Can I Get A Witness?

Sometimes being an adult sucks. The constant hassle of having to wash and iron my own clothes, buy and fix my own food, pay for and pump my own gas, and being forced to work so I can pay my own bills…. I’m just over it. Anyone else feel that way?

Can I get a Witness? Continue reading

Forward Is Forward

I am not going to lie… I can sometimes get real cocky and sure of myself. I am in NO way conceited, but from time to time, I get a little too over confident with myself and I need to be humbled. Honestly…just look at this face… doesn’t she look a little cocky?

This weekend I experienced one of those times where I desperately needed to be brought back down to size, and these mountains I live in were all too happy to do the job.  I hiked  on the Appalachian Trail starting at Clingmans Dome and headed down to Miry Ridge and then back up to Clingmans Dome.  Clingmans Dome is the 3rd highest peak east of the Mississippi River. It stands at 6,643 feet in elevation. Hiking to Miry Ridge you get to about 5000 feet in elevation, so you can only imagine what the return trip is like. Continue reading

The Hardest Climb

It was the first time, but it wouldn’t be the last. As I struggled up to the edge of the Cliffs and looked out over the grassy peaks before me, I kept saying to myself….“this won’t be the last time!”

Lazy.  Up until a few months ago that would have been the best word to describe me. If it required effort, time, or energy…I wasn’t interested. Sitting around, reading my books, napping, or watching a documentary on PBS was my ideal of a good time.

As I would scroll through Facebook in the evenings I would get so jealous as I saw the lives others were living. They were out doing things I wanted to do. Continue reading

Wanderlust

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by they ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

Creature of habit.

That is the one phrase that could be used best to describe me.

I LOVE routine….I THRIVE on it.

I awaken at the same time each and every morning. Followed by eating the same breakfast EVERY day. If something throws me off my routine…… Continue reading

To Infinity and Beyond

Most of you have probably never heard of Stacey Kozel.  Don’t worry, until just recently, I hadn’t either. However, upon hearing her story, and reading about what she is attempting, I am now a HUGE fan of hers.

Two years ago lupus found it’s way into Stacey’s nervous system, causing her to become paralyzed.  She had trouble sitting up in her bed without assistance, much less walking.

What makes Stacey’s story so remarkable is how she is dealing with her new normal. There were Countless ways she could have responded. Continue reading

Against The Grain

I have never been one to join the crowd. The thought of being like everyone else makes me…well…irritated.  Personally, I like to stand out….go opposite the flow, against the Grain.

Perhaps it is my cocky nature that compels me to go against the natural flow of things. Or maybe I am just not smart and chose to do things the long and difficult way. Either way, at the end of the day, I am me and that is all that matters.

At the ripe ole age of 41 I am still walking in the opposite direction of everyone else. By the time one reaches my age I should already be on my 2nd house, been married at least 15 years, have 2.5 kids, and have already lived out my childhood fantasies. Continue reading

On My Own

Solitude. The word alone makes me feel…well…lonely.

Being an extrovert by nature, Solitude is a something that is difficult for me to deal with. I thrive on human interaction, being social, and having that connection with another person. During these quiet times, I struggle.

I struggle with the silence.
I struggle with the monotony that solitude brings.
I struggle with my own thoughts. Continue reading

Living Life

I have never been what you would call a Risk taker. In fact, I am pretty much the total opposite.  So a month ago, when I announced to my friend and family that I was going to hike the 3rd highest peak in the Appalachians ALONE, they didn’t really give it much thought.  Truth be told, I am not sure that many of them EVEN heard what I said.

Yep.  I’m that lazy. Continue reading