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I am a journey. It begins with a breath.


December 2015

Winter Adventures on Mt. Hood



In addition to 2016 being a year full of travel plans, I’m also committed to spending part of my time off exploring this great Pacific Northwest. Having a winter birthday means I get to go skiing to celebrate and I’ve been wanting to explore the slopes of Mt. Hood (Oregon) for the past several years.

Mt. Hood is one of the only mountains in North America where you can ski year round (most years, anyway) so it’s pretty awesome living within an easy drive of this monstrosity. It boasts several different ski areas and a height of 11,250 feet at it’s summit. Mt Hood Meadows, where we chose to ski, had 85 runs and 13 lifts open on the day we went. That’s a lot to explore and I only got through a very small portion of it before my legs gave out. Continue reading “Winter Adventures on Mt. Hood”

What’s New?


I have to admit. I laughed at this one. Out loud.

And then I cried a little. On the inside.

And then I smiled when I realized life is kinda like that.

Anne Lamott talks about writing shitty first drafts in her book “Bird By Bird”. It’s one of the things that gives me the courage to keep writing. Not worrying that anyone will necessarily read that first bit of dribble, but rather just getting it down on paper. Worrying about the editing later. Much later.

I think about this idea of a shitty first draft a lot, actually, and now that I am solidly planted in the middle of my life, I kind of think the whole first part is pretty much a first draft. That is to say, once you finally get to be an adult, you realize you’re the one holding the pen, and you get to write your story however the hell you want.

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