My Lists

Greetings fellow adventurers!  As someone who has a love for the outdoors and a natural tendency to wander, I have often found myself both mentally and physically lost in the woods.  Lucky for me, the AT is one of the most well-traveled and well-marked trails in the world, so hopefully I can focus more on the mental wandering with lots of time for self-reflection and serious contemplation about life.  Thru hiking the AT is something that I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and I eventually realized that now is my time to do it!  With that, I present to you: My Lists.

I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…

  • I want this to be a big accomplishment that I will be proud of for the rest of my life.
  • It is one of the few things that I will have done solely for my own happiness.
  • I want to know what complete freedom feels like.
  • I want to prove that women in the outdoors can be just as strong, independent, and successful as men.
  • It is time for a change of pace in my life to reevaluate what I want for my future.

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

  • Be extremely proud of myself and what I accomplished.
  • Know that I can push past my own limits and surpass other’s expectations of me.
  • Not have any doubts or hesitations about following my dreams.
  • Commemorate the end of a long and rewarding journey with a dance party…everyone is invited.

If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will…

  • Be a very, very sad person.
  • Question my ability to accomplish other large goals for the future.
  • Be embarrassed.
  • Have to face the shame of telling people I couldn’t do it.
  • Reinforce people’s skepticism about my ability to complete it.


P.S.  I am REALLY excited!!!

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