That's the magic of traveling for me. Pushing myself to imagine it, plan it, and ultimately determine why I'm doing it. For the last 2.5 years, it's been because it pushes me to open my heart again to myself and the people around me.
I think this world we live in constantly gives us reason to close ourselves up. And, we need regular prompts to open up again. For some, that means volunteering or performing. For me, it's travel and documenting it for myself (because I have such a bad memory 😬) Today, on #worldphotographyday , I'm so thankful for my experiences and the people I've recently met in my life who have encouraged me to continue creating and to never be embarrassed about sharing it. #no2tripsthesame
Reunited and it feels so good! 🐕🚎 Moose had the best time with Ben’s parents while we were away in Delaware visiting family this week. I think he missed his bus though! 💛👉 Our trio is BACK together and gearing up to leave for our thru-hike now that Mother Nature is on our side. Finally! It’s TIME to walk 358 miles! ⛰🙌
Taylor Swift you were phenominal. Thank you for being so gracious, authentic and an incredible entertainer. Hands down the best concert ever! #reputationstadiumtour#taylorswift#miami @taylorswift @taylornation
When I look at a mirror I don’t see me. I see a young girl rejecting her conditioning, understanding her worth, learning her opinions matter, deciding to listen to her feelings and be true to herself. Her body and life are her own and no person/community/religion/organization has the right to tell her otherwise.
She sees that,
I see her.
Love seeing the different lighting at different times of day in the mountains. There are patches of yellow Aspen trees all along Vail Pass right now. Not long until those ski trails are covered in snow. Change is coming! This is one of my favorite spots in Summit. Happy Sunday 🚵🏻♀️
Have you done your RYA #compcrew ? Do you want to build your miles on a sailing holiday in the Caribbean with an #RYA Instructor? Come and join us on a #cabincharter in paradise. More details at www.bluefoottravel.com (link in bio)
Longer Post warning! *** About that Breckenridge Beast ... I’m smiling on the inside! I promise! 😜
I am closing in on a big goal for me in 2018 ... As many of you know, I was in a near fatal accident with a broken neck in early 2016. Thankfully, I made a full recovery.
One of my responses to this second chance on life has been my evolving journey with Spartan Races. I call my Spartan hobby my “Celebration of Life” tour as I have been privileged to run races in several US states and four countries so far.
At first I thought it would be cool to do just one race in 2016, the same year I broke my neck. My first Spartan Race, the Portland Sprint, went well so I decided to try for a Spartan Trifecta in 2016. That went well and my body stayed strong. I completed six races total in 2016, 4 Sprints, a Super, and a Beast.
At the beginning of 2017 I did not have a clear idea of how many races I would run and I knew I would need to pay attention to my health and to my business responsibilities along the way. At the end of the year I was amazed to see I exceeded my wildest expectations by completing 24 races overall, including seven Trifectas and one Ultra Beast. My health was fine and my business had a great year.
In 2018 I jumped up to the competitive Spartan division and have seen my results steadily improve. And most importantly, I am still having a lot of fun and staying healthy. I turned 50 years old in January of this year and thought how cool it would be to complete my 50th Spartan Race in the year I turned 50. The Breckenridge Beast is #43 and my 3rd Trifecta this year.
I invite you to follow my adventure on IG as I close in on my 50th race. And in the process I hope to inspire you to think about your own life... what dreams, what goals, what desires do you have? What could be possible for you if you just believe?
My faith in God is a huge part of this adventure.Thank you to those who pray for me and encourage me. Please continue! 🙏 I have felt lifted up on wings like eagles in this journey ...🙌😃💪🏃🏻♂️⛰ :
@Regrann from @maizalimarock - I wish I would have tried harder...
After my recent move to Montana I started hitting the gym and learning more about weights. Seems like that’s the place to be for the military folks around here.
It can be pretty intimidating working out around these folks that look like they know what they’re doing. I’ve held myself back before but I decided to focus on my goals and not worry about what ppl think of my workout routine.
I started doing different workouts and lifts and realized how soon I’d quit back in the days. I was so sorry for myself and thought that was good enough. Truth is, our bodies can perform so much more than we think.
Looking back on some climbing trips I also realized how much I shut myself down even before I jumped on a route. I talked myself out of so many cool opportunities and I wish I would have tried harder. I’d tell myself I couldn’t do a move after one try. I’d say I was too tired to try that one hard route I came for, but I was getting myself tired in other routes so I could have the excuse. Yes, you have to respect your body when it’s not feeling well, but sometimes it’s not your body, it’s in your head. This girl has a lot to learn and boundaries to push. 🤔. #forceofnature#optoutside#outdoorbella#melaninbasecamp#girlswhoclimb#choosemountains#liveyouradventure
[Image: Photo of military spouse and rock climber, Maiza Lima, in southern Utah. This photo was taken on Anasazi and Paiute ancestral land.]
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The kind of girl that will dance in the pouring rain; smile through the pain. Make you laugh when you’re mad; put others before self. Fall over laughing at random moments; forgive easily but never forget.
Currently packing like a crazy person for my next backcountry trip. Packing is not, and has never been a strength of mine. It's more like a scene of utter chaos and procrastination. I seem to wait until the absolute last minute, when I give up on trying to lay stuff out all pretty and frantically shove everything in sight into bags. You'd think with all the practice I've had lately, I'd now have this down to a fine art, but no... it's quite the opposite really. Who else sucks at packing? 🙈