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5 Ways to to Fight S.A.D This Winter Season

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It’s that time of year again. The sun starts to set earlier, the weather gets chillier, and the leaves all start to change color and fall away. I have mixed feelings about this time of year. On the one hand, it is beautiful, especially in the PNW. The colors and changing leaves are magical, but as beautiful as it is, I can still feel my mood start to turn down. Instead of waking up each day to sunshine and blue...

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  • Last year at this time I was here with my partner. We were traveling and living in the moment and it was amazing. Now is pretty awesome and amazing too, but SO different. We are settled into work and school and routines. We don't have plans to travel anywhere besides our home towns for Christmas... part of me is sad and missing this, but I know that we will be back to traveling again someday. Until then I'm going to try my best to appreciate where I am and live in THIS moment - even though in this moment I'm having trouble sleeping because I have a migraine coming on and I'm afraid to fall asleep because last time I fell asleep with a migraine on the way, I woke up and had a migraine so bad that my arm went numb and I started having horrible waves of panic attacks. I know it won't happen again, or at least I'm pretty sure, but I'm still too scared to sleep. Does sleeping scare anyone else sometimes...?
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  • Just do it! Roman goddess Nike.
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  • Fairly certain this is the greatest dancers pose I've ever done... now if I could only figure out how I did it, lol. Oh yeah, practice. Nothing ever comes easily, only with hard work and PRACTICE. .
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  • I'm exhausted. Physically and emotionally exhausted. I'm trying to juggle so many different balls. Work, writing, my social life, my family life, healthy living (exercise, food), fixing and organizing my home which is still in chaos... Using my calender to schedule everything is definitely helping, and I'm not going to lie, I'm really excited by how much more I am getting done, but a huge part of me just wants to run away back to my parents house. I want it to be summer, and I want to be home in California in a field of wildflowers in my backyard. I want to listend to the bees buzzing and the birds chirping, and I want to sit back and read or write or draw and not worry about the million things I need to get done. I'm not sure what happened between the ages of 24 and 28, but life seems to have sped up exponentially and I am not okay with it. Can't I just hit pause for a minute? That'd be great. I know I could maybe take a day to put things on hold, but honestly, that's just not enough at the moment. Do any of you feel this way the older you get?
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  • Believe it or not, this is me at my happiest as a teenager. Here, I am 16 living in Chile (oh 🇨🇱 how I miss you!!!) with one my best friends from down there after a LONG day. Growing up in the states I was told to smile in every photo taken of me. No matter how I felt: happy, sad, angry... But in almost every photo you'll see me with a believable smile plastered onto my face. Except here, where I was happiest. Why? Because in Chile they didn't just smile to smile. They smiled when the time called for it, when they felt happy. Otherwise they simply posed as they were, as they felt. It seems like a simple thing, a small thing, but it was a big deal to me and a huge lesson for me in learning to accept myself for who I was, it was a lesson for me to stop hiding myself, to stop pretending I was okay when I was anything but okay. Here I am after spending the whole day at the beach, walking from one end of town to the other. I'm tired and hot and hungry, and I'm not pretending to be anything else. It's probably the first honest photo that anyone ever took of me. So, even though I look somewhat bored and angry, it makes me smile, because it's authentic, which, if you don't know, is hard AF to be when you're 16 and suffering from anxiety and depression. This photo is also a reminder to myself now to be more authentic, to not hide who I am or how I feel, even in photos.
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  • Today in the United States it is Thanksgiving. Many people celebrate this day without much thought. They think, yay, I get to see my family, we'll discuss what we're grateful for, etc, and that's an awesome thing, don't get me wrong, but we all too often forget the history that goes along with this day. All too often we forget that we are here because we took this land from Native Americans. We killed and punished them for this land, and then we destroyed it, time and time again. But they have never given up. Today, Native Americans are still trying to save our land, still fighting for our earth, for our children and our future ... They're fighting to try and save us from ourselves. So today I am giving thanks to them by donating money to help them get the supplies they'll need to continue this fight in the days and months to come. I know not everyone who follows me on here is from the US, but I hope that those of you who are will donate as well, even a few bucks will go a long way. Click the link in my bio to donate! #nodapl #istandwithstandingrock
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  • #wanderlustwednesday I'm going to lay down a little bit of real talk for a second about traveling as a person from the States. For those who don't travel often, I'm not sure if you know this or not, but it's not easy. People from around the world do not always like us, in fact a lot of people hate us. STORY TIME! When I was 16 I studied abroad in Chile (2004). This was the year Bush was reelected.  When he was reelected my friends angry & confused, they kept asking me, how could you? How could your country reinstate this man after everything he's done? I'd waived my hands in the air in surrender & told them it wasn't me, that 1) I didn't vote, & 2) if I had voted, I never would've voted for him. In fact I'd been shocked & hadn't believed them when they told me he was going to continue being our president. They'd had to find a newspaper to convince me. Bush was also meant to visit Chile while I was there, but the protests were so bad all across the country that he ended up not coming. STORY TWO) The summer after getting back from Chile I went to Italy for the first time with my parents to meet my older brother who had been studying abroad in Europe. While in Italy we were climbing up this huge tower when I had a panic attack because I was so terrified of heights (side note, I didn't know this was a panic attack at the time) & I had to stop climbing. I'd sat down in a corner of this ancient tower away from everything & held myself while I tried to breathe. An Italian couple stopped & asked me if I was okay, I could sort of understand because of my Spanish so I responded in Spanish to them that I was fine, only afraid of heights. The woman looked to her boyfriend a little confused & the man translated referring to me as the little Spanish girl. I remember the relief & excitement I felt that he thought I was Spanish & not from the States. Why? Because anytime I was found out as from the U.S I was treated worse. Now with Trump as our next president... I'm scared to travel again. For the record, I don't blame people around the world for hating us when we elect presidents like those, I understand their anger & I feel it justified, bc it saddens & angers me as well.
  • Okay, so obvi this isn't me, but this is what I was doing ALLLL DAY yesterday. As you all know, this week has been kind of rough. Fuck, the past week and a half ish. I didn't know I was going to take the election as hard as I did, and then I had a migraine that caused my whole right arm to go numb, and I went to the hospital, and then of course I had a horrible panic attack at work. Basically the pile up happened because I wasn't taking care of myself. Self care is something that has always been difficult for me because my natural instinct is to make sure everyone else in my life is okay first. But as always it eventually becomes too much and I crash. Yesterday I went to therapy and then stopped by the grocery store to buy my fav cereal CRISPIX (I don't normally eat cereal because I believe in eating real Whole Foods, but this cereal is my happy food because it reminds me of all the good parts of my childhood) and then I went home and laid on the couch. My s.o downloaded a bunch of Disney movies for me and I spent the whole day napping and just chilling with him by my side while he did homework and I let my mind and body reset. It was perfect. And when I woke up this morning I felt like a human being again. I still feel fragile, I'm sure I will for a little while, but I'm feeling better and I'm grateful for that. I'm also grateful for all of you for being so kind, for all of you who reached out to me to make sure I was okay and to lend your support. I don't know how I ever got so lucky to "meet" all of you, but I am so glad I have! Sending all of you love and hugs. Remember to take care of yourselves as well, in whatever fashion that may be.
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