Living in Seattle feels like such a dream. I’m within walking distance of Pike Place Market, I can see the Space Needle from my apartment’s elevator, I’m minutes from concerts and seconds from some of the cutest coffee shops I have ever seen. 

If you had asked me a year ago what living in Washington would be like, I would have no clue what to tell you. I might have said something along the lines of “like Kansas but less flat and more to do.” I would have been very wrong. 

The Pacific Northwest has brought me closer to nature. Everything is green and tall. The water is always close and the beaches are beautiful. 

This is all so new to me. I’ve loved exploring over the past few weeks and I can’t wait to do more of it. My friends have been so much fun to adventure with. I’ve loved being able to share in some amazing experiences with people who I care about. 

July and August (so far) have been so transformative in the way I interact with the world. I’ve been hiking, exploring, and walking all over Seattle, the Washington coast, and the mountains and hills in between. 

Yesterday, I went to Whidbey Island with a small group of people to explore the island. Our first stop after getting off the ferry and picking up some breakfast was the Earth Sanctuary. We stopped at the medicine wheel here which was an amazing spiritual experience that I highly recommend. We walked around a bit before heading to our next destination, Deception Pass at the far end of the island. We spent some time at the beach relaxing for a couple of hours. Afterwards, we drove back down to Fort Casey where we visited the lighthouse and the old military fort. We caught a ferry ride back to the mainland and dropped the boys off at home before heading back into Seattle for the evening. Some pictures from the trip are featured below. 

A couple weeks ago, my close friend Teressa (of spent the night. We ended up watching the sunset at Alki Beach. The next day we woke up early after a long night of bonding and hanging out with some friends of ours. We went on a beautiful hike and actually ended up getting lost on our way to the waterfall. What was supposed to be five miles round trip turned into a seven mile excursion but it was worth it for the views at the waterfall. The pictures below are from the hike but unfortunately the pictures from the sunset at the beach are not working properly (they are on instagram though.)

While these were just two of the most eventful days, I have been exploring Washington with friends a lot more than just this. 

I’m so grateful for the growth that has come because of this new shift in mindset around nature and the place where I live. 

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