What if our need to be understood actually keeps us from being known?
The words that have shaped me the most haven’t been about the practical how-tos. Or the hacks of how to copy other people’s journeys. It’s been the statements that lead to the deeper reasons of why we go on adventures. It’s been the pointing out of lies that keep us from embarking.
I think we have a tendency, in our fast paced culture, to avoid endings. We rush into the next thing headlong, not leaving margin to process what just happened. Or we see an ending coming up and we start to withdraw, subtly and efficiently self protecting to avoid the pain of goodbye. We put such emphasis on beginning well, making good first impressions. We labor to invest in things in the midst of things even, but how often do we focus on intentionally ending well?
I want to live out loud on this blog, to invite you in on this journey. I hope not in an Instagram-worthy, glossy edit of my whirlwind adventures, but rather an honest reckoning with all of the beautiful and confusing and uncomfortable and unforgettable moments along the way.
Yesterday I shared with you, dear reader, my plans to travel for the second half of 2016. I’ve never been one to make ten year or even five year plans. Any attempts to decide what my life is going to be like has fallen short of what the adventure has been thus far. I’m more … Continue reading Allie’s Quarter Life Crisis/Adventure (Part 2)
Announcing to the world my plot twist, my plans, both unexpected and a long time coming.
I am coming to realize that when I stop needing to be “original” or “do something impressive” is when I am actually able to thrive. It frees me up to engage in what makes me come alive. When I’m less focused on the outcome, I’m more able to tell my own truth.
I’m in that place where the question “How are you doing?” feels way more complicated than it's supposed to be. It seems as though unrelenting bravery has been required for awhile now. Raw honesty. Seemingly unending vulnerability. It has been heart-wrenching. It has been exhausting. But I am also doing fine. I am joyful, numb, … Continue reading Ruthless Trust
It seems like a lot of people, myself included, are in the midst of a transition. It's been on my mind, and has come up in conversation with many people recently. Whether it’s a big shift and change in their lives, or just the change from summer to a new school year, “Transition is a … Continue reading Transition
First day of a New Year. It’s a blank space baby. (Too much Taylor Swift? maybe NEVER!) Before I write on the blank space of a new year, it has become a tradition of mine to pause and look back. With my birthday early in the month of January, the first of the year has … Continue reading The Grand Adventure