Zambia: NEW Journal Post and YouTube Videos

Field Notes from My Solo Expedition to Zambia

"...8 months later, I found myself traveling over 45+ hours to wind up the crazy small village of Mfuwe positioned just outside the South Luangwa National Park. Alone. Here to photograph the children, the wildlife, the villagers, and ultimately — Chipembele’s story."

Below are links to the first-hand accounts of my time in this wondrous country; big or small, treacherous or peaceful. Buckle up, it’s a longer read this time. Traveling alone with almost zero access to wifi or service during my trip, I had a lot of time to myself to think and practice mindfulness. Link down below.

Take a gander if you will.

Read my newly published journal piece here.

Watch my YouTube videos down below!

Watch this one!

And THIS ONE!

Let's Talk: Fair Trade Certified

"Let's Talk" Series:

My Love for Patagonia's CEO + Fair Trade Clothing Products

I wrote a pretty passionate Instagram post the other day detailng a topic that's been on my heart for quite some time. It went a little something like this:

My 2017 resolution? To be a conscious consumer. I'm severely disappointed by cheap, low-quality fast fashion trends and plastic goods. I can't even go into a department store anymore without feeling gross. The world of business can be opaque and supply chains are murky, so it is difficult to confidently make an informed choice. This has been on my heart for the past year, but I have never made a true effort because it was "too hard". But that's bull crap. I need to be better than that. We all need to be better than that. Less is more. Quality over quantity, damn it.

There you have it.

I'm not entirely too sure what brought on this immediate despair against cheap fashion trends, but all signs are telling me it was this year's Christmas shopping. Every time I walked into a local department store or mall to grab a few items for my friends, I felt so dirty and cheap. The t-shirts were made with shit cloth, plastic containers were made to look "luxurious" by having it wrapped in fake twine, etc. So disappointing. 

However, the other morning while driving up North to my boyfriend's cabin, Reyce and I listened to a fantastic podcast on NPR called "How I Built This". This podcast series encompasses a wide range of interviews with inspiring individuals who've build their own empire from the ground up. But the one that struck us most with the most peculiarity was Sanders' interview with Yvon Chouinard -- the CEO of Patagonia. 

I'm sure everyone knows of Patagonia and how incredibly durable their products are -- especially my fellow outdoorsmen. Not only do their rain jackets actually last a trek through the Himalayas, but I'll be wearing that same jacket for decades on end. However, Patagonia's high-quality merchandise isn't the only reason I love them. Their entire mission statement is to build he best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and make business an inspiration to implement solutions regarding the environmental crisis. Yvon is an iconoclastic entrepreneur that brings good in the heart of his business by living a more simplified and intentional life. 

Please, do yourself a favor and listen to the podcast below. And for those of you interested in educating yourself on the topic of fair trade clothing and where to find them, watch the video linked below. I think you guys will really, really enjoy them.

'Till next time, folks. Consume well. Look at your tags. Do research on the brands.

It's important.

Monument Valley: Navajo Tribal Park

I quickly brushed my hair and strapped on my shoes as I stepped outside the car to greet the morning sun. My back was horribly sore from our night spent inside our vehicle, but I didn’t care. My heart was fluttering at the overwhelming beauty of Monument Valley. Such saturated colors and rhythmic wind can be felt nowhere else in the world but right here.

The impressive sandstone formations: buttes, spires, and towers - the geological monuments that gave Monument Valley its name - are the result of centuries and millennia of erosion and uplift. Red sandstone cliffs and spires are predominantly made of Cutler Formation sandstone from the Permian period of around 160 million years ago.

Monument Valley is more than just a park or nature preserve; it is home to Navajo people who have preserved their traditions, their language, their art forms, their pastoral sheep-herding way of life, and their relation of harmony and respect with the land. Today, Monument Valley is protected as a Navajo Tribal Park. Today, the Navajo Nation is striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever increasing population that now surpasses 250,000.

How lucky am I to have such beautifully vast landscapes just a couple hundred miles from my backyard? This place is what dreams are made of. Wild, crazy, unforgettable dreams.