the time has come

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I’m going to stop blogging. I’ve been back and forth over this decision in my head but it’s time. I don’t have the time or energy to keep up with this blog on top of all of my other responsibilities. It’s simply not my passion. I wish it was! I get super into blogging for about a month and then it just becomes tedious and I am unable to keep up with it.

Especially these days, I have my Etsy shop, YouTube channel, Instagram, pen pals, and a full-time job. My weekends are a flurry of taking blog photos, filming videos, writing letters, creating mail art, writing blog posts, editing videos, and creating products for my shop. It’s hectic, to say the least! I’m trying to cut down on the things that I don’t necessarily enjoy doing to continue doing the things that I love.

I’m going to be around on YouTube so I definitely suggest you keep an eye on my channel! I try to post videos every Friday but I’m hoping to be able to post more often now that I don’t have to worry about this blog. I want to turn my channel into more of a visual blog, which means that I will be filming videos about the topics I post here.

I’m also on Instagram! If you would like to get in touch with me, please feel welcome to shoot me an email at dactyllife@gmail.com or use the contact form on www.dactyllife.com.

Thank you!

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Bethany Lake

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Nathan and I have been hitting up the fishing spots in the area. Most spots are out in the suburbs but still prove to be really beautiful. This particular area was called Bethany Lake. It was more like a pond and likely man-made. It had a beautiful trail going along the water, though. It was a rather strange spot, literally a block away from a busy 4 lane road and across the water, opposite of the walking trail, was a little neighborhood. It felt secluded, for the most part. I caught my first fish there, a tiny little guy. Nathan took my picture while I stood as far away from the fish as possible. I really don’t like things that live in the water. Nathan had to do the honors to release it back into the water. I will not touch fish.

oregon coast

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Recently I took a trip out to the coast with my boyfriend. It was a little extended weekend trip but it was really nice to get away. We didn’t really plan out anything besides the hotel. We were just winging it!

The Oregon coast is so beautiful. It’s unlike any other beach area I’ve ever been to. The forest basically comes right up to the beach and it’s breathtaking. And the fog! I love the fog.

We tried to check out Thor’s Well but the tide was low so it was basically a hole in the ground with some water at the bottom. Nothing like the photos I had seen of it! We also tried to go to the sea lion caves but the sea lions were out in the ocean. Boo! This is why you should plan things, guys.

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Before we left, we went to a little pond area to do some fishing. I spent the time taking photos of the area and the sunset. I loved the cotton candy clouds!

On our way home, we stopped by a little aquarium and had a fun time. We weren’t planning on stopping in but I saw a sign from the highway and thought it would be a nice to check out. They have a part where you walk through a tunnel that is surrounded by water and sharks swimming overhead. I wasn’t too excited about that bit!

I really love taking short trips to explore areas outside of Portland. I hope to take more trips in 2016!

Sorry For The Silence

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Well, hey there! It’s been awhile, huh? There have been a few reasons why I haven’t posted anything in basically a month. The main reason: I was (and am) burned out. It’s hard to keep productive and consistent when posting here regularly, working full-time, going to the gym, working on my business, making mail art, and replying to letters. Something had to give. On top of that, I found out I owe several hundred dollars in taxes and I just broke. So, I just stopped. I stopped posting, stopped replying, stopped making. I’m slowly coming out of the dark hole but it’s going to take a little while longer.

A fellow blogger nominated me for the Liebster award recently. I’ll have to come out of my whole to respond to that, hopefully this week. Other than that, I’m probably going to take another month off. I hope to focus on blog posts in April. Get some pictures and posts squared away so I don’t have to stress myself out by getting things done last minute. I should be back to a consistent routine in May. Hope to see you then ❤