Hey y’all! If you’re wondering where I am, I’m cycling 1200 miles from Seattle to Glacier National Park whilst/while(?…Aimee, you’d know this one, grammar girl) filming a documentary about climate change, specifically changes in weather patterns. I am cycling with my cousin Sam Greene (a 2014 Rhodes Scholar) and this is our first long-distance bike trip. We expect the tour to take around 5 weeks.
We were gifted with over $2,000 worth of donations in only 3 days to help with expenses! We are also sponsored by YumButter, an awesome company with a carbon neutral footprint that uses the “Buy One, Feed One” approach in their goal to feed over 2.5 million malnourished children by 2017! They also make really yummy peanut, almond, and sunflower butters- all fresh ground. Look them up; I’m sure they’d love the Internet traffic!
I’ve included a link to our online blog (click on “Blogging & Biking”) which we will be updating as often as we can. The documentary will come out early 2015! Yay! Send me your positive thoughts and supportive messages! Hope y’all are having a grand one!
Destroy the idea that men should respect women because we are their daughters, mothers, and sisters. Reinforce the idea that men should respect women because we are people.
Destroy the idea that only people deserve to be treated fairly.
After two months across the ocean, my girlfriend will be back in America tomorrow!
I am no expert on love,
But I have a few suggestions to keeping your love alive.
1- Don’t fall asleep angry. But if you do, wake up in the middle of the night and hold her as close as you can.
2- Laugh during sex, especially if you bump heads. If you aren’t laughing, you’re with the wrong person.
3- If you don’t feel comfortable dancing naked with your partner and showing them your four chins when you laugh, you’re doing it wrong.
4- Romance isn’t for everyone, but a post-it note in their lunchbox telling them they’re the best will never go amiss.
5- Don’t cling to them at parties. Dance with friends and spend time with acquaintances, but wink at each other across the room.
6- Keep everything 50/50, or you will fall out of balance.
7- Stop comparing your relationship to others- you are you, don’t try to be someone else.
8- Be kind. Give them space when they need it, but be their home when they come back.
9- Be proud to love them.
10- Support them through whatever they do in life, even if it’s a stupid decision. People need to make their own mistakes, but be there if it falls apart, and never say ‘I told you so’.
And most of all, love with your whole heart, or don’t love at all.
I now appreciate the freedom that comes with being in a healthy relationship. It used to be that if I wanted to do something on my own, I was made to feel guilty beforehand and accused of (insert ridiculous thing) afterwards. Now, things are just so different. If I want to go out for a swim, or out with friends, or do whatever the heck I want to do, I don’t feel like I need permission first. I don’t have to emotionally prepare myself for a fight. I can just go. She doesn’t hold me back; if it makes me happy then she’s happy. And I feel the exact same way with her. I had never experienced a truly healthy relationship until now. And I just want those of you who feel miserable or guilty 24/7, or held back because of your current relationship to know that there is something so much better out there. You deserve better. So do yourself a favor and find the strength to let go of any and all healthy relationships. I promise you, it’s worth it.