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My Road Trip Addiction – The California Bucketlist

And on this day in the year of 2016, I have decided that I want to plan road trips for a living... But seriously. Is there a way start up a road tripping business? I often plan trips and the process usually goes like this: I brainstorm a few destinations in one general area of the country, write them out as a list based on their distance between one another, find campgrounds near each destination and voila, a road trip.…

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America The Beautiful – Oregon Style

While piecing this post together, I'm watching a documentary on Brazilian music, the summary of the trips I will be taking lay on the page before the one I am writing on in a calculated mess. I have no idea how I am going to pay for the trips that I will be taking around Brazil with the other exchange students. At the same time, I'm trying to live in the moment, soaking up the last few months of only…

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Meet A Restless Heart – Hannah

Back in Elementary school, I met one of my best friends while playing soccer for our spiffy little team called the Jazz. When spring rolled around, we'd find each other out on the softball field, learning how to swing a bat, catch a ball and slide in the dirt. Attending different schools throughout middle school, sports kept us connected. Completely different, yet oddly the same, my friend Hannah and I continue to be friends to this day. Now attending the…

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Why I Began Practicing Yoga Once Again

During the summer, I made the decision to begin attending yoga classes at the local recreation center. The first few classes were filled with silly faces,a few giggles and a bit of imbalance and falling over. Needless to say, the first few classes were not calm. I continued attending classes during the summer because I had noticed the difference it was making in my flexibility. Because of my Arthritis, I am pigeon toed and lack the flexibility I need to…

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“A Day Off” – An Arthritic’s Point of View

As I sit here with a bag of frozen peas clinging to my behind, I figure I'd write about what I do on a day off. Today I don't have a day off but I figure I will call it that because for most students, leaving school and heading home at 12:30 is exactly that: time to relax, watch some TV and maybe even catch some ZZZs. But unfortunately, for those like me with Arthritis, heading home from school early in…

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Connections With The Unknown

I've yet to begin my year abroad but I have already felt the magic that comes with it. I don't know who my host families are or who I will be living with. I don't know what city I will be living in. I don't know what school I will be attending, what countries the inbounds will be from or how to speak the language of my host country. This experience is one big unknown. While on this roller coaster that…

This… I believe

Travel is essential to a lifestyle of happiness for those with a restless heart. A new destination, a new place for my feet to wander. Wind at my back, sun guiding my ways, travel is essential to who I am, my life and where I am headed. The dirt paths surrounded by caves of trees followed by streaming waterfalls. The rocky paths that lead to paddocks of horses eager to gallop off. The light brown sand that patiently waits for…

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To The Dusty Trophies That Lay On My Top Shelf

To The Dusty Trophies That Lay On My Top Shelf: To the athlete I once called myself. You represent the girl I once was. A few months ago, I watched a speaker tell thousands of high school students that we have multiple lives. She explained in an uplifting manner that we may feel stuck in one life but not to worry, the next one will be here soon. The next life will bring in a new. But the issue I have trouble…

Beautiful Brazil, Here I Come!

Tuesday morning I rose long before the sun did. It was pouring outside and when I say pouring, I mean POURING. There was a lot of water falling from the sky for a California girl. It was much needed though and I am sure our rivers and reservoirs enjoyed it. So I took my black umbrella, ran to the car and left with my mom and sister to the Rotary meeting where I would be finding out where in the…