I am soft-hearted, ultra curious and wildly ambitious, but I am also an introvert and an empath. I crave connection and a natural quiet, and being outdoors refuels my soul.
Grace and gravity are the two most important forces in my life - together, they have taught me how to be humble, brave, compassionate and most importantly, how to play.
Admittedly, I will forever be a student of something or someone. At the moment, I am an interior designer and a yoga teacher, and waiting to see where that takes me.
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"A Solo Camp for the Books: The Magnificence of Ambition"
My first back country camp and long distance hike trip was a solo one. Three nights on the trail in a tent I had never before pitched.
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"On Finding Your Pace & Other Lessons Learned From the Trail"
I left my job, packed my life into basements, and made the big, bold decision to stop fighting the current and live life as it comes to me.
grace + gravity
"She has been feeling it for a while now - that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her - she will nurture it and let it grow. She won't let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core - this is her time. She will not only climb mountains - she will move them too." Lang Leav
Grace + Gravity is my passion project, born of one of the most intense and emotionally challenging phases of my life. As a fusion of my two big life loves: yoga and the outdoors, I started this project as a blog to share the deep connection I've made with my passions and share how they are guiding me through this big adventure we call life.
Despite my introversion, I was born to ask questions, to challenge the status quo, and I was raised not to settle. Some will call me a (tree hugging) environmentalist, some consider me an existentialist; I just know that I'm always willing to listen and consider opinions and possibilities, my eyes are always peeled for great opportunities, and I am passionate about sharing my discoveries with others in hopes that they inspire even more.
"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what
makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the
world needs is people who come alive." Howard Thurman
I may not be living a typical lifestyle by most standards, but I've never known the easy way to be the most rewarding or exciting (or the most natural). My heart is looking to live a life inspired, and I'm along for the ride! Given the choice, I will always take the scenic route.
Coffee turns me into a walking heart attack but NOTHING beats a hot coffee brewed fresh on the road with glacial water and in that crisp mountain air. I don't travel without my hand grinder and a bag of CHRC beans anymore. You should get some. And while you're checking them out - check out some of the essays I wrote for them while on the road.
She Explores: The Book
Gale Straub has been passionately sharing the stories of women in the outdoors ever since the inception of She Explores in 2014. Now, you can live vicariously through at least 40 women by reading their stories in Gale's new book -- She Explores: Stories of Life Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild. I am so humbled to share pages with these inspiring women!
Pre-order your copy now! Set to be released in April 2019.
Wanderlost: The Podcast
Why yes, yes I do host my own podcast! I started the Wanderlost project not just to share my own journey to find and define "home", but because when I started asking others about home, I found their answers to be rich in beautiful values and they highlight some of the biggest choices we make in life. I feel lucky to share them.
Learn more + find out how to listen! (on iTunes or SoundCloud)
Shop: Malas + Apparel
My hand-knotted meditation malas are inspired by the parks and wild places that I have explored. So inspired that a portion of my profits are actually donated to the parks agencies that manage and maintain them! My apparel is all pressed locally by a good friend and as far as outdoor gear goes... it's about as cheeky as it comes.