I’m really sad to be leaving today. It gets harder ever time and I always seem to tear up even when knowing it’s only temporary. Time always seems to fly by but while out here I try to remember to slow down and be appreciative of the time I do get. Whether it’s spending it at the coast, enjoying a good meal or spending all of @joshuaminnich money on the coin pusher game at the arcade, time spent with these guys is always so special to me. I couldn’t pick a better group of people to treasure my time with. Photographed by the very talented: @alec_rossborough
Such a rewarding hike at the beautiful Arches National Park. On our big trip out west this was an unexpected detour we decided to take last minute. Sometimes last minute decisions turn out to be the best and this was by far the best decision.
Fall, you’re welcome back anytime now. This time in Portland is so different from last. 🍂
I’m really missing all that red dirt and towering rock formations. Dreaming of next time I’ll be out there.
Another one from last November’s trip to Washington state. Why does this feel like it was so long ago?
It hasn’t happened yet, but maybe it will.
On this rainy day I’m reminded of this day. Josh and Ole Boy at North Cascades National Park. 💛
They sadly were not throwing fish that day but their crab display made me laugh because they seemed to be challenging onlookers to buy them.
I’m so glad I got to experience this place. It reminded me of Japan in a lot of ways.
This store. ✨
Probably my most favorite trade card in my collection.
Really missing this place today.
I feel like 2018 has been a crazy year for everyone. I watched people ambitiously pursue goals and discover their true capabilities. People made decisions to share lives together and bring about new ones. Some people decided to move away and some move back. It’s the year where I watched the people around me make important milestones in their lives. A lot of realizations and big decisions were made. I would be lying if I said this year was a breeze for me. It was far from it. Through all the traveling and burying my head in work, I was purposely avoiding underlying feelings. I got caught up in trying to help too many people when I should have been helping myself. I went through a lot of emotional turmoil and self doubt. I carelessly drove alone for 16 hours because I thought I could run away from my problems. I felt worthless. I felt alone. I felt the most unloved I’ve ever felt in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I didn’t just have a pretty bad year but also had a pretty great one. I had moments where I felt on top of the world, literally and figuratively. Through all the traveling and burying my head in work, I found myself appreciating the fact that those two could overlap each other. Work ended up not feeling like work. I gained self-love and even more love for others. I went to 9 National Parks just in this year alone but not alone. I felt worthy. I felt wanted. I felt the most love I’ve ever felt in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me personally it was the worst and the best year but regardless I’m glad it’s over. Like everyone this year I had my ups and downs, there will always be that but I’m choosing to go into this next year bringing all the good and hopefully learning from the bad. This coming year I hope to make some important milestones in my life. Maybe double my National Parks count? I don’t know.
We both had the same look on each others face. “Can we pull over?”
I’m really proud of Josh for selling over 1,000 copies of his Ephemera book. Not only has he sold a lot but he self published this thing all with these goals in mind; to share, inspire, and preserve these beautiful artifacts of the past that normally would have been thrown away and forgotten about. I can’t wait for his other two editions which are currently in process! Pick up a copy or two from his website.
Today’s cozy day reminds me of this cozy day. 11.26.18