A SPACE FOR GROWING + GETTING GOING
Creating a space catered to exploring hidden corners of the mind and the world. When it all comes down to it, we're a society that thirsts for connection. To places, to spaces and to faces.
In all of this wandering and wondering, Tales of Exploration is space to push you further - in your travels, in your curiosities and in this wild ride that we call life.
The looming pressure of getting thrown into ‘the real world’ upon graduating from college is the physical equivalent to a lion den. You're flooded with fear. Fear of the future, fear of the unknown, fear, perhaps, of leaving the new life you created to return to one that you've outgrown. From the failures to the fabulous, here’s how to survive (and thrive) in #postgradlife.
We’ve all found ourselves in this spot before. Lashing out at the ones we love most. Placing blame on their behavior rather than reflecting on your own. Why is this? We can be so cruel to the ones we care deepest for, dreaming up dramatizations or holding back when it’s best to be honest. Before we can effectively navigate our way out from these natural tendencies, let’s start at the beginning.
The reality of relationships is often kept under wraps from the public eye as we each put our epic portrait of ‘normal love’ forward. We can all taste the beauty of love by debunking the narrative of normal we will finally find freedom. We learn the lessons of love by living through the complexity of it all.
The holidays often bring forth a sense of thankfulness and appreciation - the grandness of it all. Yet, it’s the itty bitty, overlooked things you should be most thankful for - those day to day delights. The tiny, beautiful building blocks of gratitude that warm your heart far after the holidays. This is a letter of appreciation to the things that touch our lives but most often go overlooked.
There's no clear-cut way to give college advice. Before stepping into it, it's a world filled with so many question marks. It's a world where you can envision walking through a new routine but all of the feelings and faces surrounding you are out of focus. The bodies and backgrounds are blurred. This is because you can't paint a scene without the right tools.
Love stories are so often simplified into a short and sweet narrative. A montage of happy moments that end in happily ever after. That’s not what love is though. Relationships are a portrait of love that can’t and won’t be painted within the lines. The reality behind relationships stretches miles further than the highlight reel of Instagram.
This is the era of instant gratification - Amazon Prime, hookup culture, Netflix autoplay. This is the era of options - Yelp, swiping, hell, the internet itself. We're swimming against the shifting tides of technology and endless options. It's an easy current to get caught in.
All of our lives we go on waiting for the day that we get to break away from our pasts, to escape our childhoods and join a new and improved realm of adulthood- as if it’s that easy…as if going to college makes us adults. So we run away as fast as we can, searching for ourselves in new places.
By definition, once you hit 18, you've made it to adulthood. But as a fresh and free twentysomething, our brains are battling between our need for spontaneity and stability all the same. For freedom and for faithfulness. We're searching for the one and hoping to find ourselves along the way, too.
I've been scribbling notes on life, love, and loss for as long as I can remember. Looking through the pages of old journals has the ability to transport me not only through time but into past perspectives - into former selves. Here, I've condensed for you a decade's worth of journal entries to find my most fascinating notes on love.