living a wildly lovely life with JM Tohline.
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real talk - this year started out rough for me. I’ve been feeling so drained, and sensitive, and sad.
I’ve grown up feeling embarrassed about being such a feeler, but the older I get, the less I try to hide and suppress those feelings. I’ve always worried that people would think I was dramatic, or weak - but caring what others think, and suppressing those feelings for their benefit, simply isn’t healthy. So I’m working on embracing that strong feeler part of me, and appreciating that those feelings are what let me enjoy the good things so fully. They help me to be empathetic, and joyful, and those are things I enjoy about myself.
lovely humans, I hope you’ll join me in embracing and understanding things about yourself that you may have previously disliked. It’s a journey, and a process, but I think it’s worth it. Love your beautiful self. You deserve it!
photo : @laura_elizabeth at Tillamook State Forest
there is something so spiritual about going out in to the wilderness with no real plan - getting muddy, feeling the rain on your skin, and the cold wind kissing your face - allowing yourself to wander and stumble upon the most beautiful scenes. It’s so refreshing. +
I love that I live so close to so much wild beauty. I am making an effort to get out and enjoy it more this year, because it’s the most life giving thing. at Tillamook State Forest
“It is not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild nature fades” - Women Who Run with the Wolves
loving the book I just jumped into. at Portland, Oregon
is there anything better than a Saturday at the coast? this was my view yesterday *heart eyes at Arcadia Beach
ready to see what all 2018 has to hold. I hope it’s full of the most beautiful moments and adventures for each of you! happy new year!
we woke up at 4:00am this morning to fly back to Portland, and on the flight I devoured The Blue Line by Íngrid Betancourt despite being sleep deprived. it was such a captivating novel, and now I’m hungry for more. readers, you should get this one! what’s your favorite read recently? at Portland, Oregon
another favorite moment from 2017 - riding a camel in the Sahara desert in Morocco, and then camping with wonderful local Bedouin’s beneath the busiest night sky I’ve ever witnessed. I hope 2018 holds more wild adventures like this one.
talking health and eating so much this week with my family. I’ve been eating a plant based / vegan diet for almost a month now, and am loving it so far. 2018 will be full of me figuring this lifestyle change out. which brings me to - what are your favorite vegan cookbooks?
as 2017 is coming to a close, I’m reminiscing on all my favorite moments. sailing around the Isle of Capri on a private boat (way more affordable than you’d expect) was by far the dreamiest moment. I grew up hearing my parents gush about Capri, and the time they spent there - so getting to see it, and it being even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined made for the perfect day.
heading to the prettiest museum today, and I can’t wait to be surrounded by beauty and art. here is a photo from the last time I was in an art museum.
photo : @laura_elizabeth at Bentonville, Arkansas
it’s a cold, cold, windy day here in Oklahoma. So here is a photo of the dreamy snowstorm we drove through on Mt. Hood last week.
celebrating Christmas Eve for the second time this year. this time, I’m surrounded by my babies watching the Grinch, about to go down and sleep on a pallet by the tree. this photo was from when Jordan and I celebrated with our little family of two. at Oklahoma
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