How do I describe who I am? There are so many ways to describe myself, but not one that encompasses the many layers of my life. I am a wife, mother, sister, daughter. I am a dog lover, beekeeper, gardener, photographer, painter, writer. I am a Criminologist, researcher, and PhD. Much of my life, I have spent accumulating material things, like a big house, the nice furniture, the cool car, the awesome job. I drank the social kool-aid and bought into the idea that my worth was tied to money. I am currently in my mid-life, maybe a mid-life crisis, maybe a mid-life rebirth. In this mid-life chapter, I am reevaluating what's important and who I am. What words will I use to describe me for the second half of my life? I begin this chapter re-imagining self; I begin with transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle and detoxing from the social kool-aid. As part of my detox therapy, my ambition is to describe myself as thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail in 2018.
After the shock of me declaring that I wanted to thru-hike the AT wore off, my husband, Allen, and I talked a lot about how being separated for up to
I have picked my start date! Woo hoo! I will start my NOBO AT thru-hike on February 18, 2018. A lot of thought went into picking this date.
In preparation for a 2018 AT thru-hike, I’ve had to take care of several important medical issues: 1) getting my diabetes under control, 2)
I plan to thru-hike the AT in 2018. I am a novice hiker and decided it would be smart complete a shakedown of my gear and food choices. From October