I Have the Mountains to Thank

Five years after this picture was taken, I found myself at the top of those mountains on the horizon, exploring and researching the area for a guidebook I’d been hired to write. This time I was with the love of my life, someone whose kindness and consideration continue to humble me every day.

If the woman in this picture could meet the woman I am today, she would be so relieved. She would be proud. She would surely be incredulous.

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Be Your Own BFF

Sometimes people tell me they “motivate” themselves to do better by being really hard on themselves. They say it works. I tried it for years—it never worked for me. The way I see it now, I was in an abusive relationship with myself. When I finally reached my breaking point and decided to start treating myself like someone I loved, my entire life changed. Joy, trust, laughter, accomplishment, pleasure, and peace are what I now experience on the regular.

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2018 Eat Hike Love Retreats

As we shared meals, snacks, stoves, tents, trails, trekking poles, and tarps, we also shared stories, support, and encouragement. I watched each of these women push their boundaries, discovering a perceived limit at some point during the weekend and deciding to break through it; all the while, the others around cheering them on.

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This is Freedom

I didn’t set out seeking recovery. I simply wanted to feel better, to escape my own repetitive patterns, to explore the natural world, and to see things in a new way. I started spending time in the wilderness, and somewhere amongst the adventure and the challenge, the play and the exploration, recovery happened on its own.

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Choose Kindness

Every moment spent hating the way we look is a moment wasted, a moment that could be spent loving, helping, building, healing, teaching, connecting, exploring, learning, resting, growing, creating... Let’s change the inner monologue, and let’s change the dialogue with each other.

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Love in the Desert: My Grand Canyon Adventure

Something really cool happens when you spend time with people on a trip like this, immersed in the wild, with no bosses, or traffic jams, or bills to pay, or text messages with unwelcome news. There are no expectations for anyone to be anything but what they are. Soul shines through. Spirit shines through. We all wanted to be there, and we were stunned by the beauty of the place, humbled and joyful and incredibly present with one another.

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A Return to Nature

We all need time in the wild. You do not have to feel broken to need this. You do not have to feel lost. If you are hurting, the mountains can heal you. But if you already feel like the healthiest, happiest version of yourself, the wilderness will only enhance your awesomeness.

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Enough

This is an invitation. To come outside with me. To leave the manufactured stresses and artificial pressures of city life behind, to find out who you really are and to feel the freedom of being yourself. Everyone’s wilderness experience is different, but I can promise you this:

You are enough. You are beautiful. You are worthy of love. 

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How I Got My Book Deal

I submitted the proposal at 11:47pm on the day it was due, and I actually thought it kinda sucked. There I was again, thinking, "Well, I won't be getting this gig." But I was glad I tried, and grateful for the experience.

Imagine my surprise when my editor told me she loved the proposal, she wanted to move forward with it, and that my proposal was the only one she wanted to pursue.

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This is Real

Despite being happier than ever—and I really mean that—I am still facing some mega challenges. If I had to give 2017 a name, it would be, “The year of trying new stuff, most of which doesn’t work, doesn’t last, or turns out to be something I don’t want after all.”

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