Tough facts about the journey to find happiness

A thoughtful moment

“I want your life,” he said. “It wasn’t always so good and the road to this place wasn’t easy,” I responded. When I woke this morning, I was excited. Today is another day of living the life that I designed, planned, and worked very hard to achieve. I’m not special, others inspired and set an […]






Waking up on the summit of Grandeur Peak

Grandeur Peak Summit

  Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda Stepping onto the trailhead to Grandeur Peak I had a head-full of thoughts swirling through my mind. My hiking buddy for the day was Indy, a border collie with unique red merle coloring. He belongs to a former boyfriend, […]






My journey toward a life worth living: A challenging move

The Active Explorer at the Utah state line

Warning…. I’m about to get personal, so if that irks you, it’s time to sign off. This post is about the challenges surrounding my recent move, and all of the support that made it all come together in the end.   First an apology. The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging […]






It just got real….I’m moving!

Box of Trail Maps and Guides

It just got real… I wasn’t sure when the right time would be to make this announcement. But when I loaded all of my trail maps and hiking guides into a box and scheduled a POD for delivery to my driveway late next month, it seemed like a good time to share that I’m moving. […]






New motivation: My successful year working out at home

Laura at Dick's Pass

This morning I woke up with a serious motivational issue. The Sumatran coffee was soooo fine and my cat Artie snuggled up in my lap to sleep. Thoughts of working out began to fade from my mind. Then I considered just how little time exercise takes out of my day and what a big difference […]






Managing fear while learning adventure sports

  Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~Dale Carnegie Boots planted on the ledge, harness checked, and my hand holding the rope in a brake position over the bar rack, I took […]






Want to travel more? Let remote office tools set you free

A man is working with a nootebook outdoors

If you could work remotely, would you spend more time traveling? If the answer is “yes” then you are where I was just over a year ago. I knew I wanted to travel, but I still had to keep a business running, so I set out to find the remote office tools I needed to […]






Combating stereotypes: Why I’m no ‘proper’ lady

Forgive me while I wine.

Two personal posts in a month, this is a first. However, I received some very nice feedback from the last one so I guess you don’t mind them too much. Bear with me for a little rant. prop·er adj. 1. Characterized by appropriateness or suitability; fitting: the proper knife for cutting bread; not a proper […]