Business plan: sell mulled wine at @icecastles_ because it would be dang perfect (just not on the slide)
2 3144 minutes ago
As I sit here editing my photos for the thousandth time wondering if the hues are too saturated and if it will be too stark against my theme I started to think back to how crazy I was about stuff like that. And posts like these would never make the cut for my rigorous posting mill. Daily posts, hourly updates, Schedules and honestly the demise of a lot of my creativity in general. Such a strange thought to think a place that is built around creativity was robbing me of mine. Exhausted by pushing content and engagement I felt myself slipping down into someone I didn’t recognize. It wasn’t actually until I met up with a friend after a very long time, filled her in on my uncertainties, my heartaches, the in betweens of life I realized I wasn’t doing right by me. She said something along the lines of “I would have never known, you always seem like you’re having a blast” and it struck a chord and was what prompted me to take a step back. I tried so hard for my platform to encourage positivity, but it began to mean I was cutting out half of my life, so I had to question my intentions hard. Was I really enjoying and living my life or was I doing things strictly for others to see I’m having fun, and if I was then was it really worth it? (I totally did this btw; fomo) To think that a place was once a home is now just a place to go when the rest of my responsibilities don’t take over. It’s such a contrast from who I was a year ago, trying to string together pretty words that were easy on the tongue and heart. Nowadays, I’m happy sharing the bare minimum here, and on my own schedule (meaning whenever the hell I want tbh). Anyways potato thoughts were just laid out here not to preach, seriously. If what you post brings you joy and sparks something within you then do that. but make sure you check in with yourself when your heart says otherwise.
Mini hulk @baileylamont43 showing me how it's done last year. I always find it inspiring to watch others struggle, the growth that results from perseverance from that struggle is what I can align myself most with when I climb and thus I can relate to those struggles. Very rarely do I get on a route, send it first try and feel satisfied. Unless the route had me recruit a certain mindset and willpower to get through it then the experience is lacking. I like the struggle, I like having to put myself in the right headspace, having to figure out the specific sequence through the crux(s). Focusing on this process has led me to be more in the moment and enjoy climbing even more. I am continuously thankful for those who inspire me to embrace this learning process by pushing themselves and I hope I can inspire them by pushing myself.
What are you?
That is one of the questions I get the most.
What. are. you.
My family did a beautiful job of raising me.
They raised me WITHOUT categories.
I was too white to be Indian.
I was too brown to be caucasian.
Not to mention my freckles threw everyone for a loop.
And to top my beautiful little mixed pot off, I was half raised by a spunky filipino lady (and her kiddos) whom I love dearly.
But I broke through categories in other ways.
I rocked guys clothes from my teens into my twenties. Yet played college volleyball which traditionally encouraged a lot of spandex.
Volleyball, basketball, all about team sports.
Yet I was loved to snowboard, was in martial arts and climbing, loving the individual sports as well.
I was friends with all groups of people, affectionately referring to myself as the floater in highschool.
I look back on my life, and I see absolutely no categories. And I think that is a beautiful gift.
To me, from an early age, we were all human. My Nuni, my Grandpa, my amazing mixed racial family...
All of us were human.
I realize that some of us seek categories to belong.
But some of us seek categories to belong out of fear.
All animals do this. It’s a survival technique.
Wolves do not like wolves from other packs.
But without self-acceptance and love, seeking categories will breed fear.
This fear breeds contempt.
And contempt breeds hate.
Without love, we find ourselves fighting like wolves.
Funnelling down this path, seeking out the differences in others,
Further validating who we are, and what group we belong in,
All in order to find our strength.
When instead our strength should come from within.
It should boost others up. Regardless of their differences.
So, next time I get the familiar question "what are you?"
I'll stick to my usual.
I am human.
And so are you.
And I love you dearly for it. .
24 1892 hours ago
Canada; where even methane bubbles are beautiful
2 192 hours ago
All bundled up with my snowberts in a frozen winter paradise. ❄️
Dinna is served
24hr sousvide ribeye(I ate it with a spoon) prob top 10 pieces of meat that has every graced these lips.
2 334 hours ago
Today we skied where the sun don't shine.
Probably one of the most visually stunning places I've ever skied - the photos don't do it justice at all. We had to boot pack up a glacier moraine, which was pretty neato.
Canadian classic with a twist. When I arrived at this lake, there was already parts of the peaks that were being lit up so I ran up to the viewing area. By the time I got there, all the light had disappeared behind the heavy clouds. Suddenly, all the peaks got a slim beam of light on them for a few minutes. During this time, everyone got quiet and enjoyed the unique and astounding view.
In 3 hours (2pm PST) I’ll be doing a livestream on Instagram with @lukasfilms and we’ll be answering your questions! If you’d like to learn more about me or have questions, join it! If you can’t make it, dm me a question and I’ll try covering it during our livestream.
64 329512 hours ago
A calm morning at Moraine, this place already holds some amazing memories and I’m so excited to be going back here in a couple months with @blolmscheid ✌🏼
76 4267 hours ago
📍Athabasca Falls in Jasper, Canada.
📸 by @scottcbakken.
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