My Road Trip

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

To say that my road trip was life changing seems like a tired and worn out cliche. It's just gotten in from a night on the town, mascara smudged across one cheek, and you and I both know it has seen better days. Nevertheless, my trip was indeed life changing, and though I did intend it to be when I daydreamed about it, I never expected it to be so inspiring and empowering once it actually happened. I'll be honest, part of me thought I'd get into southern Oregon and turn right around and come home. I will be forever grateful that I didn't do that. Not even close.

No, instead I kept on driving right into California where I met some amazing women and soaked up some much needed southern sunshine. I ate delicious food and stayed up too late talking. I learned how to be alone, and then surprised myself with liking it. I learned that a little time away from things can make you view them in a whole new light. I re-learned exactly why Michael is my very best friend. I absorbed information like a sponge and tried my best to not let sleep deprivation ring it out of  me. I learned not to be so self-conscious, not to give a damn about taking a selfie in public, and that boba is delicious. I learned that I love San Francisco. I learned that some of the best friendships don't have to start off in person, and I learned that, so long as I am open to  keep learning, life will always have someone or something new to offer me.









FOREVER 21 DRESS & HEADBAND :: DSW SANDALS :: ROSS BACKPACK :: MAC LIPSTICK IN HUE

These photos are the only outfit photos I took myself during my trip. It's too funny because I imagined myself stopping every day at some picturesque place or another to take outfit photos, but the days where I was just driving I was in comfy clothes, and the days I spent with the amazing people I met, I was much too busy basking in their fabulous presences to go off and take photos of myself. Jenny, of She Loves Dresses, did snap some of me in one of her amazing designs, and then we had some taken together by the lovely Phil Oliver, but that's it. And you know what? I like it that way. I think my insane lack of photos tells a much bigger story. That for once I was living instead of shooting, and that is just fine by me. I must say that California stole my heart more than I ever expected it to, and I hope to move there as soon as I can. Such a welcoming and creative community is exactly what I need. The friendships I made will not be forgotten, and neither will the personal growth I experienced. For the first time in my life I have found a sense of independence outside of any person. I have found a drive previously unknown to me. And, perhaps most exciting, I have found true friendship in some of the most welcoming, beautiful people I have ever met. I cannot wait to return. All trip photos aside from these can be found on my Instagram. (Like ones of me and the gorgeous Amber of A Mused blog.) 

8 comments:

  1. I'm so glad California was so good to you! And I totally know what you mean; usually a lack of logging photos means I was much more into the trip, and it's a good sign! I loved following your trip via Instagram, and I LOVE these photos. That dress is so beautiful on you, and that headband!
    And somehow, it just sounds and seems right that you would move there (I hope you can, because it seems like the PERFECT community for you!) And then I'll have someone to visit in California!
    xoxo
    Kristina

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    1. Ah, Kristina!
      I am always so happy that you comment so frequently on my blog, because I am just the absolute worst at keeping up with the blogs I follow (I think my Bloglovin' feed goes back to the beginning of September), so this allows me to talk to you!
      I do love this dress...although it ended up being much more see-through than I thought when I got dressed in the dark, haha. And this headband and I have a love-hate relationship...by which I mean I love it to death, but it hates my head. I had bruises for like a week from the day I wore this in these photos. Not cool.
      And hopefully California can happen....I am a sunshine seeker, so I could definitely fit right in. It is just a shame that it is so dang expensive. Ugh.

      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  2. After Reading this post I just want to reach through this screen and hug you.

    Liana

    Www.findingfemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Liana,
      You are, as always, too lovely, and too kind. I send e-hugs right back.
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  3. YAY!!! Such a fun little adventure!! I've been loving seeing the little snippets of your trip on Insta as well.

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    1. Thank you so much Sara! I must say that I am missing it quite a lot right about now.
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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  4. I wish I was within a good driving distance of California! I so badly want to go there. It would be a pretty expensive and time-consuming trip for me! I would love to go on a road trip, though. It'd be awesome to go cross country, but I'd be happy with just staying on the East coast somewhere.

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    1. Ah East coast is so super pretty too though! I used to date a guy who went to Dartmouth, so I spent sometime in New Hampshire on and off. The seasons were quite incredible compared to the two we get here in Washington, haha.
      Although Cali is pretty cool, so maybe you'll get over to the West Coast someday! If you do, you always have a place to crash
      ♡Mariah Alysz

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