Backpacks and Balloons
Backpacks and Balloons
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Enjoying the Moment in Austin
Apr 16, 2019
9 minute read
During my first couple weeks in Austin, I caught myself thinking about future destinations — tipped off by a moment of clarity while researching hikes in New Mexico. I realized that some of my thoughts about the future were yanking me away from the present and away from enjoying Austin to the fullest. Living in the future rather than the present and always dreaming of the next thing is an easy habit to fall into — “I just need a change of scenery and then things will be good” or “I just want to buy X and then things will be good”. It’s easy to think about the next place you are going, rather than taking complete advantage of wherever you currently are. Long-term travel can exacerbate this feeling. . . .
Observations After a Year of Meditation
Apr 10, 2019
5 minute read
I started experimenting with a meditation practice about a year-and-a-half ago and began practicing daily a bit over a year ago. As of this post, I’ve meditated every day for the last 430 days. I meditate anywhere between five and 45 minutes - lately it’s been about 30 minutes, with a total average of ~21 minutes. Earlier this week, I felt pure, red-hot, blood-boiling anger for the first time that I can remember since I started meditating and I credit my meditation practice for both the fact that I was able to get over my anger extremely quickly and for the fact that I can scarcely remember the last time I was actually really angry about something. My experience with meditation has been subtle, but still profound and there have been a few things in particular that I’ve noticed shifting over the last year. . . .
Leaving Charlotte & New Orleans
Mar 20, 2019
7 minute read
Leaving Charlotte was intense - moving day was long as it always is, but this move felt mentally much harder than others. The effort of getting rid of so much personal stuff and saying goodbye to so many things (mostly my sourdough starter, RIP) and so many people that have been a large part of my life for the last several years was draining. That isn’t to say I got rid of everything - I have a 5x10 storage unit packed to the brim with some furniture, boxes, a childhood’s worth of Legos, and a lot of kitchen supplies that I didn’t want to part with. . . .