I ♥️ waterfalls. I love the sound of the crashing water, the mist and spray from the impact, the fresh, vibrant water and the calm of the pools below. <<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<<<<
I visited Nagkalit Kalit waterfall in Taytay outside El Nido in Palawan, Philippines 🇵🇭 where I had a fantastic guide and the most amazing company. The park has 3️⃣ falls that you can hike to. Each one was better than the last.
Happy Friday! So I just want to share something with you. This week has been one of the most eye opening weeks of my life. Lately when I have looked in the mirror I didn’t really recognize the person who was staring back at me . I let a lot of really little things, and stresses effect a really big part of me and I started using those stresses as excuses, and sedatives, and not as motivators. It took a very strong person, who really knows and cares for me to say “hey I think you have fallen off the wagon of where you want to be”. They were right. This entire week I have really grounded myself back to the root of the person I recognize. I know that a week is just a speck of sand in the full beach that is my life, but I feel it in my bones that my life from this point forward is just going to be a beautiful one. No matter the adversities I will face, no matter bumps, and the curves, no matter what. I hope if you take anything from this it is just to find the thing you love in yourself the most and just really focusing all positive energy on that. For me it is just going to lead my life with love and kindness. Nothing but peace and love to you all!
I think one of the biggest lessons that God has been teaching me lately is to live in the moment. So often, we talk about what we used to have, or where we plan to go next, but what about right now? If we get too distracted by the past or the future, then we could truly miss some pretty amazing things right in front of us.
I’ll use myself as an example. I moved to Ohio on June 2 of this year. This weekend was the first time that I really looked at Ohio as my home. For the past 4 months, I have been missing Arkansas, missing my old friends, my family, my state as a whole, my Razorback fan friends...and the list goes on and on. Not that I shouldn’t miss those things, because they’re important to me, but I was dwelling on them so much that I was missing what was right in front of me. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I looked at my life here in Ohio and said “Wow God, you really knew what you were doing by placing me here.” In 4 short months, I have a church family that I wouldn’t trade for anything, and I have made some friends that I already know are going to be lifelong friends. Not that I haven’t been thankful for all of this all along, but I hadn’t given it quite the credit it deserves. If there was ever a time when I felt confident saying “these are my people”, I feel pretty confident saying that about my friends in Ohio. Just wow, God.
I spent so much time the past few months missing the old that I was completely missing out on the total fulfillment of living in the moment that God has created for me. That’s 4 months that I’ll never get back, but you better believe that the next 44 months to come during Chris’ residency, I’ll be living in and enjoying every moment of where I’m at. These are the moments that I was created to live right now, and I want to let God use me here.
When we take the time to truly live in the moment and embrace where we’re at, we create an environment for God to work in us and through us. We learn to appreciate the journey, and we learn to rely on Christ as our source of joy. And how wonderful that is, because He has so much joy to offer to us.
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I went down to the river..
That went out into the sea..
On my way to the ocean..
Let the spirit swallow me.
I got low down in the water..
Let the current guide my bones..
I got nine kind of trouble.
I’m just trying to find my way home.
Day 15: Religion has never really been a meaningful part of my life. I had some exposure to it when I was young, but have never latched onto the concept of faith and have wavered somewhere between agnostic and atheist most of my life.
All that to say that I spent the majority of today exploring Temple Square, the historic center of the Mormon Church, with a side jaunt up the hill to see the Utah State Capitol building. Thanks to the suggestion of a childhood friend, I caught a rehearsal of the Tabernacle choir and symphony.
For as minuscule a role as religion has played in my life, I found today’s whole experience incredibly beautiful, inspiring and moving. I don’t expect it to change anything in terms of my faith, but it was really special to see the sense of community, family and love that the missionaries and members shared. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced or seen to that degree and it helped me to understand why religion holds such a deeply special place in so many people’s hearts, regardless of their specific faith.
I’m leaving the Salt Lake City area tomorrow, but am so glad I came and stayed a while. I’ll definitely be back!
Nagkalit kalit waterfalls outside El Nido on Palawan Island in the Philippines 🇵🇭 is a perfect tranquil 🍃 getaway from the busy little town. <<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<<<<
On this particular day we had the place to ourselves. It was very relaxing to swim 🏊🏼♀️and float in this empty pool. <<~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<<<<
Can anyone see the sun burn on my lower back from snorkeling??
I was on my own for the first time and I had no idea if I'll make it to my first stop given it was 2 hours away from everything else.
I said fuck it and went for it anyways.
Iceland, you had me at hello.
“Oh hey Moon, hey Lake. I really love you. I love your beauty, I love the colors you bring to my world. I love all the shades of Blue, Blue is my favorite color, did you know? Anyways, Steph Purry is out there somewhere, can you help me bring him home? Thanks for all the beautiful-ness and magical-ness you bring to my world.” - journal entry 10.15.18