• Journal

    My best advice for improving confidence

    Selfie of Laurel downhill mountain biking

    Every once in a while, I go through moments in my life where I can sense my self-confidence diminishing. The trigger can be large or small—a negative review from my boss on a project I’m working on, a snarky comment…

  • Lifestyle

    My Jalapeño Invasion

    A jalapeno plant

    This year, I planted two jalapeño plants in my garden. I’ve had success plants two of everything (in the event that one plant dies…like my cucumber did). However, I felt really overwhelmed when I realized my jalapeño plants were flourishing.…

  • North America,  Travel

    Star Party at a National Park

    telescopes pointed towards a stary night sky

    This summer, I made it a goal of mine to visit Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, USA. I had heard about the cliff dwellers throughout my life and decided it was time to see these buildings in person. It…

  • Travel

    Yes, the stars are there

    After moving to the city, you start to get used to all the noise and light after a while. The cars and sirens fade into the distance and you start to convince yourself it’s quiet at night. I look up…

  • Travel

    A stormy walk on the beach

      A cool breeze goes through my hair, bringing my attention to the shore beside me. The sun is starting to set and, off in the distance, a storm is growing larger. I continue walking along the beach, doing my…

  • Journal

    Why is it so hot?

    In my mind, I’m still this strong, athletic teenager who can ski any run and bike all afternoon. In reality, I’m an average adult who sits at a desk 40 hours a week and gets outside sometimes. These two perspectives…

  • Journal

    Garden Update 07/13

    I’m so excited, some of my plants are still alive! This is the first time I’ve attempted a garden on my own. I grew up with a garden, my mother enjoyed planting vegetables in our backyard. I have the basic…

  • Journal

    Freedom

    I sit in the car and wonder why it took me this long to take a vacation. I don’t consider this to be a vacation, as it’s only a couple days, but it’s still nice to get away from my…

  • Journal

    My first urban garden

    Okay, its official people! I am starting my very first urban garden. I researched different options for gardening and decided to try two options: A raised garden bed and just putting plants in the ground.

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