My Life

Take A Deep Breath

Lately, I have been all over the place. In my thoughts, my actions, my goals, and just overall my daily living. My mind has been shooting in every direction and at the speed of light. Life has been full of so many twists and turns that it’s been hard to keep up.

Right now, I feel like I have strayed away from my intended path, but I am realizing that’s okay. At one point or another, each of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the responsibilities and opportunities life brings to us. Sometimes it becomes stressful, overwhelming, and just straight up confusing.

I have been doing so many different things recently. Life is changing and transitioning for me. I feel like there are parts of my life that I need to move on from but can’t. I feel like there are things I should dig deeper into but don’t. I honestly feel like a mess. I need to stop aiming for perfection and just start living with an open mind.

I am writing to clear my thoughts, center my mind, and ground my soul to the universe. I need to rally off words in my head, document them, and commit to changing my perspective.

 It is time to just take a deep breath, stop stressing, and remind myself that everything will fall into its correct place. 

There is no need to break a sweat over the small stuff. There is always going to be hardships and obstacles to overcome, but If I just carry myself each day with a positive attitude and continue to do what I love, I can conquer the world.

Take a deep breath. Everything doesn’t need to be figured out right here, right now. Stop getting so caught up in things that don’t matter. Embrace each moment, be present mentally, physically, and emotionally. It is OKAY to not quite know what is going to happen next. Don’t let the fear drag you down, use the unknown possibilities to fuel your personal greatness.

I don’t know about you, but for me that expressing my racing thoughts helps calm my mind and body. It is nice to have something to look back on, to re-read when needed, and to have a reminder that everything will be okay.

I recommend to anyone out there that feels overwhelmed, confused, stress, or overall uncertainty to just start writing. Put the thoughts down and keep going until they stop. Take a deep breath. It will help you see the world around you a little clearer.

 

-Kasey Elizabeth-

My Life, photojournalism

For the LOVE of Wanderlust

♥For the LOVE of Wanderlust♥

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This past weekend I attended my first Wanderlust event in Chicago. It was the most inspiring and self-empowering health and fitness event I have ever been too. To be surrounded by 3,000 people who share the same passion for self-love and personal growth was truly remarkable.

If you are unfamiliar with Wanderlust, it a company that motivates each and every one of us to reach our full potential through events and experiences. When one exposes themselves to the magic that Wanderlust offers, transformation begins in the mind, body, and soul. It is an eye opening and rewarding experience.

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The festival I took part in was called Wanderlust 108, which partners with Adidas and No Kid Hungry. It is called “108” because $1.08 of every ticket sold gets donated to help end child hunger. Wanderlust 108 events happen all over the world at various destination sites. Wanderlust 108 Chicago took place at the beautiful Grant Park in the heart of Downtown. We had perfect weather for the event; sunny, warm, and a view of Lake Michigan.

Wanderlust 108 is considered the world’s only mindful triathlon featuring a 5k, a 90-minute yoga session, and a 30-minute mediation. It is not some race where you show up, do your thing, and leave. From the moment, you enter the festival grounds you are connected to those around you, grounded in the moment, and filled with a sense of love and joy

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Wanderlust provides an opportunity to form new friendships and create new connections with people. It is an opportunity to engulf yourself into a community that works together to lift one another up. It is an opportunity to see and support people who are following their dreams and crushing their goals. It is so much more than just a mind-body workout.

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♥Personal Journey♥

My first Wanderlust experience has me feeling truly grateful. Grateful for who I am, what I offer to this world, and what I am capable of.  Grateful for where I am, how I got here, and where I am going.

Major gratitude for the path of life I am on!

I attended this event with one of my best friends who is currently at the same time of her life as me. We are both college students who are at a moment of transition, we both struggle with a healthy work-life balance, and we both have a fire for learning about life and the greatness that comes along with it.

Now my friend and I, we are not serious runners, we are not super flexible yogis, and we don’t mediate regularity. On the other hand, we are fortunate enough to work for a company that inspired us at our young age to explore within our ourselves and adventure through the world.

We both usually just stick to our regular schedules of work, school, and some form of physical activities. We decided to attended Wanderlust one evening while working together. We impulsively bought tickets in a moment of “my life is so boring.” Little did we know that our lives were already filled with so much that make it exciting and something to love.

Wanderlust 108 taught us that who we are and what we are doing in each of our lives is important. That we are who we are meant to be and we are loved for just being true to ourselves.

Sometimes you just have just have to jump out of your comfort zone and step into a place of interest to be guided to something greater.

That is what I feel liked happened to me.

Wanderlust 108 has inspired me to keep expanding my knowledge; to keep growing in every aspect of my life. To learn to accept the moment I am in and to work towards where I want to be.

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♥Photos & Fun♥

To try to explain everything Wanderlust has to offer wouldn’t do it justice. So, I decided to take a bunch of photos to share with a little explanation just to give you a little insight on all the magic it has to offer.

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The Entrance to the festival. No better way to be welcomed than with the city in the background.
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When I got my race gear!! Super pumped. It included a bandana, a ticket to check my bag to keep my things safe, and a ticket for a WanderBowl for lunch! It was vegan friendly that fueled me and filled me up. 
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This is my friend and I post run and before yoga. #Wanderlust108 #Cometogether #Wanderlust2017 #AdidasWanderlust
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The woman who painted this is on a mission to paint 10,000 buddha paintings throughout the world. Check out her work through the hashtag #10000buddhas on instagram!
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Centering my thoughts before I begin my practice. My outfit features: lululemon, spiritual gangster, boho band, and of course I accessorize with my fitbit and swell water bottle. 
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Snapchat selfie after we got our warrior face paint on.
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My favorite, Kombucha. I swear by this stuff. Fermented tea that is 100% raw and organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Kombucha nourishes the body, delights your taste buds, bolsters your immunity, and makes your spirits fly.

 

Here are a few more photos I took during the event. They include some of the awesome vendors, views, and fun activities offered once you complete the triathlon. (and of course my beautiful friend who I appreciate so dearly!)

Find what inspires you and pursue it.

Don’t ever hold back.

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Click the link below to visit the Wanderlust website for yourself and join the experience that will change your life!

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-Kasey Elizabeth-

My Life

Quality Over Quantity

One of the hardest, yet most rewarding experiences I have gone through in my twenty years of life is forming authentic, real, and genuine friendships.

It is not something that happens overnight. It is not something you can go looking for. It one of those things that happen when you stay true to who you are and share with the world around you all the good (and bad) you have to offer.

It really is just a feeling that arises when you connect and develop a strong relationship with a select few people in your life.  It is hard for me to put into words, but I can compare it to the feeling a person gets when they bite into a fresh, warm, soft chocolate chip cookie. It is pure delight that you want to savor.

Many people come and go throughout life, and that is totally okay! Sometimes it is on bad terms and other times not; regardless of the reason not everyone you meet is meant to be your best friend, lifelong soul mate, and even an everyday acquaintance.

For YEARS, and I mean YEARS I used to get so caught up in wanting to have “lots of friends.” I wanted to please everyone I met and I wanted to make sure everyone liked me. It used to stress me out if I didn’t have enough time to hang out with the numbers and numbers of people I really wanted to be friends with. I was constantly overwhelmed and caught up in all the wrong things; I thought quantity was more important than quality.

Reflecting, I now realize how unhappy I was. What the hell was I thinking?! I wasted so much time and energy to please people who I wasn’t important too and they weren’t important to me.

I am NOT writing to bash the people in my past I’ve had fun times and good memories with. Those relationships and friendships are a part of growing up and learning about yourself. But I am here to THANK those who have shown me what it is like to have a true, loving, and supportive friend.

For the first time, I feel like I am doing friendship right.

I don’t even need to see these people everyday. I don’t need to speak to them even weekly. These people are the ones I can go weeks or months without interaction with. We understand and respect our different schedules, responsibilities, and time.

At the end of the day, I  never question whether I trust them or not. I always know that these people are going to be there for me through thick and thin.

These are the people who I can call in any situation. These are the people who support me in my aspirations and push me to be my best. These are the people I want to surprise and show compassion for. These are the people that I can sit in silence with and still appreciate our time together. These are people that I have had the best conversations, memories, and experiences with.

When you find that good, lifelong friend, you’ll know it in your heart. You’ll feel it every time you interact (like phone call, text, dinner, anything). You’ll laugh, cry, and yell together. No matter what obstacles each of you go through during life, in the end you’ll still love and care for each other.

I really feel that each one of us get so caught up in life that we forget to thank the ones we appreciate so dearly.

So, to my quality “people”, thank you. Thank you for being you, the you that I love. You are truly amazing and beautiful people that are a blessing in my life.

-Kasey Elizabeth

My Life

Feeling Strong while Having Anxiety

One thing that makes me, me, is my anxiety.  It is the constant back seat driver when I am trying to find my way on the road of life. In the past it has limited me, kicked me in the face, and caused me to breakdown. There is constant stress, worry, and agitation I feel. Sometimes I can hide it and other times it shows through dramatically.

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My anxiety pushes me to the limit sometimes and gets me in a groove where I have to do everything and anything all at one. That I have to be on the go, go, go, and there is no down time to breathe. That usually leads to a crash and burn that results in lots of tears, time in bed, and mental disconnect from my responsibilities. It’s a repeating cycle of going from zero to one hundred.

As I cruise through each and every day, I am learning the concept of balance. Just like how anxiety is different for everyone, so is balance. I am working towards finding what works best for me, and what tools will lead me to live a happy, successful, and healthy life.

 

 

So far on my journey, I have fallen in love with the feeling that earning a good sweat and working out hard gives me. I am by no means a “fitness addict” but the sensation the body feels after you pushed yourself to your physical and mental limits is so rewarding. The strength I find in myself to run just another quarter of a mile, or to hold the plank for another 30 seconds, is something I always look forward too.

Working out actually calms my anxiety and makes me feel strong in every way. The feelings of uneasiness go away and the tenseness in my thoughts and movements loosen up. I feel like my mind and body step out of the anxiety that usually masks my body. It gives me a whole new confidence in myself.

In the past few years, I have tried various activities like: yoga, running, biking, kickboxing, Pilates, weightlifting, golfing, dancing, cross training, etc. Trying all these activities have given myself a variety of options to ease the overwhelming feelings that arise within me. For example, I practice yoga after I spent days in bed secluding myself. I weight lift or kick box when angry and mean thoughts can’t escape my brain. I go for bike rides in nice weather because it makes me feel calm and collective.

No matter what physical activity I chose to do, I feel like it alignes my mental and emotional health (and sanity). It’s the recharge I need in order to keep going.

So am I writing to you, the ones with anxiety. I encourage you to find what balances you in your life, whatever it may be. Get out there, try new things, and take control of the apprehensiveness within you. Don’t let anxiety take the wheel, put it in its place and let it know you are the driver.

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Xoxo,

Kasey Elizabeth

 

My Life

My first blog mess up…

I  have been wanting to start my own blog for a while now, but I have very nervous and stressed out about the idea of it. I was worried that my life wouldn’t be exciting enough to write about, or that my actual writing abilities aren’t good enough. But today I just decided to go for it and it already has proven to be more than I expected.

I was inspired to start this blog this past afternoon in the middle of my photojournalism course. My instructor encouraged my classmates and I to get creative when it comes to submitting our assignments for the course, and he suggested a blog.  So I was like “great”, and right then and there while class was still going on, I googled, “free blog sites” and quickly followed the steps to end up here right now, writing my first post.

Now if you know me, you know that I go through most of my days like a chicken with its head cut off. I try to do 5 million things at once and schedule my time until it is full.

Here’s where the typical “Kasey” comes in, look closely at my URL address at the top of the screen. It says younganddeterminded. DETERMINDED! Seriously me? Come on.. no wonder I got so excited when I found out the address wasn’t taken. I clearly meant determined. Leave it to me to think of something that totally describes me, then spell it wrong! It happens to me way too often in academic papers, personalized cards, and even text messages.

Even when I spell check things, my mind moves so fast that I don’t even realize it’s wrong more than half the time. I thought about going back and fixing my spelling error, but then I realized it is unquie, funny, and tells a good story. Though you might think it’s dumb of me, and that is okay. Spelling is something I need to work on and every time I go on my blog I will remember to be more careful.

I decided to create this blog for me and my personal development, and if people enjoy it so be it.