Laugh A Little

Actually… laugh a lot!

As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine” and I couldn’t agree more. You can’t go wrong with a great sense of humor. Even when you feel like shit, find a way to make yourself laugh, even if you have to fake the funk for a while. As a good friend of mine once said, “If you can make yourself laugh, you don’t need anybody.” And as cliche’ as it is, “Fake it, ’til you make it!”

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Stoicism: How to Handle Bad Days Like A Boss

Bad days suck.

We all have them and will continue to have them. Some days are more intense than others. However, if we are prepared, we can handle “bad days” like a boss.

Bad days are days where we perceive, not experience, many things go “wrong”. They have the ability to trigger us in many ways to the point of causing us to completely lose our shit, multiple times, throughout the day.

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A Few Thoughts on Solo Traveling

I used to be afraid of traveling alone. I didn’t want to be seen as a loner and just the thought of having to explore on my own just seemed boring and very scary. Boy was I wrong.

Solo traveling makes me feel empowered and free. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. I also learn to become more independent, get comfortable with being uncomfortable and develop courage along the way. To me, that’s next level badassery.

I admire people who do things on their own, especially women. I give high fives whenever I see another female doing her own thing, especially when I come across any on a hike. I’m like, “Hell yeah girl, get it!”

Along my travels, I’ve come across many couples and families traveling and hiking together. At first it made me feel a bit awkward and embarrassed because I felt like they were wondering why I was alone and that there might be “something wrong with me”. Then I realized that those kinds of thoughts are just a waste of my time and really, who cares what other people think?

I also realized that as nice as it is to share traveling experiences with other people, there’s just something very profound about traveling alone. I do plan to travel with others again at some point but right now is my time alone and I am very much enjoying it.

So if you are thinking of doing some solo traveling, I highly recommend it.

The world is our playground. Go out there and explore it! Cheers!

Photo: A view of the Columbia River. I was driving through Knappton, Washington this morning and had to pull over for a minute to check out this view. The city on the other side of this river, way yonder, is Astoria, Oregon. Goonies central!

Who Gives A Shit

Too many people care about what others think of them.

This is why the phrase, “The most expensive place in the world is the graveyard because that’s where all the million dollar ideas go to die” exists.

There’s so many awesome ideas out there just lurking around in people’s mind but because they care too much about what others think, they never allow these ideas to manifest. I feel this way about bloggers, writers, idealists or whatever you identify with.

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