Standing in my own magnificence

I have done a lot of good work on my mental health over the last three years, which includes creating healthy boundaries. Prior to three years ago, I did not really recognize what boundaries were or how to establish them. I was a lot more impulsive back then and rode the waves of what came … Continue reading Standing in my own magnificence

Christmas and Sobriety

People in America are giving thanks and sharing what they are grateful for today. Black Friday is tomorrow and it will kick off the Christmas season. The season of parties, socializing, and booze. My first sober Christmas was stormy and fierce. I scheduled a check-in with my therapist to talk some of my thoughts out … Continue reading Christmas and Sobriety

You have to go through those mountains and valleys – because that’s what life is: soul growth

I have learned to honour the emotions that pulse through me and to give myself what I need when I need it. My mental health is a top priority of mine and I have created a life free from alcohol that was built little by little with each personal milestone. I truthfully spend a lot … Continue reading You have to go through those mountains and valleys – because that’s what life is: soul growth

May the search through nature lead you to yourself

The mini mountains that cover half of Canada is officially known as the Canadian Shield and it is at my grasp a mere one and a half hours away from where I live. The Canadian Shield once had jagged peaks, as high as mountains, but millions of years of erosion have changed the mountains into … Continue reading May the search through nature lead you to yourself

This is just the beginning

The Appalachian Trail awaits my footsteps. I will begin my longest and most challenging hike in just two weeks. When I come face to face with difficulty on the trail, I will remember to give myself grace. I know I will feel sore, my feet will blister, and my legs will scream as I climb … Continue reading This is just the beginning

Beyond the Black

This is the second last video in my solo Mantario series. This video is by far the most important. Thank you in advance for watching and listening. If you share only one of my videos with your friends and family, I want it to be episode 8. The trail transforms those who are open to … Continue reading Beyond the Black

The Strength Within

I have two videos of my Mantario solo adventure to share with you today. The hidden strength that lied beneath my surface filled me with astonishment. You will see that I am huffing and puffing as I climb a hill in episode six, stopping to not only take in the view but to give my … Continue reading The Strength Within

Wonder Woman on the Trail

I made a number of videos on Mantario as a way to occupy myself. I am still learning how to edit videos so some of what I talk about in this video are pick ups from conversations I had with myself in previous videos that I am not posting. I may practice splicing some of … Continue reading Wonder Woman on the Trail

Choose Love

I came to a cross roads on Mantario trail and I didn't know which way to go. Episode two of my solo Mantario adventure explains why I chose the route I did. As I continued on my way to the campsite, I saw repeated arrows guideding me. I was confident I was going to reach … Continue reading Choose Love

Hiker Grossness on Mantario

I woke up on Monday morning and I swear I still smelled like bush with lingering bug spray, sweat, and snot. I scrubbed myself again and straightened my hair, proudly leaving for the day with a bounce in my step. I can only imagine how I am going to smell when I hike an intense … Continue reading Hiker Grossness on Mantario