Desert Thoughts


When I was in Yucca Valley California last month for my birthday, I woke up early every morning to watch the sunrise. I’d make myself a cup of coffee and sit on the patio staring into the pink and orange rise over the purple mountains. I’d be there in my house dress and leather coat with nothing but the soft rustling of the wind, the buzzing of insects and the chirping birds. It was really serene and quiet. I live for moments like those. Moments, where it’s just me and nature and I’m alone with my thoughts. I love being around people but I actually really love just being alone too. I’m definitely one of those weird hybrids of extroverted introverts. I can be around and entertain up to 8 people for 5 hours straight. But once I hit that 5th hour, I’m out. I’ve literally dismissed a house full of people I’d invited over for a girls brunch after 5 hours. I love each of them dearly but I’d reached my quota of human interaction and needed me time to recharge my sanity batteries.

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Photography by Tosha Eason

Location: Flamingo Rock Yucca Valley California

Nicholas Dress via Rent The Runway | Annie Costello Brown Earrings | Alexander Wang Boots


I think the key, or atleast one of the keys to living a fulfilling life is giving yourself time to be alone. No I don’t mean single, although that too, I really mean alone with nothing but you and your thoughts. Thoughts can be very powerful. I know it’s really fucking cliche and everyone seems to be on some meditative, manifestive, yoga posing wave but there’s something really powerful about changing your thoughts. Letting the thoughts roll around in your brain and settle, without the background noise of the television, or the glare from your iPhone, or other peoples voices and thoughts helps you to recalibrate. I think that’s one of the reason’s I travel so often and enjoy places that are a little more remote, like the desert in Yucca Valley California or Cuba. Speaking of Cuba, if you want to visit I’d do it in the next 3 months before Trump makes it hard for you.

As a physical therapist, I literally listen to people complain 42 hours a week about how much pain they’re in. Honestly I have to be able to disconnect and not to feel bogged down with the weight of negative pain energy by Wednesday. Don’t get me wrong I feel like I am an excellent Physical Therapist. But sometimes it’s almost like and out of body experience dealing with someone who is in an immense amount of pain. Sometimes I think I’m an empath. Actually I’m quite sure of it. Sometimes after meeting a patient and treating them for something, I all of a sudden have a pain where I was treating them. This has happened on so many occasions I almost expect it. The pain doesn’t stay long, it can last from a second to a few hours but it’s a very weird feeling. So when I see that saying: Protect Your Energy, I feel it in every sense of the words. It’s good to get away, to be with yourself, to learn yourself and know yourself. Sometimes I feel like we can get so caught up in the motions of simply surviving. Working enough to pay a bill and the weeks and the days and the months fly by. We forget to take care of ourselves. It’s in the quiet moments of stillness and quietness that we reconnect with ourselves. Hell, I wish I could go away once a month. lol.

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  1. Melissa
    June 25, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    This post spoke to me so loudly! My energy is so important to me Monroe. Currently living in the peace I speak about. So glad to see you doing the same.

    • monroesteele
      June 26, 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Yes I’m glad, girl its all about protecting your energy!


  2. June 28, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    These photos are INSANE. So incredibly gorgeous.
    I’ve been reading you blog for a while now and I hate no idea you were a physical therapist. That’s amazing to be an empath and do that work. Keep protecting that energy, you are so strong.


    • monroesteele
      June 28, 2017 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much Jenna!


  3. July 4, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Beautiful images and loved your post! Self care for the win!!!

  4. May 20, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    The landscape reminds me so much of New Mexico. I surprisingly found the desert to be so serene and peaceful. I have spent most of my life living in major metropolitan cities and it is a breath of fresh air to marvel at nature’s beauty.

    • monroesteele
      May 21, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      It does! I love being in the desert. Try to go to one every year!


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