Just Do It.

I hate running. I hate running so much that I’d rather miss a flight then have to run through an airport. (That’s completely true, just ask my friends.) But 3 weeks ago I decided that I was going to run a 5k on May 28th. Despite my deep rooted hatred for the sport, sometimes I have to do things that take me out of my comfort zone. Why do I like to torture myself you might ask? To prove to myself that I can. It is ridiculously easy to come home from a long day at work, lounge out on the couch and stare into your phone for hours on end. Forcing myself to do something I wouldn’t typically choose to do and not make up a billion excuses why I can’t or shouldn’t do it is the sole reason I’ve done some pretty rad things in my short time on this Earth.

I truly wish more people would step out of their comfort zone and do something they never thought they would/could do. Being in the line of work that I’m in, I talk to all different types of people from varying backgrounds and personalities all day. Any time I get back from a trip, I am met with an array of thoughts and opinions on the things I just did. Some people would NEVER forego indoor plumbing and a real bed for days on end, and that is totally understandable. But so many people tell me how they would love to try and backpack/camp/climb/etc. but could never do it for various reasons. They are too out of shape, they couldn’t ever take time off work, their partner would never be on board. It sometimes takes everything I have in me not to shake them and tell them to go and do it!  Who cares that you’ve never slept in a tent? Or hiked longer than 2 miles? At one point none of us had. You have to step out of your comfort zone and go. Be uncomfortable, get dirty, push your self to try something new, and don’t get discouraged when things don’t go exactly as you thought they would. (Thats all part of the adventure!) Even as I’m typing this, I am planning for a 200 and some mile thru hike next summer with Matt. It is weeks off of work and away from our home. It’s travel expenses and the expense of me not having any paid time off. It’s all the other unknowns that I could dwell on and talk myself out of going and doing it, but if we don’t go now (and by now I mean next summer) we may never do it.

Everyday that you wake up you have to make the decision for how you want to live your life. As cliche as it sounds, tomorrow isn’t promised, so why wait another day to do something that is new and scary? Or something that is physically and mentally challenging? Think of something you’ve always wanted to do and go out and do it. Go out and find your adventure.

 

New MacBook, New Blog Post

I sat down 2 hours ago, in my favorite spot in my home, with my old laptop and attempted to write. After what seemed like hours of my computer crashing, restarting, and bogging down every time I clicked on anything, I threw said computer across the room in a fit of rage and went and bought a MacBook. Okay, so maybe all that was a bit exaggerated, but I did end up getting talked into spending WAY more money then I ever thought I’d spend on a computer. (Thanks, Matt.)

I had full intentions on writing a beautifully written post about our trip we took almost 2 weeks ago while we were flying home, but the lack of caffeine and the abundance of podcasts I had to catch up on took up all of my 7 hours of traveling and nothing was written until now. I will start off by saying that before Matt and I leave this earth, we will more than likely be living somewhere west of the Mississippi and south of Colorado. I cannot explain the feelings I get being in the southwest corner of the good ol’ U.S. of A. Each trip out west evokes feelings inside of me that I don’t feel otherwise. I feel more at home in small, no name towns in the middle of the desert than I do driving around the town I grew up in. I find a sense of peace with each passing sandstone formation that flood my view from my passenger side window. This last trip gave me all the old familiar feelings, as well as some new ones I’d yet to experience.

I turned 27 the day after our flight touched down in Las Vegas. We started our morning out at our favorite Boulder City diner, The Coffee Cup. If you’re in the Boulder City area for breakfast, you must visit this little diner and you must order peanut butter oatmeal pancakes. I think it’s actual a sin to not order these pancakes. Do they put drugs in them to keep you coming back for more? Maybe. Did we eat there the 2 days we stayed in Boulder City?  Most definitely.IMG_7673

After my favorite breakfast of all time, we spent the good part of our morning and afternoon sport climbing in Red Rock Canyon. I truly believe that no matter how many times I visit RRC, my brain will never fully grasp the vastness and beauty of that place. It really puts everything into perspective for me. And of course the climbing there is amazing. I even led my first sport climb, which in turn turned into me leading every climb the whole trip because I now understand how amazing it is to lead a climb. No rope in your face is definitely the way to go. We wrapped up the day by finally seeing Absynthe on the strip, and I am SO glad we did! It was hilarious and amazing and every other adjective to describe something great.IMG_7760.jpgIMG_7700image

We headed out to Joshua Tree on Monday, but when we arrived the 50 mph winds and 48 degree weather left us a little disappointed, but that didn’t stop us from soaking up as much as it had to offer.

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We did a good amount of exploring around the park, but in the end it was a bit too windy to keep our tent and belongings on the ground, so we headed back east and cashed in my remaining Marriott points in Las Vegas. We spent the rest of our time there climbing, laughing till we cried, drinking delicious margaritas, and eating delicious food. It was a hard drive back to the airport that Wednesday morning, which brings us to the last week and a half we’ve been home..

Leave it to Ohio to welcome us back with spectacular weather! Cold, rainy, all around dreary. Did we accidentally fly to Seattle? Even with the not so stellar weather, we’ve managed to get in a decent amount of work on Echo. Thanks to a few amazing humans, I pooled some birthday cash and we bought insulation for the inside on the van, as well as wood to start framing everything out. (There are updated pictures on the Van Build page for those that are interested.) We also mounted our cargo rack and attached our Goal Zero solar panels, even though there has been zero sun to actually try them out. At least they are mounted and ready to go for whenever mother nature decides it doesn’t hate us here in the Miami Valley and stops raining. Next on our list is cutting a hole in the roof for our fan (I’m semi terrified of this), wiring everything up and put up our walls and ceiling. She really is coming together nicely. And I couldn’t be more happy.

Enough for tonight, I need to spend the next few hours learning the ends and outs of my new MacBook and retrain my brain that there is no longer a right click option.