April Intentions // Forest Tourist
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Monthly Recap // April 2019

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What went on:

When I look back on what I did in March I feel exhausted, even though in reality not much went on. I started working full time at Lucky Goat Coffee, which meant I was in the cafe five days a week and rarely had time for any adventures. That being said, I was still able to squeeze a few activities in when I happened to have time off.

Earlier in the month John and I went on our first bikepacking trip. I had been dreaming of riding to the lighthouse in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge since I first moved to Tallahassee, so we loaded up our bikes with the bags John made and we rode out there. It was 44 miles to get from our house to the coast of Florida, and we camped in the town of Newport and rode back the next day.

The trip was exhausting but so much fun. I’ll share a blog post explaining it in more detail soon, and hopefully it won’t be the only bikepacking trip I go on.

Bikepacking in Florida // Forest Tourist

A week after the biking trip I drove down to my hometown to participate in my high school best friend’s wedding. This was my first time being in a wedding as a bridesmaid so it was definitely a learning experience for me, but in the most enjoyable way. I always love showing John all of my old haunts in Dade City when we go there together, and it was great to catch up with my best friends from high school.

By far the best part about being in the wedding was my fricken dress! I am absolutely in love with it and the brown suede chunky heels I wore. I’m sure my face was an absolute mess as I tried to hold back tears watching my friend get married, but at least my outfit was cute.

John and I started spending more and more time at his parent’s house in Tallahassee as March came to a close, mainly because we were slowly emptying out our house in preparation for our move. John and I both got hired to work at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming, which is where I worked last summer as an activities guide, so in May we’ll pack up our things and drive out to Saratoga for six months. It’s been stressful trying to downsize, but also exciting to prepare for a new adventure.

That being said, the countless trips back and forth across Tallahassee to visit John’s parents were totally worth it because Koda was able to explore the trails, run unrestricted in their backyard, and swim in a pool. Seeing him happy definitely makes me less stressed about the move.

What I’ve been digging:

In March I listened a lot to Hozier’s new EP, Nina Cried Power. I especially love the song “Shrike.”

All of my roommates were gone over spring break, so I had the house to myself for a couple of days because I had to work. In order to fill the silence I watched The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix while I knitted, and I highly recommend checking it out. The show is a creepy remastering of the story from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and I really enjoyed seeing how Netflix recreated the show I watched as a kid. If you liked the general vibe of Stranger Things but didn’t think it had enough seances or dark magic, then The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the show for you.

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Here are my intentions for April 2019:

April Intentions // Forest Tourist

  • Less is more. One of my highest priorities in April is to get rid of things that I no longer need in preparation for my move in May. I want to focus on the items that bring me joy and be able to let go of what no longer fits in my life.
  • Take up space. This intention seems contradictory to my last one, but I want to feel empowered to take up space. It’s so easy to compulsively make yourself smaller in order to avoid metaphorically stepping on other people’s toes, especially as a woman in the 21st century, but I’m tired of it.
  • Stay focused on the present. I know that I’ll be moving at the beginning of May, and the anticipation makes it hard to stay in the moment. I don’t want to spend my last month in Tallahassee constantly planning and preparing for the future; it’s okay to sit back and appreciate the moment before it’s gone.
  • Listen. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by some incredible people in Tallahassee, many of whom have completely different backstories and experiences. I want to use this last month here to learn as much as I can from my coworkers, my friends, and my peers before I leave.
  • Bake something vegan at least once a week. When I move to Wyoming in May I’ll be eating food provided by the ranch and living in ranch housing with a communal kitchen, which means my opportunities to bake will be few and far between. I want to take advantage of my large kitchen by baking something vegan once a week. Plus, I want to try and use up as many ingredients as I can before I inevitably give everything away in May. So if you’re interested in trying new recipes feel free to come over!

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little eager for April to be over with. My calendar is absolutely packed with work and events and to-dos, and when I look at it it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That being said I’m excited to make the most of my last full month in Tallahassee, and to prepare for a new adventure in May!

Have a great April everyone!


What are your intentions for April? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at indiaclaire.ft@gmail.com. All photos in this post were taken by me, except for the photos from the wedding which were taken by my mom.


 

I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.

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