, they have been taking place daily, beginning with the one on Tuesday night. These protests have shut down freeways, blocking interstate traffic (which is illegal), and have turned into violent, destructive riots, causing several hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage across the city. This is not uncommon for this city, and I am seeing first hand why at one point it had earned the nickname “baby Beirut”, whenever something gets started, sadly Portland gets on the bandwagon and takes it way to far. Though Portland is not the only city that is still protesting, though what’s done is done. It’s a very vocal minority made predominantly up of millennials, who haven’t learned to put on their big kid pants and how to lose, or how to make their voices heard in a constructive manner. These protests really are a demonstration to the country and the world that what our country needed is a change in leadership and fresh blood. As much as I think Trump is a pompous womanizing jerk with an ego the size of Siberia, he may just be the shake up the establishment needed. 

I had left the city last night for a taste of the small town life that I miss. I had already had made the plans that I had long before the mayhem had begun. 

This is a picture I had taken last night. Notice how empty it is? Yeah, the big cities should really be taking notes from their small town neighbors. 

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Where is Home — November 4, 2016

Where is Home

Hey Everyone!

Today was my week day off of work (I work 4 ten hour days). I seriously needed to get out of town for the day. So I drove to the towns I had lived in while I was in college. I had also grabbed lunch while I was in the area and shipped a couple boxes at the post office. 

I don’t know if it is just because I have been away from living there longer than I lived there or because I have changed in the almost 6.5 years I have not lived there, but those two towns are really no longer home for me. They were the home I needed when I was there, and an amazing home they were. I have come to realize that that chapter of my life is closed, and I will always love that area, and it will always have a special place in my heart as the first place that ever felt like home. Now I look back and go visit, I am not really sad about leaving anymore, the sadness for having left is gone. Now I look at it and see how living there changed me, and know that I want to feel about that area being my real home, some place else. I doubt I will ever feel that way about living in the city but I am sure I will feel that way about some place else, when I find the place I am supposed to be. 

I am kind of leaning away from living in the actual valley, mainly because it is typically then warmest and brightest, and I honestly have a hard time with the Heat and bright lights. I know I am Heat and light sensitive, so living in Southern California is definitely out of the question. 

I know I have been back in the city too long when I drive down Main St at like 3:45 on a Friday afternoon and am like “this place is dead”, when I know it’s not, I have just gotten used to the hustle and bustle of Hawthorne, Belmont, and Alberta that are very active throughout the day. Especially this time of year in that town not many people are out walking around at 3:45 on a Friday afternoon. All the college kids are either still in class, gone home for the weekend, studying or hanging out at wherever they are living or at a friend’s place. In small towns like that if the kids aren’t hanging out at a friend’s house they are at home, and there really isn’t much in the way of night life there. 

Yesterday my October Scentsy order arrived which I was and still am excited about since I ordered my first Diffuser and some essential oils and I am so excited to finally try a Diffuser and essential oils. 

I know I talk about it a lot about wanting and needing to live a more natural lifestyle for my own well being. I am not one of those people who shuns modern medicine and all things mainstream. I fully believe in modern medicine (I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t), but don’t go running to the doctor for every little thing. If there are natural & effective remedies that are also dairy free, that help keep you healthy, help your body fight colds, allergies and such then I will go that route because our bodies are amazing when allowed to recover themselves with natural non synthetic help. 

That is pretty much what was on my mind today.