I was a creative little girl. I had a forest full of kingdoms and imaginary friends to fill those kingdoms. I was a princess, a witch, a bird learning to fly.
I have a history of allowing fear to dictate my life. I’ve passed up opportunities, relationships, opinions, and happiness because I’ve been afraid. Afraid to venture outside of my comfort zone. Afraid of failure. But mostly, afraid of the unknown. I think about my fears often. They cycle through my mind like a cyclone ofContinue reading “Avalanche of Fear”
“Would you like to use my mallet?” She must have been watching us from her deluxe caravan tent, complete with rooms and windows and even a shower. She must have been watching as we broke an “unbreakable” water bottle pounding in the tent stakes of our tiny backpacking tents, unsuccessfully. “You have to tilt the pegsContinue reading “Finding Happiness in the Wombat Parade of Life”
A Challenge for my readers: Complete this phrase: I am a person who _______________________________. Yesterday was my birthday. The perfect opportunity to reflect upon who I am as a person. This isn’t an easy concept. In the past, I allowed others to dictate who I was and how I felt. I lost myself. Today, I find strengthContinue reading “I am a Person Who: A Challenge”
We stood in the lobby of the mountaineering club watching the burly adventurers stride through with their crampons and trekking poles. “White-out conditions and 70 mph winds before you reach the John Muir Base Camp at 10,000 ft,” we overheard from the guide behind the desk. “We don’t recommend going up the mountain unless you haveContinue reading “The Summit, the Climb, or the Release?”
In 2013, I decided to out-wit Mother Nature. At the time, my job required me to spend every other week in the wilderness. The previous two winters, I lived outdoors. It’s a powerful experience, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So I took the winter off of work and sought a warmer climate. Australian summer.Continue reading “Got the Winter Blues?”
They say the Appalachian Mountains are the oldest in the world. They say they were once larger than the Alps and the Rockies. They say they hold the wisdom of ages. That all you have to do is listen. I sat, and I listened, and I understood.