Why Your 40s is the Best Time to Go on a Grand Adventure
New Year's Resolutions: It's Time to Stop Making Them
Quit your career when you hit your 40s. Seriously, quit it and take on some grand adventure. Take a break from it all and just indulge in guilt-free freedom. I know. That sounds so against the norm. After all, it makes more sense to tell you--
"don't quit your job, pretend you like it, pay your bills, and if you're single , then hurry, and find that partner!"
My Gift Giving Guide: Give Nothing
Ask yourself this one thing: How often has your New Year’s resolution come into fruition? Hardly, if ever, right?
Women Empowerment in the Outdoors: Inclusion or Exclusion?
I'm giving no gift to anyone this holiday season or for any holiday for that matter. No gifts for friends, family, pets or myself. Why not give the gift of nothingness? Why not allow the holiday season to pass and shop nothing for all?
Why I'm Not That Hot Gal on the Trail
I grew up with three older brothers. I learned to stand my ground as the lone female in the pack at an early age. Growing up with brothers meant being the weird one and the outcast at times. A boys club, after all, entails a different focus from a girls club.
A Trekker's Manifesto
As I entered the Longji Rice Terraces in the Yunnan Province of China for some spectacular hiking experience, I thought, “It’s irrelevant," referring to the notion of bringing make up and fixing my hair up, the way I normally did back in Washington, DC to dance the night away. Trekking, after all, is a MESSY business.
Is There a Place in America for a Global Citizen?
I am the author of my own story
I follow the path according to my heart's desire
Time does not dictate when it's game over
I can start anew anytime
Don't Date a Girl Who Treks
I have often grappled with the notion of loyalty especially in the current situation here in America where one’s identity has become the crux of the country’s identity in a collective sense. My identity as an American as perceived by the outsiders has always been at odds with how I see myself as an American.
An Open Letter From The Girl Behind Brown Gal Trekker
She's the girl with the uneven tanned body
Scorched skin from the rays of the sun from trekking the high passes.
She's the girl with the high cut boots
Trekking Made Me Lose Things To Gain More
This can easily be a 2016 in review note but it’s not. It’s just that my alter ego, Brown Gal Trekker, has taken over much of the time recently and I finally feel compelled to comment and express my views as “me.”
Aging Well: The Perks of Traveling
Once upon a time I had a 1500 square foot, three bedroom, two bath house with front and back yards, complete with furnishings from top to bottom and front to back.
8 Ways To Mentally Prepare For A Solo Adventure
You know the deal. We’re not going to be in our 20s forever. Not even in our 30s. Once you hit 40s, the nagging feeling of “aging” starts to enter front stage. Fear not. Aging has its perks.
Who is Brown Gal & Why the Mountains?
Being a solo traveler, and even more so, a solo hiker or backpacker can be an intimidating endeavor to undertake.
I wasn't born to become a hiker.