Self-Care 101: Hiking

Happy Feet

These are the happiest feet in Bend, Oregon.

My husband, dog, and I all love to hike! When we were falling in love, one of our favorite ways to spend time together was exploring new hikes together. The freedom to enjoy nature, let our minds wander, and discuss anything that came to mind brought us so close!

We recently moved to Bend from Corvallis, Oregon. In Corvallis our favorite hike was in the Dunn Forest. Here, we have found amazing trails just about a 10 minute drive from our home!

What we look for in our perfect hike:

  • Secluded area – National forests are the best!
  • Heavily treed areas
  • Relatively flat trails
  • Wide paths for the pup to stay by our side (and so we can hold hands sometimes)

What do you look for in your perfect hike?

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Self-Care 101: Painting

One of my favorite ways to self-care is to paint! I learned how to paint in high school art classes. I remember trying to get as many hours of art on my schedule as I could every term and loving each one!

Have you taken art classes before?

My teachers have all helped me to create art that I love! I have always appreciated finding opportunities to make art I love, to share with a friend! This piece is going to a coworker of mine who in return made a cross stitch for our home. Continue reading

A Reflection on Classism

I was raised in the lesson that having a grateful heart

– despite not having a home to live in at times –

meant you had a full life.

Recently a person’s car died in the driveway of a store my husband and I were going to.
The driver had their head hung, sitting there in the car alone, crying. 
DOZENS of cars passed.
We parked and walked over at the same time as two other people walked up.

Together, the four of us were able to push the car into a parking spot and then we checked in to make sure the driver was doing okay, emotionally.

Why were SO many people able to drive by without batting an eye?

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Life is about: finding the people and places that help you feel that you belong



Life is about finding the people and places that help you feel that you belong. This message is one that I have come to understand much more deeply in the last few years.

As a first-generation American, and experiencing college as a first-generation student, I had many experiences where I was reminded that I did not belong. If you consider the outsider perspective of having to elbow your way into a situation, you can easily see that engaging in opportunities not designed for you can be exhausting, and requires much strength. Through these two identities, I have experienced numerous examples of this feeling. Continue reading

Self-Care as a Couple

I have always said I love love.

What I mean by that is that I LOVE love stories! And, I love helping to build love stories.

I have helped many people see their relationship challenges and overcome them through looking inward and authentically asking for what they need.

Asking for what you need can be an essential first step to achieving an authentically happy relationship.

As my husband and I established our relationship and discovered our relationship needs, we learned how to communicate them through practice. Continue reading

Our Love Story

This is the story of how my husband and I met…

We started talking and getting to know each other,

then we met up for an OSU football game with a group of friends in October, 2013.

We then started dating and ‘made it official’ March 10, 2013.

I was finishing my Honors Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

He had a little more than two years to go to finish his Bachelor’s degree Natural Resources.

We went on adventures together; hikes, walks downtown, beach trips, mountain drives. Continue reading