So What Did 2018 Bring Me?

A lot of challenges.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. In fact, I think my last blog on frequency illusion was posted in early December when I was in Morro Bay, California. I had just arrived from my road trip back to California from Austin, Texas.

I haven’t blogged since then because a lot has happened. Both positive and negative.

2018 was probably not the worst year I’ve ever experienced, it was just the most challenging because I paid very close attention to all the adversities I experienced as opposed to other years. It completely knock me off balance within and when you are not balanced within, you start to experience that imbalance in reality. No joke.

I did follow through with my 2018 New Year’s resolution. I never told anyone what it was because I firmly believe that words hold a lot of power. When you tell someone your intentions/goals/resolutions/whatever you want to call them instead of keeping them to yourself, they lose power. So basically, action really does speak louder than words.

So what was my 2018 New Year’s resolution? To travel more. I wasn’t specific about where, I just wanted to travel. And I did.

I traveled over 30,000 miles last year in my Jeep across the US and also up to Vancouver, BC for just one day. I’ve never traveled so much my entire life! I was very uncomfortable many times during my travels because I had other things going on in my life that were a bit on the rough side as I’ve blogged about. And I know it’s because I wasn’t specific about my intention and because there was no structure to it. But because I made the intention to travel and kept my mouth shut about it, that’s what was revealed to me throughout the entire year.

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Photo: Rice Desert Signpost. This was the first of many road trips I took in 2018. I was headed towards the Four Corners in February and this was my first stop along the way. Quite literally a huge sign telling me what I was going to experience the entire year, wouldn’t you say?

 

 

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My Experience At A Nudist Resort

I came across a few things lately that reminded me of my time as both a guest and a bartender at a nudist resort in Palm Springs, California several years ago. This place is nothing like most people think other than clothing is optional.

But first, as I was enjoying a Coffee IPA at the Texas Oasis Brewing Company on the patio overlooking Lake Travis, I look to my right. I was curious to see if there were any parks in that area where I could hike and venture around. I decided to check on google maps and found out that the park I spotted is called Hippie Hollow Park, which is a clothing optional park. I just laughed, thought about “visiting” but decided not to….it’s too cold outside! Lame excuse right?

Finding out about Hippie Hollow Park reminded me of the reason I came to visit Austin, I kept getting “signs” in threes. However, I’m not sure what to do about this one. Ha!

I had received an email from the resort not too long ago about the upcoming New Year’s Day bash and I just happened to stumble across a Facebook post recently in regards to someone that recently passed away, who was actually the general manager who interviewed and hired me at that resort. RIP Michael Williams.

So the place I bartended at is called Desert Sun Resort.

I worked there as a morning bartender for about 6 months and I have to say, it was an interesting place to work but I left because I ended up going to school full time and could only work in evenings. I applied for the job as a second job and just had a feeling I was going to get the job because I visited the resort as a guest several times to work on getting rid of my tan lines and to enjoy the mountain views in the pool areas. And well, I landed the job the same day.

Even though I visited the resort as a guest, I was fully clothed as a bartender. It’s a health code for obvious reasons and to be honest I would not want a nude bartender making my drink or delivering my food. There’s just something gross and strange about that.

I’ve met all sorts of people there from bartending and yes, I’ve seen it all! However, as the months went by, I became accustomed to the environment, so nothing came as a surprise to me anymore.

When I would visit as a guest, I wouldn’t pay attention to anyone besides the few people I came across in one of the many pool areas the resort has to offer. But when I was bartending, I couldn’t help but pay attention to everyone. But overall, it’s very chill and definitely not some kind of swinger resort. I actually interviewed at one of those places not knowing what I was getting myself into and it was a bit overwhelming for my taste so I declined the offer for the job.

Desert Sun Resort is actually a sophisticated resort, so pervs and such are not welcomed there. They take privacy very seriously and want you to feel comfortable. You have to go through a mini interview to gain access to the resort, which is nice. I highly recommend the resort and maybe one day I will go back to visit again as a guest.

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Photo: Hippie Hollow Park resides in this photo…somewhere 😉

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Photo: The Coffee IPA from Texas Oasis Brewing Company that I enjoyed as I tried searching for parks to hike at.

 

Hello Austin, Texas!

Yep, I’m here!

The decision to come here was based on some intuitive messages I received during my 9 day stay in Sedona, Arizona. And the decision was made on my birthday.

First, was from a blog I had read, in regards to Austin, that was published by fellow blogger, Mackenzie. Next, was meeting a bartender in Sedona, name Austin. And finally, I had watched the movie, Lone Survivor, in my Jeep the night before Thanksgiving. I was really intrigued by the “lone survivor” Marcus Luttrell, so I googled him and noticed the picture of him on Wikipedia was at a book festival in Austin.

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Owning Your Independent Nature

Here I am, back in Sedona, Arizona, until Friday, which is my 37th birthday. Woohoo! I can’t count how many times I’ve been called to come back here this year. I’m glad I come back every time because I’m usually energetically drained by the time I arrive and end up leaving fully charged.

I’ve been here for almost a week and have been camping in my Jeep, once again. It’s a lot of fun, especially when you know the right places to go. The weather has dropped down to about 36°F/2°C at night but I managed to pack some really warm gear this time. And even though the weather is really cold, the air quality is crisp, it’s very quiet outside and the night sky is super clear for star gazing!

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A Wink From the Cosmos

Yesterday, I randomly decided to take a break from my drive along the Pacific coast in a city called Depoe Bay, Oregon.

I sat in my Jeep for a good 30 minutes to take in the incredible view of the ocean and to catch up on my journaling because I haven’t done so since I was in Canada a couple of days ago. As I finished journaling, I decided to grab some food at one of the places located behind where I parked. I saw a sign for clam chowder located on one of the restaurants but for some reason I didn’t feel it was a good idea to go there but I did want chowder. I looked a little to my right and saw a place that looked really good and definitely caught my attention – Gracie’s Sea Hag. Ha! I went into Gracie’s and had myself a bread bowl full of awesome clam chowder.

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Living In My Jeep: Days 3&4

I guess posting my Jeep adventures at the end of every day isn’t going to happen, due to lack of wi-fi accessibility. So, I figure I’ll just post when I can.

Yesterday wasn’t anything to rave about. I was able to pick up a 3 hour delivery shift and then felt vulnerability and boredom start to sink in when I finished. I didn’t run away from it, I parked at a nearby park and allowed that feeling to run its course. There’s no point in trying to run away from emotions. You just have to allow it to do its thing and then you move on when you know it’s time.

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