A lot has developed over the past month or so. The weeks have been a little hectic, a little surprising and a lot of work! But now the future is brighter and day-to-day life is about to get oh so rad. During these times, I am so thankful to have a partner who is as impulsive and passionate as I am. Jon believes in the "rip off the bandaid" motto that I've always lived by. And damn, when we have a goal in mind, does that go far!
It became apparent almost right away that we didn't enjoy living in Denver. It's too much. We dreamed of a Colorado life that was so much different. We dreamt of mountains, wildlife, quiet and solitude. And while we achieved those things, it always came with a huge drive and a ton of planning. And returning "home" to a city we didn't love. So we've changed that. On July 14th we left the city and moved into a cottage in the mountains, miles and miles and miles away from the hustle and bustle of any type of city. We will be living a much more simple life here. One step closer to a self sufficient lifestyle, a dream I truly believe we can achieve. We now have 13ers and 14ers right outside our door, along with a river and endless trails. There is wildlife and there will be snow. Creatively, I could not be more excited. There are possibilities here that we didn't have before. And man, I am overwhelmed with delight.
"If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up." -J.M. Power
Living in this way, simply and in the wild, has been a life goal of mine since I can remember. For years and years I imagined exactly what is happening. Sharing a very tiny home in the mountains with my love and our dog. I thought this was unachievable; a pipe dream that I could play out maybe when I was 60. But like most dreams in life, anything is possible if you put in the work. And here we are. I am feeling things beyond words. It is a whole-happiness. A surreal happiness. This is not the final step, but a huge step in our goal to live the simple life.
My second bit of news is out-of-this-world exciting. I was selected to be part of the ambassador team for Hike Like A Woman. This is a community that means so much to me. I have been active with them for a while now, as I support what they're doing so very much. HLAW is a podcast, blog, classroom and community outreach dedicated to inspiring women to hit the trail and find passion in nature. They are a part of the Just Trails LLC and partnered with REI's #forceofnature campaign. Pretty amazing right? Right.
Something that I appreciate about HLAW more than anything is that they are FOR women. They aren't women modelling clothing. They are not photoshopped dolls prancing around in the woods. They are real, true, genuine badass ladies out to show that the wilderness is our place and the trails are for all of us. We are motherfucking equals. So needless to say, when I was contacted about being an ambassador, my jaw hit the floor and I cried some happy tears. It's the perfect fit.
I am beyond thrilled to be able to share my stories and content with them. My knowledge and my passion too! And I am positive that what I can learn from this community will be priceless. I plan to host events with greater frequency and have clinics on various topics with more regularity. This is a big deal and I'm amped to see where it can go!
"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world." -Sheila Graham
Life is crazy, you guys.