Baby…Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle

I'm a competitive person by nature. I maintain high expectations for myself. A goal-setter. Boundary breaker. Maybe it's the Taurus in me. Maybe it's the Long Island in me. Maybe it's the "me" in me. Conversely, and more importantly, I am soothed by Nature. To be in a place away from the everyday distractions...the hustle …

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Welcome 2018…I’ve Been Waiting for You.

I blinked and fall flew right by into winter. Family. Hiking. Ebbs. Flows. Birthdays. Holidays. More Ebbs. More Flows. Remembering to breathe it all in and love it all out. Because it's all gonna be alright. You know, braving the wilderness. "Braving the Wilderness" are the words Brené Brown gave to brilliantly describe this exact …

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Drowning in Silence, Emerging in Peace

“Speak only when it improves upon the silence.” -Gandhi   Silence. It was deafening to my soul most of my life. Truly deafening.  I did all that I could to fill the void with noise…constantly initiating conversations, funny jokes, pointless rambling, playing music. Anything.  Anything to drown out the silence. Silence was something I could …

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When Life Happens…You Take a Sabbatical.

So life happened. The journey of beautiful triumphs and heartbreaking moments. You've been there too, right?  Those times in your life when you need to take time to reflect, reground and rise again? Something like this: But actually more like this: I have so many adventures to tell about during my "life sabbatical": my first …

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Mount Marshall: A Lovely Return to Upper Works

A few weeks ago, I attempted to hike Mount Marshall in the Adirondacks.  Unfortunately, I had to abandon my climb due to thunderstorms.  This past Friday, July 22nd, I returned to Upper Works for "Mount Marshall: Take 2." I have left home at around 7 am, and after a 4 hour drive up to Newcomb, …

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