Chasing My Dreams

Chasing My Dreams

How I Started Chasing Tornadoes
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I had always had a passion for severe weather. In elementary school, I would check out books in the library about tornadoes. Other kids used to make fun of me for it. With that being said my curiosity did not stop there. I watched a t.v show on the Discovery Channel, called Storm Chasers. I learned that there are normal every day people out there who learn about tornadoes and then use their knowledge to track and warn the public that a dangerous storm is coming, some even work to better understand the science behind tornadoes. It became my lifelong dream to be a tornado chaser.

How it all started

In May of 2017, I met Eric Lawson. He had been chasing tornadoes for about five years at that time. He had the chance to see an EF4 tornado near Ava, IL, Feb. 28th, 2017. He begins teaching me about the science behind chasing tornadoes, and better understanding how and when they form. He also showed me how to spot a tornado using radar. During that time, we begin learning more and more about each other and a few month later we started dating.

My First Tornado

July 10th, 2017 Eric and I, along with our storm chasing friends, Brandon Oboikavitz, and Michael Enfield hit the road and headed to western Indiana where the Storm Prediction Center was calling for bad weather and potential tornadoes. Storms began to fire. One of these storms caught Eric's eye on radar near Camden, Indiana. We quickly raced to get on the storm that soon became tornado warned. To my disbelief, a ghostly tornado appeared right before our eyes in a field just a couple miles away from us. TORNADO ON THE GROUND! We quickly relayed the information to The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana. That tornado was officially rated an EF-1. It had winds of about 100 miles per hour. After that Eric, Brandon and I began our way to North Dakota, for what would be an adventure none of us would EVER forget....

HILLSBORO, NORTH DAKOTA July 11th, 2017

Eric, Brandon and I arrived in the town of Fargo, North Dakota on the afternoon of July 11th, 2017, we watched storms begin to pop up to our North. Soon, they noticed a storm that became tornado warned not too far away from us. We watched as what they call a supercell, or the storm that most tornadoes are born from, build. It looked like a beautiful alien mothership as it chirred its way through the plains. It was like nothing I have ever seen before in my entire life. We watched until it started coming at us and we had to quickly flee! But before we did we got to see the most beautiful storm backlit by the most beautiful orange glowing sunset. This supercell produced a total of four tornadoes! Including one, an EF2 tornado with winds well over 110 miles per hour, that was 3/4th of a mile wide!

I absolutely am thankful that I get to follow my dreams especially with the man that I love! There is more and more things that I learn about storms every single day. Eric has taught me a lot and so has the other storm chasers I look up to. I look forward to my next chase! Never give up on your dreams, even when people say you will never be able to do them! You can! I did!



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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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