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    Thanks COVID-19 | An Account from a Heart Broken Traveler

    What a bittersweet and semi-horrible end to an amazing 3 weeks in Vietnam, and my year and a half adventure in Southeast Asia. I’m beyond thankful that I’ve been able to travel through Vietnam for the past three weeks; two of them with two amazing British blokes (that’s the British term right?) It was nice having others to share this turmoil with in the end and the “adventures” we had since the day we met.  Like disembarking our Ha Long Bay cruise to find out that Cat Ba Island is closing and there’s only one bus off the island. And the time we were half way on our bus journey…

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    #RoadTripFromSEAtoDESERT

    The reality of my next unmapped adventure completely hit home, Sunday night as I laid my head down for the final time in Seattle. I know in my heart it might just been for a year, but reality is, I don’t know where my life is going to be when the end of the school year roles around. If these mapless adventures have taught me anything, it’s that nothing can be planned out. Unforeseen events can happen and life can change quickly before realizing they’ve changed. It’s one of the exciting aspects of life, knowing that things aren’t mapped out perfectly. Those unmapped adventures are what brings excitement into our worlds. Doors…

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    30 Years on Planet Earth

    30 years. 30 years is how long I’ve been blessed to be alive and healthy on planet earth. 30 years, I’ve been blessed to be apart of a growing family, who have done nothing but support, love, cherish, and guide me through this crazy thing called life. 30 years, I’ve spent my time growing, learning, becoming, and loving. 30 years, I’ve enjoyed exploring, searching, and trying new things. 30 years. Don't Forget to Save for Later...Pin Me

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    A date to remember…

    December 11th. December 11th. A date I wish I could take back. A date I wish I could change, but not sure I really would. I’ll explain why. This date will forever hold a special meaning to me. It came at the right moment, though not the way I would have like. It will be a date to remember, but not the good type of “date to remember”. It was a date of change, a date of “slap into reality” and a date of shame. I made a decision that night, a poor decision indeed, and chose to have a few drinks then get behind the wheel. I know what…

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    A Runner’s Log: Marathon Edition

    Wow oh wow those words still feel strange to say or type- I am a MARATHONER!!! I cannot believe I ran and finished a marathon. But this race report really doesn’t mean anything unless we start at the beginning, and no I don’t mean back to 2009 when I ran my first (untrained for) half marathon. Let’s start with the decision… It was a rainy May afternoon…JK. It was in May, but I don’t remember the weather,  when I decided that I just needed to bite the bullet and register. Since I joined Seattle Green Lake Running Group, it’s kind of been on the back of my mind, that one…

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    A Runner’s Log: Ragnar NWP Worst Pace Scenarios

    When I started running with Seattle Green Lake Running Group back in 2014, I honestly had no idea what my life would become. The amount of great friends and lifetime of memories that have came from this group are limitless, but this particular weekend topped my list- Ragnar Northwest Passage weekend. Do you know what Ragnar Relay is? Well, let me explain. Ragnar is an overnight 2000ish running relay consisting of 12 team members broken into two separate vans. Each runner runs 3 legs ranging from 2-13 miles per leg totaling approximately 10-24 miles over the course of 24-36 hours (depending on how long it takes your team). I was…

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    A Runner’s Log: From Injury to Completing 13.1 Miles

    When I came home from Mexico in April, I knew things were going to change. Mostly because over Christmas 2013, I decided it was time to sign up for another half marathon (read about it here), which was planned for June. I was doing some running before Mexico and continued to train through the half marathon but what I wasn’t expecting was to actually enjoy/fall in love with it. I ended up signing up for ANOTHER half marathon that was scheduled for end of October and ran 2 more 5Ks between August and October. I use to hate running and these races kept me going…until one fateful weekend. It was…

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    Wine and Country Music

    I always tend to forget how busy my weekends can be when I plan for something months in advanced. This weekend was one of those instances. My friend and I planned back in May to head to the Columbia Gorge for a Zac Brown Band concert for the whole weekend and by the time the weekend was upon us, we had a Columbia Winery event to attend as well. Let’s start with the Columbia Winery event: This particular event was known as Swirl with your Girls and is women’s only, costume event. Within 3 minutes of arriving, we had wine glasses in our hands making our way through various booths…

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    Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

    The best part of my job isn’t the routine day-to-day interactions and speech therapy component. It’s the part where my co-workers have became my family and we ENJOY each other’s presence outside of work, including overnight weekend adventures. One such trip included spending a Saturday at the Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, WA. The title explains most of what the weekend entailed, however it doesn’t put the picture of rows and rows of beautiful, bloomed and color tulips in your mind. The Tulip Festival is in its 30th year and runs for the entire month of April.  Tulips are grown over 100s of acres in the region…

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    Snowy Owls in Washington

    When the weekends role around, sometimes I feel prepared; other times I feel a bit scatterbrained. This was one of those weekends. I heard on the news that West Coast WA was going to have some pretty decent weather, meaning partly cloud and low 40s, and one thing was for certain. I would be spending time outdoors soaking up some vitamin D and kind of already knew where I wanted to spend the day. Back in November, my friends/co-workers ventured out to Ocean Shores, a town located about 25 minutes west, and captured some pretty fantastic shots of snowy owls in their natural environment. I am not going to lie, I…