Why I’m Hiking

At Levante, one of the principles we abide by is “it’s not what we do, it’s why we do it“. With less than 30 days remaining until I stand on Springer Mountain, I think it’s time for me to share why I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.


I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…

  • I need to turn my dream into a reality
  • If I don’t take chances, I will grow roots (and nothing scares me more than growing roots)
  • “Real life” isn’t in my way right now
  • It’s expericences that make me truely happy, not things
  • I want to eat a half gallon of ice cream with no remorse
  • I don’t want to reflect on my life thinking that the AT is something I should have done

When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will…

  • Have a new self confidence that can never be shaken or doubted
  • Be really super freaking proud of myself
  • Give my mom the biggest hug I have ever given her
  • Probably cry
  • Be in awe of my own capablities
  • Have some peace of mind
  • Need to find something else to obsess over

If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will…

  • Be extremely disappointed with myself
  • Fall into a vicious cycle of self doubt
  • Let Team Levante, all of my supporters, and most importantly myself down
  • Definitely cry
  • Replay in my head what went wrong over and over again (I’m a dweller)
  • Have a load of regret weighing me down



On a lighter note, can my cat be my luxury item?!

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Comments 1

  • Tommy : Mar 10th

    Hey girl it was such a pleasure meeting you and your family and Leah last night. So happy you stopped in our little town. Such a great adventure you are about to embark on. When ur coming thru the area give me a shout Parkway Brewing Company will definately quinch your thirst. Cheers?!


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