Live love northwest. 

A few days ago, on a mysteriously foggy morning near the base of mount Ashland, my sister and I hiked a steep, jagged rock. 

The trail was really something to behold and near the top was even prettier. Although my sister came home with a small cut and bruise, there was no harm, no fowl. 

To get to the very top of the giant rock, you have to summit a small, nearly vertical portion. The view is supposed to be an amazing 360 degree lookout at the top and the climb can be achieved without any equipment. However, my sister an I didn’t end up summiting it that day, we are already planning a trip to go back. 

Who else loves to hike the beautiful outdoors? There is truly something pure about how in-touch you feel with your surroundings. The atmosphere God created for creatures of all shapes and sizes is many times breathtaking; it amazes me to think that I am deserving of his love and beauty. 



a weekend at the dunes.

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what a wonderful way to spent the extra long Martin Luther King Day weekend. at the oregon coast dunes with the sun shining and the wind gusting. with a great group of people (mostly guys) and delicious, homemade food. I was in heaven. it was my first time going to the dunes, and even though I don’t ride any vehicle, I had a blast. literally would never have thought I could have as much fun being completely out of my element, but it was surprisingly awesome! I loved watching the group of guys we went with jump their dirtbikes and manage their way out of sticky situations. how was I able to watch them? Logan, a friend of my sister and I, brought his small, purple Toyota that we mobbed around in with him. we had to sit three across in the front cab, squished together while we barreled up and down the steep sand hills. we went out during the day and in the dark as it was pouring down rain. I felt like every day was a different adventure, especially since they were things I had never done before. I was also able to go kayaking in the small, glassy lake that our rental house looked over on a clam morning. absolutely breathtaking. all in all, the trip was amazing and I can’t wait to return. what did you do this weekend? have you ever been to the dunes?
follow me on instagram to see more pictures of my adventures🌻🌻
@madeline.explored

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hope you all enjoyed and had a beautiful weekend. love all. love Madeline.

Instagram fanatic.

my love for Instagram (a personal gallery of my life and art) began around 3 years ago. I have loved it wholeheartedly ever since and don’t go one week without posting something new. I love the idea of “a life through pictures”, you don’t have to be famous or “cool” or have a lot of friends. all you have to do is post whatever you like, whether is be art, hobbies, selfies or even food. I’m a complete advocate for the popular app and I know most of you probably are too. usually I don’t self promote, but I work really hard on each image and I think you would like my page. I post my hobbies, my adventures and obviously a few selfies here and there.

If you want to follow me or like some pictures of mine: Instagram.com/Madeline.explored

a collection of some of my favorite pictures…

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I hope you like some of my work, and if you do you could always give me a follow or just a like.
If any of you have Instagram accounts that you’re proud of and want me to see, leave your handle (your @) down below and I will follow everyone!
as always, thank you for reading my blog, it’s much appreciated and I hope you enjoyed what I had to say.

Once again, my personal account (where all these pictures came from): Instagram.com/Madeline.explored

My business account (where I post fashion/beauty/for sale items): Instagram.com/moodymaddielynn

oregon snow.

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a day on the mountain was much needed. since mount Ashland didn’t have enough snow to open last year, I was unable to get my boarding in. funny thing is each year I start off not knowing how to ride as good as the year before. but with some integrity and perseverance I found my way back to my old skills (lol) and conquered the mountain in the short time I was given. the best part were the views and photos I was able to take.
do something out of your comfort zone this winter. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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feel beautiful.

pretty. what is pretty? If you ask me, it’s the describing adjective you use when you don’t want to fully commit to saying the passionate and meaningful word, beautiful. it only makes sense in my opinion for every individual to not just think of themselves so shallowly as pretty, but instead, as beautiful. that doesn’t mean you have to be the most attractive person alive, but you respect yourself enough to see your beautiful qualities instead of a body made of flaws.
trust me, I know it’s a struggle to not want to pick out everything you don’t like about your face, weight, hair or body. but it’s important to remember that you were made to be an imperfect being. within being flawed, you are still as beautiful as you believe you are. if you spend too much time and effort worrying about your imperfections you’re only tearing yourself down and being unhappy. and I believe beauty comes from happiness. be you, come to love yourself and stop using the word ‘pretty’ as if it means something. be bold and use vocabulary like beautiful to show yourself and others around you that what’s important isn’t only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. love your strong qualities and come to love your weak ones. be different and unchanged by the twisted society we call our generation.
I was feeling beautiful just the other day, why should I feel ashamed? be confident and show your beauty off. don’t hold back. have a light inside you that people are drawn to, not one that turns them away.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
– Emma Stone

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and no I did not shave half of my head. those are corn rows.
and yes I only paid $10 for that amazing necklace that makes me feel beautiful and sassy. treat yourself, girl. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

a daze in the maize.

today I went to my small town’s annual pumpkin patch. while enjoying the sun beams on my back and the company of good friends, i couldn’t be more grateful for the beauty surrounding me. walking through the corn maze brought back countless memories of past autumn seasons. running until i couldn’t catch my breath, trying to find the way out before anyone else. it brought me back to a time when i marveled at even the smallest adventure. i could find fun in any small task. the way the corn stalks made my skin itch and the “squash” of the mud under my feet. there are so many things to take wonder in, in this world, yet so many fail to do so when the opportunities arise. sometimes we all wish we were small again, with our lives ahead of us, but what is so different now, then things used to be? deep down we are still those little souls trying to find our way in the maze (life, maybe). don’t underestimate the fact that enjoyment comes in all shapes and sizes, to anyone who is willing to receive it with open arms, no matter your age, size, talents or past. take joy in the little things, whether it be taking a walk in your neighborhood, going through a corn maze in fall or spending time with people who make you smile. be grateful for everything. don’t keep your head down, or you’ll miss the natural beauty hiding in the corn & sky.

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