Mini Vacation in Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah is a funky little town. My parents and I spent a long weekend there, exploring the eclectic local culture and the unique national and state parks that are nearby. If you're in Denver, I'd highly recommend making the drive (about 6 hours) across I-70 W to visit this spectacular region of Utah.

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Rocky Mountain Loop Hike

A few weekends ago, my hiking crew and I tackled a beautiful 13 mile loop through the diverse landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked around Bear Lake, over Flattop Mountain and Hallett Peak, down Andrew's Glacier to Andrew's Tarn, and by The Loch, Dream Lake, and Nymph Lake. If you haven't been to RMNP before, this is a great way to see some of the park's best hidden gems.

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Fourth of July in the Grand Tetons

Grand Tetons is an absolutely stunning national park - there's just no other way to describe it. The Teton mountains are dramatic. The alpine lakes - Jenny, String, Leigh, and Jackson - are pristinely clear. The evergreen forests, the massive skies, the river crossings - everything is so strikingly beautiful. With a four day weekend for Independence Day, we made the trek from Denver up to this wilderness gold mine in northwestern Wyoming. 

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Solo Backpacking Trip: Eagles Nest Wilderness

I've really gotten in to backpacking over the past few months. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of car camping trips throughout Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana, so I'm not surprised I've developed a love of sleeping in the great outdoors. At the end of June, I embarked on my first solo backpacking trip - and it was a transcendent experience.

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On the Warner Route: Black Canyon Backpacking Trip

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of the newest national parks, established in 1999. It is also one of the lesser visited of the parks - only about 240,000 visitors in 2016 compared to Yellowstone's and Yosemite's 4-5 million visitors. Black Canyon is so called because the steepness prevents the sun from striking the canyon walls, but we didn't let that stop us.

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So Far in 2017

I've become obsessed with two ideas in the first half of 2017:

  1. The idea that you can expand your mind beyond what you thought was capable, and
  2. The idea that you can alter your reality and perhaps permanently change your view of the world around you

It's possible to achieve both of these simply by intaking new information, having interesting conversations, and engaging in activities that get you out of your comfort zone.

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Intermittent Fasting: Health Benefits of Reaching a Fasted State

At any given moment, your body is either in a fasted state or fed state. Your body operates differently in a fasted state and, as a result, there are a slew of health benefits. Intermittent fasting is a method for timing your eating so your body can reach this fasted state and reap the benefits. This post outlines what is happening in your body in the two states, explains the health benefits of reaching the fasted state, and links to research and other scientific studies on intermittent fasting diets. Let's get in to it!

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Weekend in LA

Friendship and travel are two of my favorite things in life. Spending time with awesome people and exploring new cities brings me a lot of joy. A weekend where I got to do both? Ya can't ask for much more!

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A Sunday Well Spent

Most people hate Sundays. By this day, the wanderlust of the weekend has worn off and the dread of the upcoming work week has set in. (Millennials dub this phenomenon the "Sunday scaries").

I choose, however, to treat Sunday like I do any other day: by making the most of it. I reserve some of my favorite activites exclusively for Sundays and, therefore, it is one of my favorite days of the week. This past Sunday was a particularly awesome one.

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Intermittent Fasting: An Origin Story

Intermittent fasting is taking the world by storm. As more research is done and as people become more willing to try unconventional methods of staying healthy, IF has gained quite the following. In the following post, I detail how I was introduced to intermittent fasting and how I began my IF journey.

Allow me to set the scene.

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What is Minimalism?

2017 is upon us and there isn't a more appropriate time to talk about minimalism than now. These days, one in ten American households rents an off-site storage facility for their belongings, smart phone users spend an average of 145 minutes a day on his or her phone, and 43% of working adults report that their job has a negative impact on their stress levels. What's wrong with this picture?

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