May Intentions // Forest Tourist
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Monthly Recap // May 2019

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What went on:

April got off to a busy start, and somehow it managed to maintain that energy throughout the entire month.

At the beginning of April I competed in Tallahassee Rock Gym’s 9th annual Save the South climbing competition. This was my third year participating in Save the South but only my second year competing, because last year I was working at the gym and stayed behind the scenes. It was so heartwarming to reunite with old friends who came back for the competition, and it made me so happy to watch new climbers fall in love with the sport like I did at my first Save the South. This year’s competition was extra special for me because my business, Westward and Woven, sponsored the event by donating two knit hats for the raffle table.

I had so much fun trying all of the new routes put up by the amazing setters and working on projects with other members of the climbing community. I even surprised myself by placing 2nd in the women’s advanced category!

Rock Climbing Competition // Forest Tourist
Photo by John Rawley.

Shortly after Save the South it was time to celebrate John’s 22nd birthday. We spent the entire day together running back and forth to all of our favorite spots in Tallahassee as part of a birthday scavenger hunt that I organized for John. The day ended with cupcakes and beers at Grasslands Brewing Company with all of our friends.

In the middle of April, John and I travelled to Asheville, North Carolina to explore the city and to watch The Wild Reeds perform. I wrote all about our trip in an extremely long blog post, so be sure to check it out if you want to know more about what we did and where we went.

When we returned home from Asheville it was time to buckle down on preparing for our move to Wyoming. John and I had started packing up our belongings and donating what we no longer needed at the beginning of the month, and after our trip I drove down to my hometown to leave my car and my dog, Koda, with my parents. Leaving Koda behind was such a hard decision, but unfortunately Brush Creek Ranch doesn’t have any more pet friendly housing available for their employees. It’ll be a long six months without my furry best friend by my side, but I know we’ll go on lots of adventures when we’re reunited in October.

John and his dad were able to pick me up from my parents house and drive me back to Tallahassee on their way back from Clearwater to purchase John’s new van! The van will be our ride out to Wyoming and hopefully our home once we finish working at the ranch. As we prepare to leave Tallahassee, John and I are working hard to turn the van into a home.

Chevy Express Camper Van Conversion // Forest Tourist
Photo by Dennis Alfonso.

That’s all that went on in April! To kick off May, John and I are hitting the road to move out west to Wyoming – with a couple of stops to visit friends and climb on our way.

What I’ve been digging: 

My all time favorite band, Local Natives, came out with a new album on April 26th, and it is absolutely amazing. Do yourself a favor and listen to it right now!

John and I recently started watching a show called The Dragon Prince on Netflix, and it’s surprisingly good for a children’s show. We originally decided to give it a shot when we learned that the creator also created one of our favorite childhood shows, Avatar the Last Airbender. The Dragon Prince isn’t nearly as good as Avatar, but it’s very enjoyable and is the perfect low-commitment show.

Of course I can’t talk about what I’ve been digging in April without mentioning the latest season of Game of Thrones. I’ve enjoyed getting together with friends to watch it every Sunday, and I can’t wait to see how the series ends in May.

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Here are my intentions for May 2019:

May Intentions // Forest Tourist

  • Follow through. Lately I’ve been having trouble seeing through my commitments and projects; I’ve started several books but am too distracted to sit down and finish them, I make plans with people but cancel when something comes up at the last minute, and I have trouble staying focused on knitting projects. In May I want to focus on finishing whatever I start.
  • Speak up against injustices. There have been plenty of moments in my life where I have witnessed an injustice and haven’t done anything about it. Most of those instances have been with smaller issues – things like small misogynistic comments from members of the climbing community, or inappropriate remarks from people on campus – and at the time I felt like it was safer for me to let it go instead of challenging it. While there is something to be said for being quiet when your safety is threatened, I know now that I wasn’t acting because I was afraid. I was afraid of being seen as unreasonable or wrong, afraid of not being believed, afraid of making the accuser uncomfortable and as a result being seen as a terrible person. I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I vow to no longer allow sexism, racism, hate speech, homophobia, or xenophobia, because that makes me part of the problem.
  • Nurture creativity. Over the past few months I have been flexing my creative muscles in so many different ways, and I’m extremely proud of that. Now I want to challenge myself to not only foster creativity in myself, but to help cultivate creativity in the people around me. This can be as simple as sharing my art supplies with my friends or encouraging someone who shares their work.
  • Make the most of your time without Koda. Leaving Koda behind in Florida while I go off on a huge adventure absolutely breaks my heart. Since dropping him off with my parents in my hometown I have constantly thought about how my day would be different if he were there; while I don’t want to stop missing him or thinking about him, I think it would be more productive for me to take advantage of this brief respite from being a pet owner. This will probably be the last time in a long time that I don’t have to take care of a living creature, and as a result I want to do as many things as possible that I couldn’t necessarily do with Koda.
  • Open yourself up to being vulnerable. As I move back to Wyoming and start my second season working at Brush Creek Ranch, I’m anticipating meeting a lot of new people and finding myself in new situations. A fresh start like this is the perfect opportunity for me to be more vulnerable with the people around me in order to create more meaningful relationships.

What are your intentions for May? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at indiaclaire.ft@gmail.com. All photos in this post were taken by me unless otherwise specified in the caption.


I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.

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