2017 was not a dumpster fire year, in spite of what the internet thinks

Let me get it out of the way: I do not love the way politics went in the United States. But I really struggle with the constant narrative dominating the internet that 2017 was the worst year. Really? Was it really the worst year ever? What about 1347, when the Bubonic Plague wiped out a third ofContinue reading “2017 was not a dumpster fire year, in spite of what the internet thinks”

4 tips for not getting angry when you suck at snowboarding

The big lie about snowboarding is that it’s easier than skiing. There’s a steep learning curve in beginning snowboarding. Unlike yoga or weight-lifting, you can’t just change your mind and stop the pose or drop the weight. Or even if you were out for a long run, you can always walk. But with snowboarding? Nope –Continue reading “4 tips for not getting angry when you suck at snowboarding”

I temporarily quit social media over a year ago – here’s 6 ways it’s affected me

Google it and you’ll see: social media is one hell of a polarizing topic. Either it’s an article on how “SOCIAL MEDIA IS DESTROYING OUR GENERATION” or a defensive article saying something like, “Shut up, I like my social media and leave me alone.” Personally, I prefer my life without social media, but that doesn’tContinue reading “I temporarily quit social media over a year ago – here’s 6 ways it’s affected me”

An ode to the ugly hike that saved my sanity

Hiking Y Mountain is a beast, but I have quite the love story with its child: the Y itself. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Utah Valley, Y mountain is right next to Brigham Young University’s campus. The giant, 788-foot Y was made over 100 years ago. The Ute name for Y Mountain used toContinue reading “An ode to the ugly hike that saved my sanity”

Falling my way through snowboarding

This weekend on amateur adventures I went snowboarding, and holy Hannah am I ever an amateur. Austin was patient enough to be my instructor, but the problem with your spouse being your instructor is that all the emotions come out. It’s not a guarantee, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t cry at my instructor. TheContinue reading “Falling my way through snowboarding”

Hiking the Fife Coastal Path, part 3

Day 3 – Sunday, 21 miles We had to crank out more miles today, but we were FEELIN’ IT after a crappy night of sleep. We walked through a couple of seaside towns first, enjoying the views. Utah has a lot of seagulls too – I understood why they hate feeding the gulls. Seagulls areContinue reading “Hiking the Fife Coastal Path, part 3”