Glass Half Full at the Narrows Zion

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Glass Half Full at the Narrows Zion

Today’s post will be short and hopefully somewhat inspirational to get you through the day.

Driving to the Narrows Zion

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Sometime in June 2014, my boyfriend and I drove to Zion National Park to hike The Narrows. For those of you who don’t know what The Narrows is, it is the narrowest section of the Zion Canyon where you are hiking through the Virgin River. We set a goal to do an 8-9 hour hike RT or until we reached Big Springs. Before I get into it, I just want to mention that we were not really prepared. We didn’t have a map with us and we didn’t wear waterproof clothing. So here we were, trudging through freezing water, taking big strides from one slippery-moss-covered-rock to the next, not having a clue as to how close we were to our destination. The currents only got stronger and the water got deeper the further we went. We were pretty much drenched the entire time (ew). We were starting to have doubts and wanted to turn back around after seeing others get discouraged. However, we refused to give up — even if we didn’t know what was ahead. After a few slips, a misplaced pair of sunglasses, and a whole lot of complaining, we miraculously made it to our destination. Not going to go into detail, but basically it was beautiful. It was worth it. And it was so rewarding! Now, I don’t mean to get all metaphorical on you, but I’m going to – sor. The one thing I realized from this hike is that you gotta stop making excuses for yourself and just DO IT – whatever it is. Yes, the “what-ifs” will probably dominate our thoughts, but why do we always let those win when we haven’t even given the other side a chance. What’s the worse that could happen? What if you get a better outcome than expected? This can apply to almost everything. If you’re scared you’re going to suck at painting, well, what if you don’t and end up becoming the next Picasso? You may fear that you’re not going to get a job, and let’s say you don’t, but what if that leads you to start your own business and make six-figures?! Or if you’ve been wanting to become a professional ping-pong player, but make excuses about how you’re not coordinated enough, ping-pong tables are expensive, blah blah blah…well, yeah. Then you’ll never be a professional ping-pong player, not unless you learn to stop doubting yourself! Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will people! And they also close you off to new opportunities. Going back to the hike, if we continued to doubt and make excuses, we would have never have reached our goal. Sorry I lied, this isn’t a short post at all (oops). Bottom line is, you can choose to make excuses, OR you can choose to make progress. What’s it gonna be?



I just wanted to thank each and every one of my early subscribers and to those who have been so supportive on this new journey, you know who you are. THANK YOU, I will remember this forever. LOVE YOU GUYS <3 < 3 <3

Here are images from the rest of this trip (all iphone).

On the way to Zion

On the way to Zion

Hiking at Zion National Park

Waist Deep at the Narrows Zion

Waist Deep at the Narrows Zion

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The Narrows Zion Big Springs

Big Springs!

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Squirrel The Narrows Zion Utah


Cute Squirrel The Narrows Zion

Oscar's Cafe at the Narrows Zion Utah

Oscar’s Cafe

St. George LDS Temple The Narrows Zion Utah

St. George LDS Temple

St. George Temple The Narrows Zion Utah





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  • Katie
    Posted at 03:59h, 08 May Reply

    Loving your photos too, Carmelisse! I think that sometimes the biggest midadventures (all of that cold water!) make for the best and most memorable stories later on 🙂 it’s always worth going for it.

  • Chalsie
    Posted at 07:57h, 17 April Reply

    What a beautiful post! I totally agree with you! I miraculously quit my day job to freelance, that was a year ago now, and I’ve never looked back!

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 08:07h, 17 April Reply

      Hi Chalsie! How amazing! I love hearing stories about that. I recently quit my job too and I’ve never been more excited in my life. Thank you for taking the time to read! <3

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