Going Offline And Into The Mountains

Going Offline And Into The Mountains

Not everyone needs to know where you are 24/7

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about finding contentment and how that is achievable. I listed several steps and I attempted one this last week. While I found myself still using social media like Snapchat at least once a day to keep up my streaks, I challenged myself to stay off other social media sites.

As I was in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, I found myself with limited cell service and endless amounts of nature. I have always enjoyed the outdoors-- walking along trails and seeing land that once belonged to someone else. Creating their story or looking for answers on who they were. There was a point where I was walking on part of the Appalachian Trail and I began to think about the people who had come before me and those who would come after me.

You see, in this world, we spend so much time communicating with those who aren't next to us. Thus, we fail to properly learn how to communicate. I was walking through the forest one morning and I just thought how nice it was that everyone's phone had no service. Every now and then I would get to talk to members of my family that are generally so glued into their electronics they don't even know you are there.

I walked around a peaceful land, a land yet to be invaded by large companies and people who chose to destroy the natural earth for their gain. There are no signs of the new age reaching this area and frankly, I was happy. I had no one to compete with in trying to show my vacation was better, I could barely send a text much less post a picture on social media.

I was honestly relieved to get offline for a bit. I wasn't being annoyed by stupidity I find online. While driving, I spent time listening to music and just getting lost in the scenery. We get stuck in a routine and we generally hate change, but this type of change I embraced. It is not often where you can go to a place filled with so much natural beauty and mysteries down hidden trails that without a sense of adventure I would've never seen.

Through this vacation, I spent my time being intentional in focusing on what was really important. I looked at all that God has created and counted myself lucky. For I was fortunate enough to view it all first hand. I began to look at it all from a different angle, being content with where I was and who I am. I feel comfortable in nature and spending several days deep in the mountains was as refreshing as the river I swam in. Freezing but and adventure that other people cannot experience without going out and achievign it.

Cover Image Credit: Kelsey Hoffman

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

A few helpful tips if there's a bug going around.


Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.


This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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