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 [...]

The Magic of Creativity

Today I was reading a book (Big Magic) about how ideas and creativity are their own source. How they have the ability to come to us, and to leave us if we don't act on them, bringing them into the universe. It's the same thing as when a person has an idea for a novel. [...]

Guide to Olympic National Park

Just a quick ~2 hour drive from Seattle is this magical oasis. Olympic National Park is filled with surprises, due to it's constantly evolving scenery found around every corner. From lush green rainforests and cascading mountains, to peaceful beaches and various wildlife; this park definitely gives a well rounded experience. This guide below is separated [...]

Change of Seasons

The connection we have to the earth is undeniable - just as the seasons change, so do we.

Saguaro National Park Guide

Check out this blog for things to do in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona.

Show Up

Today's mantra: Show up. This is the hardest part of anything really, showing up. Physically or mentally, arriving is the hurdle we often get stuck on.  This appears in all areas; not wanting to get out of bed or to leave the comfort of our home, avoiding new people and social outings because it takes [...]

Greed

The universe is abundant. Some days I'm really feeling this statement in it's fullest. Days like these I'm so amped and excited about everything and then for some reason it will switch. These other days I get stuck in my head on how I'm not doing or seeing enough and how we only have one life; am I wasting it in comparison to this other lifestyle? No. I'm not. I am exactly where I need to be.

Highlight Reel Ramblings

Instagram can be an amazing thing, and it can also be a black hole that sucks you in and then sometimes the next thing you know you're deep in comparisons, it's an hour later and your brain is foggy (at least for me anyways). It's necessary to pull yourself out and back into the real [...]