Don’t miss the last week of the Squamish art walk and your opportunity to win this beautiful photo of the sunset alpenglow on Garibaldi mountain by @jdrobinsonartist . This painting will be a prize for ArtWalk participants who visit ArtWalk venues collecting stickers to put on their maps. Good luck ArtWalkers!
*warning: gross photos of my broken ankle .
On Wednesday, my classes at UW begin and my summer officially ends. I thought I would take a little bit of time to reflect on how my injury in May has impacted these last few months. .
It has now been 121 days or almost exactly 4 months since I slipped while descending Mount Washington on Memorial Day weekend. This last summer before college was filled to the brim with climbing trips and mountaineering adventures which all had to be put on the wayside after I learned that my ankle was broken. This injury has definitely been one of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with so far. More than just the physical damage to my body, mentally and emotionally coming to terms with what I had lost whether that was in literal time, ability or strength was tough. .
And yet, I truly believe that things like this happen exactly when they are supposed to and even though we struggle to comprehend the reasoning behind them, our God promises us that He is watching over us and will not give us more than we can handle (1 Cor 10:13). .
And clearly, though what I had planned was not an option anymore, I was able to do an incredible amount this summer. I hiked more than I ever have, I climbed outside and in the gym, I kayaked and mountain biked, I made time to see old and new friends and read more books than I do the rest of the year. .
And even though Instagram makes it look like I am adventuring constantly and am back to my old self, I still have a long road ahead of me. The nature of my fracture means that I won’t be fully healed for at least another 2-4 months. I still cannot run or put lots of pressure on my left foot. I come away from most hikes with lots of pain to the point of significant limping. I still have bad days and good days and days where I want to cry because I think about how far I’ve come and how much further I have to go. .
But life moves on and every day I get stronger and better. This time in my short life has been beautiful and hard. But every day is a new day and God is good.
Good morning, friends! Yesterday was such a whirlwind of emotions once again in the mountains. Sadness from the fact that summer is officially over, but happiness from the beauty of fall and fall is really starting to show its colors out here in WA (not so much in this picture). I got to experience my first alpine start, waking up in the dark and hiking in a daze with headlamps and all. I also got to experience some true PNW bushwhacking goodness, which I learned is all part of the “type two” fun out here in the mountains. And finally, tears of defeat. Having to say I can’t do something really sucks, but listening to your body is even more crucial. So why did I agree to go on a 14 + mile day with over 7,600 in gain? Cause I guess you don’t know what you can’t handle until you try, right? And at least now I can say I’ve done over 5k in gain in a day and got a glimpse of the true sufferfest that I will have to endure for my future dream of big mountains and mountaineering. P.S. thank you to this guy @jacobmchenryphotography for staying by my side and encouraging me on the long grueling ascent back. So even though yesterday’s 12+ hours of hiking didn’t end with a summit, I am thankful for the good company I was in and also goats! If I didn’t end up throwing in the towel when I did, we wouldn’t have been able to see a baby goat and its mama and papa sunbathing on rocks. So cheers to sufferfests and type 2 fun. Oh and Happy Monday y’all.
"If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but, rather because of what we believe." - Lyndon B. Johnson
Our mind can be a powerful ally or a great hindrance. When I struggle and when I feel self doubt creeping in, I know that I have not been spending enough time on my personal development.
I used to think inspirational quotes and self help was a bunch of bullshit (I was so cynical). Oh have the tables have turned! The truth of the matter is, if our mind is not right, it can be extremely difficult to accomplish the things we want. Even if we do find success, it may can be difficult to be truly happy.
Whether through meditation, reading, spirituality, listening to podcasts, or audiobooks... we have the ability to change our beliefs about ourselves and the world. If you are looking for ways to find belief in something, I recommend starting with the belief in yourself.
For the first time in my life, I truly believe in my capabilities and that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. It’s possible for you too but you must take responsibility for your life. You must take action.
I realize it’s not easy, change is tough but life is hard no matter what. We all have the opportunity to turn our hardships into our strength. If you want some great places to start, I’m just a message away. I’m always happy to share the things that continue to keep me moving forward and making a positive impact in my life. Drop your favorite emoji if you are ready to improve your life. ✌🏽❤️🌲🍁🤙🏾🌞🦄
Another dope photo by: @calebtakesphotos #discoveryourtruth#exploreoregon#wanderluster
Sometimes just getting away for one night - even one rainy night, does the trick. Even though the rest of my weekend was filled with working on the house and attending a function, I got to steal away to the woods with some good friends for a late season campout and get out on my mountain bike and eat hot dogs and s’mores and snuggle with my dog. #livelifetothefullest
Ty and I decided to take the girls to the zoo today. I was so tired, running on about an hour of sleep, that I actually debated taking them to the pet store and buying them whatever little pet/rodent/reptile/fish that they wanted just because I told them we were going to look at animals at the zoo but when it came time to go I really didn't want to be around screaming kids, crowds, people in general. I still somewhat make good decisions because we decided to just do the zoo. We get there and I have never seen a longer line. I think the girls would have handled waiting in the line from hell better than I would have. So I asked them if we could go to the beach instead and we would do the zoo another day. I held my breath praying they chose to blow that popsicle stand. If they wanted to stay we would have, I told them we were going to the zoo and I always follow thru with what I say to them. Luckily they said "BEACH!!" So we went down the road and to Owens Beach and had the best time.
The girls didn't mention the zoo once and I am really glad there were so many people in line at the zoo. #lilyandcarsyn#cousinsmakethebestfriends#upperleftusa#pnwoutdoorwomen#ilovemygirls#niece#daughter#4and2yearsold#theyaresocutewhentheyarentbeatingtheshitoutofeachother
In this moment I was probably overthinking and trying to go over everything my instructor just said and struggling to remember the exact direction this ankle strap was supposed to face.
But then in the water, after many clumsy surf attempts, out of breath and worn out, I just stopped for a moment to look around at the ocean surface all pockmarked with rain, all I could think was, “oh wow, this is really, really beautiful.” And then, a new surge of energy. Joy.
Every year when Fall arrives I think of these John Mayer lyrics: “When autumn comes
It doesn't ask
It just walks in where it left you last
You never know when it starts
Until there's fog inside the glass around
Your summer heart”
Change is inevitable, and we often don’t get a say in when it arrives or how it unfolds. Our reaction on the other hand, is something we can control. Can we accept transitions gracefully? Can we choose curiosity instead of fear? Can we see opportunity vs doubt?
Can we remember that each season in life has its own special beauty and purpose? | photo @nickrlake #pnwoutdoorwomen#thoughtsbeforebed
Logan and Gabrielle wanted to wait until life slowed down a bit to get married. 10 years, college degrees, a kid, and lots of amazing adventures later they finally decided to make things official. Their son was pretty psyched as they were signing the marriage license - as you can imagine, the stoke level all around was high 👊🏼