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Tonight I went to two events, took four ubers, drank five drinks, spoke to over twenty people, and still managed to watch two episodes of Sex and the City. Does anyone else ever think in numbers like that? Do you ever notice yourself answering personal questions with numeric symbols? Like when someone says they want to know more about me, my first three thoughts are likely: I have two siblings, I am twenty two, I have one dog. They are likely followed by things I don't like telling people but for some reason people tend to want to know; I have had three serious relationships, I have been a student in five different institutions (including elementary school), I have this many or that many or who gives? I worry sometimes that on the most basic level we have become a society that is inherently focused on numbers (time, money, weight, grades, etc), and we often forget to ask about the stories. When I say I want to know you, I'm not saying I want to know the minute details about you....I want to know the memories, the people who have defined you, how you got to where you are, what you're passionate about and what you're thinking about. I don't by any sense think every interaction in life has to be this intimate, but can we at least get past the numbers and small meaningless questions?
This post was triggered by a really lovely conversation I had this evening with a complete stranger. I spoke as much as I listened, and it made me realize how often I fill silence with my own stories because it's rare someone else is willing to do so.
Anyways, hope everyone is having an amazing friday. I know I did. Feel free to reach out if you ever want to chat, I'm always down to listen. Xoxo
#thishasbecomeahabit #Ineedaplacetoputmythoughts #pridevents #chatswithstrangers #apt304

"Risotto" at one of my favorite cafés/restaurants in Helsinki: Café Rouge. The owner is always so lovely, she was kissing my cheek and asking how old I am. "It's so hard to guess your age: you look young but seem so mature." #lifegoals #onmyplate #food #chatswithstrangers

Met the coolest family of all time at the #sugarfactory #murica #Newyork #NYC #chatswithstrangers

The finish line! Had a great chat with the lady who took this for me. She was out last night in the peeing rain to see Wiggins, Cavendish, Hoy etc. Thank god today was a rare sunny Scottish day! And now I know that today was really all about the Tour of Britain...and not just the Skyride! I had no idea. #skyrideglasgow #skyride #glasgow #georgesquare #chatswithstrangers #peoplemakeglasgow #lovemaweebike

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Tonight I went to two events, took four ubers, drank five drinks, spoke to over twenty people, and still managed to watch two episodes of Sex and the City. Does anyone else ever think in numbers like that? Do you ever notice yourself answering personal questions with numeric symbols? Like when someone says they want to know more about me, my first three thoughts are likely: I have two siblings, I am twenty two, I have one dog. They are likely followed by things I don't like telling people but for some reason people tend to want to know; I have had three serious relationships, I have been a student in five different institutions (including elementary school), I have this many or that many or who gives? I worry sometimes that on the most basic level we have become a society that is inherently focused on numbers (time, money, weight, grades, etc), and we often forget to ask about the stories. When I say I want to know you, I'm not saying I want to know the minute details about you....I want to know the memories, the people who have defined you, how you got to where you are, what you're passionate about and what you're thinking about. I don't by any sense think every interaction in life has to be this intimate, but can we at least get past the numbers and small meaningless questions?
This post was triggered by a really lovely conversation I had this evening with a complete stranger. I spoke as much as I listened, and it made me realize how often I fill silence with my own stories because it's rare someone else is willing to do so.
Anyways, hope everyone is having an amazing friday. I know I did. Feel free to reach out if you ever want to chat, I'm always down to listen. Xoxo
#thishasbecomeahabit #Ineedaplacetoputmythoughts #pridevents #chatswithstrangers #apt304

'Your only as old as you feel, I still feel 30 in my head!' Said a 92 year old lady to me today being pushed around in a wheel chair, who also wanted her hair cut like mine!
I love random encounters with like kind souls that make you remember Life really is a gift. -
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#insta #instaquote #quote #quotelover #dailyquote #chatswithstrangers #wordsofwisdom #randomencounters #life #positivity #30 #thirty #live #enjoy #nevergrowup #stayyoung #kindsouls #youth #itsallinthemind

I write my heart out everywhere , never knew someone would talk true to me . Well I miss somethings too .... Very badly and here's my greatest and the youngest 6 year old fan and her name is geanie jewel tiger , well that's what she has chose for herself and I love kids doin stuff with will and likeness .love from Taylor, Mississippi. cries.
#chatswithstrangers #connection ♥ only love is real ! Thank you Mary 🌼

Beautiful place, right? With a good story, as I'm coming to realize most of my New Zealand adventures are bound to come with. (Happy sigh). So I got off the shuttle to hike this place and the shuttle driver yells out "who's the gal who wanted me to not forget her on the mountain?". (Me, of course). "Come up here". I do, he looks at me up and down then says. "Ok. Where ya from?

Me: Canada but I've been living in California.
Him: Canada eh? (chuckle) Well get up the hill. And enjoy. It's heaps good ... but hurry it up. ... After "the hill" (22.4 km, 1200M+ elevation gain, 7 hours later)... I see the back of my bus leaving the parking lot as I bust a move out of the trail... and then I see brake lights. The door opens and the same bus driver yells "See? I didn't forget ya, Canada!" (Hmm.. given I was viewing the bus from behind... I question this but hop on the bus). Me: (panting) Thanks for remembering! (ha! "Remembering") Him: Na, its good. So where abouts in Canada are you from? I LOVE Canadians... good people. I spend some time there.

Me: A small town near Toronto... between the Great Lakes... in Ontario.

Him: Well I'm sure you haven't heard of it but,... I have great friends I spend time with in Hagersville.
Me: (BIG LAUGH). Hagersville? Besides going to high school there and playing baseball and ringette for most of my kid years there,... Nope. I've never heard of it. ;)
(A couple of beers followed and a good catch up on all the goings on in Hagersville and now he has one more good friend from Hagersville and I have yet another place to sincerely stay in what is rapidly becoming the friendliest place I've ever traveled. *For all those who don't know where Hagersville is.... don't fret. It's small. Maybe 5,000 people on a good day? The odds of meeting someone who knows of it are low. Of staying in it? Impossibly low. Of having a ticket booked to go back there this summer... wildly improbable. But... #ItsASmallWorldAfterAll and I'm a pretty #LuckyKim #HappySigh #ChatsWithStrangers #SmallTownersUnite #FriendlyKiwis #HeapsGood #HikingNewZealand #CrossOffTheAlpineCrossing #Backpacking #NewZealand #NoFilter #BeautifulNZ

Met the coolest family of all time at the #sugarfactory #murica #Newyork #NYC #chatswithstrangers

The finish line! Had a great chat with the lady who took this for me. She was out last night in the peeing rain to see Wiggins, Cavendish, Hoy etc. Thank god today was a rare sunny Scottish day! And now I know that today was really all about the Tour of Britain...and not just the Skyride! I had no idea. #skyrideglasgow #skyride #glasgow #georgesquare #chatswithstrangers #peoplemakeglasgow #lovemaweebike

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