The Art of Fresh Starts

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I was always warned about the aftermath of my year of adventure: returning to the “real world” after extended travel is rumored to leave you with a nasty case of post-trip blues — but I never really admitted that it was happening to me. After my year of the van, life kind of started happening really fast. I spent a month back in Florida, abruptly packed up everything and moved to Colorado, settled into a new life, and fell into a funk. I’ve been in Denver for almost three months — and I’ve only climbed once (but it was awesome). I stopped writing, and fell out of love with my website and social media in general. It sucked, but I needed it.

It was difficult to cope with all of the change at first, and I felt like I was selling out in a way — after a year of being the adventurous girl who lives on the road, it didn’t feel okay to become someone who spends most of her time getting outdoors by way of rooftop patios, city parks, and my little second-story stoop. Would everyone think less of me? Wouldn’t it be shameful to admit that I wasn’t out hiking or camping every single weekend? I was pretty unsatisfied with it all initially, but I’ve come to realize that this is all just part of the process. This is just a new chapter of adventure in my life — and hopefully you still want to join me for it. 

Taking a hard, cold look at what I do and don’t love in life, what makes me happy, what I miss when it’s gone, and where I want to go ended up teaching me a lot. And after semi-accidentally deciding to change my blog’s entire look, I fell back in love with everything. I re-vamped my workspace, and dove into the task of bringing The Morning Fresh back to life in a way that I adore.

So much has changed since my life has gone from living in a van in the woods to waking up every morning in the heart of Denver. Adventure doesn’t always come quite as easily, and my priority list now includes things like keeping my tomato plants alive, cooking big Cuban meals for my housemates, and finding satisfaction through my work. Finding adventure will always be a huge driving force in my life, but I just have to work a little harder to find it now. And I’m up for the challenge! 

What do y’all think about The Morning Fresh’s new look?

PS: Seriously, go look at this site on a smart phone — it looks so good now. 

Lookin’ Fresh – The Morning Fresh has officially joined the Trail Sherpa network!

Trail SherpaNotice anything different? After months of scheming, plentiful design changes, and countless hours spent chatting with a very patient Tim Miner – the big switch has finally occurred: TheMorningFresh.com has officially joined the Trail Sherpa network of outdoor bloggers. The process of making the leap has been in the works since last fall, and I am honored to be part of such an excellent group of outdoor experts. This is the start of somethin’ big, folks! 

Welcome to the new and improved TheMorningFresh.com!So what’s new on TheMorningFresh.com?

First of all, kiss those obnoxious ads goodbye! I have to admit that for the first year or so of running my blog, I didn’t even realize Word Press was sticking clunky ads at the bottom of all my posts – they do a sneaky job of not showing them when you’re logged into your account. Trail Sherpa helped me ditch the unwanted advertisements, giving you a sleek and uninterrupted experience on the blog.

Your browsing experience now features a responsive site design thanks to Jessica, the head Trail Sherpa site designer. No matter what device you’re visiting TheMorningFresh.com from, your visual experience will be vastly improved and seamless. Everything from the homepage header to the logo will adjust to optimize your viewing.

Check out the new logo! I’m proud to say I designed that myself, and am looking forward to exploring ways to apply it across all of The Morning Fresh’s social platforms. What do you think of the new logo? I think it plays well into the sleek, simplified new design style.

And there are many more surprises to be released in the upcoming weeks! From excellent new recipe and review templates to a Premiere Protein giveaway, TheMorningFresh.com has a lot of tricks up our sleeve. Now that the switch has finally been completed, it’s time to overhaul my content and catch you up on all the adventures I’ve been embarking on while I traveled through Joshua Tree National Park, Red Rocks, and more.

Curious about the Trail Sherpa network?
Click here to meet the rest of our outdoor crew, including my good friend Dave Creech.