It Is OK to Be Bad at Stuff

Do you like how descriptive I am? My last post was about “trying things,” and this one is about being bad “at stuff.”

Writing is hard. Finding the right words in your head and translating them into cohesive, pretty sentences on a page (digital or otherwise) is hard. But I do it anyway, because as Yoda said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Words to live by, people.

Which is all to say that this babbling introduction is relevant to what I’ve been thinking about recently, because this is a story about failure.

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Hiking the Spookiest Mountain

On sunny days – which are few – the mountain could almost pass for friendly.

Today is one of those rare days, sky completely devoid of clouds so that we have a clear view of the summit from the recently-rebuilt lodge at the mountain’s base.

Spencer and I power-hike (for us, at least), largely motivated by large packs of kids following their leaders up the trail. Nothing against the youth of today, but we’re happy to get ahead of the mass of people, disappearing into the woods until the only sounds are our own breath and the wind through the trees. Our breathing is labored, but our muscles feel strong.

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Washington National Parks + the San Juan Islands [Part 2]

Welcome to Part 2 of our trip to the Washington national parks & San Juan Islands! We’ve reached the national parks portion of our tour. If you’re looking for the Game of Thrones on-location tour, that bus left an hour ago, and also you’re in the wrong country. Looks like you’re stuck here, so feel free to come along as you examine your life and your choices.

Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Otherwise, onwards!

Day 6:

Olympic National Park

Throughout these days of long drives, hours of podcasts helped the time whirl by. Soon enough, on day six we were walking down the sandy path to Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park, peering through the trees to get a good look at the Pacific Ocean.

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Wander Weekly #5: Forces of Nature

Wander Weekly is a weekly post on what I’m consuming at the moment.

Did you see that giant iceberg that broke off of Antarctica? And the new images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot / enormous storm that’s casually been swirling for 350 years?

And if you’re wondering just how large that iceberg is…

Nature is crazy.

Happy Friday – it’s scorching hot, but I hope you enjoy the great outdoors this weekend, anyway.

I am –

Watching:

A few days ago, this film’s tour made a stop in D.C. The first two showings were sold out, but I snagged a ticket at 10:30pm the night before for the additional late showing, and I’m so glad I did.

Under an Arctic Sky is about a group of surfers, Chris included, who set out to find epic waves to surf off the northern coast of Iceland during the dead of winter. Daylight was scarce, and the country saw its worst storm in 25 years while they were there. I got cold just watching the film, but the incredible cinematography was worth it.

Also, did I mention it’s really frickin’ hot in D.C.? I was down to watch a film featuring lots of snow.

Even if you don’t know who Chris Burkard is, you’ve probably seen his amazing nature and adventure photos before. He’s also awesome in person and gave a Q&A / slideshow presentation after the film. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in any of the tour’supcoming cities.

Can’t make it to the tour? The music in the film is pretty great, too:

Listening to:

  • “Young Blood” by Noah Kahan

    The second verse of this song starts out, “So when you’re mad for no reason /
    At everything at once,” so yeah, I find it relatable.

The acoustic version is also killer.

Laughing at:

Also, as someone who uses “hehe” as a frequent text response, this article made me feel like a loser. Doesn’t mean I’ll stop, though.

(Thanks to GNI for these.)

Excited by:

And it comes inpistachio-macaroon and crème brûlée flavors. Genius.

Bonus Pro Tip:

And get 2 months of Premium for free. I’ve watched tons of photography and other creative how-to series on here, and it’s super helpful. Come on, all the kids are doing it.

 

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Wander Weekly #3: Live Free or Die

Wander Weekly is a weekly post on what I’m consuming at the moment.

Happy almost-Independence Day, American friends!

Please pour one out for those of us who don’t have Monday off. (🙋)

This week: a reminder that freedom isn’t free. Do what you want with your life.

I am –

Reading:

Rebecca Rusch is a BADASS, as showcased by this interview. Her story seems really interesting, and the way her long ride and resulting film intertwines a personal connection to the Vietnam war with outdoor adventure is incredible.

Thanks to Abigail Wise’snewsletter (featured in last week’s WW!) for the read.

Listening to:

I listened to this episode of the She Explores podcast on my commute this week, and I definitely admire Jainee and Lindsay’s drive (get it? drive? I was driving. I’m so hilarious.)

Anyways, I’ve had entrepreneurship on the mind this week, which I touched on a bit a few days ago.

Following:

Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator who was based in D.C. up until a few months ago. She draws simple and inspirational depictions of life that are super #relatable, and she has 509k Instagram followers. Sorry I’m not more obscure and underground with my recommendations, but she’s too good not to follow.

Mari had an event at a store in D.C. where I got the chance to meet her – here’s an awkward picture I made a stranger take of us! Adulthood, amirite??

Watching:

  • Lighting The Fire:Wrong Turns

I am fascinated by ultrarunners. Jim Walmsley is no different (in fact, he’s the best.) From Outside Online:

“From 9MindAsylum,Lighting The Fire: Wrong Turns tells the story of Jim Walmsley’s eventful start in the sport of ultrarunning. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force and dealing with bouts of severe depression, Walmsley turned to running to get his life back on track. He moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and connected with a community of runners who helped him rebound and supported him after his infamous wrong turn at mile 93 of the 2016 Western States 100 race.”

Bonus Pro Tip:

  • Get a library card

Yes, I am a super nerd, but I cannot even tell you how much money I have saved and reading I have enjoyed thanks to libraries. I like to read. The library has free books. It just makes sense. Sure, my local library’s website is from circa 2003, but it does the trick of allowing me to request books from the comfort of my bed.

Also, millennials love libraries.

 

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Welcome to The Wandering Adult!

Hi there!

This is where I’ll provide you some context, a brief welcome, and a thank you for getting this far.

I’ve been meaning to start a blog for awhile. Much of my procrastination revolved around a) me being a procrastinator and b) the fact that I couldn’t come up with a title. What would my focus be??? Who is my target audience?? How can I maximize my SEO?????????????

Then I scrapped that road and just started writing this post, sans title.

What it amounts to is that sometimes my brain gets too full and I have to let stuff out. (It’s crowded with thoughts such as, Where is that corgi going and is it creepy if I follow it? and How much longer can I wait to eat this avocado before it turns on me? Corgis and avocados are things I, as a basic millennial girl, worry about a lot.)

So, I’ve decided to write down my thoughts.

Specifically, I’m starting this blog to write about my own experiences and adventures as a *cough* twenty-something *cough* who graduated from college and realized,I have no idea what to do with my life.

Original stuff, I know.

In my own experience, adulthood sometimes feels like many of us are floundering around in the dark, looking for the light switch that will illuminate everything and suddenly make the path forward clear. As hard as we look, we still find ourselves clinging to the wall, reaching our hands out with the hope that someday we’ll catch that dang switch.

If I have learned something in the last year since I was forced to leave graduated from college, it is that the switch is never coming.

Wandering, however, is not necessarily a bad thing.

This blog is intended as a creative space to document my quest to sort out life’s fun curveballs and find my own happiness – in my own words.

For me, finding happiness must include:

  • travel,
  • getting outside, and most of all
  • finding your “passion” (buzzword alert!) in a world that sometimes seems like it’s trying to beat you down with a stick.

You’ll find a lot of those things here.

I can’t promise I will always be correct in my musings or assumptions, but I’ll give you my darndest thoughts and advice anyways. And probably too many em dashes. Sorry.

So, here it is: The Wandering Adult.

For anyone who is trying to figure out what to make of this “life” and “adulthood” thing and would like to read along for stories of how I deal with losing the path, finding the path and realizing it’s going in an entirely different direction, or saying “screw it” and forgetting the path. And for anyone who likes adventures.

Hope you enjoy.

If you’d like to learn a little more about me & the blog, you can do so here.