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The traveler is active; he goes strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sight-seeing.

-Daniel Boorstin

I’m not going to write much. I just thought I’d share with you my last couple days! Some of you think that Washington is gloomy and rainy and how could people ever live here!? Well this is why…I find places I want to explore, and I head there.

This is a photo log of my mini road trip to Palouse Falls in Eastern Washington.

There is so much to see in this state, it’s incredible! So here we go…

we started off on the open road...

we started off on the open road…

then the beautiful wheat fields

then the beautiful wheat fields

spent a night in Walla Walla wine tasting and having a great night out, then in the morning we had a delishhhhh breakfast at this place called Olive. Super cute!

spent a night in Walla Walla wine tasting and having a great night out, then in the morning we had a delishhhhh breakfast at this place called Olive. Super cute!
in the morning we were on our way to the falls and decided to make a random stop in the middle of the road and take some pictures lol.

in the morning we were on our way to the falls and decided to make a random stop in the middle of the road and take some pictures lol.

then we finally got there!

then we finally got there!

look at that beauty!

look at that beauty!

breathtaking view

breathtaking view

i did a few yoga poses on the ledge

i did a few yoga poses on the ledge

wheel pose!

wheel pose!

one more...

one more…

Well that’s all for now:) Just remember everyone, you can pin your “Dream Vacations” all day long on Pinterest but sometimes the places that others are “pinning” are right in your backyard! Make sure to open your eyes to all forms of beauty. Take advantage of it.

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I’m not serious….hahaha or am I? As you know, I love yoga, and try to do it as much as possible. I take my problems to the mat. When you bring your baggage to the mat, you lack focus; you lack the ability to do great things, like all aspects in life!

When you carry around baggage, you lose focus on what’s really important.

So sweep off your mat and appreciate the good in your life today.

a mirror shot, in between classes on my day off. trying to put in hard work, to get some results back.

a mirror shot, in between classes on my day off. trying to put in hard work, to get some results back.

A couple posts ago, I discussed my emotional breakdown to a good friend of mine. We talked about how we must keep going to yoga in order to regain our purpose, and stay present. Yoga allows you to let everything go and stay in the moment…do not think of your past, do not dream of your future, for it is taking the very gift of the NOW away…

So a week has gone by…and what have I been doing? Well between the yoga, hot yoga, barre classes, spin classes and everyday life, I’ve been getting INVERTED!..Yes, upside down. Letting go the baggage and improving my strength for moving on to what lies ahead. I went on a beautiful, chilly hike with my friend Daniel on Monday. It was BEEEAUTIFUL, but with my poor circulation, my hands and feet were numb by the time we got to Annette Lake! Its okay we did handstands. I shall show you…

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean

photo by: Daniel Lupastean's monkey camera grip

photo by: Daniel Lupastean’s monkey camera grip

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”   (Henry Ward Beecher)

I am officially obsessed with Cali Yoga and Banya 5. 

This has been a week filled with new experiences and a new hike! A friend of mine has been talking about Cali Yoga forever and how much she loves it! I finally did the introductory $25 dollars for 10 sessions and I fell in love. It’s a power yoga class that is set to only around 80 degrees and I can’t wait to go back this week.

Another thing that happened this week was hiking to Melakwa Lake. Melakwa Lake is connected to the Denny Creek trail but its 9 miles. It was well worth the 9 miles, the entire trail has a lot of different scenery from waterfalls, to wildflowers, deep valleys, rocks and boulders, to finally, the beautiful lake, which is crystal clear and ice cold. It was beautiful, I’m glad that I did a new hike before it got cloudy around here.

Our muscles needed tending after that hike so the following day we went to a place called Banya 5. I found my new addiction, which is hydrotherapy and must go here at least once a week. It’s a wonderful spa that helps your muscles and circulation.

 

We started off in a 200-degree sauna. The heat came from a concrete/brick oven that was made to heat muscles deeply which relaxes then and provides relief to stored tension. After that, we go into the cold plunge pool, which is supposed to “constrict skin pores and blood vessels that have been dilated from the heat to create an invigorating pumping action of the venous system to flush metabolic wastes and toxins”. After that, we went into the Turkish Steam room, which is 113 degrees and pumps heat through a fresh eucalyptus plant. This one was my favorite and I loved all the steam, after this we proceed to the cold plunge, and then into the salt-water pool which is 87 degrees and filled with mineral salt. After this we would rotate through all of them and there was also a hot tub, tea and water room as well as a nap room. It was really relaxing and is so important when you are working out a lot. Right after Banya, we went to Cali Yoga.

I swear, this whole week has been focused on detoxing. I love it because I have had such a bad month of eating horribly and not making the right decisions. I don’t know why it’s been this way but today I really feel the motivation to try harder. I spent 45 minutes on the cycle and had a rough leg workout. My legs feel like jelly. I decided to take “before” pictures today. I am in the worst shape I’ve been in, in a very long time. Tomorrow is the beginning of some new goals. I will take pictures every week to show progress but I am too embarrassed to post today’s pictures. I will wait till I lose some weight.

New Goal: I’m going PALEO starting tomorrow!!!!!

Wish me luck!

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.”― Theodore Roosevelt 

This quote defines my life at this very moment. My life has been amazing this past couple weeks with so much opportunity that I am overly grateful and happy. Sometimes you may go through rough times, but it teaches you that anything can happen, anything can change and end, but its how you deal with change that determines how you will handle life. I haven’t been this happy in over a year and that is an honest statement. This past month or so I have planned so many new things and I’ve opened up my time and days to people and things that I never would have in the past…I feel that through difficult times, growth occurs and you can either run with it or against it but you always have a choice.

Let me start by saying the best news of the week, which is that I am going to be writing an article that prints on August 20th for  NW Fitness Magazine! I am so excited and unsure of what I should write about. I meet the co-owner of the magazine on Monday and need to have a rough draft of my idea and article by then. I am nervous and excited and so many other emotions but over everything, I believe the Law of Attraction brought me to this…and I know this is only the beginning. I am passionate about this blog and I sent it to them and they were impressed. I know that the fact that I have been opening up my heart and time to fitness and this blog and new experiences is drawing in opportunity to go even further. I can’t wait.

This week also was filled with hanging with my friends, hiking again, and paddle boarding for my first time! I loved it; I think I might go again this weekend. I have no pictures from it because I didn’t want to drop my phone in the water haha. It was a blast and a great workout for my abs and basically everywhere else. Today I hiked Mount Si in North Bend here in Washington and it was amazing. Such a gorgeous day out, and I saw a snake, as well as hawks flying around at the top of the cliff. It’s been a great week and I can’t wait to do this magazine article! Remember to always be grateful and open to opportunities everyone!

Here are some pictures from the things I’ve been up to this week:

delicious bacon wrapped shrimp i had in Fremont!

i got new hiking and running shoes!

View from the top of Mount Si!

another view at the top of Mount Si

 And here is a picture of me and my best friend Ashley on our way out to have some fun out in Greenlake last night. Its been such a great week and i hope everyone else is enjoying their summer as well:)

Today Ashley and I went to Zumba and then headed up to North Bend to hike Twin Falls! The Northwest is so beautiful in the springtime and we have to take advantage of all our beautiful hikes! I wish I could do more; today was such a great day! Here are some pictures from our hike.

     

Either way this hike was motivation because I look so out of shape…I think I need to add more yoga classes of pilates and weights to my fitness plan. I don’t know how I gained weight without realizing. I’m not worried though because this will push me to try harder!

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