The 20 Minute Adventure


It's Monday. Your head has been foggy all day. The to-do list gets jumbled and daunting. You've just got to escape.

Get those shoes on. Put some comfortable athletic wear. Channel your inner outdoor woman. Pretend you are about to climb a mountain. But maybe you don't live near mountains. Maybe it's not even a hill. But there are areas to walk. Just go walk. 

Walk for at least 20 minutes. That's the amount of time it takes me. Put headphones in and turn on music that makes you feel like you're the star of your own movie, or turn on a podcast that inspires you and takes you out of the moment for a little bit. 

Sometimes planning an outdoor adventure can cause a bit of anxiety. Where to go? What can you handle? But just walking, right outside of your house, takes no planning. Look around, maybe there will be something you notice that you have never noticed before. Walk along the sidewalk, through a neighborhood bike path, whatever looks walkable (as long as it's in a safe area) walk it!! 

20 minutes is nothing. It's the amount of time you spent reading blog posts. So just take that time you usually do watching an episode of FRIENDS, and go outside! Even if it's just to get the mail!

I try to do a "20 Minute Adventure" every evening after dinner. My preferred time is sunset. I'd love to know what kind of "20 Minute Adventures" you have gone on, or will do! Follow me on Instagram (@caro_jphillips) and share with me your adventures. 

Walk a day

The weather has been insanely nice for the past two weeks and while I'm worried about the obvious signs of global warming, it's good for my health to get outside and wander. Working from home is nice, but I find myself locked in my apartment all day and I become a hermit. So, to combat that, I've been exploring around my neighborhood. Friday I took my DSLR with me, instead of my trusty iPhone 7 Plus, and grabbed some photos. 

I didn't intend for it to be a black + white series, but I was feeling it and so that's what happened. ;) 



Winter Blues

It's a new month, a new year. Combine that with my birthday, it's all things new and fresh. But this mark of a new start usually causes more anxiety than peace. There is a whole year ahead and I have no idea what it holds. 

I moved out of my parents house about two weeks ago now. Initially, I had big plans for moving out and making my way towards something "bigger" like LA or Chicago. Alas, I find myself here, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, living in an apartment 15 miles from my parents house. 

Every winter I kinda freak out and question every decision I've ever made.

Why am I still here on the Shore?

Should I just move to LA?

Am I really silly to believe that I can make it work as a local filmmaker and photographer? 

I feel like there is a new fad among young people to flee and constantly be on amazing adventures, and while staying in one place (especially your hometown) means that you've failed. 

I'm constantly torn between wanting to leave and wanting to stay. On the one hand, if I leave, maybe if I move to California, I'll get discovered and be the next Mindy Kaling. But who says moving to LA has to be the way to get to true success?

First, what is true success? 

Second, what if this road is the one that makes me more interesting and more importantly, happy?

We have all heard the story of the LA transplant and that is all wonderful and I applaud anyone who does it, but I want to be a little different.

I want to live in a place that I like and work with clients that inspire me, all while being able to grab lunch with my parents or grandparents when I can. 

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is part of my identity. 

While I still love LA, and will not completely exhaust the idea (someday I will live there, I know), I want to make it work here. I am inspired here. 

So here's to 2017 of being a little uncomfortable in staying still.

 ...and I mean, who can leave this beautiful sight?!