My life has been infused with tons of adventure and nature from living so close to the Tampa Bay. For as long as I can remember, my parents would take my younger brother and I out to the Weedon Island Preserve that has been around for thousands of years, in order to experience aquatic and onshore ecosystems. Many people walk the trails, boardwalks, and fishing pier to learn more about this fascinating preserve. It never ceased to amaze me how the city of Tampa would protect the wide range of diverse animals and natural resources located in this area. As a family we would take jet skis out along the banks of the island or paddle board through them to experience close encounters with numerous wild life.
Several years have gone by and I still constantly come to this place spending great weekends with friends that love adventure as much as me. The fishing is incredible throughout the protected mangroves. There is an abundance of fish, the most popular ones in this area tend to be Snook, Red, and Trout. It is so peaceful outdoors on the water, with the Florida sun giving off a strong heat. My Ranch Bucket gives me the perfect shade whenever I am on the boat or at the beach with my friends. Not only does it look great, but the fit feels perfect especially with any type of movement. The only problem was that all my guy friends were stealing it from me saying how good they looked in it…told them to get their own!
That same day we caught about six Trout and four nice sized Snooks. Both fish are great to eat but we decided to let them go back to their aquatic ecosystems to live another day (I feel guilty sometimes because I love animals so much). The sport of fishing has really become a hobby of mine, because of the exhilarating game that is combined with patience and fight on the water. Weedon Island Preserve gives this feeling to those who love to fish, which is why the location gives off a strong attraction. I wish everyone could see this beautiful environment to remind them the damages of air and water pollution.
I cannot wait to come back during my spring break and spend all my time on the water. Now I am back at University of Central Florida located in Orlando, so it is time for me to explore this busy city. So keep up to date with me!
New year, same world so take care of it!
~ Explore ~
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This is a subject near and dear to my heart. I am an active participant in technology and the world of social networking, and because of that I have encountered many people in life who tell me to “put the camera down and enjoy something”. For the people who have similar experiences as myself, here is what I suggest you try saying to them next time.
Just because I want to have that perfect Instagram picture does not mean that the moment I am in right now is any less important to me than it is to you.
Just because I am on the beach facetiming a faraway friend does not mean I still do not hear the waves, smell the salt, and have my feet all dug up in the sand.
Just because I am texting my boyfriend while I am sitting in a café halfway across the world does not mean I am attempting to isolate myself.
It is possible to take everything in around you while still having a camera ready to go in your pocket. No one should have to apologize for wanting to snap a photo during a really beautiful moment. We should not have to apologize for picking up the phone to call our mom when something insanely amazing happens. There should not be an apology for blogging about a crazy encounter that just occurred. Just because we want to share the journey that we are all on via social media does not mean that we lack the comprehension of the value in the experience we are having. Who would not want a photo to remember that great moment for just a little longer than your memory can hold. Technology has made this huge world smaller and more attainable for everyone.
I live for the moments when I get to snap a picture in my Ranch Bucket hat on top of the mountain I just climbed in Colorado. Or the beaches I get to photograph in the land down under of Australia. I am grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience and share so many things, so what if I want to take a picture of it. For all of the picture haters, you will be seeing A LOT more of my pictures, from more traveling, to more pictures just lounging at home in my Ranch Bucket and I hope to see some of yours in the New Year to come.
Lately I have been focusing on maximizing my faith. My faith in myself, and my faith in the ability to do all of this traveling on my own. Traveling takes a lot of faith. The amount is actually unfathomable. It is by sheer willpower and desire that we blindly stumble into the unknown future on our own. We leave behind the things we know and just leap, venturing into the world. We must trust we will be safe and okay throughout our travels. No one goes into a trip thinking, I may get sick, I may get lost, what happens if I get hurt. Somehow, we just blindly choose to go without thinking of those things, numb to all the terrible evils of the world and bad possibilities that could be lurking around the corner.
We have to trust we will always have our life essentials. Food, water, a place to stay, so imperative yet we leave with a little bit of money in our pockets and no thought about those essentials.
With little regard, we trust strangers. We do not know who these people are. They could be a kind soul offering assistance with no desire for reward, or they can be manipulative beings, taking advantage of this trust that traveling bestows upon them.
We experience new cultures. Sharing in something our minds and our bodies are not used to, and only the bravest of us fully submerge in the novelty of it all.
Simply, in my opinion, there is nothing that requires more faith than traveling. It can change your life, it can be your worst experience or your best, but I guarantee you will learn from it. Traveling maximizes every aspect of our survival skills and brings out the best and worst in our personalities. Our true being. I am a big reader, and a good friend of mine recommended a book called The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer. I really resonate with a portion of the book that talks about how we do not truly know ourselves until we tell our inner voice and our past experiences to frankly, shut up. Once we learn how to do this we get to know who we really are. I feel that a lot of time, travel can help us with this. When thrusted into a new environment, we throw away that inner voice and past experiences because they cannot help us in something we have never known before. It is just you and the new experience, and you get to live it as yourself with no person from the past blocking you and no outlook to rely on. You get to remain present in the moment. Travel in life to be lost, and to find yourself. This is the best way to test how strong your faith is.
The Untethered Soul
Fall brings my favorite type of hat weather, especially wearing our Belize Orange Trucker and the South Water Key Brown Hemp Snapback. Even though these hats are undeniably cute and work well with all of my fall attire, there are many more reasons I am a big advocate for our hats. I wanted to share a little more about our hats since I am finding many of you who keep up with me and the blog have a lot of questions and do not know nearly enough about our brand. For starters our hats are all organic. We re-purpose our hats out of all recycled material. I am a huge supporter of all things environmental friendly and the mission to save our planet, and our hats really embody this. One of my biggest things when I look into new products for myself is how it effects our environment and specifically the effect it has on animals. The next great thing about our hats is the personality the company brings to it. The photography on the hats is taken by our brands creator and it really adds a special flair to the hats. Lastly, and I think this one is key for you, our customer, they can be personalized! If you ever want something specific out of a hat, send me a personal message and we will work with you to create exactly what you want and expect out of a hat!
Short and sweet for today, but wanted to field through some of the questions I have been receiving. If y’all have more inquiries please do not hesitate to comment below or message me privately!
–South Water Key (brown): link
Belize (orange): link
I really wanted to highlight today how Ranch Bucket as a brand, a company, and product has fit in with my travels and my personal style. Without this job that I love so much, I feel like I would not have half the courage that I have gained through their support and also the inspiration I have provided by the company. Also, we have such an inspiring mantra that I now try to live every day. So, without further adou, here are my reasons why Ranch Bucket fits into my lifestyle.
-I Wear the Product
It is not just something that is part of my company but I stand by it as a customer. I am always wearing a hat, I have my computer and water bottle stickers, and I love the idea that I can always present new ideas.
The job itself keeps challenging me to do new and adventurous things. I always attempt new things for that great hat picture, or work is inspiring me to get out of the bed in the morning and go explore some nature. It is a driver in how I want to continue to live my life.
Not only are the people I work with great, but this product has a way of attracting people that are just good-hearted genuine people looking for a good time and a wild adventure. The hat attracts the people to itself, it is not a hard sell.
-Keeps Me Grounded
The mantra we live by keeps in perspective what the important things are. It also benefits our world and our environments in such strenuous times where I feel our world is sometimes falling apart. I like to think that I might be making a tiny little difference by focusing and backing a repurposed and organic product.
-It Embodies My Personality
I feel that I am a lot like the personality of the product. Relaxed, but always looking for the next envelope to push. The unique style of the hats with their original photography show that easy going can be fresh new and fun too.
Ranch Bucket Website
A consistent struggle for a curly haired blonde like myself are bad hair days, but my Ranch Bucket does a pretty good job at concealing these rough days.
The vibe these hats give off just seem more relaxed that other accessories I possess. It just feels natural to throw it on and go.
There are multiple different colors, and NUETRALS which are my main desire because the more neutral the more often I can wear it with different outfits. I really like my orange one because it really brightens up my duller outfits.
- Not Many People Have Them
I have never seen another product like them and it makes me feel special and unique when I am wearing it. Everyone wants to be the trendsetter that other people beg to borrow from, these are one of those staple items that everyone wants to snatch.
The pictures on the front all have a story. They are all from breathtaking places in the world and really bring the whole hat together. Not just another baseball cap.
He is consistently stealing them from me, so he ends up wearing them more than I even do. They are gender universal! I wear the same hats he does and they do not look weird at all. There is not a specific style type to the hats which makes them more appealing to male or female.
The name and pictures are conversation starters and lead to a really fascinating conversation about my favorite topic… my job!
Like I have said in past posts, they are made with all repurposed material and are ecofriendly!
There is always the option to create my own which makes it special and more personal to you and is great for gifts. If you contact our company we can arrange a hat the way you would like.
The people behind this product are just so incredible and I love being a part of the Brand and supporting them.