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Mural Hunting in Capitol Hill

It's easy to get sucked into the vortex of our modern world.

It's fast-paced. It's intense. There are long days. You're always on the go - never really present in the moment. Thinking about what will happen next or what to cross off your to-do list.

When making your cup of coffee, you're thinking about drinking it. When taking your morning shower, you’re already at the office and when at the office, you’re thinking about how awful the traffic will be driving home. THANKS, VIADUCT CLOSURE.

At least this is me. And it's sometimes hard to get out of that cyclical mind set of “What next?"

The other day I walked passed a mural and thought about how many we have around this city. They are literally everywhere, and when you start to notice them, they seem endless. I thought it would be a fun photoshoot opportunity, so I took to Instagram and got follower suggestions on where to go.

Even with all the recommendations, my best gal pal Shelby and I decided to go with the flow. To walk and see where we ended up. No particular destination - just the goal of finding some murals. Capitol Hill is the perfect place to do it.

This afternoon turned into so much more than just a mural hunt. It was an incredible escape from the mundane, same ol' same ol', day after day that is so easy for my Taurus-butt to get sucked into.

Not only was it a beautiful and balmy 50 degrees (hello, Seattle in January), but the amount of art around every corner was inspiring. A simple adventure into a part of town I don't spend much time in reminded me that I need to focus on looking up.

It's just too easy to get wrapped up in the point A to point B. There is so much life in between these points that I think we miss because of the hustle and hubbub.

Spending time seeking art or indulging in an activity or a hobby that you enjoy, lets you escape your own wild and overactive brain that is always one step ahead of your own dang self. Why do we always have to live in this space?! Presence is the key *insert key emoji here*.

Yes I know these sentiments aren't groundbreaking - I haven't just solved the code to life's greatest mystery, but let us use this as a gentle reminder to LIVE A LITTLE and make life more delicious. I hope moving forward that I seek more art, color and beauty in every day life, be more observant and ultimately live inspired.

Anyways - that is my two cents and I wanted to share with you this new perspective I walked away with.

And all of that was from murals...happy hunting and enjoy the gallery.