A Lesson in Gratitude

  “It’s Thanksgiving morning, we’re stuck in the woods, and you’re making us hike!?” “It will be worth it! I promise.” I replied, hoisting my day-pack over my shoulders. The group of adolescent guys converged at the trailhead to wait for the day’s venture. Their boots were worn. There was ash tarnishing the fabric of their jacketsContinue reading “A Lesson in Gratitude”

Avalanche of Fear

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”

Finding Happiness in the Wombat Parade of Life

“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”

Inspiring People

There were six of us on that mountain top. Breathing hard in the frigid winter winds. Talking, joking, and laughing. I looked from face to face, and though I could not feel my nose or my fingers, my heart and soul were warm with love and appreciation. I met these people when I was broken, wide-eyed,Continue reading “Inspiring People”

Got the Winter Blues?

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?”