• 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…

  • 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

    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,…

  • Travel

    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…