John Muir Trail Packing List

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 [...]

How Can I Be More Authentic?

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 [...]

Mantra: I embrace discomfort.

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 [...]

Modifying my mindset on money

Am I hardwired to believe that loving money means I don't love other things as well? That loving and wanting money means I'm not a good and kind person? That I'm selfish and greedy? Because none of that makes sense when you really think about it.