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We moved the Tiny House!

This was our first official big move, other than purchasing the home and moving it to our original off grid spot. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that at our original off grid spot, we have two different lots on the land. We have a summer spot and a winter spot. Both spots over there have its perks, I will get into that in another post maybe one day.

This winter though, we really had the vision of moving to a mountain resort. We wanted to move here because we are both in love with the mountains and do many mountain activities. This mountain also happens to be only 30 miles from our original off grid spot. If we really enjoy this season we might plan to do this move every year! The reason we planned to move to a mountain resort is mainly because Adam loves to snowboard and I enjoy to ski. I also love to hike, so moving to a mountain resort was the perfect idea in our eyes

Over the summer Adam prepped the home. He added new tires, brakes, lights, insurance, registration and probably more I’m not even aware of. We both worked full-time over the summer so it took time to prep our tiny house. We also didn’t want to rush things so we can continue our more stress free lifestyle.

So in October we paid our rent to the resort and reserved our seasonal “campsite” for the winter. We were told no water but free electricity. So we are technically on the grid, but to reserve power we still have our off grid set up going on here.

In November the big move day came. I basically destroyed the place inside before the road did and Adam worked on the outside making sure everything was in check. I think it took about 3 hours to prep for our move. Hopefully with practice we can get faster at moving it.

We are very fortunate that Adam’s parents live right down the road from our original off grid spot, so Adam’s dad agreed to help us move to our new spot with his big Chevy pick up truck.

I was so scared before this thing went on the road. I was basically on the verge of a panic attack. I had visions of the thing breaking in half or windows exploding. The fear of the unknown was real that day.

Adam’s dad is used to towing a huge 38 foot camper that they own so this was no big deal to him. That was a huge relief in my mind. Our tiny home is 40 foot. The only difference is our home is a little bit taller. We made sure there were no bridges on our route. We were set to hit the road.

Our first stop was at Adam’s parents house, where they have a shop. They made sure the tires had enough air there and checked for more safety. Then we hit the road officially.

It looked a little bit more normal on the road than I expected. I was surprised actually. I drove behind them and had my camera in my lap so I snapped a few pictures. (I don’t recommend taking pictures while driving I mainly did it while I was at a stop.)

It took only 40 minutes to get to the mountain resort. Of course going in couldn’t be that simple. There is a gate at the entrance and the gate didn’t want to let us in! It kept crashing down so Adam lifted it up and forced it to stay open. (Shhhh) they eventually fixed it a few weeks later and we are still here, luckily.

So yea, it took a bit to settle in. I have to get used to the new surroundings. We have some full-time RVers in the park, so we have neighbors, which is very new to us. We are now learning to respect our neighbors and teaching our dog manners. (Because they enjoy barking)

It is much different coming from the woods into a little tiny house neighborhood. So far though, life is great.

We literally got here a day before the first snow storm and it has been snowing every week since the move. There are great things to be said about living in a campground at a mountain resort maybe I’ll write a new post about that.

Thanks for reading. I will keep you updated on some adventures at our new mountain resort spot! Thanks for reading. Now I’m going on a winter wonderland walk. See ya!

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Kill Your Negative Self

Sometimes we hate on ourselves hard and don’t even realize it. Sometimes we think about what others think and put fake judgments of ourselves in our heads. Sometimes we feel depressed or sad for no reason at all.

Well I’m excited to share with you that I just read this awesome article about killing your negative self and I can’t wait to start practicing their tactics! (I’ll post their link at the bottom.)

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There are a few tactics that really stood out to me and I thought I should share.

They say to kill your negative self right in your tracks.

They say don’t give yourself too much credit.

The one tactic that really stood out is to ridicule your negative thoughts. Mock your negative thoughts.

This is so exciting to me. I can’t believe I never thought of this on my own. It’s exciting because whenever anyone throws negativity at me or any doubts I always lash out with mocking them. I usually repeat what they say in a high pitch silly voice .

Boy does it bother them! I’m in no way saying its right to mock people either. In fact I hurt a lot of people who had no intentions on hurting me with their negative feelings. (I just do it in my head now and smile at them)

The reason I find this exciting is because I can’t wait to hurt my negative self’s feelings. My negative self is already hurting me and throwing negativity at me, dragging me down into a hole. What better way to get out of this hole than to mock the negative self and kill your negative self??

By mocking our bad thoughts we are only hurting the negative thoughts.

Negative to negative? We were always taught to kill with kindness. This is so true with other people.

But it makes sense to kill negative within ourselves with mockery. I just don’t see anything wrong with it.

It excites me.

I’m always battling my thoughts. So I can’t wait to try this new tactic.

The mocking of our negative self makes it less important.

It gives us back our control!!

I don’t believe these thoughts always come from us either even though they are inside us.

So much outside of us can influence our feelings and we can’t always trust our feelings.

Another thing they mentioned in the article is to question our thoughts or feelings.

Sometimes I get bad feelings but no thoughts that follow it. So I can challenge myself and figure out where these bad feelings are coming from.

So instead of ignoring the feelings I can face them head on and figure it out.

Questioning our feelings helps us get to know ourselves better.

Its kind of crazy to think we don’t even fully know ourselves. We are constantly learning ourselves. We are also constantly changing so of course it makes sense to question ourselves. That is a great way to get to know others so yes it is a great way to get to know ourselves!

All the tactics in this article are great. I’ve mentioned writing in a previous article and this one also mentions writing. But they say to write your negative thoughts with the opposite hand you usually write with!

They say it makes the negative thoughts look smaller and childish.

Anyway, before I take your time away with my rambling I suggest reading the actual article I’m talking about. Thank you and enjoy!

Click here to read this awesome article!!!

Also before you go, here is a calming photograph of a misty river to sooth the soul

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Getting to Know Yourself With Writing: Depression and Anxiety

“You need to observe your own mind and get to know yourself. Be confident with yourself. Everything you see and encounter is a reflection of yourself. Like a magnet you attract things in your life. So I am just going to be. Allowing my feelings to be as they want…” – Holly Cyr

This is a passage from my personal journal that I just came across. I wrote this back in May 2014.

This whole journal entry was me expressing my depression, my life, my feelings. I asked many questions and at the end of my entry I wrote my own advise without the intentions of doing so.

The truth is, I deal with depression and anxiety almost daily. I’m sure many of us do.

I want to let you know that we are not alone.

I want to tell you it’s not easy to cope with depression and anxiety in any form. I know I have advise but sometimes it is hard for me to follow.

I have learned that in my personal life, my depression comes in waves. I will be very happy and then very sad. There are usually no reasons for the feelings of sad and usually no reasons for the feeling of happy. I, at least never see them.

I can only share my own experiences and can’t speak for yours but, my favorite way of coping with my own depression and anxiety is writing in my journal in a nature themed environment.

Sometimes its even hard to remind myself of this healing hobby. But once I do, I feel a relief as if a weight has lifted off my shoulders.

If you have never tried writing in a personal journal, I really encourage you to try it out.

I will go hiking and write at the top of the mountain. I will sit on a swing and write. I will sit by the river and write. It doesn’t matter if I make any sense when I write. There’s no judgements, no expectations and for some reason I always end up writing my own advise. The tricky part for me is to follow it.

I believe that lodging these nice thoughts in my mind could subconsciously help so, follow me if you will.

I find peace in writing. It helps slow my emotions down a little. I try to take deep breaths while I write. I feel at ease when I write. I can rant and vent and talk about anything in my journal. Then I don’t even have to read what I wrote!

I never reread what I write in my personal journal the day I write it.

I do, however, read my old journal entries days, months or years later. Just like I did today.

The entry I read today helped me tremendously. It helped to slow me down. I think that helps a lot. Slowing down.

Sometimes though, you are so down you don’t need to slow down. But when you are that down take the time to feel what you are feeling.

That’s what this post is really about. Just allow yourself to be and to feel no matter what it is. No judgments on yourself. Also don’t listen to the judgments of others.

Learn about yourself. Get to know yourself. Even the darkest parts of yourself . it might help you get to know others as well. It might teach empathy. It might teach calm and stillness.

I have noticed that when I let my feelings be, no matter what they are, they always pass. Just like clouds. It could be the cloudiest day ever but you know it won’t stay like that forever. Just like your feelings. Just like everything in this world.

Everything is constantly changing. Feelings are temporary and I feel that we sometimes forget that in the moment. It is okay to forget, just don’t let it take over.

Try to practice letting it be. Just let yourself be no matter what. Find the peace in all, even the negative.

It is a hard practice for sure. Watching your mind is a hard practice. But really all we can do is try to let it be.

Thanks for reading, it means a lot to me. Now go enjoy your day somewhere with nature!

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Here’s a random picture of my friend and my dog just being 🙂

 

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Just Picture Yourself doing it

I’ve been learning to accomplish obstacles and goals by picturing myself doing it.

I apply this method with biking a lot, but I also apply this to everyday life.

What I mean really by picturing yourself doing it is to truly believe you can do it and seeing the end result exactly how you want it to be done.

I believe when you picture yourself doing it, you are also creating the energy that needs to be there in order to get the job done.

Everything is energy, right? So if we have a bad, negative attitude such as doubts and disbelief, we probably won’t get very far because our energy is down and will keep you stuck.

You’re exactly as you think you are.

If you think positive and have an “I can do it” attitude and you see yourself succeeding then you are more likely to succeed and do well. It’s also so much more fun seeing yourself succeed than to fail.

So throw your fears away and get after what you want to get in life.

Like in this video, I was terrified of some of these trails, but I pictured myself doing it and guess what, I did it and had fun!!

Make sure to change the quality to the highest resolution before watching. Thank you for reading!!

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The Power of Being Grateful

Having gratitude, being grateful is the number one secret to manifesting your dreams.

In this short post I’m going to tell you my personal method of reminding myself to be grateful.

Expressing gratitude is one of my favorite ways of making myself feel better.

Literally throughout the day I talk to myself in my own head (maybe out loud and I look totally crazy, I don’t know, I also don’t care)

The secret is catching yourself in thought. It’s weird, once you do this you’re going to wonder who’s in your head. Is it you!? That’s a whole other topic…

Anyway, sometimes those thoughts in your head aren’t always friendly. Sometimes they talk you down and make you feel awful about yourself.

The tricky part is to realize you have these negative thoughts.

It’s a challenge, but try to listen to yourself.

Catch yourself in your thoughts.

Once you hear it being negative immediately turn it around. Even if you don’t want to or it feels weird. Say the opposite.

For example, you wake up and think “oh no I have to go to work” Now turn that thought around and say “oh yes I get to go to work!”

Even if it feels like a lie, do it. Even if it feels silly, do it. The power of positivity is stronger than the negativity and even if it’s a lie to yourself it will make a good impact.

Once you notice your inner voice you now have control. You can turn negative thoughts into positive ones. You can practice catching your thoughts throughout the day with any situation.

You can start your day with good thoughts and bring the best out of any day because you have power of your mind.

Now you know how to catch yourself and make yourself be positive. Next is to follow-up with being grateful for your life.

After you change your “oh no I have to go to work” to “yes I get to go to work” now say “I’m so thankful I have this wonderful job” and you can keep going with everything you are thankful for.

When you catch yourself going down again, tell yourself everything you are grateful for. Try to make it a habit.

Write a list of gratitude and hang it up on your wall if you have to. Or write it in a journal. Or since you know everything about your life already you can just talk or think to yourself about everything you are grateful for.

You could be grateful for your friends and family, your pets, your job, food, internet, nature, your feet, your lungs, hands, warmth, energy, your favorite collection, your car, I could keep going. There’s an endless supply of things you can be grateful for.

If you think there’s nothing to be grateful for that’s just you being negative and you can catch yourself right now!

Remember you can always go back to your list of gratitude whenever you feel down. You just have to catch yourself and realize you have power over your own mind. You can control your inner voice.

Being grateful is grounding. Its grounding because it brings you back to your reality. It reminds you of everything you have going for you right now. You can ease your worries of the future because you have everything you need right now!

Being grateful changes your mind. If you do this practice every day you are rewiring your mind to be positive.

Being positive will bring peace, joy and happiness into your life making it possible to make your dreams come true!

Just remember anything is possible. This world is yours, this world is ours. Lets get after it with a grateful, thankful, positive attitude.

I dare you to practice this everyday. Each morning you wake up, tell yourself everything you are thankful for. Turn those bad thoughts upside down and take control of your mind and life.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy! Now go take a nice relaxing walk in your neighborhood, or even better, in the woods!

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