First post from Hot Springs, NC. Better late than never right?

I’m currently sprawled out in a super comfy bed at a B&B in Hot Springs, NC. That’s right. I’m 273 miles in and just now writing my first post. It’s not for lack of trying, though! Promise! It has taken my technologically challenged self this long to get my WordPress app working (ok, so actually my boyfriend did it for me). And yes, I know, I should have figured it out BEFORE leaving for the trail. But my mind was rather preoccupied with the excitedness of going on such a grand adventure!

I plan to catch up on my posts from the first leg of the trail. But for now, I’ll just introduce myself and share my lists with you all. 

I grew up in Opelika, AL but recently uploaded my life and moved it to a storage unit in Maryland. 

Once off the trail, I’ll look for a Nurse Practitioner job (I just graduated) in the Baltimore area. I’ve spent the past five years working as a nurse in Alabama.

My greatest accomplishment in life, thus far, has been beating breast cancer. I was diagnosed at the age of 24, underwent surgery and chemotherapy, and am now four years cancer free! I’m so thankful to be living this amazing life and I feel as though, because of cancer, I have a whole new outlook on it. 

Yes, I’ve seen Wild. No, I haven’t read the book (although I’m currently listening to it on audio). And no, I’m not hitting the trail to “find myself.” I’m 29 years old. I spent the greater portion of my early twenties figuring that out. I like to think, now, that the trail might just offer me some insight into what I already know about myself, but may have just temporarily forgotten.

So without further ado, here are my lists!

I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because

  1. I need to challenge myself
  2. I am craving an adventure larger than life
  3. I may never have this opportunity again (i.e. Time available)
  4. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish such an undertaking ALONE
  5. I want to gain insight into myself, be independent, and learn to trust myself and my instincts more
  6. I want to prove that cancer is not always life-ending, but can be life-altering in a good way

When I successfully hike the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  1. Have more confidence 
  2. See life in a new light and appreciate it more
  3. Be more in touch with myself and my instincts
  4. Have gained a new skill set
  5. Use this accomplishment for momentum in life
  6. Be PROUD of my accomplishment
  7. Encourage others to follow their dreams

If I give up on the Appalachian Trail, I will…

  1. Be embarrassed 
  2. Feel weaker and thus, less confident
  3. Not be the person I believe I am
  4. Feel like I let everyone down, including survivors
  5. ALWAYS regret it

It’s tough out here but so far, I’m having the time of my life! I can’t wait to take you all along with me on this journey!

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