Updated: Apr 20
I’m from Idaho, right? Most of the time, when I share that intel with someone who does not live here, I get one of the two responses:
Oh wow! I’ve never been to Idaho before! Isn’t it just fields and cows?I drove through Idaho once! I can’t remember where… I saw a lot of fields and cows though…
Insert *Face Palm* here
First and foremost, let me debunk a couple things for you… #1 No, it is not JUST fields and cows, we have horses and mountains too, for the record ;) #2 I’m just kidding, there are hundreds of incredible aspects to this very underrated state, like rivers, lakes cities (yes, CITIES), wildlife of all kinds, and some of the coolest people you will ever meet (not just me ether ;) ).
I like to fondly refer to it as the Best Kept Secret in the U.S. Many who went to college with me, in New York, have probably heard me say this on more than one occasion. At first I didn’t appreciate Idaho and all it’s wondrous splendor. I took it for granted because I grew up here, in a VERY small town by the name of Weiser [WEEZ-ER not WISE-ER]. Sorry, had to get that out of my system… if I had a nickel for every time I correct someone on the pronunciation of my hometown I would have, like, A LOT of nickels…
Anywho, long story short, I grew up small town living, ran off to New York for college, ended up living there 5.5 years in total, and then came right back for, what I thought was going to be, a short period of time. Turns out, it’s been 4+ years and I’m still here, quite fond of the place, I might add.
Originally I thought I was supposed to move off to a big city and become a big city girl (whatever that means) and never to think about this place again. As per the theme of my life, I was wrong. The longer I stayed here, the more I realized how much I belonged here.
You see, I consider myself a glamorous outdoors-woman. I say that because I really enjoy the nature scene that Idaho has to offer. My free time activities consist of hiking, white water rafting, camping, boating, swimming, skiing and hot-spring sitting (hey, not all of it has to be physically demanding, ehh kay?). I’m also no stranger to fishing or paddle boarding, but those happen a little less frequently. To sum it up, I like being outside and I’m in the perfect state to be able to do that. The glamorous side of my self-description comes from the fact that anyone who knows me knows that something on me is usually either rose gold, sparkly, or both; plus, I do pageants and totally work in the industry, make sense now? ;)
Switching gears a bit here, so hang in there. Throughout this blog you’re going to find a common trend. I’m very passionate about self-development and empowerment, gotta love ya-self, in my book. That’s all fine and dandy and certainly not a brand new concept. I see some version of a “love yourself today” quote on instagram on the daily. The difference here is, I like action steps. Scratch that, I NEED action steps. I’m that person in class that always asks “yeah, but how exactly do I do that?” So, I’m going to tell you.
I’ve developed an initiative called: Stair Steps to Success. Having a goal is important, but even more importantly than setting said goal is to know what action steps you need to attain it. So often we set these audacious goals for ourselves and they quickly fall by the wayside because we don’t know what to do first to get there. Don’t get me wrong, audacious goals are awesome, and should most certainly be set. But we will never crush goals like that if we can’t see or don’t know the first thing we need to do to get there. Sound familiar?
Stair Steps to Success ties in the visualization: at the top of the staircase is your big, sparkly audacious goal. You can see it, it’s right there, but what you also see is every step on your way up to it. All you have to do to make progress is to take that first step and viola
you are on your way up!
This blog is about ideas that translate into action steps to help you continually strive to become your best self. I’ll bring ideas to the table, examples, stories, and advice on what you can do today, right now, to become that fierce rockstar that’s hiding inside of you.
Bringing it back to Idaho and my glamours outdoors-woman story, ultimately it took me 4 years to realize that this place, this lifestyle, inspired one of my action steps! It doesn’t matter where you are, (but seriously, I highly recommend Idaho ;) ) getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine is necessary for your soul, for your lungs, for your mind and for your body. Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself extremely stressed out, to the point of depression and despair? Uhh.. probably most of you. Then, you take a minute to run outside to get the mail or grab something from your car. It’s beautiful, clear, and the air feels fresh. You don’t have to tell me, I know that as soon as you got back into the house, you felt better.
It’s not rocket science, being outside is GOOD for you. In order to get into a productive state to reach your goals, you have to establish a balance internally. That balance comes from changing it up. Instead of spending all of your time inside on your computer, take some time to go for a walk, ride a bike, go sit on a dock (kind of like I’m doing right now actually!). This will free up your thoughts, get your blood pumping a little more, and will always help to give you a sense of calmness and clarity. Nature is therapeutic, but don’t take it from me, try it for yourself and you’ll see how marvelous you feel.
Now, get your fine self outside and enjoy the day!
With love and a splendid new tan on half of my face after writing this,
- Paige J.
The Rose Gold Queen