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3 months ago I stepped away from my home, my 9-5 job, and almost all of my belongings. When I stepped back, I may have landed in the same physical place but I feel far away from where I once was. I'm pumped to be back in this city chasing my passion and my own version of freedom. I couldn't be more grateful to be planting myself in a community whose core values are passion, presence, and peace. Cheers to new adventures 🥂 Photo by the super talented @our_ampersand_photo 📸 #yogalanding #yoga #yogastudio #yogateacher #chattanooga #chattanoogayoga #passion #presence #peace #newadventure #adventure #photooftheday

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If it's something that sparks your soul and fuels your passions all you'll need is a glimpse. One glimpse, and you'll want more. ✨ #peekaboo #glimpses #california #coastal #highway1 #beachbum #tree #beach #adventure #explore #takeahike #outdoor #optoutside #getout #shoreline #seaside #photooftheday #travelgram #womenontheroad

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This old world keeps spinnin’ round; It’s a wonder tall trees ain’t layin’ down. 🎶 #talltree #yosemite #california #magic #roadtrip #wanderlust #adventure #explore #lookup #takeahike #vanlife #camplife #photooftheday #goodviews #goodtimes

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"Oh my god, what if you wake up some day, and you're 65 or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn't go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like you were a kid? It's going to break your heart. Don't let this happen." -Anne Lamott

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The biggest question we've gotten from fellow roadtrippers is, "where are y'all headed?" Out loud we answer, telling of our next stop - listing out the cardinal directions as if we've been doing this our entire life. In my head the answer is always quite different. Because where we're headed isn't a place. When we packed up the van two and a half months ago, we only had a vague direction of where we were going. There was no destination and no plan. For the first time in my life, I had no idea where I'd be the next day. So when people ask, I want to say something like: "we are headed into this moment" or "we are just right here." I'd imagine the search for the present moment could be the endeavor of a lifetime. But for me, the threshold to "now" has been at every canyon's break, every summit hike, and around every forested corner. It has been nestled inside every laugh-til-I-cry session and, surprisingly, every peanut butter and jelly sandwich. And I've been rewarded with every morsel.

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May your trails be crooked, winding, dangerous, and leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. #takeahike #angelslanding #zion #utah #optoutside #vanlife #getout #homeiswhereyouparkit #campervan #adventure #roadtrip #explore #nationalpark #wild #viewsfordays #mountains #summit

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Sunset at the Grand Canyon is unlike any other sight I've had the pleasure of taking in. The last time I was here, I felt like the canyon itself. I was ready to be filled. I had so many questions about my life and what direction I was headed. I wish that someone would have told me then that everything was going to be ok - that the future would exceed my expectations. So I'm here you tell you that everything is going to be ok. The future will exceed your expectations. #grandcanyon #sunset #northrim #arizona #grandcanyonnps #desert #desertsunset #enjoytheview #magichour #goldenhour #roadtrip #vanlife #camplife #explore #takeahike #adventure #photooftheday #motivation #inspiration #writersofinstagram #writer #writersofig #explorearizona

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Feeling stuck? Here are a few tips: 1. Go some place you've never gone before. 2. Sit somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and take 20 deep breaths. 3. Cook yourself your favorite meal. 4. Spend time with someone you love dearly. 5. Go on a walk. I don't know much for sure but I do know at least one of these will make you feel just a little better. You got this. #utah #virginriver #takeahike #desert #optoutside #adventure #zionnationalpark #zion #treatyoself #roadtrip #vanlife #photooftheday #motivation #inspiration #writersofig

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Almost every hike we've taken in the west has featured these stacks. I've learned recently that they are called cairns. Follow these little guys and you're sure to never be lost. I like to think this is our way of paying homage to mother nature; of creating something man-made out of something nature-made. Whenever I see them I'm reminded that many have come before me and many will follow. We, just like nature, are more than the sum of our parts. In a world that can sometimes feel out of balance, find solace in these guideposts - these rocks we've all put into balance over time. Let's defy gravity together. #cairns #rockstacks #desert #utah #adventure #takeahike #sandstone #optoutside #calfcreek #calfcreekfalls #rocks #vanlife #photooftheday #motivation #inspiration #writersofig

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I'm a firm believer that we should build more altars, more sacred spaces. Be more honest, love more, worry less. Send more postcards, more good energy, more gratitude. Live somewhere new for a few months, go back home if we want. Lose our keys more often, learn how to have less bills to pay, less work to do, less time taken up. Sing more if we want, Dance more if we want, Push ourselves more if we want. Quit our jobs, be more brave, learn who we are, and be that person. I'm a firm believer in love, red wine, and chocolate. Being rich in spirit, rich in laughter, poor in possession, hatred, and fear. You have one life, one moment, and one chance if you're lucky enough. Start now if you have to but please live it and take only what you truly need. #sacredspace #altar #wisdom #poetry #poemaday #poem #mythoughts #fullmoon #intentions #santacruz #adventure #roadtrip #poetsofig #liveitup #carpediem #landscape #oceanscape #escape

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Less fear, more love It's my motto today my mantra Shout it from the rooftops or whisper it to a friend For now, it's all we need to know #joesvalley #utah #lifeelevated #poem #poetsofig #poemaday #morelove #takeadip #coldwater #riverhangs #adventure #roadtrip #camplife #vanlife #photooftheday

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