I remember being dead broke not to long ago. I got Soo excited when I got free stuff. Can I tell you guys how f*cking thankful I am? I'll give you guys a lil understanding.. I got back to California and really had to start all over... A few months ago I was dead broke, living harsh as f*ck. I can't make this up, I'm just a human like you.. I had to take a bath inside of a little ass bucket if I wanted to bathe..... Inside of a little ass bucket y'all my feet barely could for inside 🤦🏿♂️ long story short, felt close to hell... I had to get water from the neighbors for pretty much everything.. brushing my teeth, for food whatever required water pretty much.. I slept and shared with rats, and bugs every night. I woke up with new bite marks on my body damn near everyday. if I left my food out over night it would be nibbled on or gone because there was no fridge to store food. I was going f*cking crazy slowly but surely! And it's all because my own family put me in that situation. You guys don't how many dark and twisted nights I had. Thinking about doing some hurtful things just to get back at them and regretting it later. But I had to dig deep and and find my true strength! I had to tell myself to get back up when I got down on my low! I had to tell myself I won't let these people snatch out my soul, not that easy! I really thought about giving up.... until one day someone said to me "Eric, I appreciate your struggle". Shit motivated me like crazy!!! I'm telling you, never give up man! I really looked up to that sky and thanked God I still ain't gave up and kept striving for something!! I don't care if you're dream is to buy a new watch or to travel across the world. You can have anything you want, if you work and go hard for it!! I went from being dead broke, homeless with barely anything. To having some kind of faith because I'm working for it!! Keeping a positive mind is key to. I was dead depressed but people saw my struggle and saw that I didn't give up, saw that I'm actually working, keep me motivated! I AM BEYOND THANKFUL #Blessed#thankgod#thankkyou#blessings#gamer#nerd#myvans#ballislife#nike#travel#lifesgood#strong#adventure#iloveyoudad!
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The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has many institutions doing some great crocodilian work, so let's introduce you to one of the them: ZooMiami! They are involved in our Cuban crocodile species survival program, as well as rehabilitating American crocodiles for release back into the wild and even sending their staff along with researchers from the University of Florida to collect data on wild populations of American crocodiles. #zoomiami#crocodileconservation#crocodiles
#tbt same mountain 365 days later. “After the Goldrush” blog pt 2. I tell myself “this loss & lostness is temporary. I have learned this from the times I’ve lost my way before.” Still I wanted to give up. Not so unlike where I feel my life has now brought me to, today. Back into America w/ a book I am proud of, but brought me to a near penniless state & no direction nearer to where I want to build a home. It’s like we’re always on the cusp of knowing, like that point in your day drinking a coffee & laughing with your best friend, or on that cerebral scatterfying acid trip when you figured out the universe, or close to vital orgasmic climaxing- the constant verge of almost knowing. Then all flows ephemeral again. Wisps of genius coursing back into the void. The curse of peering into secret ethers is forgetting it all. Truths we weren’t supposed to learn. The winds picked up and they began swaying together in a primal dance. A pattern choreographed by ancient unconscious evolution. The years that have brought these trees, this breeze, this wind-blown self to now. The path out of the forest was muddled. The signs had fallen into disrepair and disuse. They were eroded by the sheer artifact of time. A path alone- I got what I wanted. Perhaps this was part of the path or a brief panacea. A way to come to peace with a path that seems so unsure & unguided. I sat still, ate a sandwich & reassessed. “At least I have food and water, an emergency poncho, a hatchet, flashlight, journal, iPhone, a joint.” My own bewitching self-determined survival guide. We must lean into feelings that align & contribute to our desires. The #1 chance of survival in the wilderness is your mindset. If you let yourself get tangled in the fear your chances of making it out plummet to 50%. There were lessons in the losing of my way. But I thought I’d already been through all that. Maybe finding yourself is never finished. I'm the last one to know these answers. . . #writersofinstagram#blogger#author#gay#nature#colorado#writer#backpacking#instagood#photooftheday#canon#lost#wilderness#wanderlust#adventure#truth#hike#philosophy#igers#blog#mountain#forest#meditation#roadtrip
New blog post! “After the Goldrush” part 1. The Tioga trail is nestled a couple miles westward of the Continental Divide. It was height of summer & of temperate beauty. Tourists & amateur hikers flock to the best morning trails. The mosquito swarms had followed suit. Being alone in nature is the truest of all holy rituals. I wanted to hike unencumbered, spirited away from everyone, pairs of probing human eyes. (Full post joshovaswitness.com) The solo wanderer's mantle is one I needed to carry that day. One that has followed me since. How is it in the subtle pursuits of adjacent tasks, we often get exactly what we asked for? I felt free, calm, inspired. I took my Canon & leapt in ecstasy. Snapping frames of blue dream & mountain haze- a photo to the cover of my first book. I meditated, soaking in a sunlit gratitude, enjoying the call of Jays. Bees breezing beside my yogic form. And as we often do in states of bliss, I felt the time was NOW to move forward. True to nature I chose the complicated hike that found me lost and turned every which way round. Stuck for hours somewhere in a long loop of the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Colorado keeps calling me back, an unintended disciple. The lessons becoming easier as I let myself be broken by each teaching. Cell service had not worked for days. The trail map made no sense. Summer rain began falling & the sky grew darker. 2 hours of daylight left. I sought refuge within a canopy of Pine & Aspen trees. Aspens are connected by an underground root system and they are able to communicate via this bio-psychic link. “Aspens, god, Steve Jobs- can you please lead me out of here?” It’s funny the ones we cry out to when we need saving. There may be no atheists in the foxholes, but I’ve come to believe that everything is connected. A pantheist in panic, is either delusional or onto something. I’m still out to find that answer. . . . #writersofinstagram#blogger#author#gay#nature#instagay#colorado#writer#backpacking#instagood#photooftheday#canon#queer#philosophy#wilderness#igers#synchronicity#lindo#tree#sky#blog#inspire#wanderlust#rockies#instagood#mountain#adventure#travel#travelgram#quest#hike
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ANTI ACNE CARE 🌿 it comes in a simple box and inside we have: 🌿 aloe herb face wash ( Aloe Vera, coconut oil, chamomile) 🌿 Vitamin C serum (Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid B3 AHA) 🌿 Witch Hazel Rosy Toner (alcohol free formula) 🌿 Super spot treatment 🌿 Healing Clay Mask 🌿 Sample packs of witch hazel rosy toner and Hibiscus face cream 🌿 I am so excited to open it because of the smell ( I also wanted to know what are the products included of course ). The smell is refreshing and you'll feel relax because of the herbal scent. 🌿 ALWAYS! do a skin patch test every time you'll use new skincare products. 🌿 Feel free to comment below.
. I'm not the same person I used to be and I’m enjoying it ~ start living my unique journey, changing my lifestyle.... Breaking my own limits and outgrowing myself to live my best life, learning to stop comparing; I’m not competition with others... but somehow ~ .