Good morning! I hope you all had a lovely weekend – I know I did!
One thing that I’ve already talked about, but I’m going to go into more detail about now that my mind isn’t so scatter-brained, is the 52 Hike Challenge! In 2018 I completed this challenge, and it was an absolute life change. It provided a lot of first experiences for me – some of them being:
- It helped to cultivate new relationships and deepen friendships I already had
- Educated me on the basics of keeping myself alive out in the woods
- Learned more about gear I prefer, and where I should be investing more of my money
- Got me outside of the city, where I found the physical and mental space I needed
- Taught me the importance of being out in nature for at least a couple hours a week
- Taught me the importance of time spent in nature
- Hiking hundreds of miles doesn’t necessarily mean weight loss for me, but it definitely helped my knee problems!
- Listening to my body and what it needs when it comes to hydration and nutrition
- Investing in a camera and keeping my phone in my pack is one of the best things I could have done
- How to pee in the woods
Aside from what I learned with actually hiking, I also learned more about how to read maps and compasses, how to get rid of ticks, trail etiquette, how to make friends who also love hiking, how to cultivate relationships with outdoorsy brands, and that having a beer on a trail in the early morning hours is perfectly A-OK! 🙂 The trails are 100% where all of my recent growth/ self development/ mental and emotional stability/ whatever you want to call it has happened the last few years, and walking around in the woods is something I have to have for myself for the rest of my life!
In 2019 I took a break. I wanted to hunker down and focus on the BUSINESS of RWP, and how to make money off this, and I thought myself in circles, changed directions a lot, put it aside to focus on how I can make money in the moment, moving, changing other aspects of my life, etc. Basically life happened, and RWP wasn’t a priority.
Then, in 2020, I decided that this was going to be THE YEAR! The year for the breakthroughs, the plans, the goal-conquering, the stepping into my life and how I truly wanted it to be. And then, quarantine. A wall. I was forced to stay alone and inside my home. It was the most emotionally challenging part of my adult life. I’m still working my way out of it, and being able to be outside again is most definitely helping. I had to take a step back, and in some ways just rest in the fact that it wasn’t the right time for it. Yes, I could have written a TON of blog posts, put together some great recipes to share, and launch all the plans I had set for RWP, but I was so mentally and emotionally drained that I couldn’t manage any of it. Part of me is kicking myself for not doing any of that, but I also understood that I couldn’t force myself to do it. I couldn’t make myself put these things out into the world if it was forced. One of the key points of RWP is that while there are challenges and goals and things to get through, its all natural. While there is a purpose to everything, its organic and focuses on quality and not quantity. There has to be intention behind everything, and forcing it while I was having to fully focus on consciously holding myself together is not how I wanted to operate. So I didn’t. And that’s ok.
And here I am now! The beginning of October 2020 – showing up. Showing up for myself, and for the beginnings of how I want to wrap up this year. I’m taking the pressure off, but still holding myself accountable to the goals I want to get to. There is a lot to get through the rest of this year, so in some ways I’m going to put the business side of RWP on hold, and get back to what it was in the beginning. A simple place to explore, share, document, grow, and enjoy life and the experiences it brings me. If something comes of it – awesome! But I’m not forcing anything.
Back to hiking! I will post about this once I have it actually put together and ready to go, but since I’m going to be doing so many hikes the rest of this year, and even a few after work, I’m putting together a “hiking go bag”! Some things may change in the final list, especially with winter coming, but here is what I currently have for it, and I will be keeping this bag ready to go, right by my front door, so I can grab it and head out without needing to take the time going through a list.
Please feel free to send over any suggestions or additions you may have! With hiking after work I will be entering the world of night hiking – which I have no experience with, so I’m sure there are more things that will help that I have no clue to add yet. This is a big thing to take on, but if I can just schedule it all out (while remaining flexible, open-minded, and ready for anything), and take it one hike at a time, I have complete confidence that I will complete this challenge. I also still have 5 days of PTO, so I’m maybe thinking about taking either a week off to hike A LOT, or take a few Fridays off to get some longer weekend adventures in 🙂
Currently Hiking Go-Bag checklist:
- Water bottle
- Sunscreen/bug spray
- First aid kit
- Car shoes (chacos) – OR if in winter – socks and Birks
- Change of clothes + layers
- Portable charger
- Rain jacket
- Navigation (compass, trail maps on AllTrails)
- Emergency Shelter
- Fire starting kit