When i tell people I'm planning to retire from my career next year the responses are split up into two groups that go something like this:
Camp A- "are you insane? You have a great job and you're too young! Your pension!!" Camp B- "about fucking time Katy, you belong among the wildflowers"
The thing is- both of those things are true. I am young (ish 😅), with a solid career in healthcare AND I belong among the wildflowers (and lakes and trails). I've made the most out of my 10 years in the system...15, including university 😳 and it is time LEAP!
I need to uncage my inner free bird and manifesting this next stage feels soul good.
For those asking me how I will do so- no secrets here.
It's been a blend of hard work and sacrifice. I've worked a minimum of two jobs since I was a teenager (sometimes 60+hrs/week) and I moved away from all my friends to the frozen North. I've lived in towns as small as 400 people (and learned how to play ice hockey there- fun!! I also took 6 years off of biking to work- not fun!). I'll continue to work multiple jobs all winter, contribute to my RRSP blah blah and practice minimalizing my life/budget. Come Spring, I'm done making the 'best of it', I am going to live the best of it.
#markmyword #manifestthatshit #dothework #sorrymom
What's it like being a female mechanic in a sea of men? Find out from Sara Jarrell, Women's Program Coordinator at Sram and quite possibly the best bike mechanic in the country. Sara talks about sponsorship do's and don'ts, the unique mechanical challenges of being the mechanic for the US Paracycling team, and her mission to get more women on bikes. Listen at the link in bio or wherever you get your podcasts!
My best friend passed her dissertation defense yesterday and is officially a DOCTOR. World, meet Dr. Shriner. I can’t say it enough I’m just so freaking proud of her and all the hard work she’s put in the last NINE years for this. Eagerly anticipating drinking the finest wine & beer for the rest of eternity with you, my chemical-engineering-master-brewing-and-distilling-buggby-playing coca Coley! 🍻🍷
Happy nine-year anniversary to Sirena's Wanderings, the blog by @trailsinspire
! She's put together a heck of a #ThrowbackThursday
post with about 50 of her favorite photos from over the years with links back to the entries that they came from. Link to the post in bio. "When I started this blog, if you’d told me that in nine years I’d be working as a professional in the outdoor industry, canyoneering down waterfalls, scrambling and climbing peaks and retired from guiding on the river in Grand Canyon I’d have been incredulous. Who knows what the next nine years will bring?" Much gratitude to @gossamergear
for their continued support.
Photo from Point Imperial, Grand Canyon 📍Ancestral land of the Southern Paiute and Ute.
Happy nine-year anniversary to my blog Sirena's Wanderings! I've put together a heck of a #ThrowbackThursday
post with about 50 of my favorite photos from over the years with links back to the entries that they came from. Link to the post in bio. "When I started this blog, if you’d told me that in nine years I’d be working as a professional in the outdoor industry, canyoneering down waterfalls, scrambling and climbing peaks and retired from guiding on the river in Grand Canyon I’d have been incredulous. Who knows what the next nine years will bring?" Thanks to all who have followed along, whether it was from the beginning or more recently! 🌵
Much gratitude to @gossamergear
, my husband Brian and my family and friends for their continued support. 💗
Photo of the obelisk at Stateline Trailhead, the northern terminus of the Arizona Trail, at the Utah border. Photo taken during very serious research for my upcoming book, Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail with @wildernesspress
📍Ancestral land of the Kaibab Paiute and Ute.
: "Growing up, I was raised to enjoy this sport of fishing. Respect it, as it’s not a right it’s a privilege, teach or educate & learn if you can. Countless memories from fishing through the years are embedded in my mind and cannot be replaced. Family, friends, the sights, the laughs, the adventures, the catches, the releases, different species, stories told & shared.
Over the years, with the wonderful people I have met & continue to meet through fishing, I feel blessed. These are just some of the core values that have driven me with passion that make me love this sport each & every time I am out on the water."
to share your story.
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This week I have had some crazy busy workdays. Yesterday around noon I just needed fresh air so I slipped on a coat and stood in the driveway for just a couple minutes. I posted that on stories. And messages started coming in from other people knowing exactly how I felt in that moment. But there were also a couple messages shaming me for running a business that caters to people who love being outside but I only just stand in the driveway in my slippers. I was just a total poser and my business was fake. Um. Okay..?? I'm not claiming to be the ultimate outdoors-person. I don't need to be. Once I got over this weird idea that if you aren't summiting mountains, getting sponsors or sending it every day that your time outside is useless. I am not doing those things. I do go outside. And I try to go outside often. I love camping. And backpacking. I hike often. I know way too much about gear and I built my own kayak. But like so many other people sometimes the only time outside I can get in a busy day is literally standing in my pajamas in the driveway. The outdoors is for everyone. You don't need fancy gear to go outside. You don't need a sponsorship to go camping. You don't need a tricked out van to go on a road trip. Being a badass isn't a requirement to love the outdoors or be worthy of spending time outside. And you should never be shamed for being a "poser" if your idea of loving the outdoors isn't another's idea of loving the outdoors.
As a human, I am all about being a kind person. As a brand, I am all about Compass Paper Co being a brand for everyone who loves the outdoors. You don't need a sponsorship to send one of my cards. And I will always be cheering all of you on to get outside - in any way you want and in any way you can. Even if it is only for a minute, standing in the driveway in your slippers - at least you went outside!
#compasspaperco #girlgetoutside #mittenlove #midwestmoment #greengirlgang #outdoorwomen #outdoorbella #andshesdopetoo #radgirlslife #radgirlscollective #midwestadventures #optoutside #forceofnature #sheexplores #womenwhohike #keepitwild #wwhmember #sweatydirtyhappy #seeyououtthere #wildernessbabes #everyonesoutdoors
🙎🏻♀️I often experience imposter syndrome when I walk up to a line of male photographers. “Am I doing this right? I don’t belong with these experienced photographers. Am I bothering them by being here?” The confidence with photography will come with time. Not wanting to draw attention to myself, I quietly set up my tripod on the end of the line as @doogenhammer
squeezed between a couple men to have a better angle. When the man next to me asked a question to everyone, I happily answered, to only be mansplained that NO, I must be mistaken. 🙄 Donnie gave proof to back me up and of course the man then accepted his answer. This happens all too often, but to my female friends out there who are interested in wilderness photography, we belong just as much as the men do. 💪 Hit me up and let’s go explore! 🏔
Growing up in a strict household and being the youngest and only girl of the family in Queens, NY made it hard for me to get outdoors. Even going across the street to play or down to the corner store without my mom or dad was a big no no. It wasn’t so bad though. I would get lost in watching Animal Planet and Nat Geo on TV (with a side of Sailor Moon ☺️) and be in awe of all these amazing places.
Then this thing called the Internet came out and it opened up a new world. So many beautiful pictures of landscapes that seemed out of this world were everywhere.
Once I got older photography became a big reason why I started traveling more to outdoor spaces. Watching @natgeotravel
as a child feature these parks around the US made it hard to realize that these spaces are accessible and close by. It wasn’t until I started seeing more realistic untouched photos from my peers on social media that it made these places seem reachable.
That’s when I started researching cool places close to me and I realized there are so many just a couple of hours away! Technology gets a bad wrap with how connected we all have become but it has its good side! It has played a big role in how I got into the outdoors and how accessible these places are.
It’s also a good resource on the do’s and dont’s of the outdoors. What are some rules you live by or tips y’all have for newer hikers when heading to these outdoor spaces??
#optoutside #sponsored #rei
As a lot of you who know me irl already know, I will be moving to Utah in a few weeks. I love New Mexico so much, but it is time to be somewhere else for a while. Some days are really exciting and some days are really terrifying and most days are a mix of the two. But you know what I feel consistently? Relief. Relief at making the decision to set down things that were getting too heavy to carry and move away. In looking at all of the things I’ve chosen to set down, I’m a bit staggered at realizing how much I was carrying. Does anyone else feel slightly distressed and incredibly relieved when you see how much you have done and realize that you never have to do that again?
Lucky to be able to explore places like this on two ✌️ wheels.
when i began my search for a dog,
i repeatedly looked over any husky/mix dogs.
i thought i wanted something else...
huskies have so many quirks.
cassie was some random mix
maybe a border collie, akita?
pit, heeler, lab?
it didn’t really matter to us
that silly DNA test said she is husky, malamute, cattle dog, lab.
it makes a lot of sense,
she’s weird as hell.
i love her so much
i love this husky dog.
i always looked over the huskies
now i’m head over heels for one.
release your preconceived ideas of the perfect dog
consider adopting a dog that needs love
Camping in this park always nourishes me with perspective and gratitude. I’m praying for the Californians who are suffering from the devastating fires and I’m so thankful to have a roof over my head.
Brenden Randall is a barefoot runner in the summer and uses neoprene socks in the winter. He’s living the new Speed Bindings! Light, comfortable and no pressure points. “I just feel fast!”🙌🙌
So wild, so free. Please never change.
Excited to announce that prints from my Pacific Northwest Collection are now available for purchase!! Thrilled to finally be offering these photos. As an added bonus & to say thank you for the support you all give me, I’m offering a 10% DISCOUNT on photos in this collection TODAY and TOMORROW ONLY! Just use the promo code PNW. Follow the link in my bio for access to my print site →
Slow but steady.
I might be hiking slower than other people but I never give up. Each hike is a challenge to show the world and to myself that my fat body is capable of everything. || @la_gordaviajera
Image description: 2 photos [ 1. Hiker stands hands behind head wearing sunglasses, black shirt, colorful leggings, black & white shawl with red & brown rocks & mountains in the background. 2. Hiker on trail wearing colorful leggings, black shirt, black & white shawl & sunglasses with red, brown & green rocks & mountain in the background. ]
Us running up the rocky hill in 20 degree weather in our bathing suits stepping in freezing cold mud and snow to get to the warmer pools: ✨🌸~Self Care~🌸✨ Thankful for my queens @kaylabasicyoung
Big thanks to all who came to @rei
in Bloomington, MN for the talks on Hiking the Arizona National Scenic Trail! Lots of folks braved the cold to learn about all the Arizona Trail has to offer from Trails Inspire founder @desertsirena.
Alena, Scott and Jamie from @visit_arizona
talked to lots of people at their table about the Grand Canyon State while giving away sunglasses, chapstick and visitor guides. Always great to work together to promote the diverse beauty and activities of the our state that we love. .
Ancestral lands of the Dakota/Sioux and Anishinaabe
📍Squaxin & Nisqually territories
how odd it is picking a photo for social media to pair with a conversation about suicide. ugh.
when you’re from the small town of frederick, colorado, this week is suicide awareness week. one of my closest childhood friends died by suicide in 2012, followed by a domino effect of young men who also died by suicide. yeah - this week is particularly rough on social media for a lot of people
anyways. i’m tired of having the same performative conversations every year, usually including some terrible statistics & the suicide hotline number.
that strategy doesn’t work, it isn’t enough.
let’s talk about medication. who has access to medication that is safe for them? who has access to therapy, to non-discriminatory doctors and wellness professionals? let’s talk about healthcare. let’s talk about self-harm, addiction, and loneliness. let’s talk about trauma, sexual assault, healing. let’s commit to destigmatize seeking help. it took me over five years to admit that i needed help, to console with my partner, my mom, and my doctor about my mental health. it was hard. i cancelled my doctors appointment twice before actually going.
i don’t want love & light. i want us to commit to the destigmatization of mental health and suicidal ideation, while expanding access to treatment for everyone.
the passing of Jordan McMullen in 2012 & Xavier Lindburg in 2014 completely changed my life, and i owe it to them to talk openly about how we can actually help people who are struggling to find a reason
Do good work, always be real, and remember not to take yourself too seriously.