Parks Pass Giveaway!!

Happy Monday, you guys!! We're starting this week off right- with a GIVEAWAY!!!

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It’s no secret that I am alllllll about curiosity. The seeking of experiences that widen our perspectives, broaden our understanding, and enrich our lives is something I consider fundamental to a happy, joyous life.

But it goes beyond that.

I believe that we all benefit from beauty and space and wildness, that when each of us experiences the outdoors in whatever way works in our lives, we not only gain enjoyment, but also a stronger connection to each other and the land. This, in turn, makes us better stewards- of our resources, of our fellow humans, of our creative gifts.

I want to help you get out the door, to explore and take a moment to pause and breathe and notice- the beauty of the sunset, the small spring flower fighting its way up through the snow, the way the morning light turns the edge of the mountains golden. When we feel small but connected, our fears and our imperfections fall away and we are more liberated to take our chances, to share our gifts.

So this is my small way of encouraging you to get after it, to take a step into the unknown, the wild, and see what your curiosity uncovers.

I'm giving away an America The Beautiful annual parks pass. This pass is your ticket into more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including all of our national parks, national monuments, national wildlife refuges, and a bunch of others!

This is my first giveaway in this space (whaaaaat?!?!?! Crazy.) and I’m super excited about it! To enter is simple:

  1. Like this post and leave a comment telling me where or how you plan to use the pass!
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and subscribe to my mailing list. 
  3. Reply to my welcome letter with an answer to my question at the end and “Parks Pass Giveaway” as the subject!
  4. If you’re already part of the family, just follow step one and and reply to any of my letters with “Parks Pass Giveaway” as the subject!
  5. For an extra entry, head over to your favorite social media platform to share and like/comment there as well - no limit!

The contest runs today through Friday, March 16, at 5pm PST. The winners will be chosen at random (the old fashioned way- names out of a hat, y'all!) on Friday and announced on Saturday, March 17 via email with an extra little gift for everyone included!

I can't wait to see what you guys do with this!!

Training Ground

I had big plans for today's post. It was all prettied up and scheduled in and ready to go, and I was all sorts of excited about it. But sometimes projects that we care about take longer than we anticipate, whether that's because the words we are looking for are struggling to come forward, or because the logistics are more complicated than we realized.

I'm a one-woman show over here and that means that I wear a whole bunch of sometimes rather odd hats. This week, one of those hats has been "web coder" which, as it turns out, I have no idea how to do! So there is learning involved, and frustration, and things take time...and more time...and maybe a bit more time after that.

And that is okay.

Really.

I want to serve you in my work and with what I share here. I want to connect in real ways to all the things we have in common, the things we all struggle with daily. I never wanted any of my online spaces to look like a "highlight reel" that hides the work and the discomfort and- dare I say it- the failures. Because failure and frustration are inevitable bedfellows of risk and reward. They just are. 

And, as it turns out, they also tend to be our most powerful teachers. It's easy to scribble into my journal all the ways that I vow to pause and find the spaces and the small beauties in my mundane daily life, the ways I will pause long enough to ask myself if what I'm getting worked up about is really worth the energy and anger. It's a whole OTHER thing to be staring down a deadline, jacked up on my ninth cup of coffee, trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL I just entered that made all the text shift from vertical to horizontal and I haven't even started on the actual writing yet...ahhhhh!!! 

These are the moments that teach us how to notice, how to find the tiny spaces to take a breath and find perspective. This is the training ground where we learn to put into actual, meaningful practice the noticing that comes easier when life feels peaceful. This is where what we learn in our yoga practices or on our meditation cushions or in our journaling comes to matter in our "real" lives. This is "noticing" at work on the ground.

So here I am, unable to deliver what I'd intended for you today. But I will get it to you, and the work done will be properly (if not perfectly) done. Look for an extra post from me later this week...it will be short and sweet, but will contain the details of my very first giveaway here! (How have I never had a fun giveaway before?!?!?)

Thank you all for being here, not just for the highlights and the "wins" but also for the imperfections and the "fails."  You guys are such a source of daily inspiration to me.

  

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