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FROM THE GROUND UP: GROWING INTO MY PURPOSE

I was lost. A child born in the summer, now living as an adult stuck in a perpetual state of winter. My fire was out. I had not one drop of desire to continue living. Depression had sucked the energy and happiness from me, anxiety sat heavy on my chest with its claws of tension clasped tightly around my throat, my body and head screamed in pain; I did not want this to be my life. I was tired, defeated and clinging on for the sake of the people who love me. My final straw was not being able to go to work and do what I loved. Migraines were becoming more frequent and debilitating, and my anxiety could not take one more conversation with my boss about why I could not come in when my head felt like it had an axe buried in it, and even the faint glow of my cellphone had me crawling to the toile...

PEACEFUL WATERS

Sometimes I just want to sit by the sea. Not because I am depressed or unhappy, but because the sea has healing powers, With its waves and hushes, It fills up your mind with wonder and beauty at the vastness of the ocean. It puts life into perspective. It creates a quietness and stillness in your soul. An aquarian belongs to the waters and the air. Once or twice a year or more I have to go where I belong. On top of a hill or by mother sea and father wind. Even if it is by a little pond. Sitting by the sea is not for melancholy. But it is for contemplation. For balance. For harmony. A kind of Yin ⚏ and a kind of Yang     Author: Gassy Traore Email: gassyt@hotmail.co.uk Author Bio: A sea princess and a sea-lover forever. “When air met water, it made me who I am.” #aquar...

4 LESSONS LEARNED FROM A SOLO WOMAN ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

If you are interested in hiking the Appalachian Trail, or just want a peak into what life is like out there, then this one’s for you.   I had dreamt about thru-hiking the entire 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail for a long time. I had gotten it stuck in my head that *one day* I would hike it, but was always waiting for the perfect time. I was always waiting for a chance to take 6 months off work, waiting for enough money to be able hike for that long, waiting for a buddy who was as desperate as me to do this thing.   Waiting, waiting, waiting.  Until one day, I realized, my car was about to be paid off and I had just about enough in savings to be able to launch a frugal-style hike of the Appalachian Trail.  My boyfriend, and coworker, at the time had always talked about wanting to hike ...

CONFETTI

I haven’t taken much time to stand back and appreciate the wildlife in Kenya. This is unacceptable as I am convinced I am in one of the “World’s Best Kept Secrets.” My first interaction with this outstanding beauty was when we visited Ruma National Park almost a month ago. We left the Guest Centre at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning in a big ICIPE vehicle. The forty-minute drive was one of the bumpiest and curviest of my life. By the time we got through the gate the sun was rising over the green hills. The silhouettes of more than 30 giraffes slowly appeared in the distance on the horizon. The grass appeared soft and dancing in the perfect breeze, almost a shade of blue in the early stages of sunshine.   After a few hours of driving through the park we got word of rhinos. Our driver excitedly sp...

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