Appreciating Social Media Apps For What They Are

For the last couple of years, I removed myself from social media. I solely blamed social media apps on the corruption of people. However, I was wrong.

Social media apps were designed to be tools used for communication, entertainment and business, not for destroying our self worth and well being. To use the tools of social media in a destructive way is like taking a hammer and hammering down our own hand, instead of hammering down the nails that are required to build something awesome.

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EnChroma Glasses for My Soul

The other day I found out what EnChroma glasses were. No joke!

I was watching random YouTube videos and a video about the reactions of wearing them for the first time came up. I know YouTube has some algorithm method but no clue how this came into the equation.

Anyways, it was a video on people who are color blind and their reaction to seeing color for the first time. The amount of overwhelming reactions made me cry. It was crazy and made me realize how much I really take for granted in life.

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Blogging Milestones

Today marked my 200th blog post. Yay! I was also reminded of my 1 year anniversary with WordPress.com. Double Yay! And I’ve gained almost 400 followers. Triple Yay!

I wasn’t sure what to expect over the last year when I pulled out my credit card to pay for this blog but all I remember is that I was completely drunk off wine and I just wanted to write because a lot of weird things were happening to me and I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences.

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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!