A Hearty Yes

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say

a hearty yes to your adventure.

{ Joseph McCampbell }

I don’t shower every day.

No, it’s really not that gross.

I stick my tongue out a lot, but only to the left.

{ Don't know why, that's just how I roll. }

I live with three of my best friends.

They leave hair in the sink and fur all over my clothes.

But they’re also great at cuddling.

{ Yep. I'm a lucky gal. }

I make mistakes and sometimes don’t learn from them – I’m getting a lot better at this one.

I don’t always make sense, and I’m not so sure that it’s a bad thing.

I’m happiest when I’m pushing my limits.

{ Yeah, kinda like that... }

I have a favorite CD and its not one you can buy in the stores.

I like to think I live in the moment, but im still working on it.

I’ve learned that it doesn’t always have to “fun” in the strictest sense of the word to be an absolute blast.

{ I'm having fun, I'm having fun. If I say it enough, that means it's true, right? RIGHT?! }

I hate socks.

I love bandannas.

I have ice climbed a silo.

{ This one, to be specific. It's in Iowa. }

I am many things.

But ultimately, I’m just a girl who loves a good adventure. In college, that meant whirlwind weekend road trips to climb the beautiful cliffs of the Red River Gorge and epic road trip adventures to ride the trails in Moab, climb the sandstone of Red Rocks, and sea kayak 80 miles of the Outer Banks, island to island.

{ Bliss. }

My undergrad adventures were mostly about developing my own personal skills and pushing my own limits. In grad school, my adventures shifted focus to helping other people define and push their limits. I carved out a living for myself doing what I love, and it meant weeks teaching and taking classes, and weekends spent in the woods, teaching others the skills they needed to safely and responsibly enjoy the playgrounds that I myself was formed and tested on. I loved every minute of it, but 2 years of focusing on other people’s journeys and adventure left me with little energy to spend on my own.

{ Home sweet home. }

The past few years have been a full of ups and downs for me and my family, and through it all I’m learning that adventure doesn’t have to be an all or none. It doesn’t have to be all for yourself or all for others, and it doesn’t mean bleeding your bank account dry and skipping town every other weekend – although don’t get me wrong, that can be fun, too!

These days, my personal adventures come through running –  through redefining my impossible and putting in months and miles on my own, in the hopes that come race day, I can leave it all on the road. It’s a very different life than I lived in college and grad school, when the “bigger” adventures were always just around the corner.

It’s as if I have these two separate lives – my current life, with job, family, and running, and my previous life, full of spontaneity and adventure. I don’t know about you, but I would love to have a little bit of both. This is the challenge in this moment of my life – to marry my two lives: epic outdoor adventure and the more subtle adventures of running, pieces of that care-free undergrad and the small slivers of wisdom and responsibility I’ve gleaned since then.

Have I figured out how exactly to do this?

Nope. Not even close.

But I’m getting there, slowly but surely, and I’m enjoying the heck out of the journey along the way.

The journey is always WAY more fun with sidekicks, and that’s how I see my relationship with readers,  Twitter followers, and Facebook & DailyMile friends. I share my experiences and eagerly read about yours to soak up as much as possible. I’ve been really fortunate lately to have seen a HUGE explosion in my online experience – earlier this week, the blog had FOUR THOUSAND views in one day! I’m so excited (and just a little bit flustered) that 4,000 people clicked over to One Run at a Time, and I’m grateful for the relationships I’m building with other bloggers, thanks to Fitfluential, Bliss, and Team Tough Chik.

When I teach about outdoor leadership, I lead by example – I’m transparent in my actions and decisions – the good, the bad, and the ugly – so that students can see why and how I’m coming to certain conclusions. We (the collective “we”) have so much to learn from each other, from both our successes and most importantly from our mistakes. That’s what I hope One Run at a Time is – a trusty and deliberately transparent sidekick who stumbles a whole heck of a lot, but always lands on her feet, skidding in sideways, saying, “Okay, that did NOT work…but I whaddaya think about this??”

"Friend: What happened to your feet?! Me: Vegas happened to my feet." True story.

I’m no expert (unless you need to know how to pack a backpack, triangulate your location, or have questions about the 7 principles of Leave No Trace. Then we can talk).

But despite that, I can tell you this:

The key is to remember that adventure is there each and every day, you just have to look for it. And when you find it…

Answer with A HEARTY YES.

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12 thoughts on “A Hearty Yes

  1. Love!!! I love reading your blog – you are always so thoughtful and interesting. Keep doing what you’re doing – you’ll find the balance you’re looking for!

  2. 4K views… sweet and intimidating! LOL. Congrats. Your adventures look way cool. I know that I have lost some of that due to time restraints and day to day life. But I am slowly looking to get the adventure back in my life. I think just being conscious of getting the outdoors back in my life gets me outside just a little bit more. Of course, I am moving South of Lake Tahoe this summer. So I am hoping to play A Lot more in the woods and trails of the Eastern Sierras. 😉

    • Um, AWESOME!! I doubt you’ll much trouble finding adventure near Tahoe – what an awesome place to be living! I definitely understand the challenge of adventure & day-to-day life. I try to see most things as an adventure, and that helps. Maybe adventure is really more a state of mind! 🙂

    • Thank you so much! It was pretty awesome – I haven’t ice climbed in awhile, and I can’t say I’m very good at it, but it is SOOOOO much fun, and absolutely EXHAUSTING. I’m hoping to take a Chicks with Picks trip next year!

  3. Great intro to a fun post! I remember setting a goal for my life when I was in my 20s: To be an interesting old woman one day. Not quite there yet, but doing my best to stay on track! The adventures do morph and shift, but they are still adventures! You seem to have many that still lie ahead of you! Go Go Go!

    • Aww, thanks Kym! And if I may say, you’re well on your way to being and interesting old woman! You’ve got the interesting part down, anyway!

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