Ice cream eater, sunshine chaser, picture taker, living in Los Angeles, CA
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I just want my mama happy like a toy sale
And to stay connected to the world like a long-ass voicemail
I hear the seams snappin', and I'm the team captain
No more knee slappin' or shoe shinin' or shoe signin' 'til the dream happens
I'm just gon' keep rappin'
And y'all just keep clappin' and keep actin'
Like Flint got clean water and y'all don't got teen daughters and black friends and gay cousins, y'all just gon' say nothin'
Know that the day comin'
Knees bowed, tongues confessin'
The last ones gettin' first dibs on blessings
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This place. I've been a broken record with 'wow' and 'whoa' being the two most used words the last few days. So many waterfalls, so many different types of trees and moss, it's kinda overwhelming to soak it all in at times. We even got to see a handful of deer and a couple bear cubs. Our trip hasn't been perfect though, with active fires burning south of here, the Valley has filled with smoke. Nothing has been clear, it's been hard to breathe and the beauty of this place has been hidden.
And I can't help but feel that this is how I've been seeing our country lately. We're a country made up of so much diversity, so many different people from so many different places. That is what makes us great. White supremacy, acts of hate, racism and an utter lack of empathy has filled the air and made it hard to breathe, see and straight up survive. So that means things need to change, the fires need to be put out, so we can begin to enjoy the diverse beauty that surrounds us.
I haven't had the desire to talk about these things in this space - it's always felt like a space to share the good and happy. I've always felt there are better, more qualified people to talk about these issues with more profound things to say. But, speaking out against hate doesn't have to be eloquent. It's about taking that first step and standing up for what's right and denouncing what is wrong. I know we'll all never perfectly get along, but can we at least have respect and empathy for one another? It would be nice if we could at least start off with those two things. Then maybe we could all come together and move forward and focus on fixing other issues together...like global warming and how our planet is going to shit.
Taking some time to decompress, organize thoughts and refocus.
Back in the Midwest for a bit, and my heart couldn't be more full. Pretty thankful for the inspiring conversations we've had this week and for our community of people in this city and the surrounding area. I never thought I'd say it, but this part of the Midwest has a really special place in my heart.
Someone please tell me how in the world it's already the second week of May. I feel like it should still be March...
"Let's go hiking", he says. "Let's push it. You can do it", he says. "Then we can order pizza tonight." He always knows just what to say to get me to exercise.
Each time we visit this special place I find a little bit more to love about it.
It hurts me to know I'm not going to be able to grab warm delicious pastries from here anytime I want. I'm not ready to go home.
Wishing I could spend a year here to see this place change with the seasons.
This space will be remembered as one of my favorite meals ever - perfect simplicity with new textures and unexpected flavor combinations. Slowly discovering all the incredible food this city has to offer and feeling slightly overwhelmed knowing I'll barely scratch the surface.
Haven't really been able to walk very far without taking a photo...
Not gonna lie, there's a chance we may have been eating porridge from Grød for breakfast everyday.