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 [...]

10 Books to Create Change

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 [...]

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 [...]

My introduction to the Wilderness

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, [...]

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 [...]

Find Joy in All You Do

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 [...]

Explore Glacier National Park

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.

Touring Iceland – Campervan Style

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.

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.

10 Ways to Create Connection

At the end of the day all we want to do is to connect.