No, I didn’t change, I just remembered who I really was. This isn’t a temporary phase. I worked hard to find me. I shifted through layer after layer of bullshit stories I had been told about who I should be and finally became who I was meant to be. Get used to it or don’t , but this is me and I’m not going back ✨🖤✨ #thisismyjourney#meandmythree#alwaysevolving#livewhatyoulove#staywild
Ever wondered where puppies come from? Well, once a year birds and bees around the world sow little dog seeds and with the right amount of love and sunshine the pups are ready to reap in late summer 🌻🐶💛
Now I’ll be a little more serious. You might have noticed that this week ‘Adopt, don’t shop’ has sparked quite the controversy. So, like everyone, I’ll add my two cents lol
I mostly agree with the slogan, but it depends on the interpretation of ‘shopping’. Doing research on breeds, their temperament, their health, contacting trustworthy breeders, getting to know them and their dogs before buying a well-socialized puppy — that is not what I call ‘shopping’. Getting a dog from an oops litter is also not ‘shopping’ to me. What I cannot stand behind are backyard breeders. Puppy mills. Stores the let you chose and buy puppies on the spot. People that don’t care about the dogs’ well-being and health but only about profit. So, ‘Adopt, don’t shop’ — agreed! But ‘Adoption yes, breeder no’ — disagreed. There are many great dogs out there. And *as long as no animals are harmed*, I personally think you all know yourselves and what dog suits you best, so go with your gut and not by a slogan. Hope you like my self-explanatory conclusion🤣
Life can seem “busy” sometimes. Getting out into the mountains, or forest, helps slow things down and simplify life for a moment. I love it. I crave it. I need it.
But truthfully, I enjoy a little chaos too. I love pushing my boundaries and taking on new challenges, and not just on the trails.
I am often told I work too much. Take on too much. That I should just rest and binge on a tv series (I don’t even have a tv or a Netflix account). That I should slow down. That I’m going to burn out. And yes, sometimes I do.
My sister and I joke about the “all-or-nothing-Shaw-gene”. In my family we have a tendency to throw ourselves into whatever catches our heart or intrigues us. Sometimes without really thinking about long-term effects. Onlookers to these types of situations or endeavours that we have committed ourselves to, don’t always understand it. But once we’ve decided on something there’s no turning back.
I’ve recently taken in some big career changes and have set some other lofty goals for myself over the next year. Pushing myself mentally and physically.
Looking forward to seeing where I’m at 12 months from now.
But between the chaos and challenges (and long after) you’ll find me meandering in lush fields like this pic to ground myself. Slowly absorbing every moment and enjoying the simplicity that only nature can provide.
After so many hours in the car this past week, and one absolutely filthy campground, the thought of getting back into a National Park had us giddy.
The #badlands hadn’t originally been on our radar, but after dipping back down into the States, we thought, “Why not?” I’m so thankful for this opportunity to keep shifting plans and letting this trip evolve one day at a time.
Have you ever gotten a full nights sleep and still woken up feeling exhausted? Is it something that happens regularly? Do you feel like you just can’t seem to catch up? I feel you.
I have always been the queen of burning myself to the ground... that whole “rest when you are dead” mentality... and then I got diagnosed with hashimotos and the reality of what I’d been doing all those years had caught up to me.
I know on this app it looks like I am constantly on the go... like I’m always pushing myself and finding new edges... and in a lot of ways I am, but I’ve actually slowed way down this year and become way more intentional with my energy.
I’m home in Colorado today for literally one day before I head back out on my next trip and you know what I did today? Mellow yoga, a facial, and acupuncture. I intentionally used today as a way to rest and restore before I leave again. I’ve also incorporated intentional rest every day in the form of at least 30 mins yoga nidra (which is a deeply restorative yoga practice). I don’t do a million things in one day anymore either. I might do yoga or hike or climb but not all three and if I do a big day I take 1-2 days after to rest.
It’s easy to take these bodies for granted when things are going well but as much as we like to think we are, we are not made like the energizer bunny. Rest is soooo essential. It took me getting an autoimmune condition to really acknowledge that. What about you? What are your favorite ways to rest and restore? (Photo by @evan_soroka)
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Spent a ridiculous number of hours in the car only to wake up here. ‘Twas a good morning ☀️ —
When I’m in front of a good falls I’m tempted to do the Cha Cha Water Slide 😅. In the words of DJ Casper, “Freeze, everybody clap yo hands” 👏
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“Beautiful day yesterday for an ascent of Mount Vaux, a giant of Yoho National Park. This lake may be the highest in the Canadian Rockies at nearly 3,300m!” 💧
Photo & caption by @paulzizkaphoto
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