Learning to Forgive Yourself, When Others Cannot

I think this is probably one of the most difficult things that I have been encountering in my own life so far. The one thing that depresses me the most is the fact that my actions have caused great hurt, distrust and a huge rift within my relationships to others. I become so focused on…

Bipolar 2 Diagnosis: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Like most mental health struggles, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose something until years later. I was not diagnosed until this year and I am 28 years old. Obviously there will be cases where there is a really great team of individuals monitoring and assisting the person where the ability to recognize and treat…

True Life: I’m Still in College

Yep you read that right, I’m still in college and without revealing too much of my age let’s just say I’m pushing 30. It’s taken me literally forever to actually get through my undergraduate degree but I am still forging on. Not sure if anyone can relate to this but I hope that there are…

I Am An Adult Child of an Alcoholic

I haven’t really made much of this part of my life public simply for the fact that I was just not sure who might find this. Over the last 10 years of my life I have hidden who I was from the world. I gave friends and acquaintances bits and pieces of my life without…

Hike To Alta Peak (Sequoia National Forest)

Hiking Alta Peak Sequoia National Forest California In the High Sierra Mountains of California in the Sequoia National Forest we found ourselves hiking to Alta Peak. The summit is well over 11,000 feetĀ and the profile of this hike is literally a vertical climb up. Since I’m a peak chaser, I try to pick the tallest…

The Ten Essentials Backpacking Checklist

For me, backpacking is about being as light and as smart as possible. Pack only the essential items that you’ll need for survival and forget the rest. There’s something about leaving behind all of your stuff that’s exhilarating and takes extra weight off your shoulders, literally and figuratively. Let’s take a look at the ten…

Pack Review: REI Flash 18 Pack

Hiking gear is not cheap and wherever I can save a bit of money I will. Ryan and I generally bring our bigger packs with us when we go but always pack a smaller day pack. I needed something light, versatile and easily packable so that I wouldn’t have to worry about it taking up…

Burroughs Range Loop Hike

Ryan and I decided that since we both had a day off that we would take a hike up in Harriman but ended up driving a little further to the Catskills and it was so worth it. We definitely learned a few valuable lessons along the way and hopefully our little mistakes can be passed…

What Does Cecil The Lion Have To Do With Factory Farming?

Of course everyone has heard by now the horrible act of a Minnesota dentist on a gorgeous creature of nature. Killed mercilessly in the most inhumane, cowardly and ignorant way. While of course we should all take this to heart, there is a deeper picture here that some of us may not be understanding. Cecil…

Delicious Mango-Radish Salsa

Taking a vegetarian journey is pretty difficult. I actually can’t even call myself a vegetarian because I do still eat fish. It’s something that’s hard for me to admit to my loving vegetarian communities but it’s the truth. I make more conscious decisions, I still don’t eat pork, beef, chicken and the like and those…