I don’t really know where it came from, but it popped into my head and I knew it was my one little word for 2019: Open. Unlike Gratitude — a word I chose because I knew I needed to focus on being grateful in 2017 — and Explore — a word I chose because I … More Open

Explore: OLW Wrap-Up

Explore. My one little word for 2018. I explored local parks and paths preparing for my walk in Spain. I explored with a small backpack and then the official one I took with me. I explored with Denali by my side as I emptied out water bottles when my pack started to feel too heavy. … More Explore: OLW Wrap-Up


I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions although starting last year I decided to pick one word for the year. That word is more of a guiding principle – not a resolution to be better or have a better life. The one word gives me focus when I start to feel off track; it reminds me … More Space


For the first time last year I chose one word to guide me through 2017 – gratitude. I chose that word because I knew I’d need something to balance the grief and pain I was (am) experiencing. I decided to get ahead of that a bit by choosing a word that would force me to … More Explore

One Word Check-In

When I chose Gratitude to be my one word for this year, I really had no idea how appropriate it would be. I initially chose it because I wanted to be happier with my life and by focusing on gratitude I figured my attitude and perspective would change. I was right about that. Each morning … More One Word Check-In


I’m currently reading AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller. After reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, I’ve been fascinated with these long, daunting hikes across North American mountains. Both books highlight the difficulties and awe-some aspects of such hikes. However, no book can truly convey the realities … More Next


Somewhere early in my blog writing I struggled with titles. I could make each title intriguing or eye-catching. I could be forthright and clear. However, neither of these approaches worked for me. I decided to just use one word in the title. This required me to narrow down on the main idea of the blog. … More One