One of my major goals for this quarter has been to ski the 25k version of the Great Bear Chase, our largest local cross country ski race. Up until now, the longest I've ever run is about 13.5 miles (one half-marathon and a relay leg of about the same distance). I've raced a 6 mile/10k … Continue reading My Longest Ski Ever, and Saving $80
I started off the new year with more free time than I ever would have expected---I had five full weeks off of work due when the US government shutdown. The entire shutdown situation was angering, to say the least, but a weird outcome was that I was given an unexpected opportunity to decide how to … Continue reading What would you really do if you had more free time?
Meandering through the interwebs, I came across Ally Bean's post on her one word of the year and I wondered: Should I have a word of the year? And if I did, what would it be? It took some thinking, but not a lot. The first word I thought of was grow both because I value personal growth and because I literally want to grow a lot of plants … Continue reading One Word for 2019
I've found that some of my favorite posts are ones that summarize an entire year or season, such as my annual garden review posts (the one for 2018 is on its way). I thought this might be a good one: This is a list of the most influential books that I read this year (at … Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2018
I got an email from the president of a club I was previously active in. Hey Maria! I haven’t seen you at our meetings for a while. Just wondered if there’s anything I can help with, or if you plan to return. Hope to hear from you soon! It was such a nice email. I … Continue reading Quitting When it’s Time
Audrey over at AudreyWanders.com is instigating a nature challenge for the month of May, and you should sign up! Here's the description of the challenge: 31 Days of Nature is a challenge to spend every day of May 2017 outdoors. All you have to do is spend at least 30 minutes outdoors each day. In … Continue reading 31 Days of Nature Challenge
I have a lot of questions. Many of these are of the existential what-does-it-all-mean variety that I suspect I'll never have answers to. But, for the purposes of this blog, I generally have two big questions that I'm trying to learn more about: 1) What are the ways that nature can enhance our health and happiness? I think we … Continue reading Two Big Questions on My Mind
Have you found your passion yet? I haven’t, and it’s super-annoying. Across many of the podcasts, websites, and books that I enjoy, there is a seemingly constant focus on finding that one thing that captivates your attention, sucks you in, and takes you along for the ride. Call it your passion, your purpose, or your calling—call … Continue reading Are you a woodpecker or a hummingbird?