Let's Move Mountains In My 45th Year

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Today is my 45th birthday. And while some people might be perpetually living their 39th, or 29th year, I’m not worried one bit one about getting older. In fact, Rob Thomas’ new song says it best. “I’m one less day from dying young.”

In fact, I’ve made a very deliberate effort to reinvent my birthdays. You see, I was sexually assaulted on my 12th birthday. For many years I dreaded marking the occasion because of the memory of the trauma. But in my 20s when I started to feel more in control with my life, I found myself going to Dave Matthews Band concerts right around my birthday. In fact, I think there were three years in a row when we were able to mark my special day singing instead of swallowing down the pain of the past.

Singing soon turned to writing. On my 40th Birthday, I finished writing Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds while studying with my dear friend and teacher Cheryl Strayed in Chamonix.

While I don’t have Dave Matthews Band tickets, nor a trip to France booked (yet), this 45th trip around the sun is on tap to be one of the best yet. (I can’t tell you what’s up yet but I promise, you’re going to freak out as much as I am).

In my journey to wellness, I’ve learned life is too short to held back by fear and self-limitations. Every day of this life, I will try to push myself to new journeys (Denali, Machu Picchu and more) after having trekked some epic terrain this year (Havasu Falls, Mauna Kea, etc).


In the meantime, I do have some other news to share. I try to use each birthday to see where you are and where you want to go. To find new ways to express yourself in the world. Each year, we have new things to say and share. We gather wisdom from both our triumphs and our failure. And so this year — my 45th year — I decide to go through a rebrand and revamp my website. I worked with the amazing team of Greg Monaco and Pasquale Cardinale to come up with images and words that encapsulate what I want to share with the world.

What I’ve found is through my stories in Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds and The Weight of Being, I’ve inspired others to move mountains in others’ lives.

When you look at the my new logo you’ll see three mountains. To me, they represent the past, the present and the future. The past is the terrain you’ve already traveled — some great, some difficult. The present mountain feels like the most challenge because you’re in the thick of it. But how you see the future is up to you. It can appear like an insurmountable peak or you can plan and dreamscape about hour you’re going to conquer it.

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So be sure to follow along on this journey - this amazing year. You’ll see me speaking up more and more with my social media team, sharing inspiration and adventure on my Instagram. Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

May this year in my life and yours be full of adventure and inspiration.

Together, Let’s Move Mountains.


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