3 Breathtaking Washington Hikes Near Olympia & Seattle

    Looking for Washington hikes that are absolutely worth the trek? Then boy do I have you covered.

    Washington is absolutely chock full of gorgeous trails, and I have a never-ending list of hikes I still want to complete. But today we’re talking about three Washington hikes I would take anyone who visits on.

    I’ve picked out a short hike, and medium hike, and a long hike so people from all levels will have something to try out!

    High Rock Lookout Hike

    Length: 3.1 miles
    Elevation gain: 1318 ft
    Pass or fee: None
    Bathroom: Port-A-Potty at the trailhead
    Distance from Olympia/Seattle: 2 hours/2.5 hours

    Heads up: This trail is occasionally closed due to restoration. Make sure you check for closures before planning your hike here! Also, during the winter the trail can be almost completely covered in snow. Keep that in mind if you’re wanting to climb the rockface at the end.

    This is one of the shortest hikes I’ve ever done but the most worth it hike I’ve ever done. The trail is an extremely steep uphill battle. It was nowhere near undoable since it’s so short, but I definitely stopped every 10 minutes or so to take a breath and get a drink of water. 

    evergreen trees staggered with rows on mountains behind on a washington hike

    There are two “fake” views before the real view at the top of the mountain. So be warned when you think you reach the end. Not yet, but close! At the top, you’ll reach a rock face that you have to scramble up and then you can enjoy the old lookout cabin and the views of Mount Rainer.

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    The Best 5 Books I Read in 2020

    *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on a product link or use one of my codes, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love or use myself!

    Another year done, another reading recap.

    In 2020, I read a total of 21 books and five of them really stuck out. Today I’ll be sharing those five best books I read last year along with my thoughts on them for you!

    If you’re interested in seeing more of the books I read check out this full list on Bookshop or friend me on GoodReads.

    The Girl He Used to Know

    I feel like I had seen this book while working in the library in 2019 and was drawn to the cover so when I found it on BookOutlet I purchased it. I was not disappointed.

    Annika is such a well rounded character, and I loved being in her mind. I thought she was just going to be another “shy girl” trope which I always related to, but was happily surprised that there was more to her than that. Spoiler alert, it’s soon easily discerned that Annika has some sort of developmental disorder making the book deter from the typical “shy girl” trope. 

    the book The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves on top of cheese pieces

    I had never read a book told from the POV of someone with a development disorder so I loved the new perspective and representation. I especially loved that the author didn’t advertise that specific quality of the main character to capitalize on the recent call for diversity in all media.

    I read this book in two days and cried two times. A great one to start off this list right? 

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    I Didn’t Achieve Everything I Wanted to in 2020 — and That’s Okay

    At the beginning of the year, and throughout, I set some goals for myself. Some of them were more descriptive (like being able to do a pull-up by myself before the new year) and others were very vague (like keeping up with my blog). But then 2020 came and went and I didn’t reach every goal I wanted last year. And that’s totally okay.

    I had been seeing a lot of things circulating on social media about how you should be extra gentle towards yourself in regards to what you achieved in 2020. I mean… we had (and are still in) a global pandemic!

    I agreed with all the posts I was seeing, but I also think you should be gentle with yourself every year. Instead of focusing on what you didn’t accomplish, instead, focus on all the things you did accomplish – no matter the size of the accomplishment.

    Related: What I’m Doing to Improve My Mental Health

    So I thought I’d volunteer as tribute and share all the things I’ve been beating myself up about and then all the things I should instead be celebrating.

    Goals I Tried to Accomplish

    Do One Pull-Up by Myself

    I’ve always wanted to be able to do pull-ups by myself. I finally started practicing them every workout in September. Had gyms not closed again in November I’m sure I would have been able to do at least one by myself by now but that’s okay.

    girl in a gym locker room mirror wearing a mask

    Related: Comparing Four Popular Gym Chains: which gym is right for you?

    I may not have accomplished this goal, but I’m more motivated than ever. Once they open again I’ll be ready to start working towards this goal again.

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    10 Spooky Small Businesses Your Halloween Obsessed Friend will Love

    Are you or a friend a lover of all things Halloween? Do you know someone that just emanates witch vibes? Does your friend have an obsession with horror movies? Well, do I have the perfect list of small businesses for you!

    I’m a huge Halloween fan (just check out my Instagram) and have a section of my bedroom and living room dedicated to the spooky and macabre so most of my social media feeds are tailored for those interests. AKA I know where to shop to find pieces for the mystical, witchy, magical and horror-loving friend.

    Below you’ll find ten small businesses to support this holiday season (or all year round) to purchase gifts for you and your peers.

    Jump to a Store:

    The Pretty Cult$$
    Dark Mother$ $$
    Die with Your Boots On$$ $$$
    Holli Rose Art$ $$
    Cocorrina$$ $$$
    Not Your Average Babe$ $$ $$$
    Black Thorn$ $$
    HausWitch$ $$ $$$
    Foxblood$$ $$$
    Queer Quartz Shop$

    $ – Under 15 dollars
    $$ – Under 50 dollars
    $$$ – More than 50 dollars

    The Pretty Cult

    Price range: $$

    This shop caters to anyone with a dark heart or magickal inclinations. The shop owner and creator, Arielle, designs and handprints all the items herself. The Pretty Cult sells everything from tote bags, to dresses, to candles and room spray, tea towels, pins, patches and more.

    Here are my picks:

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