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Life on Hold…

Imagine out of the blue you had to put your entire life on hold. Full stop. Not negotiable. It’s something we all dread and know can happen at any time. […]

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2014: Real Adventure. Real Life.

Seems it’s that time again… to review one year before beginning another. With the 2015 calendar staring at us and inspiring introspection, I marvel at what 2014 held for me […]

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Postcards from Real Life: A Better Story

One of the subjects much-discussed among the outdoor community is risk. And the very incorrect perception that our pursuits are often very risky, dangerous, or even downright irresponsible. As I’ve […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Forty-three

Today marks another year under my belt. Like any year, forty-two presented it’s triumphs and challenges. I’m thrilled with the adventures I was able to have both solo and with […]

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Postcards from Real Life: The Beauty of Gray

I’m a fan of black-and-white photography, particularly infrared conversions. There’s something so simple yet visually intricate about the tones. Recently jamming out to some Live while I was working away […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Adjustments

If you follow along on the various social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram, you know I’ve been battling a fairly significant hand injury that I sustained back in June […]

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On Remaining Vibrant

My forty-third birthday is a mere four weeks away. And with autumn in full swing and the leaves turning, I’m facing my own change. Yep… I have officially found my […]

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Real Life Connections: Hell Hike and Raft

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the friendships I’ve made through social media are amazing. And it was social media that made the Hell Hike and Raft […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Journeys

On Monday I set off for the Hell Hike and Raft. After months of anticipation and preparation, it’s finally upon us. This type of travel is actually quite different for […]

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Postcards from Real Life: The Art of Living

Today’s Postcard is inspired by two women I greatly admire. They both recently posted some wonderful thoughts on how they live their lives that resonated with me. They reminded me […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Setbacks and Denial

So you know how I was feeling triumphant for having returned from The Pacific Northwest Tour sans major travel catastrophes for once. Other than feeling a little worse for wear, […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Back in the Saddle

So the last couple of weeks I’ve talked about adventures completed and adventures to come. I’m guessing you probably won’t realize how these two intersect… and it’s not in a […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Sanctuary

Today I’m nestled in one of my favorite places in the world. It’s spring photography workshop time again at The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and I’ll be immersed […]

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Musings on Roadschooling…

Today I’m moonlighting over at Mommy Hiker with my thoughts on roadschooling with Fred and George. I hope you’ll go check it out and show Jen some love. She is […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Forging Paths

I’m dipping into the deep well of Thoreau this week thinking about the paths we forge for ourselves, big and small, deliberately and inadvertently. I see the small paths as […]

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Postcards from Real Life: The Danger of Strength

I know a lot of strong women. They’re amazing, inspiring, and downright impressive. Their example helps fuel my own strength. Most people consider me one of them. And I am, […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Status Quo

Camp Granola’s George turned 11 yesterday and on the heels of Wednesday’s #OutFam chat about transitions, I have to marvel at this journey. I’ve often said there’s no status quo […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Contact

I’ve talked a lot lately about how much I appreciate the connections I’ve made during my life as a blogger. I’ve made some great friends in various communities and I’ve […]

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Connecting: Travel, Life, & Social Media

We’re all learning to navigate this modern, hyper-connected world. As a forty-something, I’m in that category of people who didn’t grow up with the internet and social media but have […]

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Postcards from Real Life: Appreciation

Through my blogging and travels, I’ve gotten to meet some truly remarkable people. Some have become friends, others are mentors, some are both. All of them, I cherish for their […]

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