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

Trekking my own path to success

I have had a little bit of writers block lately. I have put together bits and pieces of ideas that I just haven't been able to turn into a full-length blog post. So, here is a little snipit of what I have been up to lately in the outdoors, keeping a focus on the good … Continue reading Trekking my own path to success

Reflections on my anxiety reflections

The anxiety that I experienced on Sunday still weighs heavy on my mind. I believe that experience is the worst attack that I have ever had. Memories of other attacks have played back in my mind like a film strip and nothing comes close, not even the time I hid in a stairwell while I … Continue reading Reflections on my anxiety reflections

Ssssscary Phobiasssss and Fearsssss

The plans for my Appalachian Trail section hike are coming together nicely. My group met last week and we talked about gear, weather, food, and mapped out our nightly stops. Our hotel for the night before our hike begins has also been booked. In addition to logistics and gear, we also discussed fears and phobias … Continue reading Ssssscary Phobiasssss and Fearsssss

Hiking and Camping Gear is an Investment into Postive Mental Health

I spent Saturday morning hiking at McGillivray Falls in the Whiteshell area of Manitoba with my friend who I will section hike the Appalachian Trail with. I went to McGillivray once before, at the beginning of the winter with my daughter for lunch and hiked to a spot 10 minutes in from the trail head. … Continue reading Hiking and Camping Gear is an Investment into Postive Mental Health

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

Be the Leader of the Back of the Pack 

I am a member of numerous hiking and camping groups on Facebook and a topic that I have seen a number of times is from slow hikers and how they feel on group hikes. I am a confident back of the pack hiker and I immediately support and defend those who are feeling embarrassed, sad, … Continue reading Be the Leader of the Back of the Pack 

Empowering My Daughter Through the Outdoors

The outdoors is an amazing place to come to relax, challenge myself, teach and learn, and build a life around.  The outdoors and nature is my passion.  I take a lot of pride in passing my fondness of the outdoors on to C, my daughter, especially in the age of digital technology and people being outside … Continue reading Empowering My Daughter Through the Outdoors

Hooray for my Fitbit Goal

I was slipping with wearing my Fitbit. It simply did not cross my mind to put it on in the morning lately, not even for my hike on the weekend. I gave myself heck for forgetting it because it would have been neat to see how many steps I did on the trail and walking … Continue reading Hooray for my Fitbit Goal

Grizzly Does Hot Yoga

Yoga is a good place for me to be. "It is not about touching your toes, it is about what you learn on the way down."  I don't know who to credit that quote too but it is one that I have built my practice around. I have a dedicated quiet space in my home … Continue reading Grizzly Does Hot Yoga