Since I was 14 I have been on countless backpacking, camping, and hiking trips. I thought I was educated on gear and how to pack, but this last trip completely changed the way I view my gear and pack. I learned so much more on my time on the John Muir Trail than any other [...]
Arc-teryx Beta AR Jacket - This is a phenomenal hard shell and is 100% worth the money. Built with vents in the armpits, this jacket insulates more than you would imagine, while being breathable at the same time. One of the worst feelings is being on a trip and being cold/wet and this jacket will [...]
This is a list of some of my favorite books. They range on topics from creativity, money, the law of attraction, short stories, and self-help. Some of these may feel "woo-woo" or way out there and my advice is simply to pick up what information and tips feel good and leave what doesn't fit. There [...]
I was reading this morning about authenticity and how it is something we must practice each and every day and it is a collection of choices we make through our day. "Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; it is exercising the compassion [...]
When I was 14 years old my dad and I were in therapy because we couldn't communicate and we weren't getting along. When I tell a lot of people this they say... Well that's normal, you were a teen girl. Yeah well, my dad wanted us to get along, he wanted us to be friends, [...]
We are always reaching for comfort, for certainty, for safety. It's our instincts to go after what feels "safe" and while this made sense years ago when we were constantly in danger of disease, of the wild, and of death, it is no longer needed. We no longer need to live in this state of [...]
I am so so guilty of getting caught up in my expectations. I get an image in my mind of what my life "should" look like, of what I "should" be doing, what my bank account "should" have in it. Then I get upset, disappointed, or frustrated when these expectations aren't met. When I reflect [...]
You own nothing to anyone else. The only person you owe something to, is yourself. You owe yourself love. You owe yourself compassion. You owe yourself self-care. You owe it to yourself to make the hard and painful decisions that need to be made. You owe it to yourself to be steadfast in what you [...]
Glacier is a place with so many activities, gorgeous views around LITERALLY every corner, and more wildlife than you can imagine. Exploring this park left me full of so many surprises and stories.
This small island is packed tight with so many natural wonders. Iceland is comparable in size to Ohio, yet it has 32 volcanoes, at least 200 geysers, over 10,000 waterfalls, and sometimes the scenery changes from mountains to barren moon-like land in just a few moments.