I’m going to keep it simple today and give a little recap of the month of September 🙂
While I totally dig the fall (let’s be real, I dig the pretty foliage as an NH native), I also am not the biggest fan because it means 1. it’s about to get cold…. very cold, and 2. I have to eventually wear pants. I hate pants. Don’t worry, I don’t walk around half naked, I just greatly prefer shorts. It’s more of a sensory thing than anything else. I just have to keep telling myself that it’s almost butt sledding down mountains and snowboarding season though and that helps a little bit.
Not much is new on the school or work horizon since my last post. I’ve been working on marketing the new cycle of bootcamp starting in early November, which is a new type of challenge for me. To toot my own horn for a hot second, I pulled of a 100% on my first graduate course exam (squeeee!!!!!). I’m equally surprised and not surprised by that because while the material makes a lot of sense (clearly), and historically testing works in my favor, it’s just mind-boggling how much of a crap-shoot last spring was and that I’ve bounced back (grown back?) from that. Goes to show that human beings are quite resilient and self-care can go a long way.
In other news, I started up a second Instagram account. This was created specifically with the intention of promoting and educating about women’s health, mental health, and nutrition/fitness. Pretty much I want to talk about all things I get very nerdy about, but not make all of my mountain pictures on my personal account have captions about a. periods, b. vegetables, and c. fitnessey (not a word, well aware) things. I’ll save all this magical stuff for people who want to read/listen to me babble about it, not those who just want to see the adventure portion of my life!
September was a big month on the hiking front. Not big because of total miles, elevation, or number of hikes. Big because I hit some very internally rewarding milestones.
I finished the NH 4000 footers on the Bonds. Yippee do da!
I went on a few solo hikes and one of them was my longest and most exposed solo to date! As an “outgoing introvert”, I usually hike with people because it’s great social time for me but I’m also able to be in nature so I’m not confined within walls with other humans. Also, for the longest time, solo hiking petrified me. I was convinced I would get lost or be eaten by a bear. Happy to report, neither of these things have happened. It’s a different form of challenge, and a completely different experience.
I think moving forward I will continue to push my limits with getting more solo time in the mountains and exploring new places. With one of my friends packing up and moving to Montana, and another leaving for New Zealand at the end of October, I have feels I’ll be having a little more Sarah time. I’m looking forward to hiking in Vermont and Maine to complete the NE67 (New England’s 67 4000 footers), meeting friends to hike I haven’t adventured much with recently, and hopefully getting in some fun dirt/gravel rides in the upcoming weeks! What am I not looking forward to? PANTS. That is all.
“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” – Susan Sontag