Photo by Bryan Rowe.

Photo by Bryan Rowe.


This year has been a whirlwind. I’ve shared some of the excitement here, like landing my dream job at Outside Magazine and then Outside GO, packing my bags for Santa Fe, returning back to my beloved Boulder, and pushing my comfort zone climbing big(ish) walls with sweaty hands. Some big, life-changing things have happened that don’t live on the Internet, too (gasp–I know, it’s hard to believe). Underneath all the excitement and movement, I’ve slowly been realizing some things. Here are my lessons, big and small, from the first part of 2014.

  1. I never, ever, want to be the runner who doesn’t return a smile or wave while on a run.
  2. Quality is more important than quantity, but that can be a hard if not impossible balance to strike in the online world.
  3. Not all of life can be highs. Like Tom Petty said, coming down is the hardest thing. But it’s still part of life.
  4. Tom Petty is pretty much right about everything.
  5. I am driven by praise in the form of social media likes, and it’s driving me crazy.
  6. Stitches are incredibly expensive. And mom was right – not all scars are cool.
  7. Chasing dreams is the fun part. Achieving them comes secondary and sometimes leaves you feeling lost.
  8. It’s impossible to mountain bike and run upwards of 55 miles a week without eating copious amounts of pizza.
  9. Everyone is still figuring it out. Those who have realized, and accepted, that life isn’t as serious as we always thought are far and beyond the happiest.
  10. And finally, it’s better to make money doing what you love instead of doing it for free. For that reason, I’m not going to be posting regularly here. You can find me “In the Wild” at my favorite pubs, including HuckberryDirtbag DarlingOutside Online, and of course, Outside GO.

See you out there!