Let’s talk about mental health and hiking

I have been occupied with working on a project that is an extension of my blog, which is why I have been quiet with posting. I am preparing to expand the community that my voice reaches by using my lived-experience with mental illness to speak at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba as part of Women's … Continue reading Let’s talk about mental health and hiking

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

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

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

What I want when I hike

Next week will be March and soon spring will lead to summer. My boots will hit the dirt for my ten day section hike before I know it. Physically I am doing well with conditioning myself for the hike. I've added a deep water running class for resistance training into my routine to keep things … Continue reading What I want when I hike

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

Rewarding my Sobriety

February 14th, 2016 is the day that I decided to love myself more than I ever had before. In less than a month I will celebrate two years of sobriety. As I write this, I know with confidence that I will reach two years but I also know that sobriety is rented daily and nothing … Continue reading Rewarding my Sobriety

A Taste for Sobriety 

There is no mental health manual that lists out the milestones that we are supposed to celebrate. Every journey is different and each one of us sees achievements in a different way. Right now I want to celebrate that I am comfortable being around alcohol without any desire for it. I kissed my husband on … Continue reading A Taste for Sobriety¬†

Sharing my Passion for Hiking and Camping

My family and I have hiked and cycled to Lake Kinosao in Riding Mountain National Park countless times. We usually spend a few hours at the lake and have a meal. Last year after a stop for lunch, we carried on to Cowan Lake for our first overnight hike as a family. The most important … Continue reading Sharing my Passion for Hiking and Camping