Moab – Part 3

Moab – Part 3

On Sunday we broke down camp quickly. We wanted to reach the trail to Morning Glory bridge at 7 a.m. but with the sun creeping higher, I was scared it was going to be 9 a.m. and packed. We double-checked we left no trace of trash, then started the engine. The clock read 6:30 a.m. Cody and I exchanged dubious glances, waiting for it to update. We broke into grins to find we were actually on schedule. We arrived to…

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Moab – Part 2

Moab – Part 2

The sun woke us…and the sound of gobbling wild turkeys. A single turkey would call, then a chorus would repeat back to him. We had fun joking about possible conversations at the turkey town hall meeting. Then we dragged our carcasses from the warm sleeping bags, and set out for our first hike. Our first destination? The iconic Corona Arch! But first, a desert hike to reach it. Cody said I looked like I was holding it up. He lied….

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Moab Adventures – Part 1

Moab Adventures – Part 1

My birthday is not until the 28th, but due to scheduling time off work, Cody took me on an early birthday adventure. I woke to find the car packed, our destination a secret, and a three day weekend of fun stretching before us. He’d even burned me a special mixed CD of my favorite songs. Details like that make it even more special. We had firewood, snacks, and our pup, so I knew the weekend held outdoor adventures. I pestered…

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5 Places to Explore in Boise, ID

5 Places to Explore in Boise, ID

To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Anderson 1. Downtown: This is one of the cleanest, brightest, prettiest downtown spaces I’ve ever seen. It ranks up there with Indianapolis, my favorite city. The people are friendly, the shops eclectic, and flowers line everything. 2. Farmer’s Market: Not just one, but two! We found amazing pie at the first, and dozens of adorable pets at the second. Explore them both and sample the local wonders. 3. Jump Creek Falls: A…

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5 Life Lessons from Questival

5 Life Lessons from Questival

Questival was a grand adventure, but we also learned some important life lessons from our 24 hours of exploration. 1. Hometown Perks Questival is a great way to explore your own city and rediscover the joys of your hometown. Even if you have experienced certain things before, seeing them in a different light brings on a stronger sense of appreciation. 2. Contentment While driving toward Jump Rock Falls, Alyssa and I fell into a pensive silence. We looked at each…

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10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

10 Reasons to Sign Up for Questival

1. Competition: We did not win. We did not come close to winning. But it was fun to race the clock, earn points, and try to get as close to the leaders as possible. 2. Food: Many of the tasks revolved around eating food local to the state or community. We ate our way around Boise, and it was delicious. 3. Adventure: Questival pushes you out of laziness and Netflix and into the world. With all its wonders. 4. Laughs:…

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Count Your (Easter) Blessings

Count Your (Easter) Blessings

Easter is a time of celebrating Jesus’s resurrection and His victory over death and sin. As a Christian, the resurrection of Jesus is a cornerstone of our faith. So in honor of reflecting upon on blessings and celebrating them, here are my top 10. 1. Jesus: I don’t deserve His love, but I’d be lost without it. Second Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of…

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Financial Peace

Financial Peace

It turns out common sense is not so common. Cody and I just finished a 9 week course with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace. Throughout each video lesson and discussion I kept thinking, “Duh” and then embarrassingly realizing that I am not doing the things that seem so obvious. We are a culture that relies on instant gratification, which often leads us to debt. We also are taught that college is everything for a successful future, and everyone takes out loans,…

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When Did You “Peak”?

When Did You “Peak”?

One of my favorite movie lines is from “Aloha” when Bradley Cooper’s character is fighting with Emma Stone’s character. In the heat of a spiteful battle of wits he yells, “Oh you peaked in dance school.” Emma gasps because as the audience learns earlier in the movie, she was twelve in dance school. I recently was thinking about how good of shape I was in when I ran track in high school. My diet was horrible, but my cardio and…

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Why You SHOULD Procrastinate This Weekend

Why You SHOULD Procrastinate This Weekend

My friend Lindsay and I both work for the school district, which happens to be on spring break. We immediately texted each other to figure out our adventure plans. Then came the mental questions. Should I go hiking in the middle of the week with piles of laundry and dishes to accomplish before hosting Bible Study? Probably not. I am not one for procrastinating on a regular basis. I like the stress-free moments of pure relaxation knowing I’ve tried my…

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