Tag: passion

Seizing the Day

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Between all the rain we got over the weekend, and the sun coming out today, hitting nearly 70 degrees (69 to be exact), I had to get out and go for a hike.

I went and hiked up Mt. Talbert, which is one of my favorite spots. From where I started, hiking up to the summit, and back down again, it totaled 1.86 miles. Coming down was a shorter distance than going up. In the mile going up to the top, there was an elevation gain of about 417 feet. It smelled amazing out there and the birds were chirping. It was awesome.

This is one of my places to go hiking at the moment since I have been away from hiking for a bit, and I don’t have much in the way of endurance, but I am working on it. Consistency is key. I am also still working on breaking in the boots I bout a couple month back.

I love being up there and just thinking, and trying to clear my mind from the stress and craziness of life.

I love being outside, whether I am going for a walk on the beach or hiking in the woods – up the side of a mountain, that is where I am most at ease and content with life. I have lived the city life, and it’s really not for me. I prefer to more active, and finding a better balance between being able to be outdoors and being indoors.

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Let the Adventures Begin!

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The bug I had at the end of last week was short lived, fortunately.

The Saje Essential Oils I ordered had arrived on Saturday, and the bottle of DoTerra OnGuard arrived yesterday. I love that the OnGuard is DoTerra’s blend of thieves. Thieves blend has been around for a while, and is based on a 15th century legend, during the bubonic plague.

Today was rather busy, I ran a couple errands, getting ready for some plans I have coming up in about a week and a half.

I also went on a 2.75 mile hike today. It was such a beautiful day, and I have been wanting to go out hiking for ages. I am also trying to break in my new hiking boots. One of the down sides of new hiking boots is blisters. I am hoping with time that my boots will get broken in so that the blisters don’t occur.

Over the course of the last week or so I have also been binge watching Call the Midwife, it is really good. As per usual I am late to the game of the good British TV shows that come across the pond.

Cabin Fever; The saga continues

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2018 has been a rough one so far for illness. I am sick for the third time this year and we are really only 2 months into the year.

All I want is to be healthy again and some half way decent weather so I can go hiking again.

The conditioning cream and the insoles I bought for my hiking boots came today, so I was able to condition my new hiking boots this afternoon, since they are full grain leather. I definitely want to protect them and have them last as long as possible.

Even though I am sick, today has been productive. I got some laundry done, and got my boots conditioned. I have gotten several blog posts written on a couple of my blogs, including this post. I have also been looking for a job.

Today has already been a two cup of tea day, and is about to be a three cup of tea day.

I will be giving essential oils a try here in the near future, to see if they help me stay healthy, help with my allergies and with stress. I am going to be trying a few blends.

I have too much going on this month to be sick again. I have a ladies retreat in a couple weeks that I will be attending as well as a concert the weekend after and I want to fit in at least a couple hikes before Oregon Spring Break.

I have also been sorting through some stuff, and seeing what I can get rid of, especially of things that don’t fit right or don’t fit period and I won’t wear. I am also trying to simplify what I have, with the exception of a few decorative things (even that I am trying to keep simple), I am trying to not have excessive amounts of material things that I don’t really need. If it is something functional, that I am currently using (or will for sure use when I move out on my own again) I am keeping it for now, but other things are just taking up needless space.

While I have no burning desire to living in a tiny home, I would rather live on acreage, with a modest farmhouse, bungalow or cottage, than a big house in the city. The one thing I would like though is a kitchen with decent counter space so I can have room to cook and bake, as well as a table that can seat several people, for family gatherings and such.

Always been Outdoorsy

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Today was a perfect day at the beach! It was sunny, windy, but not super cold, and the wind kept it from being too hot. It would have been a perfect day for this using solar and wind energy. 


My allergies were so much better at the beach, as was my comfort level. I was running around without a jacket and perfectly comfortable. 

I have always loved the beach and ocean. It has always felt more like home than the city. 

I have always felt better at the beach, between the fresh salty sea air, being outdoors a lot. Unless it’s raining, whenever I have stayed at the beach, I have spent more time outside than inside. 

Preferring to be outdoors, even when not at the beach is something I  have loved. Many of my favorite memories have included being outdoors. Whether it was ice fishing for lingcod in Canada in the winter, or hiking in the woods, or exploring an old left to ruins Fort, or being at the beach or sitting around a campfire on a summer evening (which is made better at the beach), or just being outside on a summer evening. 

It’s typically the blustery, cold, wet days that I prefer being indoors cooking, baking, knitting, curled up with a good book. 

The beach is my preference, the one place I love out of everywhere I have been, it is the one place I am truly a happy camper. 

Life is Returning to Normal

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As much fun as it was to have my Aunt and Uncle visit from Canada, they had to head back up north yesterday morning. On their way back home, they were stopping by my oldest cousin’s house, for a few days. My oldest cousin lives in Alberta.

Today was definitely more relaxing. I did do a little bit of baking; I made gluten free, dairy free pumpkin muffins, which are really good. I love pumpkin flavored stuff.

I have also spent time today working on the current pair of socks I am knitting up. The socks I am working on, I am using the very first skein of yarn I had purchased with the intent to use to make socks with. In the years since I had purchased this yarn, I have definitely learned about what types of yarn work well for socks, and what “Sock Yarn” is really a huge pain in the rear to try to knit up into socks. The yarn I am currently working with isn’t the worst yarn I have worked with to make socks, but so far it is my second least favorite yarn to use for knitting up socks. Now that I have knit up a few pairs of socks, and have tried a few different kinds of yarns, I am figuring out what works, and what doesn’t work.

What I am supposed to be doing career wise, and with my life in general has been on my mind a lot lately.

I know I want to live in a small town somewhere here in the West, primarily in more northern climates that aren’t too different than what I am used to where I am. I know I want stay in the mountain west, North of the 44th latitude Parallel, and no further east than the front range of the rockies. Though living in Alaska, Oregon, Washington or northern/western Idaho is preferable. This part of the country is home for me, and it’s in my blood. I want to be able to live somewhere where I can have a garden at least, and maybe some fruit trees and a few chickens, and eventually maybe some goats as well. This part of the country is one of the best growing regions (in my opinion) for local produce, like Peaches, Pears, Apples, Cherries, Cucumbers (to make pickles) as well as Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, blueberries. I would love to be able to grow my own strawberries, raspberries, apples, lettuce, spinach, some herbs, carrots, rhubarb, and so much more.

I definitely want to do more in the way of homemaking and doing things like making jams & jellies, canning fruit, canning pickles, knitting, living a more natural lifestyle, and doing more of the things that women used to do back in the late 1940’s and 1950’s.

While knitting has definitely made a comeback in the past couple of decades, there was about two or three decades when it almost died out. Out here, where I am from, yarn stores are prevalent. I don’t know about other parts of the country, but at least out here, knitting and crocheting won’t be dying out any time soon.

Over the course of my teenage years, and now into my early adult years, it has amazed me, at how many young women my age don’t know how to really cook from scratch, let alone do some basic baking and canning – something my grandmother’s generation for sure learned how to do. I did learn how to cook and bake from scratch, which has definitely served me well since I developed food intolerances.

Being able to preserve, and share a part of our history is important to me. I am glad I wasn’t my age now, back in the early 1950’s, and that I can be my age, now, in the 21st century, but there are a lot of things about my grandparents generation, aka “The Greatest Generation” or “The G.I. Generation”, that were children and young adults during the great depression, and were young adults during the second world war. Many of whom, who were born toward the end of the generation were the “housewives” of the 1950’s and 1960’s (Like my grandmother’s).

 

 

Finally Piecing it Together

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In many ways I feel like my life has been standing still, yet so much has been changing. For so long I wondered what my purpose and calling were. In the past year, I finally feel like I have been given a call and purpose. 

I graduated from college with no real plan and no job lined up, and it was scary, a little over a year after I graduated from college I went to New York, on my own, and it was definitely was one of those growing experiences. It really helped me to grow, and that when I know something is right for me, I can’t let fear hold me back. If I had let fear get the best of me, I know I wouldn’t be who I am today. 

I have known for years I am not a city girl. I may know how to navigate the city, but the fast paced lifestyle isn’t for me.

Over the course of the past couple of years, I have begun to see that who I am, the outdoorsy girl who loves the ocean, hiking and pretty much everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, is OK, and who I am supposed to be. This part of the country is my home and where my roots are. While I love exploring and seeing new places, there is nothing like getting back home. 

…When You Were Born to Stand Out

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The quote “Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you were born to stand out” by Ian Wallace has really been on my mind and heart today. 

I have spent so many years trying to fit in places I really don’t belong, and I have known I don’t belong in them for years. After trying to put my finger on it exactly for a couple of weeks, it hit me like a ton of bricks today. 

I am working on making the changes I need to make in my life, to be doing what I am supposed to be doing with my life. It’s not always easy but doing what you are passionate about and what is a good fit for you is worth working toward. 

For me personally, I am passionate about being outdoors and having a home of my own, and being able to cook, clean, decorate and everything for myself. There is just something about coming home, and being in your own space that is amazing. I am the kind of person who needs to be able to have roots and wings. I need to know where home is, yet be able to go and learn about the world I live in, by exploring and experiencing it. 

Yesterday I had gone out to do some shopping, and found some new clothes that are my style, and that was one more wedge in the “this isn’t where I am supposed to be or what I am supposed to be doing with my life” progression I have been dealing with. I have been stuck in a box for far to long of allowing others dictate to me who I am, how I should dress, what I should be doing with my life, how I should be serving God, when I know God has put a call on my life that is not what I have been told I should be, or how one goes about doing said Call should be. I finally just stopped caring what others think or what they say. This is not my mothers generation. This is my generation, and there is more to life than being the goody goody who always does as they are told and has no personality or individuality of their own. I am who God made me and has called me to be, and I won’t apologize for that. I won’t conform to a way of life I don’t agree with, and that in my heart I know isn’t right for me. 

This is my life

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The past few days really feel like they have gotten away from me, and I am like “what happened the last few days?” 

The past couple of months have just flown by. 

There has a lot of trying to figure things out of what is right for me, and where I am supposed to be heading. I really feel like I am heading in the right direction, even though I don’t exactly know what that direction is. All I know is that God is fathful to guide us each step of the way. 

Still trying to figure things out

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I can’t seem to get this post written, even though I feel like it should be written.

I have had a lot on my mind today. A lot of has to do with my future and career plans and goals. 

After I had realized that being a teacher wasn’t for me, I became kind of lost in terms of career goals and aspirations. I finished college and got a degree in Social Science with a focus in American History and I minored in literature. It will be 6 years in June that I graduated with my bachelors degree and I still feel as lost as I did then, and I have no idea what career I should have or what I should be working toward. 

Some people know what they want to do as a career from the time they are young, others take some time and figure it out through working several jobs in different industries. 

I know I have said it before that I want to read more books as I still have 7 Outlander books to read, as well as the newest Nicolas Sparks book, and the Game of Thrones books. I was a literature minor in College, because I love reading. Since high school I have started collecting books. I have a whole uhaul electronics box full of books and then I have been buying more since then. 

The six things that are constantly  on my mind are Gluten Free/Dairy Free food, knitting, books, blogging, a home of my own/homemaking and adventures not exactly in that order. I would love to find a way to get paid to do all the above as well as help young women who are or have gone through what I have been through. 

Sustainable Living

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Lately (more like a few years now), I have been wanting to be more self sufficient, and living more sustainably and naturally. Though, I would still be purchasing the almond coconut milk I like and Bob’s Red Mill flours I use. 

I would love to have a deep freeze full of freezer jam, wild caught fish, moose, elk and venison. I would also love to have a garden, and a couple of greenhouses. I would love to raise chickens (for eggs and meat) as well as pigs (for meat). 

I want to do a lot of canning and preserving and living a bit more like they did in the olden days, while making use of the modern conveniences like an electric or natural gas range, a deep freeze, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, a washer and dryer and indoor plumbing. 

I have mentioned in other blog posts that I like working with my hands and knowing where my food comes from. I also like the idea of whatever excess I get from the garden that I cannot use myself, of giving it to neighbors and food banks for those in need. 

I really don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster who only shops at Whole Foods or New Seasons. If you were to see me out and about I would look like your average late 20’s young woman. There is definitely something to be sad for te First Nations ideology that the plants and animals are there to feed us (the whole we are the too predators thing), but with that need need to only take what we can use, and be mindful not to leave young without their mother. 

Really all this does come back to my love of history, it’s  preservation and the great outdoors. I love working hard and burning calories while I work at doing something I love. I still don’t know how I am going to make it happen but I know there is a way.

 These past few months I have been full on city girl and it has taken so much out of me that I am so done and over it. I am missing living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. 

I had gone for a hike with one of my friends yesterday, we had gone to one of our favorite hiking spots. We had come to the clearing in the woods, found a tree stump, sat down on it and just enjoyed how peaceful it was out there. The hike and looking at clean eating cookbooks and the illustrated cookbook of ingredients is what reminded me of how much I want to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Two of the cookbooks I was looking at yesterday.