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C L O S E # There are people in your life who fundamentally change who you are, the way you are, and how you think. I'm eternally grateful to have met most of them through the same place/home (PaySavvy/Paysavvy/Rally/Rise/Hazel). I can't believe that I've had the opportunity to spend three and a half years in the presence of the brightest, earnest, and most painfully sarcastic of souls in the world–I wouldn't change a thing. We've shared a house together, lived in a different city together (even though it was literally only 4 hours away from Vancouver, haha). We have been through hell and back. .

Thank you for being my coworkers/teammates/friends. Thank you for being like a (nutty) family to me. .

I wish you all the very best and I can't wait to see you kick ass now and in the future. .
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0 9 F L O W # Hashirama from Naruto loved being near water because it "helped carry his troubles away." I quite like that, I feel that way too. Have you ever just sat by a river to listen to the drum of rushing water skimming past rocks, embankments, twigs, and people? Hm.. Maybe I should get off this rock and help the poor bloke going down stream.. .

Hahaha, kidding. No one was carried off by the river (probably). But seriously though, another neat little nook. The river itself wasn't fast moving or deep (probably just a foot deep) but just felt nice to just sit on the ledge and relax for a little bit. .
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0 7 C A L M # For someone who can't swim, I love being near water. I love the coolness of it, the clarity, the calm. I love watching it carry my worries away. If only it didn't carry my snack away. I really would have appreciated that. 😭😱😳
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Does anyone ever read these long winded posts? No? Eh well.
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Amanda, Niki, and I went a bit "off trail" when we found this spot. We saw a couple of people walking on the river and up on the rocks in their bare feet so we decided we can follow suit.
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Amanda found a boulder and climbed it. Naturally with my streak of "let's go for the most dangerous spot ever..!", I climbed on top of the boulder... Not taking into account how I would get back down. Let me tell ya, @mileycyrus said that the climb is the hardest thing, but climbing down is equally difficult and harrowing (even more so).
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I had a very tumultuous couple of months leading up to this point. When you've been on such a high, it can be a pretty big blow when you have to come down from it a little bit. To some, that may be sad or unfortunate, but I never saw it that way. I mean I could have (easily), but I made a conscious decision not to. That decision ultimately lead me to being the happiest I've been in a very long time.
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I started writing again, started a (personal) travel blog, found an interesting and welcomed peace in running a vocal diary, learned a new language, finally started improving my handlettering. In short, I've done a lot for myself in the last four months than I have in the past year. .
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0 6 B R E A K # Take a break. I am on my way. There's a little surprise before supper and it cannot wait! Eliza, I've got a lot of things on my plate. Alexander..! Oh wait a second.. This isn't Hamilton. (Although if anyone has hook ups, hit me up!).
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Anyway, I did take a break. It's so easy to just get lost in the hustle and bustle of our day to day. Taking breaks doesn't necessarily mean taking vacations or going to different places. Nah. To me, breaks are the momentary lapses in the routine, the pauses we take to recenter ourselves, the deep breath before we do something absolutely crazy–you get the point.
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After going down a winding road dotted by wineries, we needed to take a break to sober up a little and to find some cherries! On the drive back to the homestead, we saw a big giant sign for cherries and we stopped immediately. We sat by this cliff off the road and had two glorious scoops of ice cream. Taking in the colours, the warmth, and the calm of the Okanagan was a good way to sober up and just enjoy the moment. There was a neat little ravine just a bit off the cliff but I chose not to venture further in my current inebriated state, haha. (I am so SMRT).
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What happened to the cherries you say? Well they were expensive here and we knew somewhere else that was cheaper haha. .
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0 5 D O W N # Fears and rolling hills pt.3! Almost done, I swear.
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Not the most athletic specimen around but if I can go and see greater pastures, I'll be more than nervously willing to face my fear of heights and vertigo.
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Another neat find! And another moment of "I need to get to that ledge right there..!!" (There's a recurring theme here.. 🤔). No danger of falling to my death this time though so that's an improvement. The only "danger" was an injury I inflicted on myself out of sheer stupidity. I was crawling to the ledge and had to crawl under a rock that was covering a bit of the path. Now, I'm a short person so I thought "yeah I'm gonna be fine." Well, I wasn't. I thought I had enough clearance to stand up and be good. Turns out, I did not. I hit my back and head on the rock above and let me tell you, rocks hurt, believe me.
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Some might say that I should just stay indoors. I'm starting to think that that's sound advice. .
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0 4 F A R # Hi ho, hi ho, its off to the world I go. Why is everything so far? Even further with these little legs of mine.
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If Thorin and company can trek through miles and miles of terrain, so can I..! I mean.. I'm not rugged or trained or battle hardened or anything but whatever!
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0 3 H I G H # Continuing on the theme of fears and rolling hills, this is probably one of my favorite photos ever.
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In order to get to this spot, I hopped a fence and almost fell to my death because I "wanted to sit at that specific ledge right there..!!" While getting myself into position (👀), I lost my footing and proceeded to scramble for something to hold on to. In short, this was a moment of pure YOLO. Moments after the photo was taken, my friend and I were yelled at by the mountain ranger.
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Moments like these are those moments where you go "fuck it" and just do. Is it dangerous, yes. Would I recommend doing this, no (unless you're a super dude then you'd fair better than me). Would I do it again, yes but with more caution, haha.
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Sitting here made me feel so small. Well. Aiite, fine, smaller than I usually am. 😑😐🙄
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0 1 D A R K # I'm terrifyingly afraid of the dark. Terrifyingly afraid of enclosed places and spaces that offer me no immediate escape. Despite all this, I went anyway. A few weeks back I saw a picture of a chicken walking by a KFC with the caption, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." And then I thought to myself, "damn. Gotta be brave like a chicken." 💪
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Sometimes, you just have to be // Grateful to finally have this piece done. Thanks @lilyxrosy! 😻 I highly recommend taking a gander over at her page, she is one of the loveliest, talented humans you'll ever meet. 🤗 .
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Neat little cafe where you can brew twice. Caffeinated brew in the morning and a boozy brew at night. Kinda awesome. Not bad that its close to a pretty lake too. 😊😊😊 #fixcoffee #greenlake #littleliagoesplaces #littleliainseattle #coffee