Almost 3 years ago, I created a section on this site called “Modern Muse” that would focus on women’s inspiring stories of living creatively, setting and crushing goals, sharing advice and living a life of passion and commitment to their purpose and dreams. Johnie from Dirtbag Darling was one of my first gals I reached out to. I had been an avid follower of her inviting and down to Earth blog that focuses on getting women stoked on pursuing outdoor activities. It’s a “friendly, happy, come out and join us approach” as she put it. I felt a kindred connection with her as I read her… View Post

My alarm goes off. It’s 4:45am. I have a choice and a short amount of time in which to make it before habit or my thoughts take over. My heart may say “meditate”, but is my mind in agreement this morning? There is approximately 1 in 3 chances that my body makes it to my meditation pillow.  The options that run through my mind are as follows….. a) “Absolutely!” I then commence to lighting a candle, setting up my station and starting the timer. Huge win for the morning. b) “Eh, I’m pretty tired.” Coffee sounds better than sitting down and potentially… View Post

You know those weekend trips where you’ve been gone for less than 2 days but it feels like you were on vacation for a week? No? Don’t despair- I don’t feel like they are that common. At least, I don’t remember the last time a weekend felt that way until my best friend and I decided to take a gals road trip a few weekends ago.  With the many options Washington has to offer, we decided on the tiny Western themed town of Winthrop via Highway 20. Almost completely surrounded by National Forest, State Game Range and Wilderness areas, people go to… View Post

With only 48 hours in a weekend, and probably 16 or so of those dedicated to sleep, there isn’t much time left for travel or adventuring. One of the major perks of living in the Pacific Northwest is it’s accessibility to nature. Without spending all day in a car, driving a few hours in any direction from Seattle will lead you to National Parks & Forests, alpine lakes or at the coast and will put you in full weekend warrior mode.  While I don’t want to spend the majority of my time IN a car, a few weekends ago I was reminded of… View Post

When the flu kept my friend from hitting the trail with me this weekend, I decided to hike it anyways by myself. I thought of it as a one-on-one date with nature, something I haven’t done in a long time. I arrived at Annette Lake trailhead early, laced up my boots and hit the dirt. Within the first .2 miles of this hike, I had stopped and spent at least 5 minutes fiddling around with my camera settings, trying to get the best shot of the waterfall rushing underneath the bridge I was standing on. Already, this hike was a departure from… View Post