** For the record, I wasn't planning on including a blog on my website, but I figured why not :)
So for my first post, I figured I would tell y'all about my 7 mile hike I conquered the other day... BARELY.
I don't hike. Lol never. 3 of my friends invited me to go with them so, I figured I might as well go and get a good workout in while snapping some cool pics I probably won't ever get the opportunity to capture ever again (I'm in Washington state btw). Let me start off by saying, NONE of us were prepared for this trek. Long story short, it took us 4 (YES 4) HOURS to just get up the mountain. By the time we got up there, we were running very low on water, our legs were literally throbbing, and all we could think about was being airlifted down the mountain because our motivation to physically climb back down was nowhere to be found. That being said, the pain was well worth it. The pictures below do not give Lake Serene justice, it was absolutely beautiful. Obviously, we made it home safe and sound, (only took us 2 hours to get down lol) but this adventure made me realize something. I DID IT. Y'all there was one point during the hike where I almost burst into tears because I thought I couldn't continue on. And then at another point when we were making our way back down because my legs were giving out on me. Through all that pain, I pushed through and accomplished a climb that I was not prepared for. This experience is very similar to what I have been going through these past couple months. Around December, I decided I wanted to transfer to another university. I had recently switched my major and wanted to be closer to home. For me to make that change and switch schools, it was a lot of work. I was super stressed out during the spring & summer semesters due to balancing work and school. There were countless nights I would just cry myself to sleep because I was so stressed and I thought I wouldn't be able to get into another school with my GPA. Now it's the end of July and I am so happy to say I will be attending Texas State University in the fall :)
Back to that daggum hike... It really opened my eyes. I accomplished something I thought for sure I couldn't. I literally felt like a completely new person the next day, as cliche as that sounds lol. It also made me want to keep challenging myself, which brings me back to Texas State... As excited as I am for the fall, I am a little nervous because I know it will be a big change for me. What I'm trying to get at is, don't be scared. When you have an obstacle in front of you, think about how you're going to handle it, and HANDLE IT. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves"... I wasn't even scared of the mountain or transferring schools, it was ME being scared I COULDN'T finish the end goal. Once you accomplish the goal, you get to look forward to the new beginnings it brings.... And I definitely am looking forward to what Texas State has to offer. I may even take another hike when I have some free time ;)
If I told y'all how difficult it was trying to get on this log to pose for a pic... That would be a whole other blog post lol
Lake Serene, WA