I live in Montana??

Yup.

At least for the ski season, that is.

In December, I scored an amazing opportunity to work at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana.
Packing up a few months worth of my life into one suitcase- before I knew it, I was on a one-way flight. Solo. From Florida to Montana.

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Lone Peak; Big Sky, MT

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As an employee for Big Sky, you get access to many perks. They hook you up with housing, bus passes, restaurant/amenity/retail discounts and a free pass to ski. So far, I’ve lived in Bozeman housing and Big Sky housing. Both very different, as one is near downtown and the other is literally on the mountain.

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As an ultimate animal lover, my eyes are peeled regularly for a glance at some wildlife. So far I’ve seen a multitude of elk, some bison, big-horned sheep, bald eagles and two moose! I try to soak in everything that I see, because life back in Florida is just so different.

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Skiing. People travel here from all over to experience some of the best skiing in America. I know plenty of people that would kill for my free ski pass. So what’s a Florida gal to do? She’s gotta learn to ski, of course. My wonderful friend, Lauren is ironically a ski instructor at Big Sky and was more than happy to teach me. While I’ve experienced many wipe-outs and embarrassing falls, I grown to understand the addiction to it all. There’s just something about gliding through the powder with the mountains around you that makes life feel so surreal.

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These are some photographs of Ousel Falls! Around where I live, there are plenty of trails to be hiked. Some in which you will find mind-blowing views like these frozen waterfalls. There’s beauty around every corner, here.

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Rockford Coffee; Bozeman, MT
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The very wonderful Lauren Stanley
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Gallatin River; Gallatin National Forest
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Views outside my window in Big Sky

Ultimately, I came out here with the intentions of change. I wanted to wake up and see something new every day- explore a fresh place. I was tempted by the idea of living alone. While it meant saying goodbye to many beautiful humans back home, I was ready for the challenge within myself. I love that I’m overcoming obstacles and am noticeably growing. I love spending my free time writing in my journal, reflecting on it all. If I want to go for a solo walk through my winter wonderland backyard in the morning, I can do it! Nothing’s stopping me.

I feel as though, in life, it’s so important to put ‘you’ first. To do things that might scare you or push you past your comfort zones- those things will always help you grow and understand it all.

I saw the adventure, and I took it.

And here I am. In Montana.

I live in Montana??

photo diary | farewell fall (+another visit to VA)

Well, another fall season has come and gone. It was radiant, alluring and inspiring as always. Despite Florida’s measly seasonal changes, I took it upon myself to book a flight to Virginia. While visiting my brother there, we made it a point to journey back to Shenandoah National Park. Leaving the house at 3 a.m., we were able to catch the sun rise up and over the mountain peaks. These pictures don’t share a justice of how beautiful it was.

Anyway, here is a collection of photographs I’ve put together- all taken from the fall season.

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photo diary | farewell fall (+another visit to VA)

SC → VA

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dsc_0083dsc_0097dsc_0102Luray Caverns, Virginia 

Filled with stallagmites and stalactites, these underground caverns were a true work of art. At about 200 feet into the earth, the air that filled my lungs was a cool 60 degrees, setting a true cave-like tone. I’m still completely blown away by the magnificent creations that lie below the earths surface. 

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This was my first time at a National Park and I can’t even begin to describe how alive I felt. Between the vast horizons, fresh air and lack of civilization, I can definitely say I was high on life. I was surrounded by mountains and tree tops. Butterflies played around my hair as the sun kissed my skin. This experience allowed me to feel renewed. It allowed me to reconnect with myself and become one with the earth. If you’ve never been to a National Park before, I would highly recommend it. 

SC → VA