Sunny Meadows

Earlier this month I got a chance to head towards Eastern Washington & check out the Palouse. Along the way, we stumbled upon these beautiful rolling fields of lush yellow flowers.

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As Summer is in full bloom in Washington, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how I could explore the Pacific Northwest around me. I think the hardest part is actually finding someone crazy enough to go with me, in the impossible hours I like to wander off in.

I find it rare... to run into people with an extreme hunger for a fast paced life, outside the norms. It's so easy for us to grow up & fall into a comfortable routine that makes us feel safe. While nothing is wrong with that, it's just not what I want to settle for in my life. Working in healthcare, you realized how valuable your life is. Any day could be your last, so I want to live the rest of my life, not just today, like I'm dying. It'd be nice to always have an adventure buddy, but I'm also an advocate for women not waiting (especially for a guy), to make their dreams come true. With that said, while I wait for that perfect buddy, my next solo adventure will take me into British Columbia! Cheers! - Love, Jen

 “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with.”

*Photos by Conor Musgrave*

Moment of Discovery

Who am I?

Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do with the next 5 years of my life. Coincidently, I also recently got a reminder about my high school's 10 year reunion. Has it been 10 years already? Time seemed to have just flown by, yet it's crazy to think about how much has changed in those 10 years. 

In ways, I am very much the same: always hyperactively seeking a creative outlet, with border-lining, minimalistic, OCD tendencies. In other ways, I feel like I'm a completely different person, compared to who I was 10 years ago. My wants are different, my hopes are different, and my outlook on life is different.

 

If you could have met 18 year-old Jen, the outdoors meant bugs & physical activity was not in her repertoire. Her eyes would double in size & sparkle in the face of brand names & luxury sport cars. In fact, she could probably identify the brand of any clothing item, on the spot. She was ready to work her life away, however many work hours it took. She wanted to take life by storm, by the standards of the materialistic American Dream, big house & all.

Now?

What's the point of putting your money towards sitting in a big fancy house, when there's so much of the rest of the world to see? I see no point in giant collections of designer bags, shoes, figurines or DVDs. I am no longer impressed by site of Christian Louboutins or other high end brand names, and the fashion world feels empty. I seek more; more adventures & more experiences, more sites unseen. I am on a mission to live the most interesting life possible for myself, and that means being ok with having less. But is it less, if by giving up things, I gain so much more?

I've cleaned out my DVDs & CDs (moved to all digital), and have slowly donated about 1/3 of my closet so far. It feels good to remove the clutter & live only with what you need. I've begun to travel the world, but The question is, where do I go from here? What's my next step?

Currently, I don't have the answer (suggestions welcomed). It's definitely been a  thought that's been clouding my mind every night. I just have this impending feeling & that I need to make a drastic change. Love, Jen

"Once you've been still too long, it's best to throw a grenade where you are standing - and jump. And pray.” - Robyn Davidson, in Tracks

Memorial Sunrise

Hollister pullover sweater // Old Navy yoga pants // Nike Juvenate sneakers

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Spent my Monday pulling into the Rattlesnake Ledge trailhead at 3am, to start a 4am sunrise hike. I find that on days where it's rained the night before, the mornings after are the most beautiful, and what a view it was! 

I couldn't have asked for a greater day to honor our nation's fallen soldiers. Shout out and thank you to all who serve this great country. - JEN

Black Sands of Maui

Aloha everyone!

My time here in the Hawaiian islands has finally come to an end and it's been a pleasure as always. Unfortunately, during my stay on Maui, high winds prevented me from doing the zip-lining and snorkeling I signed up for, but that's okay. Next time. My family and I did a road trip instead, from West Maui to East Maui. Along highway to Hana, we stopped by the Garden of Eden in Koolau Rain Forest Reserve (pictures coming soon) and visited Wai'anapanapa State Park, home to the beautiful black sand beaches.

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      When I stand on these beaches of Hawaii, I still find myself in awe. It's amazing to think about how these beautiful islands are here for us to see & enjoy. Who knew that something so violent & disruptive as a volcano, could make something so beautiful?

      And to think, how long it must have taken for all of that lava to erupt from beneath to ocean floor, the plate tectonics to move & create those mounts, and for a single seed to begin the introduction of vegetation to these volcanic islands. It took hundreds and thousands of years to create something this beautiful!

     All in all though, I would say that this second trip to Hawaii was a success. We got to experienced everything we liked about Oahu & Maui, that we liked last time, and everything else was a new experience!

      Of course, I can't wait until the next time I can visit the Hawaiian islands again. There's so much more I want to experience and do, like learning to surf, paddle boarding, snorkeling with sea turtles, finding the red sand beaches in Maui, and hiking through the Bamboo Forest. I think before I my next trip though, I'll work on becoming scuba certified first. 

I hope you guys enjoy my recent posts from my week in Hawaii. You can read more about my other adventures there here. Until next time, keep on dreaming my travel & adventure junkies! xo JEN

Beach Hopping East Oahu

Aloha everyone!

My visit to Oahu has now come to an end & by the time you guys are reading this, I'm probably in Maui. I don't think I'll every get over how beautiful of a color the coastal waters are. I could stare at it forever, so for our last day in Oahu, we spent the day beach hopping along East Oahu, towards the North Shore. There seemed to be no end the places that made us want to stop on the way, like Halona Blowhole (above) & Hanauma Bay State Park (below, taken with my Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens).

We stopped at a total of 4 locations on our way to the North Shore, some of which, I don't even know the name to, like the place above. Everywhere I looked, the view was breathtaking, and I loved the contrast of the dark volcanic rocks against the bright teal waters and warm sandy beaches. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: I think I'm going to need to move here one day. The weather is addictive, and the views & vibes are like a ballad to my soul. I can't wait to come back again.

Thank you all again so much for reading. Hope your Hump Day is treating you well. Adventure on adventure junkies! xoxo JEN

Waking Up 26 in Waikiki

Aloha from Waikiki Beach everyone!

Spring break officially started at 12 o'clock noon yesterday, and yesterday I flew out of Seattle at 1:00pm, so I could spend my birthday in Honolulu, Hawaii. Yes, that's right! Today I'm officially 26 years old, and I have to admit, it doesn't feel too different. I remember being so worried about this ominous number every year, but it doesn't matter to me anymore (especially since I got carded today already). I've realized that life is just better when you spend less of your time worrying. Plus, I know I take care of myself & I feel young from that.

For the past couple months though, the only goal I had was to eat the best eggs benedict I've ever had, for breakfast on my birthday. I'd like to say that mission was accomplished :) I've tried eggs benedict everywhere in Seattle, but nothing compares to the Seared Peppered Ahi Tuna Eggs Benedict with wasabi hollandaise sauce, at the Hula Grill Waikiki. Plus you can't beat the view.

After breakfast we shopped along Kalakaua Avenue and strolled along Waikiki Beach. Eventually we discovered these beautiful catamarans, which happened to give 90-minute cruises, throughout the day. $40/person & unlimited drinks included! If you do happened to go on the Na Hoku II, say hi to Captain Jeff. He's from a Seattle & yes, he's a huge Seahawks fan. :)

I just couldn't ask for a better birthday (ok maybe I could, but that's a cookie filled story for another day). 

The weather was perfect over the aqua blue waters & the breeze on the water was so refreshing, We got a perfect picture view of Diamond Head Crater, along with the waterfront of our hotel. I definitely got my dose of adventure for the day (& maybe a sunburn too lol). Pure gratitude, that's all I can say.

Thanks for reading again guys. I hope you're al getting some vitamin D tool! - JEN

Garage top // Hollister skirt // Ray Ban sunglasses // Banana Republic cardigan // Lilly Pulitzer for Target iPhone case