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Looking Skyward

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In the words of Leonardo Da Vinci,“once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.”

I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few months looking skywards. I long to be back in a bustling airport, getting on a crowded plane, exploring the earth with nothing but my best friends and my camera. I long to be taking in the sights and turning them into sonnets and prose and words too beautiful to comprehend. I long to be trying new things and tasting new foods and becoming.

 

There’s something about traveling that makes you feel like you’re becoming. Becoming fearless; becoming whole; becoming new. There’s something about the way you’re feet feel when they are walking on unfamiliar ground; the way that the air smells just a little bit different; the way your soul feels like it’s golden and full of sunshine when you’re somplace unknown. 

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about every day adventures—about finding the adventures in the things that you do everyday. I know that you don’t have to get on a plane tomorrow to go and get a taste of the world to adventure. I know that you don’t have to travel to become. 

You can become through the simple things in your life: through your best friend’s advice; through a baby’s laughter; through the rough days and the best days. I know that you can become by exploring the parts of your town that have seemed insignificant for your whole life. 

You can become by doing something unexpected—something that you never thought that you would do or something that you’ve always wanted to do do but have been too afraid to do. 

You can become by taking chances; by smiling through your tears; by screaming along with the lyrics to your favorite songs. You can become through your favorite memories and through the hopes that you’ve set for you future.

You can become. Every single day. 

And even though I know all of this, I’m dedicating 2017 to traveling. I want to see new sights and hear new sounds. I want to hear Siri’s annoying voice telling me where to turn and I want to get lost not listening. I want to sit in as many plane seats as I can and write as much about each one as possible. 

I want to escape my comfort zone. Our comfort zones can be beautiful places, but nothing grows there. 

And I want to grow. 

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My Goals for 2017

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For me, the beginning of the year is always a time to reflect on where I have been and where I would like to go in the future. 2016 was a great year for me. It taught me a lot–especially a lot about growing up and doing things on my own. I can only hope that 2017 will bring me even more opportunities like this.  In this post, I want to list out my goals for 2017, just as a way to keep myself accountable to get all of these things done.

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In 2017 I would like to….

1. Go hiking in the Rockies

2. Take loads of pictures

3. Vlog at least once a week if not more

4. Make at least one new friend

5. Keep up with my journaling

6. Start applying for my dream job

7. Put myself “out there” and be bold

8. Read at least 10 new books

9. Go to the movies at least once a month

10. Have the best year I possibly can

A lot of my goals for this year may seem simple, but they are really things that I’m going to have to really step out of my comfort zone to do. I want to learn and I want to explore and I want to love on people unconditionally.

What are your 2017 goals? Let me know in the comments below!

All the love,

Shi xx

 

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Abide

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, then you know that every year I like to pick a word that represents that year.

Last year my word was kindness.

God really did teach me a lot about kindness throughout 2016. I learned that being kind to others is essential in being kind to yourself. If you love others unconditionally, it impacts the way that you view life.

He taught me that for people to treat you kindly, you really do have to treat others that same exact way.

For 2017, I’ve really felt the word abide on my heart. I want to learn to fully abide in Christ and his love for me.

For Christmas my mom got us journaling bibles. I want to spend as much time this year as I can really immersed in that book, journaling my heart out for Jesus. I’ve let life get the better of me and haven’t really taken the time to do that a whole lot. It’s something that breaks my heart every time I think about it.

So that’s it really. For 2017, I am going to abide in Christ. I am going to abide in his word. I am going to abide in his love for me.

What is your word for 2017?

All the love,

Shi xx

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Some Updates

Hi my loves,

I am finally sitting down to write a post for you. It has been way too long. I don’t want to make excuses so I’ll just give you one word: school.

Anyway, I thought I’d give you a little update of what’s going on lately, in case you haven’t been following my instagram or twitter (which you totally should, by the way).

One. Molly and I went to Louisville. (And saw Colonel Sanders grave.) You can also watch my vlogs from that trip here and here.

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two. We went to the pumpkin patch with the littles. It was so much fun.

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three. I went to a wedding. It was gorgeous. I also caught the bouquet.

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That’s been it. Other than that I’ve been working a lot and doing school. The semester is in full swing, but I am committing myself to posting at least one blog post a week. So be on the look out for much more soon.

I love you all so much,

Shi xx

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A Week of Firsts

This is going to be a week of firsts.

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I mean, it sort of already has been. I got hired on at my new job–a much different job than what I previously worked. I bought a new car. I booked a hotel room for the first time.

And that’s just been since Saturday.

Before next Monday, when I start my junior year of college, I’ll be going to my first ever baseball game, getting trained for said job, and going on my first ever road trip without a family member in the vehicle. It is all so new and exciting and I am just high on life right now.

In case you’ve missed it (and you don’t want to miss anymore) I’ve been vlogging. Pretty much daily. On my YouTube. I am going to be vlogging all of the new things I’m doing this week too.

It’s a new little project I’m doing where I want to chronicle my life in videos as well as in words. It’s fun. I enjoy editing and creating as much as I enjoy writing. I hope that you all are interested in vlogs and seeing what I’m to as well.

Here’s to new adventures,
Shi xx

p.s. here is a playlist of my recent vlogs. Enjoy xx