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10 Quotes That Will Make You Think About The World In A Different Way

Ever read a quote that makes you stop and think for a moment? Me too.

Sometimes the words of others can sink so deeply into our thoughts and alter our perspective in some way. Every now and then challenging the mind is healthy and very beneficial.

I love reading quotes that inspire others, so I hope you enjoy these ten that inspire me!

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  – Mother Teresa

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – Navy Admiral Grace Hopper

 “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“Love is my religion – I could die for it.” – John Keats

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse

“When one door closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

So, what did you think of these quotes? Which was your favorite? Leave a comment below.

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Yosemite Photo Diary

This last spring I got the opportunity to go to Yosemite for the first time and I was mesmerized everywhere I looked.

Because it was my first time in the valley, I wanted to check out some of the tourist spots while we were there. If ya didn’t know (which I’m sure you do) some of the biggest and best things to see in Yosemite are El Captain, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Cathedral Peak.. just to name a few. All you really have to do is pick a direction and go.

Of course Shadow (our pit bull puppy) came along for the adventure. My only complaint is that dogs are not allowed on any trails there, in any national park which was a huge bummer. It inspired me to write a whole post on that, which will be inserted here when it’s finished.

But nevertheless, we always find isolated spots where all three of us can enjoy.

I wanted to make a post with my favorite moments from Yosemite, so here they are!

“WOW.”

My first moments looking at Tunnel View.

We got to the campground and got our home for the next three nights all set up. Then we all felt so eager to go on a hike. I quickly pulled out the map from my pocket and picked the trail that was the closest. After hiking for 45 minutes, we turned the corner to this.

And this!

Michael got the fire started when it was raining. There isn’t a better feeling than being around a warm fire with you one you love.

Poll: Do you prefer your marshmallows burnt black or crispy brown?

(Enter your answer in the comments below.)

Up early (again) for a day full of exploring!

Waterfall time…. (my favorite part)

I felt like I might have been in the movie ‘Willow’ once I saw this little stream..

And there ya have it…

Yosemite, I love you.

Thank you for having us.

& thank YOU for reading!

Now go do some adventuring of your own 🙂

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The Time to Achieve Your Dreams is Now

We all have dreams, but we wait around for something to magically happen to us.

Our daily life, without a doubt, distracts us from what we truly want out of life. I’m guilty of being one of those people who unconsciously lets life takeover sometimes. It’s easy to push your dreams to the side while you’re taking care of the now in your life.

But what separates those who want to achieve their dreams and those that do is action. It’s that simple.

Think about your ultimate dream or goal as a destination.. and the means to achieve that dream is your path to get there. In order to get to your destination you have to take the steps to get there. And if not, how are going to get there one day?

Our dreams can be so big and unique, that it seems so faraway from us. The only way our dreams will seem realistic is if we can visually or mentally see how we’re gonna get there.

One of my biggest dreams is to open up my own non-profit wildlife sanctuary one day. It started as just an idea and then I couldn’t stop thinking about my future self working at such a beautiful place. So, I started to wonder what is the framework for starting a non-profit?

I found out that every non-profit is required to have a board, a mission statement, and income streams until you’re eligible for grants – things I had no clue about before. When I first found these things out, I felt a little overwhelmed and questioned my dream for a moment. But once all the new information settled, I started to feel the confidence I would need to start my non-profit.

If your dream is anything similar to mine – whether it’s a wildlife sanctuary, becoming an astronaut, or travelling to China, it all requires research (yeah, yeah I know that word research seems boring). But you’ll get excited once you find out your dreams are not as faraway as you made them out to be in the first place.

After doing some research, think about what actions you need to take next to start the whole process. Want to be a lawyer? So, what law school do you want to go to? What are the requirements to get in? When are you going to go?

Want to travel to China? When are you gonna go? What is your budget? What do you want to see when you’re there?

These questions should arise once you find out more about the reality of your dream. Trust me, there will be things you don’t know but that’s why now is better than later. There is almost no better feeling than knowing you could actually achieve your wildest dream.

So, today I challenge you – what do you want to experience before you die? And what are you going to do about it?

 

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Buffalo, Bears, and Wolves | Yellowstone National Park

Hello everyone! After months of not being consistent on my blog, I am back with lots of new ideas and content. I recently took a four day trip with my family to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and had to share my experience on here. Yellowstone is a place that is so true and unique, I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world that is like this place. I was here for four days and four nights, so I’ve broken down the trip into each of the days.

Keep in mind this was a family vacation so I didn’t go on any long hikes; these locations on my list are main attractions that everyone must see at least once!

Day 1

  • Arrive at camp

We stayed at Grant Village campground in a tent only loop and I never once heard a generator (thankfully). All of the sites were full every day that we were there but once morning hit everyone was out and about so the campground stayed quiet. Grant Village is right by the west thumb of Yellowstone lake and fairly central in the park.

  • Old Faithful Geyser

After arriving later than planned we only had time to head to one spot before it got too dark. Old Faithful was twenty minutes away so we went for it. When we got there it wasn’t too crowded but I learned the geyser erupts every 30-90 minutes and we still had some time to kill. The geyser kept teasing us until it finally blew and everyone looked impressed.

I captured the whole thing on my GoPro but my video is not cooperating with me at the moment. As soon as I gets figured out I will post the video of Old Faithful right here.

 

Day 2

  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

When I first heard of a grand canyon in Yellowstone I was immediately intrigued. It was at the top of our list of places to visit and it did not fall short of incredible. There were vast canyons that created a gorge, carrying the water from the Yellowstone river.

While everyone was busy getting their shot at Artist Point, I was capturing the beauty of the canyon on the other side.  I saw hues of orange and pink in the sand that you can hardly see in the photos.

  • Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley is well known for seeing wildlife and if you get up before sunrise you’ll be more likely to see the diverse population of species that call Yellowstone home. We saw herds and herds of buffalo and many elk- no wolves though. One thing that upset me more than once was when tourists would try to get closer and closer to the buffalo, like they’re immune to getting trampled. I have nothing but respect and admiration for buffalo and to me that entails giving them their own space and not pushing a boundary just for a ‘cool’ photo.

We were lucky enough to pass by a single buffalo, although he seemed to be in his last days he was right near the road. I asked him to take a picture and this is the snap I got.

Day 3

  • Grand Prismatic Spring

You’ve probably seen photos of colorful  and vibrant hot spring– that my friends is the Grand Prismatic Spring. The photos I’ve seen online were unbelievable, but the spring really is that color. Apparently when the sun is out, the color gets even brighter than this.

  • Mammoth Hot Springs

This spot was way north in the park and took an hour to get to. I don’t know much about the science behind Mammoth but the main terrace looks like a bunch of little steps. And be prepared to walk up a lot of steps to get to the main terrace too!

Oh, and don’t mind the sweet sulfur smell either.

The Main Terrace

Day 4

  • Natural Bridge

One of my least expected, but favorite spots on my list! I hadn’t heard of the natural bridge before arriving in Yellowstone but I’m so happy we took the time to hike to it. It was a short two miles to the bridge and it’s a sight you can’t miss. As you can see from the photos below, the bridge is quite a ways up in the air and the structure is too sensitive to walk over. We did follow the hike up the side of the hill to get a view from behind. As if it couldn’t get any better the back had cute little stone steps leading through a small creek.

The view from below

The view from above

The only thing I didn’t get to see was wolves but either way I’m amazed at how their presence has positively impacted the whole Yellowstone area and I kept that in my mind while I was there. Sustainability is vital to every population on earth and amazing things happen when everything is in balance.

What was my favorite part?

My favorite part of this trip was definitely the ecology because everything was thriving and I was just a witness to it. If you wanna see wildlife – head to Wyoming. Seeing such beautiful places like Yellowstone remind me that I want to dedicate my life to protecting our wildlife and earth.

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100 Happy Road Trip Songs

I can’t tell you how many road trips I’ve been on that were more than four hours, and the only way I got through them was music. I wanted to put together a lengthy list for anyone looking for some great road trip songs. This list is intended to be more upbeat and fun rather than chill because I know how boring interstates can get.. take it from someone who has traveled across the country three times.

This list includes oldies, rock, hip hop, and reggae. Enjoy!
  1. Dancing In The Moonlight -Toploader
  2. Brandy -Looking Glass
  3. Come And Get Your Love -Redbone
  4. Eyes Of The World -Grateful Dead
  5. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn -Poison
  6. Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac
  7. I’m On Fire -Bruce Springsteen
  8. California Dreamin’ -The Mamas & The Papas
  9. Return Of The Mack -Mark Morrison
  10. Boombastic -Shaggy
  11. Stuck In The Middle With You -Stealers Wheel
  12. The Letter -The Box Tops
  13. Rhiannon -Fleetwood Mac
  14. For Once In My Life -Stevie Wonder
  15. Come on Eileen! -Dexys Midnight Runners
  16. Take It Easy -The Eagles
  17. Freedom Is Free -Chicano Batman
  18. Go Your Own Way -Fleetwood Mac
  19. Oogum Boogum -Brenton Wood
  20. I’ll Be Around -Rappin 4 Tay
  21. Smooth Criminal -Alien Ant Farm
  22. I’m Walkin’ -Fats Domino
  23. Crystal Blue Persuasion -Tommy James & The Shondells
  24. Gimme Little Sign -Brenton Wood
  25. Passed You By -Chicano Batman
  26. Never, Never Gonna Give You Up -Barry White
  27. What You Won’t Do For Love -Bobby Caldwell
  28. It’s A Love Thing -The Whispers
  29. Dreams -Fleetwood Mac
  30. Heaven -Los Lonely Boys
  31. Edge Of Seventeen -Stevie Nicks
  32. Jack & Diane -John Mellencamp
  33. Shambala -Three Dog Night
  34. I Can See Clearly Now -Johnny Nash
  35. Could You Be Loved -Bob Marley & The Wailers
  36. Evil Ways -Santana
  37. Alive -P.O.D
  38. King Of The Road -Roger Miller
  39. Fu-Gee-La -Fugees
  40. Lonely Is The Night -Billy Squier
  41. Nobody’s Dirty Business -The Devil Makes Three
  42. Fire On The Mountain -The Marshall Tucker Band
  43. Ayo For Yayo -Andre Nickatina
  44. Sunshower -Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
  45. Brown-Eyed Woman -Grateful Dead
  46. I Need A Dollar -Aloe Blacc
  47. Groove Is In The Heart -Deee-Lite
  48. Amber -311
  49. Island In The Sun -Weezer
  50. What I Got -Sublime
  51. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? -Creedance Clearwater Revival
  52. Foxy Lady -Jimi Hendrix 
  53. Road Trippin’ -Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  54. Listen To The Music -The Doobie Brothers
  55. Ramblin’ Man -The Allman Brothers Band
  56. Gypsy -Fleetwood Mac
  57. Ramble On -Led Zepplin
  58. On The Road Again -Willie Nelson
  59. Small Town -John Mellencamp
  60. Home -Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
  61. Let It Whip -Dazz Band
  62. For My Family -The Devil Makes Three
  63. She Said I’m Hood Tho -Ne-Yo
  64. Who Am I? -Snoop Dog
  65. The Boss -James Brown
  66. Let The Good Times Roll -Bennie & The Jets
  67. It’s Your Thing -The Isley Brothers
  68. Old Thing Back -Matomma, Biggie
  69. Black Magic Woman -Santana
  70. Sunshine -Lea
  71. Sweet Sugar Plum -Wailing Souls
  72. Sun Is Shining -Bob Marley & The Wailers
  73. Moonlight Lover -Barrington Levy
  74. Don’t Worry Be Happy -Bobby McFerrin
  75. Shine Eye Gal -Barrington Levy
  76. Dance All Night -Matisyahu
  77. Rip It Up -Elvis Presley
  78. Burden Of The Captain -The Growlers
  79. Rockin’ Robin -Bobby Day
  80. Tequila -The Champs
  81. I Want You Back -Jackson 5
  82. Folsom Prision Blues -Johnny Cash
  83. Dream Baby -Roy Orbison
  84. Stayin’ Alive -Bee Gees
  85. Dirty Harry -Gorillaz
  86. Sea Lion Goth Blues -The Growlers
  87. Are You Gonna Be My Girl -Jet
  88. Crazy Little Thing Called Love -Queen
  89. No Voodoo -Allah-Las
  90. Humdrum Blues -The Growlers
  91. Ten Feet Tall -The Devil Makes Three
  92. Young Folks -Peter Bjorn and John
  93. All Along The Watchtower -Jimi Hendrix
  94. Baknaffek -Das EFX
  95. Slip Away -Clarence Carter
  96. Jump Around -House of Pain
  97. Mr. Magic -Amy Winehouse
  98. They Reminisce Over You -Pete Rock
  99. Merry Go Round -The Equatics
  100. Friendship -Chicano Batman

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