Just Making it up

and weighed myself - i knew i gained weight because, well, my clothes are tighter…so yeah over the last year i’ve gained 20lbs and now…now it is time to lose at least 15 of them - i that would make me more comfortable and my clothes fit better. i have three and a half months until i move to morocco - what do you say to me losing at least 10 of those 15 by then…that is totally doable. really i just need to eat better and get my lazy ass to the gym. since the guy leaves on August 2 i really won’t have much else better to do (well except a trip to Scotland, but we’ll be walking everywhere and i always seem to lose weight on vacation anyway…)

ok, i’ve said it and it is out there so watch out tumblr-verse (ok there really isn’t anything to watch out for…)

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (via henretta84)

This is so very true. I believe it is true for all decisions whether right or wrong. 

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Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.

Wunderkammer: Did You Know

all of this

(via awelltraveledwoman)

And this is exactly what I am about to do!

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sleep eluded me last night. i spent the night wide awake laying in bed. I did fall asleep reading for about an hour and then woke back up at 12:30am and was awake until about 5:30am when I finally fell back asleep. I feel like the world is moving really fast and i am trying to keep up with it.

i think i am going to go home and try to sleep some - i don’t want to sleep too much though as I would prefer to be doing it in the nighttime.

also i started reading a book about buddhism on my new kindle. i’m still lukewarm to the kindle reading thing, but i can’t bring all my books to morocco and finding books in english there isn’t going to really be possible.


Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place

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We all have defining moments in our life. Moments where we have to choose which path we are going to go down, how we will act (or react) to certain situations. Most times we act the same way to differing situations, but at times we need to decide a different reaction. 

I have encountered a defining moment. A moment where I know I need to chose the different path than the one I would normally take. It’s not easy, but I know it is the path I must travel down.

I’ve always been good at curve balls, but this is more of a 95mph fastball coming straight at my head and I’m not wearing a helmet. 

All is and will be ok, because it always is.

i ran out of deodorant yesterday and keep forgetting to go get some. shawn is out of town and his deodorant is still here so i’ve been using his and i like it because i smell like him…

and more stairs! i’m working from home today and tomorrow to spend time with Shawn before he heads to Baltimore to see his family. It is pretty much going to be our only one on one time until I get to Morocco in November (i’m trying to put the three month separation out of my mind, but it keeps creeping it’s way back in).

I just booked my flight to Morocco. I love having miles! I managed a one way ticket business class for $16.50. Of course I have to go from Seattle to Dubai (spend the night there) and then to Morocco (go pull out a map and look at how silly it is), but it’s only $16.50 and business class on Emirates airlines (seriously google that, cause it’s just crazy fancy).

went to the gym to swim and it was crazy crowded so my friend and I decided to sit in the steam room instead. The steam room was then broken, so we went to dinner. I had an arugula (still think rocket sounds better) salad and then went to trader joes.

ok that is kinda fun to say!

we did a lovely 2 mile run and then did a heck of a lot of stairs like 8 sets and then i ran half way home. Then I ran into a friend as i was about to start walking the rest of the way who gave me a ride down the hill. Just got home drinking some watermelon water (nalgene stuffed with watermelon and filled with water). I am about to start on the foam roller before I head for the shower.

Great way to start the day!!