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Intentional Curiosity, Part One: What I Didn’t Expect to Feel After Traveling 35 Hours in a Jam-Packed Car With My Best Friend

It’s daytime, and the expansiveness of the desert leaves you feeling small in the best kind of way.

It’s night, and the stars remind you of being a child. Of the promise you made to yourself that one day, you’d go up there and discover a planet not unlike our own. Except out there, there’d be floating houses, waterfalls full of sparkling magic, and a fairies that guide you through the dark woods as you listen to moss grow, trees talk, and elves sing.

That reality soon taking up more and more space in this one. Time and imagination both eager for your full attention, but since you can’t ever give yourself fully to one or the other, you find yourself satisfied with the in-between, settling in as if it were a comfy arm chair next to a crackling fire.

Sometimes, I pretend I’m running a way from the law after having stood up for something I believe in deeply, while somehow still remaining impossibly whimsical and full of secret lives no one else will ever know about.

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Notes from the Road: Lyme Treatment

Hello everyone! My name is Aly Shwedo and I was recently welcomed to the More Than Lyme team by my close friend, Chloe! Every few months, I travel cross country to the Seattle area for Lyme treatment. Here are a few pieces of writings that I've compiled from my most recent trip that I was able to scribble down in between the chaos of appointments, IVs, one surgery, detox treatments, and more that encompass the roller coaster that is two weeks of nonstop Lyme treatment. 

January 16, 2016. 11:04 am. Somewhere above the United States. 

Waking up at 3:30am, leaving the house by 4, picking up a wheelchair from airport check-in, waiting in TSA security checkpoint lines, and sitting in a plane for six hours doesn't feel like my ideal way to spend a Saturday morning. I've had a lot of anxiety building up to this round of treatment. I'm also terrified of heights, but for some reason, today (after a debate with my boyfriend) I had to have the window seat. As soon as the plane was above the clouds, I was in awe. How could I be scared when I got to watch the sunrise from 10,000 feet above the earth? How could I be scared when I saw streetlights and cars in the darkness below, like Christmas lights that someone forgot to take down? How could I be scared when I saw the clouds kissing the air below me? And how could I be scared of the future of my treatment when I'm surrounded by such beauty on the way to the clinic?

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Farm Life & What It Taught Me

July 11th through July 23rd, 2015. Step back. Breathe. Step back even further, and breathe even deeper. Here I am, out on a farm in the middle of no where. Surrounded by the gentle hum of silence, the distance chirping of birds, and the whistling of wind through the old barn doors. A place that forces me to rest, something that I so desperately need to do.

Far too often I find myself complicating things. I think that if I'm not moving, then I'm not being productive. This is all wrong, every single word of it. Don't think for a second that taking time for yourself is a waste of time, and don't you dare look down on yourself for doing it. So, that all being said, you should try to make 'doing nothing' a priority...

This is my attempt at just that.

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Loving Yourself

Hello again, world! Here I am, sitting on my red cushion in front of a roaring fire. Despite my health, I couldn't be more happy with how things are going. The stress of moving is now over, and we're finally settled into our new home.

I've been neglecting my blog recently. Not on purpose, but the prospect of writing has been difficult, as well as challenging. I'm back on tinidazole, a medication I was taking when my symptoms first started coming back in September, 2014. Basically it is designed to go into my brain and stop further growth of any bacterial infections, and in this case: the Lyme spirochete.

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A New Perspective

Here I am, sitting at my new office watching the sun start its day just like I am starting mine. As I look out through this dirty window, I see all the things I want to achieve, create, think, eat and explore, just on the other side of this smudged pane of glass. It’s been ten years since my family took an around the world trip, seven years since I spent a month in rural Nicaragua, five years since I graduated high school and fled to Scotland, three years since I spent time with my family in Europe and just over two years since I decided to spend all my money and travel around Turkey for a month. A lot of time has passed, a lot of me has changed, but the core of my being feels almost exactly as it did in 2005: curious, timid, excited, scared, strong, happy, lost but never, ever alone.

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Konadventures

The past couple weeks have been absolutely stunning here in Bend, Oregon. It's hard for me to do anything but be a tourist in my own town. So while my boyfriend Adam was away for the weekend, his dog Kona was left in the care of yours truly! While we were out on our little escapades, I realized how important getting out into the wilderness really was. It allows some time for my brain to clear, and my mind to rest. Especially if I am feeling jumbled or packed full of busy thoughts, putting myself in the sunshine for an hour or so can do wonders for my soul! I would recommend this completely free remedy to anyone who is having a busy or troubled day. Just take a second and breath in this amazing fresh air!

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