I’m back

20 March 2018

It is lunchtime on a Tuesday and as I sit here at Starbucks sipping a coffee with almond milk (because I took up coffee – particularly espresso – last year and haven’t been able to turn back), I can’t help but laugh a little. I thought it’d be wise to reflect a bit and put down some of my thoughts onto paper. Why? Well, my birthday is Thursday. Thursday, I will be 28 years old. It’s kind of a weird age I think because there is such a dichotomy in where people are in their lives at 28 years old. I’ve got friends from high school who are married, who have a child… or multiples, who have jobs they call their career. All of these things are great, but I also have friends who are still finding themselves, following their passions, and figuring out where they want to be. I think I somewhat fall into the gray area of this whole realm.

I have lived so many lives already; seen so many sunrises and sunsets from so many points on the globe. I’ve climbed mountains, swam oceans and rivers, done volunteer work in slums at the equator line in Africa, and splashed with penguin and dolphin near the Antarctic. Life has given me love – with family, with friends, and in the very few relationships I’ve opened myself to fully, it has given me love as well as heartbreak. It has taught me strength, perseverance, and acceptance. I am grateful, very grateful. Though I did not imagine I’d be sitting at Starbucks two days before my 28th birthday thinking about what to do next.

Let me preface, I finally started a job in November that I thought was THE job. I love the industry, I love the connections I was making, I love every aspect of what the job entailed. Despite the enormous good, it was not the right situation… I’ll leave it at that. Anywho, I follow a good amount of social media accounts that got me thinking. For years as I traveled (you’ll see old posts from when I initially started this blog site) people suggested I become a blogger – my passion for writing, for travel, and for adventure would be able to share middle ground. I never thought possible but now I think why not. Granted, I’m going to have to learn how to focus in more on specific topics or themes because I can have a tendency to cover too many bases.

To save you from my rambles any longer (for now), here it is. This is where I’m going get back to me; where I am going to share my travels in hopes they offer you insights, my adventures and swimming endeavors in hopes they offer you inspiration, and maybe some healthful posts including food or exercise as therein lies one of my other biggest passions. I hope you can appreciate that in revamping and recreating this site, I’m rediscovering myself. I know that each experience leads us to the next and there will always be more good to come. So I continue to take on the world, know that your follow is appreciated and welcomed. Also while you’re at it, follow me on IG: @dseacliff for more of the adventures.

Now don’t mind me, I’ll just be sitting here day dreaming of my next trip back to Hawaii…

Maui • March 2018

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

6 June 2014

Funny title, right? Well it happens to be the title of a book I just began.

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When the GI threw the word ulcer out at me today, this book title instantly reeled me in as I perused the list of top books in each category in the iTunes store. I’m not far in to the book at all yet but it is pretty fascinating thus far. The common theme up to this point (this being the point at which I have so far come – aka still the beginning) seems to be the tolls of stress. I love how the author blatantly compares the functioning mind of Neanderthals to that of our current methods of thinking. He calls out how our silly wasted time of thinking of that which we cannot control ultimately controls us and we enable it to do so, rather than making changes early on to prevent those stresses from coming about later in life as realities. It makes sense how he puts it.

The topic of stress got me thinking…

Who says NYE is the only time to make goals and resolutions? Not I! I am dedicating my summer to positive changes. It’s easy to get off track and forget to do the things you most enjoy, wouldn’t you agree? Well that’s how I feel and I’m more aware now than ever that I’ve slightly lost track of what brings me joy. Here’s to steps in the right direction!

Number one on my list: finish books I’ve started. This being the first one, since it is my most recent and now I’m in to it. Anyone care to read along with me? I like book clubs.

Number two is happening in the kitchen tomorrow…. It’s smelling like a good Saturday to bake some yummies. (Here’s where those photos are going to come in that I mentioned in my last post.) I just love food and playing with recipes! You’ll see.

My cousins wonderful girlfriend posted this the other day and I thought it’d be perfect to share to end this little post. Thanks, Jordan!

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On that note, I hope you all make some new goals or reevaluate passions you’ve lost sight of as well. And let me know if you read the book, too. Goodnight, beautiful world!

Hoppy Easter, friends!

20 April 2014

Today is a beautiful day.
My day began with baking a yummy lemon poppyseed cake followed by taking one of my dogs for a run on a local trail.

Now my father and I are driving to our Easter Linner (that’s the later version of brunch…the lunch-dinner) with some family. I’m reading a book that a friend gave me called Flow and a line resonated that I felt like sharing:

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult or worthwhile.

I really love the way the author depicts this. In all of my wild adventures or endeavors, many people tell me I’m crazy or ask why I would do *insert experience here* and I don’t believe I’ve ever really given an answer (though I’m sure they’re usually rhetorical questions & statements anyway). I think this is the best way to explain though, because for me and my outlook this is exactly how I see my experiences.

Side note: the subtitle of the book is The Psychology of Optimal Experience 🙂

I challenge you to do something soon that will prompt people close to you to call you crazy!

Hope you have a wonderful Easter or just a beautiful day 🙂

p.s. happy birthday KJC!