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On Traveling Alone

Traveling alone in Chamonix, I’ve often thought about my 26-year-old self landing in New Zealand five years ago. How lonely she felt when she first got there. How afraid that made her. Solitude was an art form I hadn’t yet learned up to that point. Life in San Francisco was hyper-social. The calendar was booked six or seven nights […]

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Strangers in a Grocery Store

People tell me things. Stuff they don’t usually tell strangers. I went to Whole Foods today to work, but when I got there the place was as jam-packed as a ski lodge at lunchtime. I was roving back and forth, stalking lunchgoers shamelessly as they mowed down their organic tofu spring rolls, when a guy who looked about […]

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Art and Fear

I’ve been carrying around a book I might never read. The book is currently sitting on my bedside table. Since I left my job at TrainingPeaks to pursue freelance writing two weeks ago, it’s gone with me everywhere. On top of my underwear, extra socks, ski goggles and water bottle, this book gets stuffed into […]

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Intervals

It’s more than just a workout, it’s a lesson. It starts with a warm-up. We set our bodies in motion for the first time in the day, and our hearts beat quicker and quicker, preparing for the challenge ahead. We know there will be hardship, so we savor this gentle prelude. When the first interval […]

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Little Voices

Let’s rewind to June 2010 and be brutally honest for a moment here. It was my first two weeks in New Zealand, and I was miserable. I had just quit my cush, well-paying finance job, said goodbye to my supportive family and amazing friends, and bought a one-way ticket to Queenstown, New Zealand. Here I […]

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Downsizing

Two weeks ago, Steve and I got back from a bike ride to the news that we would have to move–again. In September, the Boulder flood abruptly forced us out of our two-bedroom apartment in South Boulder. We had 36 hours to pack our things and move. We spent a month at a friend’s in […]

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