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The brave

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In today’s world, nobody bats an eye when a male talks about adventuring/traveling alone, because we have set this as a norm, “males can do whatever they want” type of thing. However, in my mind and this is supported by real statistics, males are as much in danger adventuring/traveling alone as are women. When I moved to Washington state, the most attractive thing to me was the endless beauty in the wilderness. God truly did love this side of the world….I quickly became addicted to being outdoors, and I enjoyed hiking immensely. It is my way of distressing and recharging after stressful work weeks or school days. A few times I do hike with other people, but I love going solo because of the freedom to hike more difficult trails and just take it all in without being bothered. I never for one second felt threatened by anything/anyone on the trails, I meet a lot of fellow young lady hikers on the trails, hiking solo too and this encourages me even more.
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Tips on hiking/camping/traveling/adventuring solo:

1. Know your environment well. This means doing a lot of research on the conditions of the place you are visiting, and also reading reviews about people’s experiences there. I feel very safe on Washington trails because the areas are overall very safe and far from urban places, meaning less chances for crimes. You are more likely to be in danger in a city full of people than in a Washington state trail in my opinion. I do not hike urban parks because homeless people go there for shelter, I prefer out and back trails that require driving far away from the city to get to.

2. Plan accordingly. Safety first. Have a first aid kit customized for yourself (if you have allergies, bring allergy medicine. Have pain medicine, antiseptic, bandages, small rope/tourniquet for emergency purposes, pepper spray or bear spray if in bear country, pocket knife – could be used for so many things including protecting yourself and a whistle too). Have extra food, extra clothing and most important dress for the weather.

3. Last tip, let someone know where you are. I always send a quick text to someone about where I am going to be and the time I expect to be back. If they don’t hear back from me at that time, then they would act accordingly.

I hope this makes you feel more at ease about going solo in whichever place you choose to. Just do your research well and be prepared. I met someone who loves camping solo and she always has a gun with her for safety, if you love adventure, don’t let anything stop you. Just be smart about things.

If you hate being alone and don’t care for solo adventuring, then find someone like minded and in somewhat same physical fitness(I don’t mean this in a bad way at all, if your partner can’t do what you can, then you don’t get to do what you want. Some people are also endless complainers and won’t stop whining – I have seen this a lot while hiking and it is so annoying) Any how, I hope this was somewhat of an encouragement to those seeking adventure, have fun and thanks for stopping by.
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A lady’s best friend

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Am back home now and it honestly feels good, it’s nice to be back to the norm. Yesterday Ian’s residency program had a dinner party, somewhat formal, so I had to get dressed up a bit. I went through my closet and all my cute dinner dresses are strapless or sleeveless…..but I acquired major sunburns on my arms, chest and back in kauai, so I wanted to hide them as much as possible ha-ha
I live close to a shopping center so I dashed last minute to the stores in search of a cute light weight cover up, but instead fell in love with this dress from Ross
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I really love the design of this dress and even though the sleeves aren’t long enough to cover all my sunburns, the beauty of the dress is enough distraction and compensates for the rest ha
I paired the black and nude dress with my nude Marshalls heel sandals, which went perfect! The outfit made me feel grown up, beautiful and confident because I didn’t worry about sunburnt skin showing ha-ha. It was very appropriate for the event and I got compliments yay!
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New beginnings

barn1I think spring came early in the pnw, too bad the “east-coasters” are getting hit hard by blizzards. Flowers are blossoming everywhere here, the sunny days are getting longer… I hope it stays this way for a while but who knows, the pnw weather has been known to play tricks on us. Anyhow, I bought this dress for my graduation last year and never wore it since then, I decided to pull it out for a night out, where  I paired it with a black Target blazer, tights and my black ankle booties (too bad I didn’t get any outfit photos). Today I decided to wear it dressed down with my denim shirt and silver flats. It was a glorious 63 degrees Fahrenheit outside, so this outfit was perfect. I got compliments on the dress from strangers too 😉

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dress: Nordstrom//flats:old navy//denim shirt:old navy//necklace:F21

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DSC_0611_Fotor I also seem to have an obsession with blue and green, like most pnw locals..i think its sort of strange how my style gravitates towards these colors, blue is one of my least favorite colors (so I say) but my closet is 65% blue, yuck! lol, green is my favorite color though..I will make a point of shifting towards other colors in the future. Speaking of the future, I have been on the hunt for nice brogues for a while now, I can’t decide whether to put it on birthday wish list since it’s coming up or whether to buy some….as of now I haven’t found any that I really like (in terms of quality too coz I’ll probably wear them daily ha), any ideas guys? lastly, I just watched the Kingsman secret service movie, and it did not disappoint. The guy (Harry) has this phrase “oxfords not brogues” that re-ignited my want for some brogues haha. ok bye.

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Enjoy the sunshine y'all

Enjoy the sunshine y’all

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Self potrait

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“My thoughts are stars I could not fathom into constellations” – John Green

“I write because I do not know what I think until I read what I say” – Flannery O’Connor

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to  make  you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” – e.e cummins

“First, I am very fascinated by how everyone  loves each other, but nobody really likes each other ” – John green

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear, and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling)..” – e.e cummings

DSC_0454_FotorHopefully it will stop raining so I can do get out of the house. Today I really wanted to blog but had nothing to say ha!, so I decided to try do a self-potrait.. you like?

I also binge read other blogs I like, and hadn’t had a chance to read recently. It’s so  refreshing for me to read other people’s perspective on things related to daily boring everyday life, and I also like getting inspired in terms of food, style, working out etc, some of my faves are delightfully tacky by Elizabeth, twenty seven by Michelle and Curious Natalia. I find this ladies blogs “from the heart”  and very unique and personal. It’s obviously very brave for people to share their lives with the wide world web (the good and bad) and I respect such content, despite my disagree-ability  or agree-ability. I honestly hope my blog will go into a similar direction, something someone can relate to, not just nice photos/clothes.

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Working for the weekend

Last week was literally one of my hardest weeks at work, at one point I felt like bursting into tears because of how crazy everything was getting and am glad I work with some really helpful people. But these kind of days make it worthwhile when you have some days off.
All that aside, this was the most epic weekends I’ve had in a long…long time. I found out the bf had a weekend off too and so he decided to take me to one of my bucket list places in WA – Palouse falls.
There were many obstacles that played against us on this weekend together, like my bf being unable to finish work until 12:30noon on Saturday( Palouse falls is 4 hrs away and we had initially planned on leaving by 8am), so I drove the whole way like a mad woman so we would get there at least by sunset and hopefully get sunset views at these amazing waterfalls. On getting there (after a very emotional 3.5hr drive, with the bf trying to convince me we should just drive into Yakima instead and go there on Sunday) we got to the beautiful falls in good time, parked right In Front of the amazing view and basically had the most amazing time walking around and enjoying the whole place.

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As you can tell it was an overcast day but these pictures don’t even do Palouse falls justice, it is beautiful, esp if all you see in wa is the greenery, it’s a nice change, seeing how nature re-arranges itself to create incredible things like these(who knew we could find waterfalls in the middle of eastern Washington?)…And the bf was really happy too 😀

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We went to Yakima for some more planned events.
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Mailbox peak attempt 1

Hi friends,

So remember that post about “solo hiking” not being my thing?, well scratch that, I did it today and I have never been prouder of myself!
I knew none of my friends would join me on a January hike (40 degrees out), and my bf’s working schedule is insane – he can barely tell whether it’s day or night anymore so I ventured out on my own…..I couldn’t wait any longer.
I chose mail box trail, which I have wanted to go on since summer, I read reviews on WTA, and decided I was up for the challenge. So I unfortunately got up late, no traffic (1 hr away), and I wasted 15 mins trying to find parking since the road to the trail’s parking lot was closed. Found parking a mile away from the trail (I was determined!! nothing could stop me. Haha)

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Started up the trail at 12:30, I was so excited at the start,

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And then I hit 3 miles of upward gaining feet, no soul in sight , just endless trees, I contemplated going back but I kept pushing. I knew the sun would set at 4:30 pm so I promised myself if I didn’t reach the top by 2:45, I would turn back. Most people reach the top within 2-3 hrs so I hoped to really see that mailbox. In total(both ways) the hike is supposed to be 9.5-ish miles so when I hit mile 5 I was really confused ( I was using my Nike gps app), I started seeing people and they warned me the hike to the top was no trails just climbing up rocks and that I needed a flashlight for my way back down – I had one ☺️, and a survival kit too lol
Anyway, when I met this couple sitting in the woods, the girl looking like death, I gave them half my food, despite the fact that I was dying myself.
So I got to the end of the forest at this open spot literally less than a mile from the mailbox but it was 3:15pm and no way Jose was I going back in the dark. So my adventure ended that close to the freaking mailbox but I’ll be back (earlier) and I shall conquer you mailbox peak!!

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The beautiful views at my stop – the sun was setting

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I was way too excited to eat these cookies

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I had a blast! Am glad i went solo, it was a much needed me-time, solo date.

“money fills pockets, adventure fills the soul”
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