Finding Fierce

I’ve talked before about finding what you’re made of. Until now, the challenges I’ve faced have largely been of my choosing. This time though, external forces have forced me to explore greater depths of myself and the limits of my tenacity. I’m now almost eight weeks into this ordeal and I’m certainly much improved but each day and week present …

Healing and Joy

Right now in my life, my biggest task to address everyday is healing. Of both the physical and emotional sort. Everyday is a mental tennis match between knowing I’m getting better and the weariness of what my life is right now. Because the progress is so gradual and grudging, I have to force myself to look back a week, two …

Celebrating Winter

Here in the Peach State, winter is a conundrum. The respite from summer’s brutal heat is welcome yet we don’t have the benefit of snow to liven up our outdoor adventures. In fact, snow here is quite catastrophic… just sayin’. But as hard as cold, rainy, dreary winter weeks like this one has been, I still actually appreciate winter in …

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 first gray hairs. I can’t help but consider the corollary. While trees go through a dramatic change every year, I will only face this once. It’s just one of those …

Postcards from Real Life: Self-Reliance

A lot of folks think I’m nuts for taking off on 16 days of solo travel and adventure. For some it seems daunting and/or dangerous, for others it seems lonely. As for the lonely part, it’s a non-issue for me. I’m quite content with my own company and I’m not really alone all that often so it’s a welcome break …

Postcards from Real Life: Overland Expo 2014

Greetings from Overland Expo 2014! I’m currently surrounded by a sea of about 7,000 travel enthusiasts and experts which means I’m immersed in a fantastic travel community for the weekend. One of the things I love about attending events like this is the opportunity to expand my perspective on travel. Everyone here has different motivation driving them to explore and …

Postcards from Real Life: Swept Away

As you know, on Tuesday I head out for another big adventure. This is possibly the loosest I’ve ever planned before. With only the skeleton of a route sketched out and a few pins on a Pinterest board for inspiration, this will truly be a trip of following our bliss. No expectations, minimal itinerary… just allowing ourselves to get lost …

Postcards from Real Life: Building Bridges

Last weekend I scooted off to the Georgia Nature Photographers Association’s annual expo at Unicoi State Park. As you can imagine, an event like this is energizing in many ways. Getting to catch up with friends, letting my inner photography nerd run free amongst fellow enthusiasts, and meeting other inspiring photographers are just a few of the advantages. Our keynote …

Postcards from Real Life: Campfire

Last weekend we trekked off for a little local adventure here in Georgia. Part of the purpose of this trip was to make progress in completing the Georgia State Parks geocaching challenge but it was more so for some Vitamin N. Fred grouses about camping these days, summoning discontent from the depths of his teenage bosom. But once we’re there, …

Postcards from Real Life: Outdoor Families #OutFam

Greetings from Camp Granola HQ! Apparently I don’t have enough irons in the fire so I’ve taken on another project and I couldn’t be more excited. An amazing group of outdoor family bloggers has come together to share their expertise in a new Twitter chat focusing on outdoor family adventures. We’ve been sharing our stories and insight through the #OutdoorFamilies …