This blog posts comes with a brief side story!
If you've followed me for a while, you've probably noticed that I haven't been as active on my blog or social media this past year. It's mainly because a lot of changes have been happening in my career and personal life (our Wedding is in 130 days!), but it's also honestly been because social media was BUMMING ME OUT.
I had briefly forgotten that I started this blog five years ago as a creative outlet, as a hobby, and as a release. This fall and winter I was spending hours reading articles on how to beat the new algorithm, how to manage my posts, how to keep up with everyone else (aka full time bloggers)... instead of spending hours drawing, reading for fun, or exploring new places. I was literally suffocating my creativity... and then panicking that I wasn't feeling myself.
I'm going back to the old ways and not caring if my followers or views drop. I'm going to use this platform (and social media) as a fun, creative outlet again, and if you guys enjoy it; Awesome! If not: Oh well!
If you've been feeling bummed by social media as well, I highly recommend reading Corina Brown's post: Five ways to harness the positive power of social media. Corina's post really hit home with me and encouraged me to just do me, and to stop comparing myself or putting too much value in followers and likes.
Now back to our Spring Road Trip stories!
After exploring the Cholla Gardens in Joshua Tree, S and I went back to camp and desperately tried to sleep again. The wind just wouldn't let up though so we arose from "nap time" frustrated and even more delirious than before. At this point we had to decide if we were going to push through another night of windy tent camping, or accept our loss and head on to the next location.
We decided to head on to our next location...
Once we knew we were going to move on we packed up camp and enjoyed the desert for a few more hours. I had packed this Celestial Gown from Spell specifically for dancing around the desert, but it ended up being the perfect road-trip dress as well. It's long enough that I didn't need to worry about the wind blowing it up, light enough for the desert heat, and had enough material to keep me warm when we arrived to a snowy cabin at one am. I'm also personally obsessed with the print and got the celestial blouse and mini skirt as well!
One last run around the campsite.
S was generous and stopped several times within the park so we could explore just a bit more (we both love Joshua Tree and it was so hard to leave earlier than planned!), but eventually we had to pick up the pace and get going.
Our drive from Joshua Tree to Shaver Lake ended up taking 7 hours and we didn't get in until after one am. The drive was painfully beautiful as we were facing the setting sun for the majority of the drive.
You would think that after not being able to sleep for 24 hours that we would've just crashed when we got to the cabin, but our insomnia continued. We stayed up building a fire, playing cards, drinking pony beers and sharing stories/our dreams with each other. We fell asleep right before the sun rose.
Next up in the Spring Roadtrip 2018 series: Day 3 and 4, Shaver lake to Napa