Once upon a time there was a girl who believed a lie that the world told her about what happiness and fulfillment looked like. So she worked really hard and got a house and the right clothes and went out on girls nights and movie nights and slept in and went to fancy restaurants and nice vacations and generally lived a life of comfort and ease.

But the girl never felt completely fulfilled no matter how much she tried to live this life the world insisted was right and she didn’t know why. Then one day she went for a run in the woods and the missing piece clicked into place and everything changed.

That run happened in March 2013. I’d just started running. Like ever. And had decided that instead of a jaunt around my neighborhood, I’d change it up a bit and try it on a trail near my house in Grapevine, TX. It’s corny to say but it’s absolutely true: I walked into the woods one person and walked out an entirely different person.

I’ve since dealt with some injuries, explored trails in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nevada, completed a 50K and done approximately 3,756 loads of laundry. Dreams of longer trails, big trees and bigger climbs prompted my husband and I pack up our entire life and move halfway across the country to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 2016.

I feel very fortunate to share my life and my adventures with a cute guy named Jason I met in a bar 14 years ago and vowed to be best friends forever a few years later and our two ridiculous dogs, Shilo and Keely.

When not out on a trail somewhere, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, covered in a chalk at a climbing gym somewhere or eating my weight in ice cream.