Balance the here and now with your plans for what’s to come. I always struggle with living in the moment and the sense of freedom that comes with it and planning for my future. I have many goals for my future including both professional and family goals, which is something else I will learn to balance.

In this process we must follow who we are. We will not always do things the same as someone else or think the same as someone else and that is OK.  As long as you feel good in your gut that you’re doing what is right for you then you’re set. Things will work out. Maybe not immediately but things will work out in time.

I made this image with some words that resonate with me and a picture I took. I hope it can make you feel a little bit of peace inside too.IMG_8847


Decision Making. Fear. Positive Thinking. & other thoughts.


Feel the fear and do it anyway. But how? This is confusing right? Because if I’m scared how can I make myself do something, make a decision, etc.

Well facing change and making weighted decisions is never easy, but we must do it anyway. This past year I have made some of my first really real choices in my life. I can get really worked up about my decision and ask advice from others and talk about it out loud, but the thing is no one can make these decisions for me. I have to be the one to decide and I will be the one that needs to sleep at night with my choice so it doesn’t matter who agrees or disagrees because it’s my life and I’m taking ownership.

Sometimes we think to ourselves, I’ll choose whatever makes me happy. Simple enough right?
This guideline seems so easy to follow, but in reality happiness has so many aspects to it. And yes this statement makes me a “thinker” because I do know people who have a happy is happy attitude and they truly are so simple about it, but for me it’s a very dynamic involved question- what makes me happy?

I can’t completely answer this question, but what I do know is that the only thing really helping me through all of this is following my gut. And trust me when I say something just feels right or feels wrong. 

My advice to myself and to others through a big transition is two things

1) Let ourselves cry if we need to cry

2) Maintain a positive mindset (or create one!)

We need to cry if it helps release some tension inside and bring out some of those negative/ fear based feelings, but after that we must use positive thinking to keep us in a balanced place and looking forward.

Let us look forward toward the good that will come into our lives and the good souls around us. Let us feel grateful for who we are and the opportunities we have. ( I feel hesitant to say this last part because I am lucky to even say the “opportunities we have”- because not everyone is given these opportunities. Additionally, this is a privilege to even discuss this in my free time on a blog post. More about this in another blog to come.)

Now to wrap things up.

  1. Follow your gut
  2. Know yourself
  3. Feel what you feel
  4. Be positive
  5. Appreciate

Want a great song to help you get into flow while working?

Flow is an optimal state of consciousness in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus. It’s the feeling you achieve when you are completely involved in the activity and find joy in the process. You feel fully concentrated and a sense of timelessness and control.

This song below has been on repeat as I’m preparing for finals and getting through some projects at work. I hope this helps you find your flow.




Parasailing in Washington State!

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Check out the video of my GoPro footage and pictures by clicking the pictures or click here

This was a first time experience for both me and my dad. We were 1000ft in the air at the highest point during out parasailing adventure outside of Seattle, WA area. I have a fear of heights, but flying and being in the Space Needle for example are fine because I feel safe enclosed in a structure so this was a whole new experience of HEIGHTS!

AND WHAT a view! We saw beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and of near by islands. We had gorgeous weather and we heard it will be the last few days of 80 degree weather for Seattle….SCORE!  As we were getting higher into the sky I had to do big stomach breaths to center myself and then I really enjoyed the time “flying” as long as my dad didn’t do anything crazy to shake us! There was one point in particular that I cut out of the video (because I screamed so loud) where the wind really pulled on us as were we mid-turn and we both felt it in our gut! The good news with parasailing it that if the boat ever stopped working you wouldn’t free fall down. It would just be a nice float into the chilly north pacific ocean bay! SO nothing to be fearful of right?! (;

Take some risks, do what scares you and it can be so rewarding once you face your fears. Additionally that fresh air 1000ft up is quite powerful!