Blog on the Road: Athens, Georgia

This weekend I have been given the honor to visit some dear friends of mine in Athens, Georgia. It’s incredible to still have friendships with ones who I have known for at least ten years. 

As I had breakfast with a dear beloved, I was constantly reminded of how wonderful and important intentional relationships are in life. I said to him that even though I had never been to their apartment, I felt like I had come home to visit family. 

It’s important to have friends that you truly consider family because these are the people in  your life that you will get the most honest answers to important questions, even the “does this shirt make my arms look weird” type questions. 

If you presently have pals that you consider to be family, keep hold of them! They are the best ones to tell you the nasty truth, and even better ones to cry on their shoulder when you are hurt the most. They are the most encouraging delights, and they give you the most hope you could ever imagine coming from a person. 

If you don’t feel like you have these types of relationships, take the time to make a foundation for one in your present friendships. Putting in time and effort to know their lives and learn how to love them in the best way you can will most definitely end up forming a life-long relationship that, even when physically apart, will never disintegrate. 

Thank you, Athens for housing me in this time of reminders, and thank you my loved ones for allowing me to be an ear to hear all of your stories, and thus giving me more excitement for my own. 

Love you. Love people.

Much love,

Karlye

Oh and GO DAWGS

Blog On The Road: Boone, North Carolina

Hey SWL family! 

So this weekend, I decided to embark on my very first solo road-trip to visit a friend in Boone, North Carolina. Being one who lives in Atlanta, what you see in this picture is absolutely alien to my day-to-day views at home.

I wanted to share about this journey because I definitely went through some reflection time while I drove a total of eight hours today, and I felt like sharing this time with you. 

Like I said, this was my first solo road-trip. I am 22 years-old, and I have never driven more than three hours alone in my vehicle. I always felt uncomfortable with the thought of driving for so long with no one to sing the crazy 90’s music with me, as well as no one to keep me awake (which is definitely important). 

This may not seem like a big deal to most, but through this trip, I realized that I had broken through a barrier that I never knew existed. 

I became okay with being by myself.

I’m an only child, but I always had someone by my side. Getting older, I appreciated alone time more, but lately, I have been unintentionally insecure about being by myself. It almost seemed that if I took a long trip by myself, I would always be by myself.

Today’s drive proved me absolutely wrong, and it showed me that I can embrace moments with an overwhelmed heart with or without someone there to share that moment with me. With views similar to the picture above, it was as if I had that landscape all to myself for that moment. Nature and I had a bond that no one could or would take away. 

In today’s drive next to nature, I was reminded that I was so worth loving in the alone-times. 

Being comfortable with yourself is a great thing, but a bigger step is being comfortable by yourself. 

How do you feel when you’re by yourself? 

Do you feel like the truest you, or do you feel as if you couldn’t be farther apart from who you truly are. 

I can’t wait to see what else I learn this weekend, and I definitely will be sharing it with your lovely reading eyes. 

Love you, family,

Karlye