The Importance of “No”

I see article after article telling people to embrace their fears, asking parents to allow their children to be brave and play outside, sharing stories of incredible women doing terrifying and awe-inspiring things. I’ve even written some. It’s pretty rad to be an outdoor lady right now. That said, very rarely do I see articles…

The Great American Roadtrip Part III

The rest of the trip to the coast were a blurred stream of long grey days filled with inactivity and frustration with few bright spots of comfort and ease. My main goal was just make it to the coast. Cautious of time we cut our time in Breckenridge, Colorado short due to a terrible case…

How Physical Challenge Provides Mental Break Throughs

 Post originally written for Fayettechill. I remember once babbling on to my dad about how incredibly buff professional rock climbers Alex Puccio and Lisa Rands were and how I wanted to be strong like them. My dad looked at me, “you are buff!” He proceeded to tell me all the other changes he had noticed as…

Life is Like a Bed Covered in Bugs

“Fear urged him to go back, but growth drove him on.” – Jack London, White Fang When I was a child, before my parent’s got divorced and I still lived in Atlanta, I had a dream in which my entire bed was covered with bugs. I’m talking centipedes, worms, beetles, all kinds of creepy crawlies…

Driving and- uh, What’s that Smell?

I love road trips, either by myself listening to Harry Potter on Audible or with whatever friends I can convince to join me. My favorite ones are when I get to spend more than just one night in a tent and relax for more than just a few days. Spring break is that time of…

The American Road Trip Part I

There’s something about the idea of a road trip that’s so hopelessly romantic, so American dream. The thought of driving cross country through the endless plains of the midwest, the snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the spectacular coastline of the Pacific felt like a sort of patriotism I could get behind. It’s been…

What I Learned from Climbing with Ladies

Between work and school, finding time for climbing outside can sometimes be a struggle. For a long time, my go-to climbing partner was my boyfriend. I love climbing with him. He’s hilarious, pushes me to try harder and often gives me excellent advice. He is always excited about climbing and is probably one of the…

Advice from a Traveler

I suppose if I were to label myself with one word to describe who I’ve become in my young adult life “traveler” would be it. Over the past few years my feet have landed on 4 different continents, my toes have touched the shores of 3 different oceans, my tongue has stumbled over the twist…