A lot of mountains in my world right now are daily struggles but also daily victories too. what a reason to rejoice. what a life we get to live. where we get to hurt at the same time we get to heal. where we get to be uncomfortable at the same time that growth is going on behind the scenes. where there is confusion, we get to trust the process and find clarity even when it seems like its all run dry. if you are feeling overwhelmed, get up from where you are (literally). put your favorite hat on. lace up your boots. dance in the sun. love yourself enough to feed your soul with what it needs. your pain doesn't handle you-- you handle your pain. look it straight in the eye and say "i can manage you." you have the power. you. be brave enough to wrestle with healing. you can start today. and when you fail, you can start all the other days after that.
Last night i was walking out of the airport with the sweetest 7 year old girl who had just been on my flight. she was telling me that she was a missionary in china with her family & so i asked her what kind of mission work she did. she looked at me with the biggest grin and goes "i'm a christian that's what kind of mission work i do". she was so full of light. so excited to say that. and so i told her "well that's amazing! i love jesus too!" her jaw dropped. she had a lil twinkle in her eye. so she said back to me "really?!! well if i don't see you again here on earth, i'll get to see you in heaven!" my heart y'all. my freaking heart. then she went on to say that she would probably see me in a month because she had to fly back to china so seeing me in heaven would come after her flight home 😂 i've never been so tickled in my life. i've never had a stranger get so excited to hear about my faith.
and it reminded me of the words i have on my body forever. we're all just walking each other home. even though i've been waking up confused and my heart won't settle and i feel like i have so much to figure out; if i could take my focus off of my situation and onto how i'm loving and treating others; my heart would grow 50 times bigger than it would only keeping my eyes on my confusion, situation, pain, etc. don't forget you are here for a purpose and your main goal in waking up should be to love others and love them well. kindness. throw it around. forgiveness. throw it around. don't get so focused on what's in front of you that you become lost in it. we're all just walking each other home. make that your vision today.
#ad the feeling of home looks a lot like rest for me with my on-the-go, non-stop lifestyle. there is no better feeling than sitting with my sweet roommate, windows open, in the comfort of my own home. sipping’ on some @goldpeak sweet tea and spending quality time together. being with a good friend is one of my most favorite things.
Home is everywhere for me. it’s my bedroom, it’s my hotel room that ranges from california all the way to china. #ad it’s taken time to figure out what makes me feel the most at home, but it looks a lot like this photo. with my best friend enjoying the sweet chicago summertime outside with yummy food and @goldpeak peach tea.
I make the most out of summer & my b**e of a city by biking all over and ending up in beautiful places like this. lake michigan is my favorite. i know y'all love summertime and adventures too. so i'm teaming up with @destinationhotels to give you guys a chance to win a two night stay at a destination hostel of your choice! all you have to do is show your #destinationmoresummer moment using this hashtag and tag @destinationhotels for a chance to win! good luck! 🏄🏼
I have a lot of really amazing things and qualities in my life that i am so proud of. that i am so proud to stand behind and say "yep that's me. i've worked to become that." but (ain't there always a but) recently in my life, i've come to a spot of what seems like all the bad things that i have spent years avoiding are coming out. they are loud and sosoooosoooo crystal clear. it's like god is standing on a mountain top with a megaphone saying "gurl the c**p are you doing?!!" and for years i've hid behind jobs, relationships, and just about whatever unhealthy and fleeting thing i can grasp my heart around to stay afloat. i've been suffocating and my anxiety has been the glasses i view life out of. i've struggled hard with anxiety. it cripples me. it has crippled me. but i serve a healing god and he's healing my anxiety. i know he is. but i'm here today to let you know that i'm on a really amazing journey and jesus is straight up moving. he's healing. i'm a walking chapter of my book that is yet to be done. this chapter is gonna be titled "the time i kicked anxiety in the ass". i can't wait to see how it ends. i can't wait to see how god moves. but for now i'm just remembering that what you don't identify; you allow to stay. what you allow to stay will grow. and the only thing i want growing out of this wild, joyful heart is goodness and a lot of stories of love hope and redemption. i'm running after it palms open. 🌼🌼🌼 p.s. if you deal with anxiety i also want you to know that you are not alone. i'm with you and i feel for you. i'm on a journey to find out what works for me and how i can break the anxiety in my life. i want to fully be ripped away from it. want it to be a word that doesn't even exist in my vocabulary. i'm going to figure it out; and i promise you will too. pinkie promise.
✨ giveaway closed ✨ winner of @normanleigh xl reclaimed wooden doug fir triangle mirror is @dustandashco △ don't you can always shop their shop and get 15% your order by using the code "atravelinlady" at checkout! good until wednesday 6/21. @normanleigh is a chicago local small shop & that's why i love em so much. be sure to check out their work!
Poll: should i get a cute chubby bunny rabbit for my home?? put him in a lil bandana and become bffs?? comment: 🐰 for yes and if you have any experience with a pet bunny and why they are good pets and if they are good alone (because i am a sky goodness so sometimes if my ronnie isn't home he might have to hang solo) or comment 🙀 for no/ if you are a party pooper and why and also say something nice about bunnies. poll closes in 24 hours. xoxo #bryrclogs
"when you don't demand something it comes in abundance." @chriscarmona said that this weekend at church. idk about y'all but when i get so stoked about things i can easily start to suffocate them. relationships, friendships, healing, growth, my boy sam, work, passions, love, etc. all good things. and it's not a bad thing to get excited and joyful about em, but it's when i start getting super controlling and super swarming and holding on for dear life and start controlling and asking for more & that's unhealthy. if i don't have it how i want it i feel like a lost puppy trying to find my way back home. i'm learning a lot about just letting the c**p go. no more sweaty palms from holding on for dear life. but palms that have some room to let good things in. like a hand to hold or flower to pick. when we don't beg for things and demand things; they simply have a way of just being. ✨
Finally getting back into the swing of things after my 200 mile bike ride. so i'm enjoying the bootyful weather and explorin' my b**e of a city. gonna go eat a quesadilla now ✨ hope your day is da best.
Over the next 3 days i'm biking with @bikes4books to raise money for a local chicago charity, @girlforwardgram. yesterday i biked 50 miles!!!! can't feel my legs or my toes or my knees or my booty. but i'm doing it. i had to sit in the van this morning and not ride because my allergies are so beyond bad to the point of where i'm getting sick. 🤧 say a prayer for me if you think of me! hope to get back on my bike soon. thanks for all your love and hugs. send me justin bieber photos if you wanna. this bike ride is just another example of how important it is to listen to your body, know, your body, and take care of your body. 🚲🔥🚲🔥
Sometimes you have to get your toes painted neon orange because you are freaking killing it and that's what celebrating looks like to you. just doin' the dang thing. had the best day away in la for the afternoon. ✨🌼
Woke up this morning at 4:50 am. proceeded to turn my alarms off at least 5 times. rolled outta bed. got ready in under 10 minutes. sprinted downstairs for the c****y hotel coffee. sat next to a man with a huge cowboy hat who forgot to put his hearing aids in. he reminded me of my pawpaw. wrote some stuff. read some truth. reminded myself why i am doing what i am doing. and just breathed.
i want y'all to know i have been working on my book. it's coming together. i am so excited. i met with a sweet author friend a week ago and she told me to figure out what my end is. what's my end goal? how do i get out of what i've been in? and you know what. it's love. that's my end goal and that's how i make it through. i think my story is writing itself and the current season i am in is teaching me things that are for you too. because you know what? we're all just walking each other home. remember it as you walk through the good stuff and the bad stuff today.
Today was seriously gorgeous in chicago-- so of course i had to show off my favorite vintage shorts that bae bought me in austin! 😍aren't they freakin perfect?!!! 🌼i'm so beyond pumped about this spring weather (finally). got a lot done before i leave to fly tomorrow. this photo is a product of prancin' around w/ my lil lady @dashokay this afternoon.
Giveaway **closed** @sweetdemi you won! i'm tickled to be giving away dis beeeautiful backpack 🎒 this bad boy has been my bff since the moment i got it 😍 literally. can fit my laptop and essential oils and snacks-- it's the perfect darn fit. @parkerclayintl is amazing. they work directly w/ communities in ethiopia to create social empowerement and relationships. heck yes! to enter:
1. tag an adventure buddy friend or 5 or however many you want for a better chance of winning!!!
2. make sure to follow your home girl (@ me & @parkerclayintl)
3. tell someone you love them. we all need it.
giveaway closes in mothers day so this sunday 5/14 and i will announce the winner soon after! happy backpacking 💕🌼💕 thanks to my lady @dashokay for these photos too!