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The highlight of road tripping through Idaho was easily seeing this blonde bombshell and getting a tour of her new home. Currently, I’m back in Michigan and ready to help get this pretty little thang hitched 💕 Seeing each other more than one time in a year is a new is a record for us, but it’s just a testament to how strong our friendship is. Can’t wait to stand up by your side @saramariebaker !
The highlight of road tripping through Idaho was easily seeing this blonde bombshell and getting a tour of her new home. Currently, I’m back in Michigan and ready to help get this pretty little thang hitched 💕 Seeing each other more than one time in a year is a new is a record for us, but it’s just a testament to how strong our friendship is. Can’t wait to stand up by your side @saramariebaker !
For a few moments I swore I was somewhere else, another state, maybe even another country. I’m still blown away by #upperleftusa and I cannot wait to spend the summer here .
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When I finally edited this photo the other week on I realized I painted a photo almost identical to this in high school (not a very good one) but those two trees were ingrained in my head. Things like this keep popping up. I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
For a few moments I swore I was somewhere else, another state, maybe even another country. I’m still blown away by #upperleftusa  and I cannot wait to spend the summer here . . When I finally edited this photo the other week on I realized I painted a photo almost identical to this in high school (not a very good one) but those two trees were ingrained in my head. Things like this keep popping up. I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
“The storm was coming but that’s not what she felt. It was adventure on the wind and it shivered down her spine” (@atticuspoetry)
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I wish I could tell you this is my “I’m-beckoning-you-to-follow-me for-an-epic-adventure-you-won’t-forget” face....but really it’s the face I make when it’s 0 degrees, a tad cranky and struggling to find the Goldilocks sweet spot between a geothermal boiling river & an ice cold stream of pins and needles and still had no idea we would be scared to death and cornered by wild beasts 45 minutes later....Oh wait.. maybe it’s the same thing 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Photo by the one and only @jessicachristiephoto
“The storm was coming but that’s not what she felt. It was adventure on the wind and it shivered down her spine” (@atticuspoetry) . . I wish I could tell you this is my “I’m-beckoning-you-to-follow-me for-an-epic-adventure-you-won’t-forget” face....but really it’s the face I make when it’s 0 degrees, a tad cranky and struggling to find the Goldilocks sweet spot between a geothermal boiling river & an ice cold stream of pins and needles and still had no idea we would be scared to death and cornered by wild beasts 45 minutes later....Oh wait.. maybe it’s the same thing 🤷🏻‍♀️ . . Photo by the one and only @jessicachristiephoto
Coming here later then I planned was the result of coin flips and gut feelings to extend my stay in other cities. Without either of these, everything on the last 20 days of my trip would have been entirely different and the people I met on the would cease to exist in my life. Consequently, I had two days in Kotor before my flight home. On this day, I met a bunch of strangers and we hiked up up to a fortress to catch an epic sunset and the after glow before figuring out that rakia makes gasoline in your stomach. I can’t believe this was late September. Time moves so quick. Montenegro is a highly underrated country; I wanted more time here, but the universe had other plans. I know I’ll be back to explore the less touched parts of this country someday though.
Coming here later then I planned was the result of coin flips and gut feelings to extend my stay in other cities. Without either of these, everything on the last 20 days of my trip would have been entirely different and the people I met on the would cease to exist in my life. Consequently, I had two days in Kotor before my flight home. On this day, I met a bunch of strangers and we hiked up up to a fortress to catch an epic sunset and the after glow before figuring out that rakia makes gasoline in your stomach. I can’t believe this was late September. Time moves so quick. Montenegro is a highly underrated country; I wanted more time here, but the universe had other plans. I know I’ll be back to explore the less touched parts of this country someday though.
B a l a n c e. “If we move too fast we’ll break things. If we move to slow, we’ll miss things. And if we don’t move at all,  we won’t see things for how beautiful they really are” (Words by @rmdrk ).
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Finding the balance lately has been difficult. Between working full time nightshift as a nurse, little control over my schedule, balancing my creative energy of writing, photography, and getting a community platform launching (@themindfulvoyage ) balancing being an adult having to do adult things with my inner child who is always itching to get outside to play and explore, balancing being a friend, a better & more present friend, a daughter, a sisterand myself. It can be exhausting. Lately I’ve just been taking my lunch breaks to meditate & breath. Lately I’ve just been walking to my car slow; to notice the sites, the sounds the smells and the breeze on my face. Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to be super woman. Lately I’ve figured out I won’t ever be and that’s fine. I just start again tomorrow wherever I am. Balance is hard. But we have to find those moments to get back to our center so we can see the world for as wonderful as it is. I’m thrilled I got to spend some time outside this week kayaking the San Juan Islands and remembering how nice it is to  J u s t  b e.  And despite the craziness that this week will ensue, I’m hoping to find some balance between it all too.
B a l a n c e. “If we move too fast we’ll break things. If we move to slow, we’ll miss things. And if we don’t move at all, we won’t see things for how beautiful they really are” (Words by @rmdrk ). . . Finding the balance lately has been difficult. Between working full time nightshift as a nurse, little control over my schedule, balancing my creative energy of writing, photography, and getting a community platform launching (@themindfulvoyage ) balancing being an adult having to do adult things with my inner child who is always itching to get outside to play and explore, balancing being a friend, a better & more present friend, a daughter, a sisterand myself. It can be exhausting. Lately I’ve just been taking my lunch breaks to meditate & breath. Lately I’ve just been walking to my car slow; to notice the sites, the sounds the smells and the breeze on my face. Lately I’ve been trying to figure out how to be super woman. Lately I’ve figured out I won’t ever be and that’s fine. I just start again tomorrow wherever I am. Balance is hard. But we have to find those moments to get back to our center so we can see the world for as wonderful as it is. I’m thrilled I got to spend some time outside this week kayaking the San Juan Islands and remembering how nice it is to J u s t b e. And despite the craziness that this week will ensue, I’m hoping to find some balance between it all too.
“We let our lives mix with our dreams like two colored paints until we didn’t know which was what, and we didn’t care” —words by @atticus
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Woke up today with vivid dreams of this place. One of the more beautiful places I have ever seen, and less crowded than Bled. So beautiful  I came here twice. Once in the rain and once in the shine. I’m not kidding when I say looked exactly like this. .
In my dream I was on this rock after napping in my camping hammock.. laughing with blurred shapes of people I didn’t recognize but I was happy. I was so fucking happy. In real life, I took in the fog and didn’t mind the rain before jetting off to a tiny town hidden in the alps. In the shine, I snuck onto a trail early in the morning to see a waterfall, fell asleep on the shores in the warm September sun with two new friends I had met and traveled with the day before to Piran, and walked in the cold water and had no thoughts other than I was so lucky to be here and reveling in it all. Kind of makes me wonder if this dream was a memory because it’s all a blur. Or maybe it’s a premonition of what is to come. Who knows.  All I know is this country is easily one of my favorite places. And the moments spent in it all seem unreal.
“We let our lives mix with our dreams like two colored paints until we didn’t know which was what, and we didn’t care” —words by @atticus . . Woke up today with vivid dreams of this place. One of the more beautiful places I have ever seen, and less crowded than Bled. So beautiful I came here twice. Once in the rain and once in the shine. I’m not kidding when I say looked exactly like this. . In my dream I was on this rock after napping in my camping hammock.. laughing with blurred shapes of people I didn’t recognize but I was happy. I was so fucking happy. In real life, I took in the fog and didn’t mind the rain before jetting off to a tiny town hidden in the alps. In the shine, I snuck onto a trail early in the morning to see a waterfall, fell asleep on the shores in the warm September sun with two new friends I had met and traveled with the day before to Piran, and walked in the cold water and had no thoughts other than I was so lucky to be here and reveling in it all. Kind of makes me wonder if this dream was a memory because it’s all a blur. Or maybe it’s a premonition of what is to come. Who knows. All I know is this country is easily one of my favorite places. And the moments spent in it all seem unreal.
The universe always has its ways. You just have to pay  enough attention to listen ||Finally made it here last week with @moonchyyylde . It’s kind of crazy to watch the things we put on our vision boards we both made earlier this year become reality. We both landed jobs in Washington..and so many signs pointed me here personally. I showed up at my air bnb to books about trekking South America (plans for next year) and I got the same car I randomly put on my vision board unintentionally that the dealer picked out. It hasn’t stopped. So many strange coincidences happened as we made our way to Portland and the Oregon coast. Sari found post cards from Oregon she thought she lost in an old bag, and I was in Oregon 8 years ago around this time and my entire media feed was flooded with me pining away wishing I was here...and we found ourselves exactly where we needed to be. The universe always has its ways.
The universe always has its ways. You just have to pay enough attention to listen ||Finally made it here last week with @moonchyyylde . It’s kind of crazy to watch the things we put on our vision boards we both made earlier this year become reality. We both landed jobs in Washington..and so many signs pointed me here personally. I showed up at my air bnb to books about trekking South America (plans for next year) and I got the same car I randomly put on my vision board unintentionally that the dealer picked out. It hasn’t stopped. So many strange coincidences happened as we made our way to Portland and the Oregon coast. Sari found post cards from Oregon she thought she lost in an old bag, and I was in Oregon 8 years ago around this time and my entire media feed was flooded with me pining away wishing I was here...and we found ourselves exactly where we needed to be. The universe always has its ways.
The green moss. On anything. It gets me  e v e r y  single time. Sometimes places here don’t even seem real.
The green moss. On anything. It gets me e v e r y single time. Sometimes places here don’t even seem real.
Doing what I do best. And maybe getting a brain freeze too.
Doing what I do best. And maybe getting a brain freeze too.
Pros of nursing: weekday adventures and using your profession to get out of expensive tickets in Oregon because you’re a chicago driver. #happynursesweek
Pros of nursing: weekday adventures and using your profession to get out of expensive tickets in Oregon because you’re a chicago driver. #happynursesweek 
A l w a y s .  In everything you do. When you move into the unknown..thats when all the good stuff happens. That’s when you grow. // On a different note, I can’t wait to get out to the pacific coast and explore some new places this week.
A l w a y s . In everything you do. When you move into the unknown..thats when all the good stuff happens. That’s when you grow. // On a different note, I can’t wait to get out to the pacific coast and explore some new places this week.
As I was editing photos from Washington..I found this gem from over a year and a half ago. A lot has changed from when this was taken, but some things never do. This was the first day I EVER picked up my camera.  I had met @jessicachristiephoto once prior to this and asked her to show me the ropes on a whim with a photography lesson. This was also her first time truly teaching her craft. A week later, I shot my friend’s destination wedding and bridal boudoir. It surprisingly turned out really well & I quickly fell in love with a new hobby. Fast forward.
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Now a days, the soles of those boots have since fell off after super gluing them for the last time in Iceland..that camera has seen 9 countries, countless cities & mountains, and many faces. Jess has also become one of my very best friends. AND she took took her talent for teaching and now officially holds photography workshops in Denver(check it!) I have also since realized how quickly I outgrew that camera’s capabilities & I’m DYING for a new one($$ dreams).
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Two things that are the same. I still stand like an awkward flamingo against walls, and I still wear that outfit once a week because travel nursing makes you pack light. So I guess there is that💁🏻‍♀️
As I was editing photos from Washington..I found this gem from over a year and a half ago. A lot has changed from when this was taken, but some things never do. This was the first day I EVER picked up my camera. I had met @jessicachristiephoto once prior to this and asked her to show me the ropes on a whim with a photography lesson. This was also her first time truly teaching her craft. A week later, I shot my friend’s destination wedding and bridal boudoir. It surprisingly turned out really well & I quickly fell in love with a new hobby. Fast forward. . . Now a days, the soles of those boots have since fell off after super gluing them for the last time in Iceland..that camera has seen 9 countries, countless cities & mountains, and many faces. Jess has also become one of my very best friends. AND she took took her talent for teaching and now officially holds photography workshops in Denver(check it!) I have also since realized how quickly I outgrew that camera’s capabilities & I’m DYING for a new one($$ dreams). . . Two things that are the same. I still stand like an awkward flamingo against walls, and I still wear that outfit once a week because travel nursing makes you pack light. So I guess there is that💁🏻‍♀️
☀️ Here’s to another year around the sun for the woman that not only gave me the world, but my awkwardly straight sections of hair beneath all my curls, my habit of leaving all the cabinets & drawers open while I cook, my cold hands but warm heart, and my ability to listen intently. Everyday I aspire to be even half the woman you are. You’re my biggest cheerleader & one of my greatest friends. Thank you for always supporting me in all of my crazy adventures and wild dreams (nothing phases you anymore!) Thanks for always making dinner, always texting me when our movie is on tv, for always answering your cell at work just so I can tell you something random, and most of all for being the greatest woman I know. Happy birthday to you Mamacita. I hope this trip around the sun is the best one yet. 💕
☀️ Here’s to another year around the sun for the woman that not only gave me the world, but my awkwardly straight sections of hair beneath all my curls, my habit of leaving all the cabinets & drawers open while I cook, my cold hands but warm heart, and my ability to listen intently. Everyday I aspire to be even half the woman you are. You’re my biggest cheerleader & one of my greatest friends. Thank you for always supporting me in all of my crazy adventures and wild dreams (nothing phases you anymore!) Thanks for always making dinner, always texting me when our movie is on tv, for always answering your cell at work just so I can tell you something random, and most of all for being the greatest woman I know. Happy birthday to you Mamacita. I hope this trip around the sun is the best one yet. 💕
Getting out the crampons and ice picks as we prepped for the final few ascents to the summit. Shout out to these two dudes @cwtracy1 & @sethuhla for chasing the sunrise & making my first mountaineering trek freaking incredible. The minute my ice pick hit the snow, I knew I was hooked (literally) and that this wouldn’t be the last time I would summit a mountain this way, or glissade down one either.  This is easily one of my most favorite days I’ve spent in the outdoors to date and the company couldn’t be beat. I may have picked up a slightly dangerous hobby..sorry mom. •
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Cory and Seth are old friends and I met them while the three of us were  travel nursing in Colorado. We’ve kept in touch ever since. Honestly, we have probably only hung out a handful of times, and it’s usually doing something outdoors, but eventually we found ourselves now living 30 miles apart. You guys push me a little out of my comfort zone every time we opt outside and I couldn’t be more grateful for you both, your company, your impeccable Spotify playlists and your love for pizza.
Getting out the crampons and ice picks as we prepped for the final few ascents to the summit. Shout out to these two dudes @cwtracy1 & @sethuhla for chasing the sunrise & making my first mountaineering trek freaking incredible. The minute my ice pick hit the snow, I knew I was hooked (literally) and that this wouldn’t be the last time I would summit a mountain this way, or glissade down one either. This is easily one of my most favorite days I’ve spent in the outdoors to date and the company couldn’t be beat. I may have picked up a slightly dangerous hobby..sorry mom. • • Cory and Seth are old friends and I met them while the three of us were travel nursing in Colorado. We’ve kept in touch ever since. Honestly, we have probably only hung out a handful of times, and it’s usually doing something outdoors, but eventually we found ourselves now living 30 miles apart. You guys push me a little out of my comfort zone every time we opt outside and I couldn’t be more grateful for you both, your company, your impeccable Spotify playlists and your love for pizza.
The rare sun ☀️ in the PNW! My energy was a little off today and while running an errand, I saw the coast over the hill. I was so drawn to it that I shut my gps off and began to turn down random streets trusting I would end up exactly wherever I needed to be. I probably couldn’t get back here to this spot if I tried. I somehow came to this quiet little spot with a stunning view of Mt. Rainier. Took my shoes off. Walked in the water. And laid down on rock. I put one hand on my belly and the other on my heart and I just breathed. I let my hair hit my face and it smelled like the fire from last night and as the sun hit my body I noticed how it was warmer on each individual black stripe on the shirt I was wearing.  The waves were moving rocks as they gently crashed to shore and in the background and I could hear a train near by. Taking notice of every little detail around me instead of trying to quiet the mind. This is what I do to ground myself into the present. Your mind will follow suit when the time is right. I’ve been to many places and it’s crazy to think yet another could feel like home. But seriously. 15 minutes of pushing pause can change your whole day. Why not give it a try. Check out @themindfulvoyage for more daily tips on how to add mindfulness into your daily life
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The rare sun ☀️ in the PNW! My energy was a little off today and while running an errand, I saw the coast over the hill. I was so drawn to it that I shut my gps off and began to turn down random streets trusting I would end up exactly wherever I needed to be. I probably couldn’t get back here to this spot if I tried. I somehow came to this quiet little spot with a stunning view of Mt. Rainier. Took my shoes off. Walked in the water. And laid down on rock. I put one hand on my belly and the other on my heart and I just breathed. I let my hair hit my face and it smelled like the fire from last night and as the sun hit my body I noticed how it was warmer on each individual black stripe on the shirt I was wearing. The waves were moving rocks as they gently crashed to shore and in the background and I could hear a train near by. Taking notice of every little detail around me instead of trying to quiet the mind. This is what I do to ground myself into the present. Your mind will follow suit when the time is right. I’ve been to many places and it’s crazy to think yet another could feel like home. But seriously. 15 minutes of pushing pause can change your whole day. Why not give it a try. Check out @themindfulvoyage for more daily tips on how to add mindfulness into your daily life ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #washingtonstate  #meditate  #presence  #balance  #energy  #westcoast  #westcoastbestcoast  #mindfulness  #mindful  #goodvibes  #changeyourmindset  #explore  #exploretocreate  #travelgram  #travelnurse  #yogi  #pranyama  #nurselife  #pnw  #pnwonderland  #optoutside  #flow  #outdoors  #namaste 
(Journal  entry 04/01/18) When I was younger, California was always this untouchable place to me. It was far, sunny, weird & the state where everyone chases dreams. I told myself “I can’t even visit, it’s so far from home and I’ll never leave.” That was 14 year old me. I laugh at her. .
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I remember the first time I stepped foot here. It was February of 2015 and I had about 30 hours before hopping on a cruise for a yoga retreat. Fresh off the plane, I dropped off my things and booked it for Hermosa beach, determined to get my first taste of the pacific coast. One look and I was hooked. I told myself I had to live here. .
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The second those frigid waters greeted my toes is  when I realized how small my world became when I got comfortable. What happened to the 24 year old girl that explored a new place every month? The girl who couldn’t live without her crystals and meditating? The girl who had such a zest for life? Well,
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she was napping , she wasn’t dead.
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Sometimes relationships unknowingly stray us from our true north when you’re blinded by love. So you lose a little bit of yourself as time passes without realizing it until one day, a few months after the heartbreak, your light starts shining through the cracks that once broke you. One year into travel nursing and almost exactly TWO YEARS to that day chilly day I spent in Hermosa, In February 2017, I’d find myself living in Southern California; Literally, and figuratively. .
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It only took my first sunset at the beach for me to decide I wasn’t about to settle for anything in life less than extraordinary or compromise my own goals. And I’d like to think I’m doing a pretty good job of that. California will always be this special place to me. It’s no longer untouchable but a tangible place that molded me back into my truest, better and whole self. That’s why I love returning. The abundant life and sense of self I created here followed me back to Colorado, to the PNW, and will continue to follow me wherever I find my feet..which let’s be honest, could be anywhere. Stay gold, California. Stay gold.  #mymindfulvoyage
(Journal entry 04/01/18) When I was younger, California was always this untouchable place to me. It was far, sunny, weird & the state where everyone chases dreams. I told myself “I can’t even visit, it’s so far from home and I’ll never leave.” That was 14 year old me. I laugh at her. . . I remember the first time I stepped foot here. It was February of 2015 and I had about 30 hours before hopping on a cruise for a yoga retreat. Fresh off the plane, I dropped off my things and booked it for Hermosa beach, determined to get my first taste of the pacific coast. One look and I was hooked. I told myself I had to live here. . . The second those frigid waters greeted my toes is when I realized how small my world became when I got comfortable. What happened to the 24 year old girl that explored a new place every month? The girl who couldn’t live without her crystals and meditating? The girl who had such a zest for life? Well, . . she was napping , she wasn’t dead. . . Sometimes relationships unknowingly stray us from our true north when you’re blinded by love. So you lose a little bit of yourself as time passes without realizing it until one day, a few months after the heartbreak, your light starts shining through the cracks that once broke you. One year into travel nursing and almost exactly TWO YEARS to that day chilly day I spent in Hermosa, In February 2017, I’d find myself living in Southern California; Literally, and figuratively. . . It only took my first sunset at the beach for me to decide I wasn’t about to settle for anything in life less than extraordinary or compromise my own goals. And I’d like to think I’m doing a pretty good job of that. California will always be this special place to me. It’s no longer untouchable but a tangible place that molded me back into my truest, better and whole self. That’s why I love returning. The abundant life and sense of self I created here followed me back to Colorado, to the PNW, and will continue to follow me wherever I find my feet..which let’s be honest, could be anywhere. Stay gold, California. Stay gold. #mymindfulvoyage 
Love your mother 🌏. I know I sure do. I hope you got to feel your feet on the ground and really remember how beautiful and incredible this world we live in is. #happyearthday flash back to this stunning place.
Love your mother 🌏. I know I sure do. I hope you got to feel your feet on the ground and really remember how beautiful and incredible this world we live in is. #happyearthday  flash back to this stunning place.