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 from a friend, or forgetting something important. What we need to remember is that our […]

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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 are not in tune and I didn’t realize it until I went mountain biking.

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How my miserable cold turned into something great

Well winter, you got me. I have a cold and it is not easy. I am away from the comforts of home during this training and wish I could have some homemade chicken soup. Make that homemade green chile chicken soup. I was finally able to make it to Walgreens for some cold medicine, tea, […]

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Getting back into the swing of things

I am really excited today because I practiced yoga without any neck pain. Hooray! Last year my resolution was to practice yoga everyday. I actually stuck to that resolution until my injury. Now that I am back on the mat, I am happy but so not where I used to be. And that’s okay. I’m […]

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Pine and The Pony Express

The smell of pine is what gets me every time. In that moment, I realize that it’s safe to breathe here in the mountains. I fill my lungs with cool mountain air and as I exhale, there is a smile on my face. I decided to tackle a mountain bike trail that was once known as […]

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