Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival

Keep your eyes closed and focus inwards. Feel the rise and fall of your chest with each inhale and exhale. You're safe and feel at home in your body. When you inhale, feel your body expand with potential. When you exhale, send positive thought out into the world. I really did try to keep my … Continue reading Snowflake Winter Wellness Festival

Appalachian Trail: The Trail is a Magical Place (day 6)

We hiked down a long descent yesterday afternoon before arriving at our shelter for the night. It seemed to go on and on and I wondered if it would ever end. I have concluded that I much more prefer ascends to descends. Gravity wants to pull me down the mountain and I need to work … Continue reading Appalachian Trail: The Trail is a Magical Place (day 6)

Appalachian Trail: Above and Beyond Trail Angel (day 3)

I awoke in the morning to see a text from my friend saying that she needed a day off the trail to rest and start antibiotics. We were welcome to stay with Karen and her family. Hitch hiking was one thing but I felt more vulnerable being in someone's house. I will walk into the … Continue reading Appalachian Trail: Above and Beyond Trail Angel (day 3)

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

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

Nature Saved Me

The trail is where the healing began and the water surrounding a dock is where I found the comfort in my choice to remain alcohol free. Growing up I was raised in the city but I am very much a country girl at heart. I was naturally an outdoorsy kid and could be found riding … Continue reading Nature Saved Me

She shoots, she scores: hanging out where the booze flows

Last night I went to the Winnipeg Jets Whiteout party downtown. I am sort of a hockey fan but not really. I get excited when other people are excited and I like to take part in festivals and street parties around our city. I care if the Jets win, but not really. I spent $22 … Continue reading She shoots, she scores: hanging out where the booze flows

One foot in front of the other

Today I am two years sober from alcohol. My life feels natural and authentic without alcohol. Upon reaching my first year of sobriety I felt relieved that I had made it to my first year. The second year feels like this is my new normal. I have crafted a life free from alcohol that I … Continue reading One foot in front of the other

The Power of a Word

"Conditioning myself for a long distance hike" is the most empowering and motivational phrases that I have ever come up with. I've been going at this for about three months now and the way I feel after working out is what keeps me going back. Around Christmas and into January I fell off the metaphorical … Continue reading The Power of a Word