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I know you feel burnt out right now. You're aching to travel again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A year ago, I made the decision that life was too damned short to stay still. After spending two years in constant pain, in a wheelchair, and spending 100% of my time lying sideways on my floor - I wanted to fully experience the world before it was too late. I would do whatever it took.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, fast forward, and obviously, we're in the middle of a pandemic. I canceled so many trips this year - I know you did too! You don't regret this because the safety of others is far more important than your travel plans. Some people lost it all last year. So you're probably thinking, "well who am I to be upset over losing travel, of all things?". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm here to tell you that it is OKAY to feel sad about the things you've lost - the adventures, the family, the meeting of new faces, the feelings of freedom and awe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You can grieve over a loss of experiences just as much as you can grieve over a loss of people. Self-care is letting yourself feel things fully and learning how to address them. ❤️ You have the permission to mourn what you lost. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't buy into the lie that just because others lost more than you, doesn't mean you aren't allowed to feel some way about your own pain. That's like saying you can't be happy because other people in the world have it better than you. 🙄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Once you've acknowledged what you've lost, take the time to make a list of all the things you gained. However small - what experiences, newness, or friends did you find? I know you found at least one thing. Hold onto that. Cherish it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you felt this way at all in the past year? Did you gain anything?⠀👇🏼 If you want to relieve some stress and plan out a future trip, check out the free printables in my bio. 🔝 They help!

Am I the only one who uses travel planning as stress-relief? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😅⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm still hopeful that soon we'll be able to start jet setting again. I know you're looking forward to that, too. So I made you something. 🙌 I wanted you to have it to get your mind moving forward into all of the amazing things 2021 is going to bring you.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's a completely free mini-eBook with 6 sustainable and budget travel worksheets. 🥳 I know it'll help you plan out your next - much deserved - vacay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Normally I sell this eBook (girls gotta eat) BUT, life's been so hectic lately that we all need some free travel lovin'. Amirite?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm only giving out a limited number of these, though. So snag yours before they're gone, girl! Check my link in bio for the goods. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You deserve a green vacation. 😉

Little known volcanic National Parks and Monuments on the US mainland👇🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Save 💾 this for inspo when planning your next USA road trip! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏔Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Both are side by side, located in northern New Mexico, about an hours drive from Santa Fe. The remains of an ancient Caldera (super volcano!), and ancestral home of two native Pueblo tribes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌚 Craters of the Moon National Monument. A stunner in southern Idaho. Remains of an ancient lava field. Astronauts train for space here, and you can hike a distinct volcano. About 1.5 hours from Twin Falls.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌋Lassen Volcanic National Park. The largest plug dome volcano in the world and the last volcano in the Cascade range. Known for its crystal clear lakes and wildflower-filled meadows. About 3 hours from Sacramento in Northern California.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Which of these is on your bucket list?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ————————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ————————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 Bandelier National Monument, historic lands of the Pueblo peoples. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #NewMexicoTrue #IAmTB #GramofEnchantment #NationalParksGeek

We live in a society that seems to idolize stress. You aren’t doing enough unless your plate is over-full and you’re at least a little burnt out.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Does this sound like you? It used to be me, for sure. Especially for “Type A” people, the pressure to succeed is staggering. So how do you disconnect and relax?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Self-care is so important, and it’s more than just a bubble bath and a glass of wine, girl. Self-care is being conscious about the things you put in your body. Self-care is spending time with the people who lift you up and make you feel loved. Self-care is getting enough sunlight on your skin and actually exercising enough.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How do you practice self-care and stress relief?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Great Sand Dunes SP⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #VisitColorado #NationalParkService #GirlsTwirltheWorld

Two steps forward, one step back. Keep going, because the journey is worth the struggle. 💪🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I recently listened to a podcast that featured an interview with President @BarrackObama. He spoke about duality - being two (sometimes conflicting) things at once, and how he leverages that to his own personal advantage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It made me think about the many forms of duality - an athletic person with mobility issues; a scientist with a deep sense of spiritualism; a mixed-race person belonging to multiple cultures at once; a practical person who also happens to be a romantic.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These things strengthen us and help us embrace the many facets of life. In what ways do hold space for the many versions of yourself? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ——————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ——————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: Great Sand Dunes NP⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ColorfulColorado #JourneyofGirls #HikingBangers #NationalParkGeek

Quick Cheatsheet for Canyonlands National Park. Save this post for future planning 🏞 👇🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 The entire Park is gorgeous but Grand Viewpoint at the end of the road is choice for pictures. There is an ADA-accessible paves trail, plus a 2-mile round trip unpaved trail at the parking lot. Head there at sunrise or sunset for the most spectacular views. Bring water - you are AT ELEVATION and there is ZERO shade!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🥾 Advanced hikers can spend day’s exploring Needles District or The Maze. For everyone else Island In The Sky is the most accessible District. Even on paved trails watch little ones because steep drop offs exist! If going backcountry don’t forget your permit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏨 Moab is actually a bit of a drive from the Entrance to Island in the Sky, Canyonlands (30+ minutes). For campers, free spots abound on the BLM land in the area. Plan to set up camp early or you might not get a spot!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you been to Canyonlands? What’d you think? 😍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #YOUtah #beaUTAHful #girlsgoneglobal #hikingbangers

Save this post if you’re a fan of views paired with easy hikes 👇🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. In the distance here you can see the Rio Grande. 😍 This was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done in terms of huge payoffs for an easy trek.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is the Falls Trail in the Monument and is only about 1.5 miles round trip. You can access it right from the visitor center parking lot. It’s not ADA friendly (not paved) but I hiked this while having back pain and did just fine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It can get slick in the winter so watch your step! We didn’t need our spikes but after a fresh snow they could be useful. ❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ——————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ——————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @makingyourmeaning⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GramofEnchantment #HikingBangers #NewMexicoTrue #LikeAMountainGirl

Is 2021 the year you build an abundant life?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does abundance mean for you? Wealth of knowledge or wealth of experience, even material wealth - it’s all about your mindset!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People too often let life happen to them. They bill themselves as the victim in their own story, when in fact they are the heroine. I’m not talking about being blindly positive. I’m talking about taking your life into your own hands and being the writer of your own story.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When we shift our mindset to bring in wealth of any kind, it will naturally flow to us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tell me your favorite intentional mantra for abundance 👇🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mine is, “I am resourceful and wealthy. Travel, love, and money flow to me easily”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ———————⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: Aren’t Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats hauntingly gorgeous? Put this on your bucketlist ❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #youtah #beaUTAHful #girlstwirltheworld #passionpassport #dametraveler

Who else here loves a lot of bang for their buck?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Balanced Rock in Arches National Park is just that - a spectacular view that can be done in minutes. There are both paved and unpaved trails at the Balanced Rock pull off, meaning that this is an ADA - friendly, non-hiker friendly stroll.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Normally this little .03 mile walk is bustling. If you want the place to yourself, do what Doug and I did. Arrive just before dawn and watch the sunrise! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ---------------⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ---------------⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #beaUTAHful #iamtb #trytheworld #journeyofgirls #adventureawaits

When life gives you mountains, slap on them boots and go for a hike girl!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Due to my degenerative disc disease, I have the joy of chronic pain. Skiing, hiking, and yoga have been my way of coping - although sometimes even being able to get out of bed is a miracle for me.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Re-discovering the outdoors wasn't a cure-all. However, staying active, being able to see the beauty of something bigger than me, and breathing in loads of fresh air has done wonders for my health - mental and physical.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When was the last time you allowed yourself to relax and enjoy nature? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -----------------⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ -----------------⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't you just love this view? Turns out that Santa Fe has some amazing hikes!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #GramOfEnchantment #hikingbangers #girlsgoneglobal #NewMexico

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