SLOW DOWN: Life is happening NOW

We get so carried away in life by rushing to our destination.

Rushing to college.

Rushing to the job.

Rushing to the mate.

Rushing, rushing, rushing.

This rushing causes an immense about of distress internally. It splits our energy.  It makes us feel like we are wrong now. Like we are broken now. Like we are incomplete.

But of course, you are not incomplete. You are exactly where you need to be experiencing what you need to be experiencing. Does that mean that you become  complacent? Not at all. You can strive for better while enjoying and savoring the present moment.

I was scrolling through my phone the other day and noticed that I take a lot of random photos of things (anyone else do this?!). It reminded me of how much we can miss in life when we are rushing through. It reminded me of how much beauty is here and now.

That life is perfect as it is now.

Not tomorrow. Not when you get the perfect job. Or the perfect client. Or the perfect mate.

Life is beautiful right here and now.

 

Working with Owls: Balancing Being and Doing

You might remember my trip to The Owl Cafe Asakusa in Japan this time last year, or my love for owls.

January 2017, I began volunteering in the Birds of Prey Program at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been one of the most beautiful projects I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of.

Here’s what I’ve learned thus far:

We spend so much of our lives trying to fill a void.
We’re afraid of silence.
Afraid of being alone.
Afraid of nothingness.

We’re especially afraid of not being enough for another person.

All these fears cause anxiety, sadness, and overwhelm.

So what do we do?
We fill our days with tasks.
We fill our days doing so that we don’t ever have to confront ourselves.

Working in and with nature causes you to be present, to observe, and to just be.
It really reminds you of who you are at your core.
To go with the flow and trust that you’re okay.
That you’re enough.

Balancing being and doing.
That’s really where the magic is.

Find ways which you can add more silence and more nature into your life.
Go out into the world and see how you can help the world through your passions and your interests.
What you’ll find may surprise you.




 

 

California Part 1: Feeling Insignificant at Muir Woods

“You become like an astronaut who sees the planet Earth surrounded by the vastness of space and realizes a paradoxical truth: The earth is precious and at the same time insignificant.” -Eckhart Tolle

I honestly felt this way while in Muir Woods. I felt so small and so insignificant in the midst of the enormous redwoods. But you know the beautiful part about it? I was in awe of how magnificent and precious they were. Have you ever felt that way? In awe of nature?

I feel this way when I look at photos of the billions of galaxies in our Universe. Or the billions of grains of sand at the beach. Or the amount of leaves in one tree. There truly is so much abundance on this planet and in our every day lives. Sometimes we get caught up in the drama of it all, but looking up and reminding ourselves of nature’s beauty and abundance can give us a quick reminder that things are okay. They’re more than okay. They’re perfect.

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MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 4: Owl Cafe Asakusa

I can still remember that moment like it was yesterday. Heart flutters. Anticipation. Excitement.

Maybe it’s not what you’d expect, but that’s what I felt the moments right before I knew I was going to meet and touch owls in real life.

I love birds and I am especially attracted to owls. I think they’re beautiful, mysterious, majestic creatures. I have a tattoo of an owl on my arm and way too many pendants. Anyway, all this to say, I love me some owls. So you can imagine meeting them in person was beyond what I could handle.

I cried. I am not the biggest crier (I mean I am) but I cried! I was so excited that I cried. I think you can see the excitement in my eyes in the photos that follow below. We all remember Kristin Bell’s meltdown when she met a sloth. If you didn’t catch that video, please take a second to see it and you’ll understand what I mean.

Ladies and Gents, Owl Cafe Asakusa…

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always,
Olivia

// writing + photography by Olivia //

My Trip to Japan! Part 1: Peony Garden at Ueno Toshogu

I loved so many things (i.e. everything) about Japan. If you and I met up for tea I would give you the 1,000 reasons why you need to go to Japan (like yesterday!). The people, the landscape, the food, the weather, the temples & shrines, the attention to detail, the gardens, etc. etc.

We stayed in a Western style hotel at Ueno in Tokyo’s Taito district. I loved being in this district because we were walking distance to so many attractions and had great access to the subway system. Our first day in Tokyo we walked over to the Peony Garden at Ueno Toshogu. This place was magic. Seriously. The bright and pastel colors, floral smells, and peaceful quiet was heaven on my senses.

I have so many exciting photos to share — this is just the beginning of our exploration to Japan!

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So much love to you all,
Olivia

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