I’ve been on the move since 2001, when I stepped onto a plane and flew to France to spend a summer with a family I’d never met before. Once I’d navigated a foreign country in another language, other things didn’t feel so difficult. Rather, traveling became a delightful challenge.

Where would I sleep tonight? How would I get there? What would I eat? These are questions I’ve enjoyed answering over the years as I traveled around the globe. Mistakes and faux pas were made, but overall I always felt a sense of accomplishment and independence after completing a journey.

When I moved across the country to Utah, I turned to outdoor explorations in my own backyard – the deserts and mountains of the western United States. This environment presented a new challenge. There were no languages or customs to learn, but I soon discovered the self-reliance necessary in the backcountry comes with a learning curve of its own.

The sense of independence that I’ve cultivated through travel and outdoor exploration has taught me this truth: sometimes it’s scary, and you do it anyway.

I hope to share this idea in all its manifestations – the doubts, the challenges, the triumphs – and inspire others to approach life in the same way.

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