A Sestina- for my nephew

Your little hands wrap around my finger

It was then that I understood how a heart

can grow in size, even for something so little.

Outside, the sun has just risen, the beams of light

shining on your delicate face.

I softly hum lullabies to you in the quiet.

 

There was one thing that never lasts: the quiet.

So I let you suck on my finger

and even try tickling your face

Though you’re screaming, you still have my heart.

You help me remember what it feels like to feel light,

and it reminds me of when I was little.

 

When I was little,

the house was never quiet.

I decorated my room with Christmas lights

and learned math on my fingers.

I spent my days doodling flowers and hearts

and multiplication was the hardest thing I had to face.

 

There are some facts that I don’t want to face.

You will not always stay this little.

One day, someone will break your heart.

There is something to be found in the quiet.

Your mind is more valuable than your fingers.

The weight of the world is never light.

 

Though the world gets dark, you are my light.

Eventually there is always a darkness to face

that cannot be solved with fingers.

Oh, how I wish you could stay little

and remember what the world felt like quiet.

To still have a pure, untouched heart.

 

As we grow and hurt, so does our hearts.

For now, I tuck you in and turn on your night light.

We sit still, basking in the quiet

Before I leave, I notice your sweet face

and how it’s different but still little.

I already miss when your hands wrapped around my fingers.   

My Trip to Colorado – costs, travel tips, etc.

I’ve always wanted to travel. I think it’s the experience that is so alluring to me- learning new cultures, meeting new people, getting to see different environments. That’s why I always keep my eye on flights.

This year I was able to go to New York City, California, Gatlinburg, Florida, and Colorado. I made a past blog post about my trip to California and how my brother and I scored $30 round trip tickets and got to visit LA, Yosemite, Monterey, and San Francisco all within 4ish days, so go check that out!

BUT FIRST! My most recent trip, Colorado, was the most amazing experience and I want to share it with y’all so you might be able to experience it too.

We- my brother, cousin, uncle, and I- ended up getting $58 round trip tickets to Denver, CO. That is so rare. Usually, it costs about $250+ to get to Colorado so I knew this was a good deal.

FLIGHT TIPS

We flew through Frontier Airlines. I am signed up for their daily emails and they are constantly sending deals, whether it’s a set amount price one way (such as $25 to California, or $32 to Arizona) or 90% off one way, they’re cheap tickets for exciting places! Disclaimer: I’ve only flown Frontier and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I’ve always had smooth and safe flights. I do not choose my seat for the flight because that costs extra, up to $30 extra sometimes. If you book tickets together, they are usually good about seating you together, even if you don’t choose/pay to do that. Also, you are allowed one free personal item, like a backpack or purse, so that could save you $60 all together for luggage by trying to fit everything in there. Ladies, I know that sounds hard but trust me, it’s possible. I went to Cali for 4.5 days with just a backpack! (I did end up getting luggage though since I needed layers for cold Colorado). Anyways, sign up for their emails!!

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Now, this is how I like to go on vacation but you might be different than me. When I go somewhere, I want to experience and explore the city or town as much as possible. I hate sitting in one place for a long time. Beaches are beautiful but they only hold my interest for so long. I’d rather hike or go on an excursion. So, when we booked the trip, we knew that we would want to rent a car so that we could travel to as many places as possible.

Day 1 – Estes / Rocky Mountain National Park

We drove 2 hours North from where we landed and stayed in the Estes because we knew we wanted to drive through the Rocky mountains. It was beautiful and we even saw an elk! Usually this costs $25 to get into the National Park per car but we didn’t have to pay the day we went.

 

Day 2 – Breckenridge, CO

This place is apparently known for skiing. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to ski. Instead we snowmobiled! It was seriously the most fun I’ve ever had. We went through a mountain on a guided tour by Good Times Adventure and the view at the top was beautiful. This was the most expensive thing we did, $125, but it was well worth it. Breckenridge is also just a really cute town to walk around in as well.

 

Day 3 – Colorado Springs – Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods

This was by far my favorite scenery we witnessed while in Colorado. Pikes Peak is one of the highest mountains, at 14,115ft. and driving up there takes your breath away.. and not just because of the view! It’s hard to breathe up there since it is so high up and elevated but the ride is scenic and pretty. Pictures don’t do it justice.

 

Colorado Springs is a MUST SEE. It almost looks like the rocks are professional architects. (lol what am I saying?) Balanced Rock is in Garden of the Gods too, and it is so cool to see and grab a picture. Oh, and if you’re in Colorado Springs, eat at Mountain Shadows Restaurant- it’s a cute place where locals eat but they’re known for their gigantic cinnamon rolls and Guy Fieri (I just had to google that because I always spell it Ferrari LOL) went there so that’s cool too!

 

Day 4 – Boulder Mountain Park and Denver

We saw Red Rocks Amphitheater, went to Boulder Mountain Park- which is just another scenic view of the mountains, and then headed into Denver. Downtown Denver is cool to walk around and reminds me of any other city. There are lots of shops and restaurants so you can keep busy by going there. There’s probably way more to do in Denver but it was our last night so we wanted to chill out.

 

Each night we stayed in an Airbnb – we figured this was the cheapest and cleanest route for us since we would be moving from place to place each night.

Overall, I loved every minute of it and would do it again. I definitely recommend Colorado Springs and snowmobiling- those were the highlights of the trip to me.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this and it helped you with your future travel endeavors!



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Self Love Poem.

Though you might think that I am weak,

I am the thunder in the morning that wakes you,

and I am the breeze that kisses your cheek.

I am built of golden hair, impulsive tattoos,

rosy cheeks, poetry, and I know who I am.

I am resilient like a rooted tree in the middle of a hurricane,

but I roam the earth freely like a gypsy with no plan,

and nothing about my existence is mundane.

My spirit is one with the universe and the light

within me comes from the stars above,

although my life is not always bright,

I have learned the purest form of love.

This pure love- it is within me,

knowing that, I am exactly who I’m meant to be.


“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover”

Reminiscing on my summer of travels. I traveled to California, NYC, Saranac Lake, Gatlinburg, Florida, North Carolina- and I can’t choose a favorite. It was so magical to find the little treasures within each place. To think that people lived there. Memories happened there. Each person who calls that place their home has a local gem they hold close to their heart. We all have ’em, right? This gem is from a local bookstore in Asheville, North Carolina. ‘Blind Date With A Book’. It gives a little description of what the book entails but no true concrete details, no imagery. Just, “thoughtful. beautiful. heartbreaking. colorful.”

It made me think about how I really love this approach. You see someone and you just pay attention to the outside details: what they look like, what they wear, their demeanor. You never see their true description or characteristics.

People don’t wear “Mysterious, wildly imaginative. An epic adventure” or “Emotionally intense. Fierce. Brave.” on their sleeves. All we see is what they choose to show us and what meets our eye.

How cool would it be if they did wear what’s on the inside, on the outside? Would we pay more attention to each person? I wonder how many people who we think we know, would shock us. How many people we think wear “cranky and rude” as “misunderstood, lost, and alone” or even “compelling and goes beneath the surface”?


If we really wore some of our truest characteristics on our sleeves, what do you think yours would be?

I think mine would be “Creative. Anxious but adventurous. Teachable.”

Comment below, i’m curious.