College graduates — stay in touch with your professors!

Most of us look back on our college years with fond memories, but after graduation, we tend to leave everything about those years -- save the memories -- behind. College can be an exceedingly difficult time for young people, so it's no wonder why we're eager to move on to a more stable phase in … Continue reading College graduates — stay in touch with your professors!

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How to effectively self-edit your writing

Today, I spent the morning and afternoon editing two pieces I've been working on for weeks. One is a personal experience/travel essay and the other is the first two-ish chapters of a memoir. After weeks of writing and re-writing, I finally got both pieces to a place I felt good about, so I knew this … Continue reading How to effectively self-edit your writing

Am I ruining the great outdoors?

After reading Outside magazine's article "Is Instagram Ruining the Great Outdoors?" I started thinking about the effects tagging my hiking photos with a specific location may do to the wild, natural areas I love so dearly. With the recent surge in social media use, and subsequent surge in inexperienced hikers attempting to traverse extremely difficult trails, … Continue reading Am I ruining the great outdoors?

When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

Several of my friends have recently gotten engaged, and it's reminded me of the year when Blake and I were engaged. People loved us. They loved hearing how we met, what we had planned for the honeymoon, where we planned to live after we were married, etc. That glow lasted all the way through our … Continue reading When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong

Will I ever tire of Colorado?

It's been just over a year since I moved into my home in Louisville, Colorado, a small town that sits just east of the famed Boulder, Colorado. I moved here after graduating college because I'd longed to live in Colorado for years. As someone who loves the outdoors, and loves to hike in particular, I … Continue reading Will I ever tire of Colorado?

Time management tips for maximum productivity AND fun

I honestly can't remember the last time I felt bored. Perhaps it was in my early years of high school, but I couldn't tell you for sure. All I know is that once I started taking AP classes and working part time, life got busy -- fast. It only got busier in college and beyond. … Continue reading Time management tips for maximum productivity AND fun

Outrunning Vegas

From 1,149 feet above, the city didn’t seem like such a wasteland. It was even a bit magical. The clusters of flashing lights and ever-changing billboard displays were no longer discordantly fighting for my attention. Instead, they all blended together, creating a peaceful, twinkling glow for me and the other viewers on top of the … Continue reading Outrunning Vegas

Why we need to set long-term goals

At a cookout recently, I mentioned my long-term goals in a conversation: Pursue an MFA in creative non-fiction writing and work toward a career as a professor. The people I was talking to seemed to find it strange that I was thinking so far ahead, especially at age 22. "Wow, that's pretty far off," they … Continue reading Why we need to set long-term goals