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Jessica Rose Yurasek  Storyteller + Strategy Director ✧ San Francisco ❈Collector of curiosities, ideas, beauty. ♡Traveler for life. Pro tree. ↬ jessica@missjessrose.com

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After 20 hours of travel, happy for this view.

"They came to sit & dangle their feet off the edge of the world & after awhile they forgot everything but the good & true things they would do someday." -- Brian Andreas
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📷 by: @vivian.p.chen

In all the whole wide world, sometimes it seems a wonder that two people can meet who are just right for each other. 💕
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📷 by: @vivian.p.chen

"Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." - Brian Andreas

Getting ready to hit the road again very soon. Meanwhile, this sunset. Where's your next big adventure?

What's the last really great story you read? I'm looking for fiction book recommendations to bring along on my upcoming travel journey. What books do you love? 📚

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders." Edward Abbey

"The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time." -- Mary Oliver
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Do you feel it? Are you creating it?

"The confidence you get from mastery is contagious. It spreads. It doesn't even really matter what you master: For a child, it can be as simple as tying a shoe. What matters is that mastering one thing gives you the confidence to try something else." - from Katty Kay & Claire Shipman's book, The Confidence Code.
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I'm kind of recently obsessed with this book. It's by two journalists who investigate the science behind confidence and self-assurance, and how this particularly relates to women. Turns out that confidence is partially influenced by genetics, but it's also a malleable psychological state. That means we can influence it! How? More action, more risk taking, and more quick failures (so that you can learn), and fellow ladies, we can grow our own self-assurance.
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I had a pretty fortunate upbringing, with supportive but not overbearing parents. But over time, I've realized the deck truly is stacked against women on so many levels, especially as you begin to advance in a career. I have a lot of successful female friends who I've spoken with privately about imposter syndrome, just as one example. We are so inadvertently hard on ourselves sometimes, filled with such doubt, and how silly. It's not our fault. So much of this is cultural conditioning, I just wish I would have understood some of these complexities at a younger age.
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There is so much good and hard work left to do in this world. Lady friends, and supportive man friends, let's get to it!
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PS. Spring is here. 🌸😍

This is one of my most fave photos from Burning Man 2014, "Blumen Lumen" by @foldhauscollective. Thanks for sharing my photo today @burningman!

I just read about a 75-year long Harvard study that tracked wellbeing and happiness. It's one of the longest longitudinal studies ever done, and required a few generations of researchers.
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You know what they found out about happiness? Good relationships are everything. Period.
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The biggest overall predictor of happiness essentially comes down to love. And not just that, they found that the quality of your close relationships matters most. Basically, the deeper you go with loved ones--the more you share your vulnerability, and "the extent to which you can relax and be seen for who you truly are, and truly see another" is the biggest single predictor of lifetime happiness.
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This struck me as a particularly important insight for our culture right now. In the US at least, there is a new wave of fear mongering and "othering" of people who are different from us. We should be beyond this. We have the science to prove that loving others is a better, healthier, happier way.
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I'm not sure what the answer is for those of us who have relatives who espouse the fear this president propagates. There are a lot of families divided now because of him, and I think this is a straight up tragedy.
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In my heart, I know the study results about relationships and happiness to be true. The most rewarding friendships in my own life are the deepest, most vulnerable, most raw and honest. When we are brave enough to be real and go there with each other, when we find universal truths and come to mutual understanding, that's when I've felt what it is to be alive and be happy.

"A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives." - Henry David Thoreau
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This has been me nearly every single weekend now that we live so close to wild space preserves. Walking a path beneath the magical redwoods is like meditation, again and again.

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