If you’ve never volunteered at a trail race, I totally recommend it. I started my morning with free coffee and donuts, drove several miles off road to set up my aid station, watched the sunrise...then enjoyed hundreds of thank you’s, you’re awesome’s, and countless other creative compliments from smiling runners. They inspired me to run a few trail miles of my own before breaking down my station. Heard the view from Gold Bar was epic and wanted to see what the fuss was about. Congrats to all the Moab Red Hot finishers. Maybe next year I’ll join you!#moabredhot
“A cactus’s implausible home right from the stone. A memorial for the ingenious people who somehow thrived here for thousands of years.” — Read all about our protest in Bears Ears in our latest article: “When We Became ‘Welcome to Bears Ears’: A Metamorphosis” ..
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Talus. Like most desert people, I’ve settled into a sort of enduring love-hate relationship with it. Or love to hate it😉 I have to say though, after painting it all weekend I think I’ve gained a new appreciation for its beauty...chossy, loose, ass kicking beauty 🧡🏜 #rockclimbing#cragdoodles#castlevalley#watercolor
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Overused? Erroneously attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt? Maybe, but it’s still one of my favorites, and within reason (and barring serious bodily harm) endlessly useful. Most recent scary thing- revisiting dip pen, and I think I’m in love 😍 p.s. if you’d like to see a big version of the six shooter towers go take my poll! Open until the end of the day, and right now Castelton tower is the favorite 🙃
Feeling a little flattened in this weird February spring-winter,
Feeling like the swirls of desert stone resonate more than the smooth-jagged graybrown of the mountains that are getting cheated out of snow,
Like I’m as thin and patchy as the coverage on our training hills.
I’m trying to turn and face whatever is groaning looming behind me,
But I’m the only frozen thing in this whole damn state.
I’m screaming battle cries but the soft breeze raises its eyebrows at me because there’s no war to wage.
I’m locked in a loop of unnecessary judgement and fight flight freeze.
Maybe it’s a call to notice,
A call to pause.
I’m shuddering here at the bottom of the exhale and waiting patiently trying to un-grit my teeth and relax into the discomfort.
I have no idea what’s next,
And that’s good news,
Because it means I get to choose.
I’m not sure if this is a sign of maturity or what but this used to embarrass the crap out of me now I just love him for him. And let him fly his #freakflag 🤣🤣 Jk I LOVE So. Utah as much as he does...well almost;) This has been up for days and I haven’t even been tempted to take it down. #imold#protectwildutah#southernutah
“The red rock desert in canyon country of southern Utah provokes powerful divisive opinions. How are we to find our way towards conversation? For me the answer has always been through story. Story bypasses rhetoric and pierces the heart. Story offers a wash of images and emotion that return us to our highest and deepest selves, where we can remember what it means to be human, living in place with our neighbors.” ~from Red, by Terry Tempest Williams.
Little golden hour watercolor for the spirit✨ This book is a cool, vital wave of inspiration- I can’t put it down ❤️ #standwithbearsears#cragdoodles
“It is here that I can concentrate my mind upon the Remembered Earth. It is here that I am most conscious of being, here that wonder comes upon my blood, here I want to live forever; and it is no matter that I must die." -N. Scott Momaday🏔 •
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You have probably heard about it before. President Trump declared the reductions for 2 National Monuments: Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument. He stated this was a move, for the people, to give the land back to the locals. Uranium is considered for the people?
What happens when a group of friends come together to run. Run like a messenger to see the places that would be protected.
Raise your hand if you have visited these sacred lands 🙌🏻 or say I if you would like to, but not confident you will ever get the chance to?
A group of friends. A video about their advocacy. It’s a pretty cool thing they did to raise their voices about the places they love. Watch now. Love the land now. Take action now.
Two birds with one stone- I’ve never painted an arch (😱 I know right?!), and I’ve never filmed a whole speed paint! Staying loose and working quickly are two of my biggest challenges. However they’re also two of the reasons I’m drawn to watercolor landscapes. The process has taught me to be less attached to outcomes, and to let go of my perfectionist leanings 😉 stay loose this week y’all! #archesnp#watercolor#landscape#speedpaint#cragdoodles
As a therapist I’m always thinking about how I can do better for my students. It’s hard but important work to be critical of my biases and assumptions about how to approach treatment and what will be helpful or effective. I rewatched powerful TED Talk about depression this week. In it Andrew Solomon reminds us of the importance of culture in both experiencing and treating mental illness, and I’m just obsessed with this part of his talk. He speaks about traveling the world and talking to people in Eastern Africa about depression:
““We’ve had a lot of trouble with Western mental health workers, but especially the ones who came right after the genocide.” I said, “What kind of trouble did you have?” And he said, “Well, they would do this bizarre thing. They didn’t take people out into the sunshine where you begin to feel better. They didn’t include drumming or music to get people’s blood going. They didn’t involve the whole community. They didn’t externalize the depression as an invasive spirit. Instead what they did was they took people one at a time into dingy little rooms and had them talk for an hour about bad things that had happened to them.””
Treatment and mental illness can mean a multitude of things to each individual and each culture. No matter what works for you in your self-care and treatment, I hope you find a little joy and sunshine this weekend.
Couldn’t ask for a better way to spend the last weekend of my 24th year than adventuring on a “that wasn’t what we planned” trip across Utah ❤️🏜❄️ A trip to Escalante turned into Bryce, Escalante, Capitol Reef, & Meadow hot springs. So thanks to a little directional mishap I’ve now been to every national park in Utah!