Why I Left Academia and Life Moving Forward

Something that has come with age for me has been acceptance of the fact that I am not a person who can settle. I am an enthusiastic liver of life and I dive into new adventures and opportunities with great enthusiasm and zeal, but when those things no longer serve to better my life I am not afraid to set it down and walk away. This is who I am. I know this can frustrate people in my life, especially those…

Turkey and Greece

Two years ago my sister, dad and I were lucky enough to accompany my stepmom on one of her trips to Greece and Turkey. For those of you that don't know Marilyn (my step-mom) owns an incentive travel company where she organises incentive trips for big business. She also has a leisure division called WOW travel where she designs similar trips but for friends and non-business related people. These trips are high-end and usually have some element of surprise and adventure. She…

What Matters

  The following was written at the beginning of December 2016 but was never posted. After starting this post I went through a complete... what do I want to call it... crisis state, where I began to re-evaluate my whole life. I want to post this because it was the spark that has started a revolution in my life (which I plan to write more on this week).  I went back and forth deactivating and reactivating my social media, half…

Self Reliance

Self-reliance is when you live alone in a foreign country where you don't have any close friends or family and you get sick.  It is taking care of yourself when you have a fever and a sore throat, playing two roles simultaneously as caregiver and receiver because you have no other option. It's getting up to make yourself tea or soup or fill the hot water bottle when you can barely function enough to get out of bed but those are things you need.…

Dirtbag Dreams

Yet another photo essay from the 'bama Hills. These were taken on a weekend camping/climbing trip we took with the Weekend Warrior crew. Great people, fine crags, campfires, puppies and slacklining, it's a dirtbag's paradise.  

Some Days I Wish I Had Bought a Van

Six months ago, this was not the plan. After not receiving funding I put my PhD dreams away and turned instead to my love of adventure, nature and travel. The plan had been to work for a season leading road trips all over the country, save some money, buy a van and fix it up. From there I was going to spend a winter working a ski season and the spring living out of my van climbing and training for bigger…