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Normal (Poem)

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I broke all of the rules
got in a car and drove far away
pressed my foot down harder to pick up the pace,
and began to toss my items into the wind
as I said my piece.

I feel so free
not chained by normalcy,
and now I can throw this away,
letting myself continue this road to my dreams.
So, please just let me go,
just let me go on with my own normal life.

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Middle of Nowhere (Poem)

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In a diner in the middle of nowhere
I’ve found myself listening to the desert wind,
howling and screaming begging to come in
as I stare at the menu trying to select a meal.

Sitting by the window people glance on in,
wondering what could be held inside this old beat up diner
that’s placed in the middle of nowhere.
A lost soul that has been traveling the lonely roads
a broken heart that is in need of some repairs wandered into the middle of nowhere,
looking for a place to call home for the night,
even if it is inside an old beat up diner in the middle of nowhere.

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Wherever my Soul Takes Me

I am the type of person who is always looking for the next place to travel, the next place to lay my head while I learn more of my holistic trade, help others, and write more poetry and stories. I am what most people call a nomad, wanderluster, a wandering hippie who wants to learn everything, see everything, and heal everything. And that is exactly who I am. I am constantly thinking about the next place I want to travel to, and experience the culture surrounding the area. It is in my bones, in my skin, in my heart, and in my soul. This is why I keep a handful of things with me, just a duffel bag of clothes and books, and a backpack.

For three years, I lived in New Mexico, in Taos for a good portion, and Albuquerque for a brief period. While I lived there I ended up going numerous adventures, one long weekend I got in my car and went to Utah and Arizona, and trust me it was amazing. I went to Colorado on numerous occassions to see family and friends, I traveled to Oklahoma to see my parents and younger brother. And at one point I went to California and had a great time. Now, I currently live in Alaska, situated next to Canada, above Washington, and a flight away from New Zealand and Japan. And right now, I can’t wait to see where my soul and feet take me next, because I live for adventures.

When you are nomadic at heart, you are bound to have endless adventures. And there is nothing wrong with that, because that is the soul you were born with. Where do you like to travel? Do you like going on long trips to unknown destinations?

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Wanderlust Box (Poem)

A soul wrapped in a countryside box,
Placed with a bow made of a map on top.
Open the box and you shall see,
The bits and pieces that have scattered about,
Leaving the soul wandering for the rest of its eternity.

Poke some holes into the box,
Let it breathe,
Send it off,
And let the world shape it into who it’s supposed to be.
That is the only way we will ever know,
Who it will be,
Once they’ve reached the ripe age of ninety.

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The Minimalist Nomad: Traveling Lifestyle

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Recently, while I was working at the clinic today, a coworker of mine had asked me about my trip plans to Alaska (I am moving the first weekend of March). This had started a conversation that begun at 9 am and it is still proceeding. One of the questions had stuck out though.

** K: Are you flying or driving?
Me: I am flying.
**K: Nice. How many luggage’s are you taking with you?
Me: Just my backpack and my duffel bag.
**K: Wait…that is all? How much do you have?
Me: Not that much, actually. I travel light.
**K: What all do you own?
Me: A few outfits that I can mix and match, a set of pajamas my tennis shoes, winter boots, heavy jacket, a few books: 5 reading, 5 writing, some pens, feminine necessities, a deck of tarot cards, wallet, phone and laptop.
**K: Wait, that is it? I have a whole bunch of stuff in my house that I could never get rid of. How do you do it?
Me: I’ve never needed much. Just the necessities and a few things that I know I will definitely want to have on me.

(**Kept my coworkers name confidential for legal purposes.)

Traveling, for many seems like a daunting thing, due to the fact that you have to figure out what you are going to bring with you and what you are going to donate, throw away, or sell. Many times, people tend to develop attachments to inanimate objects and begin to feel as though they must save many things, making it hard for them to get rid of things down the road.

When it comes to traveling, you need to think about many different scenarios from flying to sailing to luggage prices and about what you actually need with you. You also need to think about the others that are coming with you, if you have children, and try to figure out exactly what they need to bring as well. With this much going on in one persons head, it can make you go crazy, and in the end, you wind up with a headache or a migraine over this whole thing.

Minimalism is a Zen-living style where you own less materials and objects, and focus more on yourself, family, and living life. As a society, everyone has been creating attachments to inanimate objects, making them seem like they are a big thing, and in which they are not. When you release the objects that you do not need, you begin to feel better, you begin to eliminate any discontent you have, you are able to live in the moment, able to focus on your health, pursue your passions, and you’ll be able to rid yourself of any excess stuff. Doesn’t that sound grand?

Living the minimalist lifestyle, especially while traveling, makes things a lot easier. From relieving yourself from excess objects, you will be able to enjoy life more, and focus on everything around you, instead of accumulating things.

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Autumn Movie (Poem)

As we drive down the road,
The mist consumes the entire car.
We become part of the scenery,
The orange trees become our personal movie.

Two friends are asleep in the back,
With the puppy laying his head on one of their laps.
My friend drives,
His eyes on the road,
While I sit here watching,
Observing every part of this show.
I am the audience of this beautiful movie,
I watch it be created as we continue on our journey.

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Book Club: September

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Twenty five years ago, Diana Gabaldon released the famous novel Outlander in the United Kingdom for the world to read. This novel set in motion that is now a successful book series and a wonderful television series. The first time I read this novel, it wasn’t until I was in high school because twenty five years ago I was just being born.

Outlander is about a young lady named Claire from the 1940’s (WWII) who is working as a British Army nurse. She is married to a history professor named Frank Randall and they live a great life for the most part. The two of them decided to go on another second honeymoon up in Scotland so Frank can gather more information about his family’s history. While Frank is digging around for information, Claire goes plant picking around the hill of Craigh na Dun. While there, she comes into contact with the standing stones on top of the hill. She gets dizzy and faints, then she is awaken by the ancestor of her husband, Captain Jack Randall. Captain Jack attempts to take Claire back with him after he has decided that she is a threat. Before he could take her back with him, he is knocked unconscious by a Scotsman. The scots have declared that she is Sassenach, an outlander that is unfamiliar with the Scottish Highland culture. She heals a Scottish lad name Jamie Fraser by fixing his arm, and then ends up marrying him. The adventures they have throughout the book will keep you hooked.

This novel is filled with romance, history (takes place during the Jacobite uprising), adventure; it’s no wonder why thousands of men and women have been drawn to this novel and the rest of the series. Although it has been turned into a television series, and I must say that it is fantastic, reading the book will make it even more fun because it will seem like you are able to see everything through all of the characters eyes.