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Southwest Travel Vlog

July 10, 2016

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been traveling quite a bit the past few months, and I have attempted to vlog most of the trips for memories sake, and just thought I’d share them on here as well!

 

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Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

May 27, 2016
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After leaving Bryce, we headed to Page, Arizona to visit the infamous Antelope Canyon.  The canyon has become ultra popular in recent years.  You have probably seen photos of it on Instagram, or even your computers wallpaper options.  Not without reason though, while short, the canyon is truly magnificent, and something you just have to see. Continue Reading…

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Bryce Canyon National Park

May 8, 2016
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After Zion, we drove to Bryce Canyon National Park.  We first checked into the hotel, then walked around a bit before heading to dinner at the lodge.  Bryce is known for their sunsets and sunrises, but the night we were there it was very overcast and actually snowing, so we weren’t able to see the sunset.  But I made sure to set my alarm bright and early to catch the sunrise, and it was definitely worth it! Continue Reading…

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Angels Landing Hike – Zion National Park, Day 2

May 1, 2016
Angels Landing Hike

After our first day in Zion being full of rain, fog, and even some snow, the second day was absolutely beautiful.  It was just the right temperature, the sun was out, and it made for the perfect morning for a hike.  I had never heard of the Angels Landing trail before, but around the park they said it had some of the best views.  Those views can come with a cost though, while it is a relatively short trail (a little over 5 miles round trip), it is known for its danger. Continue Reading…

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Zion National Park – Day 1

April 30, 2016
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This week I’ve been traveling around the southwest, with the first stop on the list being Zion National Park.  The first day was kind of unique because while you might typically thing of Zion as being dry and hot in the desert, it was actually raining, snowing, and foggy.  It made the park a little more difficult to explore, but I found the experience of getting to see the majestic red rock peaks going in and out of the clouds and fog to be incredibly beautiful and unique.  We also got to see the waterfalls in full effect, so that was an extra treat!  Continue Reading…

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Top 5 Travel Tips

April 23, 2016
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I have quite a bit of traveling coming up, both domestic and international, and as I was packing up today for my first trip I began to think about some of my favorite travel hacks.  I am all about efficient travel, and any time I find a new way to travel smarter, lighter, and more organized is a win for me!

1. Carry-on, don’t check!

This concept might seem terrifying to some, but I promise once you learn to pack more efficiently overall, the days of checking your baggage will be over.  Not only can you save money since a lot of airlines charge baggage fees now days, but the time you will save waiting on you baggage and the stress you will eliminate worrying about and dealing with damaged and lost luggage is priceless.

2. Get rolling!

My biggest space saving tip is to roll, roll, roll!  I went years without rolling my clothes, and I have no idea why!  Rolling your clothes will save tons of space, I can easily fit 2-3 times the clothes I could with traditional folding.

3. Buy the basics

My third tip is to not pack the basics, but buy them when you get to your destination.  Unless you are traveling to a more remote or exotic area where finding a general store will be difficult, not packing the basics such as shampoo and conditioner can save both space and possible mess.  These items are usually quick and easy to pick up in any city, and then not only do you have more room in your suitcase, you also don’t have to worry about only using security approved travel sizes or about them exploding all over the rest of your stuff!

4. Pack an external charger

If you’ve been to an airport recently, you’ve probably noticed the crowds of people collecting around outlets.  External chargers for your phone are so small and cheap nowadays (I just picked one up at Target for 5 bucks) that it just makes sense to throw one in your stuff.  You don’t have to worry about finding an available outlet, and you always have a little extra juice in case of emergency. 

5. Pack snacks and an empty water bottle.

Everyone knows, airport food is expensive!  And when you’re traveling you never know what might happen, but having some options outside of wasting money in the airport (or on the plane) on food and water instead of using it for more fun things once you get to your destination just seems crazy!  So make sure you pack some snacks, as well as an empty water bottle.  While you can’t bring a full one through security, you can take an empty one and then fill it up at the food court or water fountain on the other side.  I like to use a wide mouth screw top (like a Blender Bottle) so I can fill it up with both ice and water.  So simple, yet it saves so much money, and helps to keep hunger and dehydration at bay!

I hope some of these tips have helped you, and I would love to hear any packing tips you may have!  I’ve got an early morning flight to catch, keep an eye out here and on Instagram for photos of what’s coming up!

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Reintroduction, It’s Time to Flourish

April 13, 2016
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Shocked and blindsided by someone who told me they cared, I found out the truth in those photograph squares.

Lying and cheating, masquerading quite well, I never would have known what he didn’t tell.

I believed when he told me that I was the one, but now I know the truth, that it’s all said and done.

For years I’ve tried and I tried, I gave it my all, but it never mattered, it meant nothing at all.

Now this is still fresh, and my heart’s been wrung dry.  I’m sad and I’m broken, and I can’t help but cry.

Despite all this pain, I know it’s for the best.  Even if my heart was ripped right out of my chest.

Have you ever wondered what you are really living for?  It shouldn’t be heartache, crying on the bathroom floor.

Through all this darkness I’ve been shown the real light, the only way out is to be made right in His sight.  

I had turned that person into an idol, I loved him more than God.  My thinking was broken, human, and flawed.  

So while it might hurt now, I don’t mind one bit, it all went to show me I was in a dark pit.

I was separated from God, even though I thought we were close.  But “no other gods before me” is how it goes.  

Now I can tear down that idol, burn it for good.  My heart might hurt now, but learning the truth showed me where I stood.

So don’t be deceived, don’t make my same mistake.  If you put something before God, you’ll hurt and you’ll break.

Who knows how long it would have continued, years more I am sure.  Me loving someone who’s love wasn’t pure.

Your real worth is in Jesus, don’t fall for the same trap.  Only He is the one who can fill that shaped gap.

Battered and bruised, nails in his hands, spear in his side.  God loved you so much, He sent his Son Jesus to die.

My eyes have been opened, though it’s still really fresh.  But I know after this sadness will come a renewal of my flesh.  

It might take a little while, I’m sure I’ll stumble and fall.  But in the end the only thing that matters is the One who gave it all.

 

Hey everyone!  So this is a bit of a departure for me.  I have never been a poetry type of person, but I was always loved the spoken word Jefferson Bethke does.  On Monday night I saw another spoken word piece performed by Mo Isom (she is amazing!) at The Grove (Passion City Church), and being inspired by her combined with some recent events in my life just really made my creativity flow when I wasn’t even expecting it.  I had lines just popping up in my head when I wasn’t even thinking about writing.  I thought it might be fun to share, as I know there are some people out there who do love poetry and spoken word.  I know I am by no means a poet and it is probably horrible, but it is my first try and straight from the heart.  I am entering a new chapter in my life, join me and see where it leads!

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Growing Mushrooms

April 6, 2016
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This past weekend we had a little family adventure when myself, my mom, my sister, and my brother attended a workshop to learn how to grow mushrooms.  My mom and I have recently been learning a lot about how to make a lot of our own food and just make sure we are using a lot less processed and preserved food and instead using fresh, whole foods, and even growing our own when possible. Continue Reading…

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

March 31, 2016
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So we randomly decided to take a trip up to Chattanooga to see what it was all about!  I have heard a lot about the city, and it seems like just the kind of place I would love.  It was a fun town for sure, the downtown is adorable, the river is beautiful, and the hiking possibilities are endless. Continue Reading…