Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Going Out More Often

This is a post that I have crafted in part with Eventbrite!

I was in a total slump this past summer. Excuses upon excuses of not getting out a lot - mostly just exhaustion the second I stepped outdoors. It's no secret that my favorite seasons are actually fall and spring, but that's not excuse to stay indoors and do nothing during the summer. The summer has some lovely benefits, after all. Especially on the cooler days like we have seen these last few days here in Washington.

I swapped shifts with some of my coworkers and ended up with three days off in a row. Since this isn't a common occurrence for my schedule - and I was starting to seriously lament my current schedule - I decided to stop pouting and start doing. I have been calling this schedule my mini-vacation. 

Monday was day #1 of taking care of myself.

I decided that the best way to take time for myself is to get out of the apartment, walk to somewhere cozy and familiar, get some sun and just read and write all day. That meant a nearby Starbucks; it was an easy enough journey for my first time out in a while.

Tuesday was no different, but maybe a bit more eventful than I anticipated.

I am lucky. This town I live in has a lot to do, even small-town-ish things to do. And in the warmer comfortable days, people are always buzzing around. They're walking dogs. Spending time outdoors with their family. Running errands. Or wandering like me.

There is a coffee shop (I mean, there are many, but...) that Savannah and I refer to as "witch coffee." That's because the day she found it - tucked in a small shop, we would have completely missed had she not been curious- there was a small little huddle of young women who looked like they were part of a coven spending time gazing over crystals and reading their tea leaves. I don't know much about that group, and I haven't seen them there myself, but this shop is the most eclectic and PNW shop I've been to out here. They have all sorts of fog teas, coffees and the like. They have pastries that are delicious - today I had a pumpkin and ginger muffin. There are books about travelling, astrology, religion, philosophy and culture - they actually do a beautiful job of representing all cultures, identities and spiritualities here, including small flags representing literally everything you can think of - and crystals and stones to purchase. Sometimes they have a palm reader come during the weekends. And on Saturdays they do talent shows/host performers on a small stage in the back. I'm just sad this place was hiding from us for so long.

When I walked in Tuesday, a girl with dreads and a cool smirk on her face complimented me on my tattoos, and we gabbed about how we're not vegan but we try to make good choices - how she was a vegan for 9 months and then fell back into old habits - and about how easy it is to eat healthier in this region so even if we aren't the healthiest, we can be when we go out. Then she served me my food and drink and I found a very small, high table, by the door and nested there for 3 hours.

I read from my reading list, and once I started to get a bit sadder during Name of the Wind, I decided to take a break and get up for another adventure. (Besides, witch coffee closes at 6 p.m., and it was getting onto 5 p.m. at this point.)

I ended up at the library. Sure enough, the quiet area of the library was exactly what I needed. It gave my mind a break and gave me somewhere else to go that I love dearly. Plus, on my Washington Bucket List, I have "volunteer for a summer reading program," so it gave me a chance to ask about what programs may be coming up soon since I missed the summer reading program train.

Peep dat deer Snapchat filter, doe.

Towns have so much to offer. People have a tendency to not appreciate what there is to enjoy in a town, especially if it's smaller, but that's exactly the way I like them. They give me a reason to go out and do something simple and fun for myself. Yeah, cities can be great - I love those, too - but man does it feel nice to walk down the street in a town full of people just enjoying the day with you in a quieter setting.

It's good for the soul to take a break from the noise and do something you want to do. If you find time to get out and do more one day, do it. Do the things you haven't had time to do that you've been meaning to do. Do something for you.

I have one more day of freedom today, and I have a feeling I'll be getting out again for it.


By the way, Eventbrite is a company that is all about encouraging folks to get out and do more. I was going to do this outing anyway, but it was fortuitous timing for both of us that they reached out to me. They're motto is GOMO - going out more often - so you can avoid that FOMO.

That sentence makes me feel way hipper. This is weird.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the small (and big) things your town/neighborhood/city has to offer. I bet there is even a small coffee shop hiding that you barely noticed before that deserves your attention. Don't let the summer get to you the way it almost got to me.

You can visit and even learn how to host your own event to get others out there! For more info, check this cool flyer below:

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Letter & Email Writing

Recently I was struck with the urge to email my friend Ariel. I'm not completely sure what made me want to do it, but it was nice to send a really long email to someone that I've been missing lately. She and I just can't seem to sync up, even over text messages. Ignoring the fact that I likely overwhelmed her with the length of my last email, it's been nice to really get to the core of letter writing, digitally.

Ariel and I love email and letters. We actually do both. The busier that you get, though, the harder it can be to actually sit down to write a letter, find stamps and send it off. That takes a bit more dedication and time out in a week, and sometimes being an adult means you don't feel like you ever have time. The reward of getting through a lovely letter makes it worth it in the end, though. So, thank goodness we have email and the internet, I guess is what I'm saying.

If you'd like to swap emails with me, I'd love to talk with you, too! Feel free to email me anytime! We'll swap novels about our lives.


In other news, I have plans for some more series on this blog and bringing some more consistent content to this space on the internet of mine. I hope you enjoy it all once it starts rolling in. If you look to the right at my tags section, you'll get a tease of what some of those plans are.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bits & Pieces

Here's little pieces you've missed from this year, if you aren't following me elsewhere...

Friday, August 5, 2016

Zoo + Pokéventure

Have you been playing Pokémon Go? I have been. I have been a lot. In fact, my phone is currently dead because I've been playing it on my breaks at work. Thankfully I invested in a portable battery for such a charging need.

On Sunday, I went to the zoo with my Team Mystic fellow Chip and her husband Bryan - who is on another team, but we'll just ignore that fact. I went wearing my Fuschia Gym shirt and carrying my Deerling plushie in my bookbag. The zoo is a known Charmander nest - meaning many spawn there, if you weren't familiar with that type of terminology. We caught many Charmanders, tons of other Pokémon as well. We also got to see seals, walruses, gibbons, elephants, sharks, jellyfish, random other fish, otters, goats, leopard cubs, and most importantly tigers. I love tigers. There were about four tigers in this one area of the zoo, and it took everything I had not to cry when I saw these tigers.

I had forgotten all about Pokémon or the other animals at the zoo. All I cared about were the tigers. Two looked like they wanted to eat me, and I would have welcomed it. They deserve the best, after all.

Once we had outstayed our welcome at the zoo, we headed to a park just next door. There were a ton of people of all ages - at least half of them playing Pokémon Go, all searching for the remainder of the Charmander for the night. There were some absolutely stunning gardens in the park and a cute pond with ducks.

I was more than a little exhausted by the end of it all, but it was one of the best weekends I have had in a while. And I was able to evolve a Charmander into a Charmeleon when I got home.