PA State Park Challenge, New additions


A few weeks ago I announced the 52 Pennsylvania State Park 2021 Challenge in which I plan to hike in up to 52 state parks this year. I’m happy to update the tally after visiting a few more parks over the past few weeks. Colonel Denning State Park, Susquehannock State Park, and Samuel S Lewis…

52 Pennsylvania State Park Challenge Announced!!


Inspired by my travels to California last year and picking up the National Parks Passport, I knew I wanted to check out the many Pennsylvania State Parks in 2021. Pennsylvania went from 1 park in 1893 to 121 State Parks in 2015, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and National Resources.

Epic East Coast Road Trip, Part 2


I discovered that Cape Code National Seashore was only a 2-hour drive from Providence and planned to spend an entire day driving and hiking on the beach. The drive alone was worth the trip, but when I arrived, I was just blown away by how beautiful it is there. After ge

Cherry Blossoms in DC


For years I’ve wanted to make it to Washington DC in time to catch the Cherry Blossoms and this year I finally got there. It’s been on my bucket list for years, but I just hadn’t made the time to travel there until this year.

Epic East Coast Solo Road Trip


As I drove through states I’d never visited like Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maine, I dove into podcasts, music, and at times, just silence while watching the mountains disappear behind me. I’d been looking forward to a road trip like this for a long time.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 8


On this final journal of this Epic West Coast Road Trip, I share with you my gratitude for this entire experience, and my ability to see that I’m privileged to have taken this adventure. If you’ve been following along, I’d shared last (in part 7) that after driving up the coast from Monterey to San Francisco, all the way up to Glass Beach, and then inland to Nice, California, we then headed to Sacramento, our final destination before flying back to Pennsylvania.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 7


When arriving in San Francisco the first thing to see was the Golden Gate Bridge. What’s really crazy about this is that I had a photo of the Golden Gate Bridge on my 2020 vision board, which I created in January.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 6


Arriving back on the coast in Monterey, California, after spending the past few days inland while visiting national parks, I was thrilled to see the ocean once again.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 5


“The mountains are calling and I must go.”- John Muir Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park We entered Sequoia National Forest early mid-afternoon after departing Joshua Tree NP and making a quick stop at Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert. My boyfriend and I had discussed the best way to enter the park and I…

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 4


On my recent travels to Joshua Tree National Park I discovered not only about a wide variety of plants, animals, and strong winds, but also I learned more about myself. It was an adventure to spend two nights and three days under the stars, in excessive heat, and at times experiencing frustration while on a vacation.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 3


This was my first adventure on a boat in the ocean off the coast on a ship that sailed far off into the wide expanse with only water in view. Although I didn’t see a whale, I was delighted to see dolphins swimming right under and in front of our ship.

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 2


“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine Travel calls for adventure and a road trip isn’t complete without an unplanned stop, which is why when I found out that Cabrillo National Park was only 30 minutes away from where I was staying in La…

Epic West Coast Road Trip, Part 1


Arriving in California with the smell of seasalt in the air and sand that I imagined about for the past few months finally became a reality for me recently during my epic road trip. After the past few months of working from home, it felt so great to travel again. Up until the shutdown, I’d…

Information + Implementation = Transformation


Some three months into 2020, I worked to create a community to share resources and tools to find calm in the chaos of daily life. Over the past few months and weeks, I thought that no place would be better to seek out calm than the platform and community I’ve built. And so I invited some people in and have been working on engagement ever since.

It was this past few days that I realized I’m not taking full advangtage of the tools I’m providing to others. So if I’m not even using my OWN resources, how will other people understand how to use them. Since then, I’ve started to work on myself, to clean up my diet and reduce stress that I’ve felt.

Find Calm Here Virtual Summit


A new community opening June 19th offers support to help members find calm in any aspect of life. Find Calm Here brings together people searching for calm in their lives alongside practitioners and experts who have built systems and programs that work to set intentional goals, explore different methods, and programs across mindfulness, wellness, relationships,…

New Online Community helps you Find Calm


If you could have the perfect day, what would you do? How do you feel? Who’s looking back at you in the mirror? Where are you? What are you doing? How do you earn a living? Who’s with you today? How’s your quality of life? Are you enjoying life? If all of this could be…

Gratitude for the Journey


Today is my 40th Birthday. I had plans of going on a hike with friends, celebrating at a The Millworks (my favorite local restaurant/gallery/brewery) and then checking out some improv at my favorite spot for comedy, the Harrisburg Improv Theatre.  But finding myself indoors these days due to the COVID-19 Pandemic means I need to…

Leaping is worth the risk


“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” ― Henry David Thoreau It’s leap day today and I found myself wondering how I’d spend this extra day. Time seems so short, and I’ve found myself busier than ever trying to be productive, yet enjoy life….

How I See Love.


Love is a warm bed with satin sheets on a chilly winter morning.  Love is the light flicker of candles dancing in a dark room.  Love is the warm cup of tea nestled in palms, warming the skin before the throat.  Love is coloring pencils being sharpened to fill in the empty spaces.  Love is…

10 Best Experiences of 2019


“Life is about accepting the challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart It’s Christmas Eve and I’m sitting in front of my candle-lit fireplace, drinking some sparkling water and sipping on a cabernet from 2017. I page through the “workbook” I’d used…

Top 10 Books of 2019


“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”- Tim Ferris At the beginning of the year, I set out to read many, many books. Then life happened. What I’ve learned is that I’d rather admit that I’m a slow reader. The books I’ve read this year have motivated me to…

4 Sedona Stops: Hiking, lunch, and shopping all in an afternoon


Arizona is a fascinating place with such a wide variety of activities, art galleries, hiking, and shopping. On my recent trip, I stopped into Sedona for just a few hours. Within that time I found myself strolling in downtown sampling olive oils, trying on palazzo pants, and finding my way into the local camera shop to…

The Grand Canyon’s South Rim


Standing on the edge of a cliff, at 7,000+ feet and looking a mile into the Grand Canyon, at the iconic geologic landscape and resources ranging from 1,840 to 270 million years old offers visitors feelings of awe. As the Colorado River rushes through the park, a six million year evolution eroding the canyon to…

5 Reasons to visit the Grand Canyon North Rim


The Grand Canyon National Park is a stunning and majestic place that should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit in their lifetime. Over 5 Million people come from all over the world to see the vast gorge but only 10 percent make it to the North Rim, which is over 8,000 feet in elevation….

Walking in the Petrified Forest


“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No…