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DIRTGURL TRAVELS

Going Somewhere

Hey Y'all,

Hope everything is going well for you, and those new year resolutions are taking flight!

It feels as if we expect a change from December 31st to January 1st. Like, I'm going to be such a better person tomorrow... then tomorrow never comes. We put it off over and over again, until we have that spark of energy--and of course our energy doesn't last long. My goal going into this year was to have the completely different mindset. I never expected emotions to come back and hit me so hard. It was like 2016 came with a punch in the face. 

It has been hard to write my blog lately because I feel as if I have nothing to say. I usually have plenty to say but these last few months have been wayyyyy harder then I expected. It's probably a mixture of being mentally exhausted and Missoula's dark Winters.

On the other hand-

There is a lot of exciting stuff happening in my life recently, and I wanted to share with you guys!

I have been hired to Shoot down at Zion National Park in May! First big paid job, and I never thought it would happen this fast! I will hopefully be down there for a week or two shooting for my client and doing some personal work!

Also, we have set a date for the PCT! I will be leaving the end of June starting North and going South! I have never been more excited and scared to start this journey!  I am hoping and praying that this is what I am supposed to do this Summer. But the good news is, I will be partnering up with a local Montana retailer for the trail! It seems to be going smoothly so far, but I have one problem- I need to get in shape fast! If anyone has any good Ideas for workouts, I am all ears! Send me a message through my website, and it would be greatly appreciated!

- More about the Trail

My goal for the trail was always to gain independence for myself. To let myself get vulnerable so I can get over my fears and my past failures. If we don't let ourselves get to that place in our lives where vulnerability takes over, we will never allow ourselves to grow as individuals. It doesn't matter if your male or female. We were born dependent and vulnerable. It's up to us after that.

Recently, I was told something that really struck something in me. I was told,  "We should all be the light in a dark place. It doesn't matter where you are."  I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but what does this really mean? I am still trying to figure out how to be this, or let alone understand what the "light" is.  But what I figured from that was, maybe if I could inspire just one person to be something better then what they gave themselves credit for, then I'll know I grasped the concept.

As for the trail, I hope to inspire everybody, but especially young woman to make the first step in finding where the vulnerability lies, and spending everyday after that looking for  strength. This is what I am trying to find in myself, and maybe the trail will help me with that.

 

Cheers!

Makayla F Crist

 

 

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