Welcome to 20/20 tuesdays with Dr. Jessica! This week we are finally seeing some much needed sunshine and warmer weather. While the sunlight can help boost our moods and provide much needed Vitamin D, too much of anything can be harmful. Overexposure to the sun's ☀️(UV) radiation can cause a variety of eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, non-cancerous growths on the surface of the eye 👁️ (pingueculae and pterygia) and even cancer of the eye and eyelids. UV rays are present all year long and most UV-related eye problems are a result of many years of cumulative exposure so it is important to have proper sun protection with a good pair of sunglasses 🕶️ First, make sure your shades have 100% UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays—this is the most important thing you can do to save your eyes. Oversized and wraparound frames 👓 also offer more coverage to protect the delicate tissue around your eyes (which can help prevent wrinkles!). Finally, you have the option of choosing polarized lenses, which help filter bright lights, reduce glare and can keep eyestrain at bay. Keep these things in mind when you choose your next pair of sunglasses and your eyes will thank you later! 🙏 #2020tuesdays#drjessica @ootdculture @ootdsubmit @ootdmagazine
Some landscapes are just too spectacular ~
I. Snag Lake in the background with the Fantastic Lava Beds (that’s their real name and yes they are fantastic!) and the Painted Hills in the foreground
II. Lassen Peak in the background, the crater of Cinder Cone in the foreground
Finnley & I spend hours up in the mountains each wk. I’m fortunate that I can but it’s a determined choice & there are other things must be sacrificed to carve out that much time. It’s fine with me though since I’m not much of a socialite. I prefer a sleeping bag & a sunrise over a crowed restaurant these days. The majority of the time off hiking it’s just Finnley & me due to distances covered & the time it takes. But also because that time out on the trail has become ‘my’ time... It fills up my soul & has become my form of therapy. I tried traditional forms of therapy yrs ago. I believe it does have a place & can be incredibly helpful to many, many people; but this is what works for me.. it’s a great reset button & way to make sure I stay true to my goals & to myself. When I got back from a recent trip up to the Sierras & Mt Whitney, I had a few days where it felt bizarre to be back in the mix again after 2 weeks away. At Trader Joe’s, Sprouts (our natural market) & a sterile environment like Costco. A part of me right now is missing that clarity I had on the road.. looking forward to my next trip & all the wisdom it will bring.. & the mountains I hope to slay with my little guy by my side.. ⛰🐾♥️
New favorite post 20+ mile hiking day activity: soak in some hot springs.
After we descending down from the Palisades Glacier we decided to stop off at the Keough Hot Springs. It was my first time ever going into natural hot springs! I cannot believe I’ve had so many tough hiking days without relaxing and thanking my body with these soothing waters. —————————————————
What is your favorite thing to do after a long day of hiking?
California has so much to offer: magical beaches, countless palm trees, snowy mountains, crystal blue lakes, giant Sequoias, endless deserts. Ugh I’m going to explore every inch of it. Californians, what’s your favorite place?
"Did I even bring enough color for these kind of skies?" - Me thinking out loud and giving up on the idea of painting on the road, when we'd only just begun. And folks, that was the start and end of inktober.
Today’s drive up and down the mountain was narrated by me saying (alone in my car) things like “oh my... Oh MY... Wow... My goodness... Oh my god....WOW....” over and over again. The hike was also stunning, so much so that I can’t seem to narrow down my photos yet! ✨❄️🍂🏔
» What's the worst thing that could happen?
Living in the tension of wandering over this last year, one of the most crucial things I’ve learned is that saying yes to the things you're being drawn or called to is rarely — if ever — a bad decision. Saying yes, being responsible to what's in front of you, and trusting that the pieces will come together is an act of faith that has the potential to alter you in the best of ways, believe me.
So what has been nagging at you? What dream or vision keeps you up at night? What is the thing you feel like you were made to do but you've been too hesitant to get after it?
I desperately want you to say YES to those things! After all, what is the worst that could happen? If the fear of failure is what’s holding you back, ya gotta get over it, because without the risk of failure there's no real chance for success. We can't let any kind of fear keep us from stepping into what we were made for, so do it scared if you have to (no shame in that, it's pretty much where I live these days). But if you know in your bones that you’ve got to do it, why wouldn't you... right?
I just really hope that you'll say yes to whatever that thing is that you're thinking about right now, because I believe you've got it what it takes to do it, write it, speak it, be it, and get after it.
I’d rather share stories with you over a campfire than over social media. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough firewood or a big enough fire pit so this will have to do for the time being.🔥
P.S. If any of you have a giant fire pit, I would love to roast some mallows with you.
It’s so easy to get caught up in striving and the daily grind that sometimes we get discouraged when things don’t happen on our timetables. 🤷🏾♀️.
In those moments reflect back to the time when you received one of your greatest blessings and how it felt😇. .
Stay in the moment and use that energy, to help propel you forward. ☄️. In other words, SHIFT your thinking, get UNSTUCK, and give THANKS for all you’ve accomplished thus far. 🙏🏾. .Expressing GRATITUDE is one of the ingredients to MANIFESTING dreams into reality .
BONUS Tip: When you seem to be at a standstill in your life, take the focus off yourself and help someone else in need expecting nothing in return from them. WATCH what happens next! 💫
Into Grampians National Park we go! Well known for its striking sandstone mountains, the natural beauty and accessible location of the Grampians (260kms from Melbourne) makes it hard to resist. We’ll happily descend on the abundance of hiking and climbing trails here any day!