January 25th, 2016
Hiking In Seattle, WA
At the end of September, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Seattle to go visit his family. I’ve been a few times before, but we usually stuck around the city area. We’ve been to the Public Market multiple times where they throw fresh seafood & you can order a coffee from the first Starbucks.
Seattle is amazingly beautiful- with lakes, mountains and hills all around you. There’s no beating the view. When we went this time, I knew I wanted to explore a new part of the beautiful state. I don’t consider myself an extremely “outdoorsey” girl but I knew I wanted to go on an adventure.
The day before we were heading back home, my boyfriend and I made a day trip out to Rattlesnake Mountain. Now if that didn’t stop me from going, I don’t know what did. Maybe I overlooked the possibility of seeing some wild animal lurking around. I knew I wanted to go to the top.
It was a week day, so it was quiet and empty. It did feel comfortable seeing another person walking passed us with a friend or their dog…you know, just in case anything did happen.
We had a backpack filled with water, snacks, gloves, a whistle and a first aid kit. Not only was the scenery beautiful but I also knew I was getting a solid workout in so it was a win-win.
After an two hours we made it to the top! I couldn’t believe the view. It was absolutely breathtaking. If anything I was asking myself why I hadn’t done something like this sooner. We sat on a rock and had our lunch that we packed. PB & J and some goldfish-the perfect lunch for mountain climbing champions.
It was truly one of the most stunning views I have ever seen and I’m excited to go on another mountain-climbing adventure!
My Trip to Tulum
April 24th, 2015
For a week in March, I went to Tulum in Mexico with my mom for a yoga retreat. I’ve done yoga many times before but not twice a day and on the beach. I was kind of nervous since I’m not a true “Yogi” but I soon learned that it didn’t matter.
When we arrived at the Maya Tulum Spa Resort, I knew this was going to be the most relaxing weekend when they told us to take our shoes off. We didn’t wear shoes for the entire week and I have to say, it felt amazing. The whole resort was on the beach. I couldn’t believe that a place like this actually existed.
As much as I love Manhattan, you don’t realize how tense and stressed you are until you go to a place like this. A place where the dilemmas are what you are going to eat for breakfast and what yoga outfit to put on.
I wasn’t used to being in such a relaxed environment and I was nervous that I wasn’t going to be able to turn my brain off. The fact that there was limited wifi and no television really helped. You get the panicked feeling when you don’t have any service and can’t check Facebook or emails but you definitely feel free.
My mom is easily my best friend and I was so excited to spend an entire week with her. To catch up on life and just spend time with her. It was just me, my mom and other yogis that came to this retreat. I knew a few people, but not many. I was one of the youngest people and I really didn’t mind it.
When you’re at home you form a bubble around you. Content with it. Your bubble is filled with work, friends and family. There’s nothing wrong with it, you just forget to look around sometimes. It’s so refreshing to talk to new people of all ages and backgrounds. You get to learn to much and really learn not to judge a book by its cover. I know that’s really cliche to say but its absolutely true.
When you’re living such a simple life for a week on a beach and meditating while practicing yoga, you really learn to concentrate on yourself. It’s hard to do that sometimes when you live such a busy life and concentrate on other people. I am guilty of that and I have to say, going on this trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I never really thought about “personal” time. Everyone needs it. Mentally, emotionally and all other ways.
One piece of advice that I lived by and still do is to “live in the moment.”