Day 4 – 5 (Zion National Park) “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.” John Muir There are no words that I can use which will do Zion National Park justice. I’m gonna be honest here, I wasContinue reading “The Great Westward Soul Search (Pt. 2)”
Ah! I need solitude. I have come forth to this hill at sunset to see the forms of the mountains in the horizon—to behold and commune with something grander than man. Henry David Thoreau, Journal — 1854 In the few days leading up to my excursion, I was met with a mix of giddy excitementContinue reading “The Great Westward Soul Search (Pt. 1)”
As a depressive-brained person, finding happiness has been an ever illusive quest. I am happiest when I can be in nature, whether that is fishing on the Chippewa Flowage or writing a blog post in a hammock that you attached to your old childhood swing set frame.
My grandma passed away on Friday morning. She’s the one who I spoke about in my post about writing and storytelling (“So You Wanna Be An Author”). Her passing was expected but it doesn’t lessen the pain and the grief. My sister and I went on a leisurely (ok … semi-leisurely) 16.5 mile bike rideContinue reading “Using Exercise To Cope”
Earlier this week, I was watching a video game critic’s deep-dive analysis of The Last of Us Part II. For the non-gamers of the world, The Last of Us is a two-part video game series created by the publishing company Naughty Dog. It’s part shooter, part survival horror, and part grim post-apocalyptic role playing gameContinue reading “Depression Is A Disease Of Perspective”
Although today was suppose to be a rest day, I needed to get out of the house and process some feelings. Today is graduation day for the Class of 2020…or at least it would’ve been in another time. There are three awesome people who plan the Senior Lock in each year and I am oneContinue reading “Graduation, Hiking, and Mental Health”
Feel free to take a look at The Oatmeal comic that I reference to fully understand “The Blerch”: https://theoatmeal.com/comics/running I weigh-in twice a week, once on a Monday and once on a Friday and I record the lower of the two weights. Today’s weigh-in showed no weight loss. In fact, since I started training overContinue reading “Encountering and Overcoming My “Blerch””
I’ve been in a difficult headspace these past two days. Yesterday’s rest day was indeed restful, but I spent most of the day feeling guilty that I should be “doing more.” I should be doing more as a teacher, as a wife, as an athlete in training. I shouldn’t have half a chocolate bar. IContinue reading “A Bad Case of the “I Don’t Wannas””