outdoor advocacy update 001: welcome back, let’s get to work.

Hello, friends. In this moment, I am releasing a whale of an exhale. *sigh* I started writing this blog nearly 10 years ago, and beyond containing the contents of my life and adventures over the last decade, The Morning Fresh has been the catalyst to my entire career, to finding my purpose in life.

For the last few years, my site sat captive to a crappy host situation that left me unable to make any updates or changes to the site–at one point, gaudy web ads where plastered all over the blog without my consent. Without control over my own content, I spent my creative energy elsewhere and neglected my own platform. But a tiny miracle happened recently: I took back control.

I’ve been asking myself questions. What is my purpose? Why did the Universe decide to create me, right now? What am I here to do? Who am I here to serve?

And then one day, it clicked. In a burst of clarity, it all made plain sense. I am here to activate advocates. I am here to inspire you–through resources and storytelling–to take action to protect public land, live a more sustainable life, and do good unto your fellow humans + earth. 

So, I pirated my own blog back, redesigned it to better serve you, and here we are. It’s time to get back to work. First, a little update from my world–a new series I’m calling ‘mini fresh.’ A bi-weekly newsletter delivered in blog form. What I’ve been up to, what you should be reading, products + projects I’m drooling over, things you ought to know about.

In this week’s mini fresh, episode 001:

  • A mini update on life: As summer fades away and cold weather sinks in, I’m nestling into work-work-work mode before another season of travel kicks off. My nose has been buried in notebooks, my laptop, and podcasts. As I write this, we’re sitting on the couch in front of the first ‘fire’ of the season. By fire, I mean our electric fireplace with ceramic logs and a digital flame–thank you solar-powered house. The Delica is finally out of the shop, and Brody built us a platform bed + installed solar panels. I am mourning the death of shorts season, but psyched to spent autumn on the road.
  • What I’m reading (digital): The Outdoor Industry Association Voters Guide for the 2018 midterm elections. I’ve been working on the #VoteTheOutdoors (check it out on Twitter and Instagram) campaign for months and it’s all coming to a climax as election day–eeek. Toolkit coming to help you get involved later this week!
  • What I’m reading (paper): I joined a book club, and our first read is When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. I posted a photo of the book on my Insta-story, and over 50 women messaged me to say it was their favorite book, or it changed their life, or it’s the reason they became a park ranger. As you can imagine, I am stoked.
  • Where I’m heading next: To the desert! My 30th birthday is on October 16th, so Brody, Spaghetti and I are loading up the Delica

Gosh, it feels good to be back. If you’ve been reading The Morning Fresh since the days of Florida and big yellow van life: thank you for sticking with me throughout this wild ride. If this is the first time you’ve ever visited my blog: welcome and thank you for being part of this community. Let’s do this, together.

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One thought on “outdoor advocacy update 001: welcome back, let’s get to work.

  1. Derek (100 Peaks) says:

    Welcome back! Excited to see the new travels in the Delica and your renewed focus.

    And your newfound blog freedom. Feels great, doesn’t it?

    And yay, this showed up in my RSS aggregator. I haven’t missed a thing.


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