• April and May Life Update // Forest Tourist
    Climbing,  Journal,  Travel

    Lil’ Life Update: April and May 2018

    April and May have been a whirlwind of activity! I climbed all over the Southeast, ate the best vegan cinnamon rolls ever, found a new passion, made a major lifestyle change, and listed to live music. Here's a lil' life update and a glimpse into my life over the past two months.

  • How to Love The Planet by Loving Yourself // Forest Tourist
    Health,  Journal

    Love the Planet by Loving Yourself

    Hello friends. Today I want to talk to you about something close to my heart, but I want to do so in a way that won’t come across as condescending. On April 13, 2016 I made a decision that radically changed my life in so many ways: the decision to stop consuming animal products. Going vegan was something I had wrestled with and considered for a very long time, and on that sunny April morning I remember taking a step back from thoughts of “what will other people think” and “how can I live without cheese” and taking the plunge to purge animal products from my life cold turkey (pun…

  • Talloween 13 // Forest Tourist
    Journal

    Talloween 13

    Last Friday I did something that combined two of my favorite things: Halloween and cycling. Every year Krank It Up (an awesome local bike shop in town) hosts a Halloween-themed bike race with obstacles and checkpoints all over Tallahassee. Halloween + Tallahassee = Talloween. This year was the 13th annual bike race and it took place on Friday the 13th. Pretty spooky, I know. Not only was this my first Talloween but this was also my first ever bike race and I’ll admit I was a little nervous beforehand. I ride my bike to school everyday and to work most days, but I definitely don’t consider myself an all out…

  • Labor of Love // Forest Tourist
    Journal,  Outdoors

    Labor of Love

    “Your deepest roots are in nature. No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation. ” -Charles Cook It’s not every Saturday that I find myself putting on gardening gloves and squatting in the dirt at 8:30 am, but last Saturday that’s exactly what I was doing. Lichgate on High Road was hosting a garden workday event, which meant I was hosting a garden workday event. For those of you who don’t know, Lichgate is three acres of wilderness nestled within the hustle and bustle of Tallahassee. A massive oak tree over 300 years old rests…

  • How Fear Inspired a Passion // Forest Tourist
    Climbing,  Journal,  Travel

    How Fear Inspired a Passion

    This is a story about Zion, fear, and personal growth. I remember standing on a thin ledge with over 1,000ft drops on either side of me, feeling as if my life were coming to an end. My heart was pounding so hard my entire body shook with the force of it, my palms were sweaty, and my hands quivered involuntarily. Each breath was faster than the last and despite my best efforts to hold everything in silent tears were streaming down my face. I have always believed that no matter how impossible something seemed I could get through it. That my ambition, determination, and sheer will were enough to carry me through any situation.…