I’m Okay

“What if it ain’t okay?  How are you going to handle it?”

I sat in the crowded movie theater yesterday and listened as my favorite movie character of ALL time, Rocky Balboa, said those words to his godson, and boxing protege, Adonis Creed.  Adonis, who had just become a new father, was having to face the reality that his newborn daughter may be deaf.

My whole life I have been a Rocky fan.  Perhaps it is the rise of the underdog.  Maybe its the thrill of the fight that ensues.  But whatever the reason, in each and every movie, there always comes a lesson that leaves me thinking and feeling inspired. Continue reading

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Changing My Story

Stepping out of the vehicle and feeling the bone chilling wind rip through my body, I began to question if this really was a good idea.  It had been weeks, since my last real hike, and I was already nervous about getting back out there, and using the weather as an excuse to delay getting started, seemed like a really good choice at the moment.

But there I was.  Strapping on my pack and standing in front of the sign to one of the world’s most famous footpaths….The Appalachian Trail. Continue reading

She Lived

“What do you want your tombstone to read?”

This was a question asked on a survey I was taking for a friends graduate class assignment earlier this week.  At first I scoffed at the question and passed it up to answer the other nine below it, but as I came back to it, I started to really ponder on it.

What do I want my tombstone to say when I am gone from this earth.  When friends, family, and strangers celebrate my life after it is over,  what do I want them to remember about me? Continue reading

Taste Each Day

Some days I feel like I am in a war.

With myself.

The internal battle inside my head is crazy intense and I find myself arguing with my inner self like two 10 year old girls.

“You are such a baby!”

“No I”m not!  You are!”

“Whatever loser!”

“I know you are but what am I?” Continue reading

Lacing Up My Boots

Getting back into a routine after a difficult and scary experience is always hard. Sometimes it is easier just to take a break and re-group. And if you’re like me…. sometimes it is easier to just quit.

If you have read anything I have written this week, you know I had a scary experience on my hike this past weekend. Even though I am a pretty experienced hiker, I learned first hand this past Saturday I didn’t know all I needed to know.

See, I am one of “those” people who always thinks disaster is going to happen to someone else.. not them. I get comfortable and cocky in my knowledge and own abilities. I’m not stupid…so nothing bad can happen. Continue reading