Paradise in your own backyard…

One thing I swore to myself that I would do when I came back home was to travel and do more things locally.

I also swore that I would walk more places instead of driving, like i did in Australia, but that definitely has not happened… Oops.

Soooo on that note, I am trying to make the other one actually happen.

I have faith in my abilities.

If that means hiking on the weekends or going to the night market, or just doing touristy things in my comfy little town.

The reason i bring this up and swore to do it when i got home is because when i would talk to locals or people in australia, i would mention places i had been traveling to.

To my surprise they would say they hadn’t been there.

At first i was blown away,  you live in this beautiful country and you havent travelled it? You havent seen or swam in the Great Barrier Reef.

Come on people! that’s just nuts.

Buuuuuut, then it hit me… haha that’s me,

back home, in the states.

I havent been to a lot of places stateside that are beautiful.

(The bucketlist is growing)

and even more embarrassing, I havent seen or done a lot of things in New Mexico, or let alone in Las Cruces.

It seems to me that you get to comfortable in places, or in a routine that you forget to branch out and discover the beauty right in your backyard.

we get so busy trying to discover new and exciting places that we fail to remember what draws people to our town.

We need to start being tourists in our own town.

Last night was just that, and I could have sworn it was just as beautiful and blissful as Australia.

(it wasnt of course, but I could have sworn it.)

If you’ve never been to White Sands, it’s a National Monument located about 52 miles East of Las Cruces. Its know for its vast landscape of white sand dunes made up of gypsum crystals.

It is a popular stop for tourists as well as buses full of elementary kids who come for education purposes but leave with sand in all the wrong places.

Sledding, hiking and BBQ’s are a few of the most common activities, but a few times every year a full moon comes and that’s where the real magic subsides.

Last night I decided to take advantage of an invitation put forth via snapchat.

Thank you Alanna for letting everyone on your snapchat friends list know you were going to White Sands.

And thank goodness I creeped on it and told you i wanted to go.

We left Las Cruces at 6pm.

After a payment of $5 per person we entered the monument aka sand dunes that look like wonderful clouds.

We drove through the white abyss in complete awe.

We found a small parking lot and started marching up the dunes in search of the best photo-op spot.

The sun started to go down and the clouds from the distant rain storm started lighting up.

It was amazing.

The pure white sand matched up against the cotton candy colored clouds made me feel like I was in a dream.

It was one of the coolest sunsets I have ever watched.

The colors radiated across the sky as the full moon started to rise.

Peaceful, patient and full of life. The moon stole the show.

We stood there for a solid 45 min just watching.

Just standing there and repeating the words, “oh my gosh.”

Any way you turned the view was stunning.

It was a 360 degree view of paradise.

I am actually disappointed in myself that I hadn’t done this sooner.

To have such a beautiful place to visit so close and not take advantage of it, is pretty sad.

So yes, discover the new and set your sights on the world.

But keep in mind…

although, the grass may be greener on the other side.

If  you water it,

The grass is just as green in your backyard…

And there it lies…. sweet, sweet, Paradise.

“And you were just like the moon, so lonely, so full of imperfections. But just like the moon you shined in times of darkness.”

Some really fun and exciting things are happening with me and this blog site, so don’t stray to far.

Until next time and every time the sunsets.

Choose Love,







  • taylorcromeens
    Posted at 22:59h, 16 September Reply

    This is amazing Kels!

    • kjwri
      Posted at 23:34h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks Tay! I\’m excited about your fashion blog!

      • taylorcromeens
        Posted at 15:26h, 18 September Reply

        Thank you! Me too excited and nervous hah

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