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We are Denise and Reed.
We are a socially responsible and ethical travel and wellness brand.
We will soon be fulltime travelers come March!
Hoping to make our corner of the world a kinder place.
“Where are we going?” “I don’t know but it’s going to be an adventure.” ⠀⠀ The countdown begins. . At the end of February, we will be heading to Atlanta. . From Atlanta, we will be driving to Southern Colorado to begin our build. It doesn’t seem real, and yet it is. . We have been stressed, excited, nervous, anxious, and everything in between. We have a million things to do and so little time to do them. . Yet, I feel like we are at the start of something, something huge. I don’t just mean the upending of our lives as we know it... I mean the stepping into ourselves. . The acceptance of my mission and purpose and actualization of myself. . For so long I have been the person who is afraid to ruffle feathers, to be my authentic self, for fear of conflict or causing others discomfort. . Here I am, alongside Reed as we pull ourselves out of our comfort zones and into a remarkable adventure. I can’t help but stare in awe at this person that I’m becoming. . I love her. . The adventure is only just beginning. . . #adventurethatislife #exploreeverywhere #lifeofadventure #adventurespirit #travelnow
About a month ago, my best friend, Devon, told me that he would be visiting his partner in Lebanon. Very quickly his plan to travel to Lebanon to visit, became him buying a one way ticket and returning in a few months. At the time, I didn’t want to believe that to be true, so I basked in the pretty thought that he was visiting and did n’t but a round trip ticket because he was going for an undetermined about of time
What If? What if religion was each other? If our practice was our life? If prayer was our words? What if the temple was the Earth? If forests were our church? If holy water - the rivers, lakes, and oceans? What if meditation was our relationships? If the Teacher was life? If wisdom was knowledge? If love was the center of our being. - Ganga White ⠀⠀ #asana #healthyliving #meditation #yoga #yogainspiration #yogisofinstagram #healthyhappylife
I was talking to my counselor the other day (a sentence I say a lot), and I was telling her about my negative self-talk. I thought that after I wrote the post “Compassion Is Key: Words from my 16-year-old self that still ring true today” or 11 Steps to Eliminate Negative Self Talk OR How To Eliminate Your Inner Critic that I would be better at… this. She suggested that I think of one way that I can chip away at my negative self-talk. What is one thing that you will do to help eliminate your negative self-talk or whatever is standing in your way?
Its just hair, it will grow back. I repeated in my head over and over again. . I turned the words into a mantra as I sat in the salon chair and watched my hair tumble to the ground around me. . Its just hair, it will grow back. I thought, squeezing my eyes shut, but let’s examine that a little more, shall we? . On January 3rd 2020, I cut my hair. It was a big deal for me. . Yes, its just hair, but I had been trying to grow it out for YEARS while simultaneously having a deep urge to cut it short. . So what had been holding me back for so long? Why did I have such conflict over something as “simple” as hair? . The conflict had more to do with my inner desires vs. society’s standards. I think about when I told a friend I was cutting hair while Reed was growing his out; they had said: “oh so Reed is going to be more feminine and you will be more masculine.” . Underlying my decision to cut my hair was an idea of gender norms. We were breaking society’s standards of male and female presentation. . Well, I have always been one to push back and question the norms that, as a society, we police and uphold without conscious acknowledgment. So that settled it, I would cut off my hair. . With the hair that tumbled onto my shoulders, my goal was to also let go of the ideas I grew up with around beauty. A hefty goal, but hey, you gotta start somewhere. . I was cutting ties with the obsessive ways that I have tried to force myself into conformity. . Since cutting my hair, I have felt freer than I have in a long time. I explore it more in a recent blog post on my website. . The takeaway is to say f*c# you to the ways that we are told who to be, and how to look. Do what feels right to YOU. . FINAL THOUGHTS a reminder that *REPRESENTATION MATTERS* A month before I cut my hair, zozitunzi of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe. Is it a coincidence that after YEARS of debating whether I would cut my hair, that I did it after I saw her win? . Probably not. . FINAL FINAL THOUGHTS I want to acknowledge the privilege in us being able to break gender norms and yet still sit comfortably in our cis privileges.
The first time I listened to my episode I felt shame seep through my veins like I was hooked up to an iv drip. Theres this need inside of me to show up with a beautiful bow- the finished version of the person I may someday become- ever, ever be the version of myself that I am picturing right now, in this very moment… and thats a good thing. I hope that I am someday able to look at the me that I am RIGHT NOW, and love her unconditionally.
My journal entries will be a place to come and reflect on my thoughts and feelings. It will be a way to share my life with you on a more intimate level while also allowing more time to write more in-depth pieces. I want to do this because it will hold me accountable and give me space to process and share my experiences with you. I wanted it to be a space where you could come and hear about my real experiences, not the sugar-coated- rose-hued version of my life.