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Finding Persephone in Portland

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Persephone was the daughter of Demeter, the goddess of bountiful harvest. I found her around every corner in Portland, with her long, blonde, braided ponytail lagging behind her and bright orange socks teasing around every corner she’d quickly escape behind. The leaves would take her place and take over my heart filling it with wonder and total joy. Fall in Portland is a masterpiece. Well done, Persophone, well done. Our trip to Portland came together as all great trips do —…

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Apple Butter-ed Up

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Lattin’s Apple Cider Mill: A confession: For most of my life, I haven’t been much of an apple girl. I was never that girl that “went for an apple” when hunger struck. So, when I found myself living in the nation’s mecca for apples, I was shocked by the empty apple butter jar that sat in my lap only 48 hours after buying it. I was hooked. I was officially an apple girl. Bri was the one who helped me…

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Hawaii 2017 // Maui + Kauai

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What is there to say about Hawaii? Bri and I had visited for our first time 3 years ago, so I wasn’t expecting to get happily tangled up in the magic of the lush land this time around like a root from the slick + slippery rainforest. I was gladly mistaken. We returned to a place that felt like home + an island that we had spent the last 3 years talking about wanting to explore more. We kept bumping…

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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I had heard about the tulip festival in Skagit Valley when we moved here and every time I heard about it, it was spoken with excited, almost hushed tones. Not hushed in an attempt to hide something, but that soft, delicate voice we sometimes use when we’re talking about an experience that feels like a rarity in it’s rawest form. So when we drove a couple of hours north and stepped foot into a tulip forest, I heard those voices…

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It’s funny to me how sometimes a blank page can cause my heart to race. How the absence of palpable words can feel like limbo — Dante’s laughter reverberating off the walls at how ridiculous it is to package my feelings and emotions up in a pretty package and display them. But as I mentioned in my last post, this journey isn’t about perfection. And the last few days have been anything but perfect. They’ve been real and bold and…

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