Take a Hike

If you’re been following me for some time, you know how much I love hiking. And if you’re new, I just want you to know that, I LOVE HIKING!!! For me, hiking is so much more that getting in a fun outdoor workout it - that’s actually the cherry on top. When I’m hiking, it’s a chance for me to clear my mind from the noise of busy city life and completely zone out. And as we are coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Month, I feel it’s so important for me to share what keeps my mind at peace.

Location: Will Rogers State Historic Park

Personally, hiking and mental health go hand in hand. I’ve spent many weekend mornings hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, seeking to unwind, destress from the week, and find serenity. I also take the opportunity to meditate and set goals and intentions for my future. A lot of personal development has come out of my morning hikes. A lot of soul searching and self-reflection. A lot of new ideas. And a whole lot of creative inspo.

As you can probably tell from reading this, I highly recommend hiking, or at least finding some sort of peaceful ritual you can incorporate into your life that allows you to free your mind and follow your gut. Sometimes, it can be hard to see and hear ourselves when we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. So, taking that hike first thing in the morning is my way of reconnecting with myself. It’s like my weekly checkin to make sure, I’m good, so don’t forget to check on yourselves :)

Lastly, I did an interview for illustrator/art director, Ragni Agarwal around Mental Health Awareness Month - you can check out her dope Instagram here - specifically on how mental health affects me, so given the subject matter, it only seemed fitting to share:

“Getting aligned with your mental health is so important now more than ever. There have been many of times in my life that I have experienced anxiety, insecurity, and even depression. For me the key to overcoming many of these emotions has been vulnerability. To be completely transparent, I don’t know what happened, but there was something in me that just clicked. I was tired of thinking that I had to feel, act, and even create art in a certain way because it never felt authentic to me. 

I feel lucky to have become aware of what it means to be truly vulnerable. To be unapologetic. To be confident in my thoughts and decisions. To not let worry get the best of me. The mind is so powerful, but the older I get, the closer and more in tune I feel with my authentic self. Being vulnerable has allowed me to feel like I am in full control of my mental health. Life gets really hard sometimes and nothing is perfect, but being aligned and accepting of myself, just the way I am, is what motivates me to push forward each day.”