30 Jun 2016

4 Steps to Prepare for Your First Ever Solo Backpacking Trip

Four years ago, I read Wild, the memoir by Cheryl Strayed about her time solo backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,600-mile long trek that stretches across the West Coast of North America. I thought to myself, “Hey, I should do that!”

And then I promptly hyperventilated because WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING?? I can […]

9 Jun 2016

5 Reasons to Blog that Have Nothing to Do with Money or Free Stuff

I recently started editing some of the super old posts on my blog — posts from seven years ago, back when I had no idea there were these things called “blogging rules.”

One of the so-called “blogging rules” is “Don’t write a 3,000-word post with exactly 3 grainy photos in it.”

Not surprisingly, all my […]

25 May 2016

Life Lessons Learned While Solo Camping

The solo camping trip I took to Sleeping Bear Dunes a couple weeks ago marked the beginning of my third year of successfully camping on my own and totally not dying. Granted, I did spend half of the trip cowering in my car, freaking out about bears. But, still, I’m not dead!

If anything, I’d like […]

4 Feb 2016

5 Reasons to Go to A Writer’s Conference Even If You Hardly Ever Write

I know, what you’re thinking. Me? Why would I go to a writer’s conference? I don’t have a finished manuscript. Or even anything resembling a manuscript. I just have a couple dozen little stories on my computer. Half of which I refuse to even look at because I wrote them a billion years ago and I’m […]

27 Aug 2015

The Solo Traveler’s Guide to Avoiding People

I know what you’re thinking.

“But, Sally, if I’m traveling alone, shouldn’t I want to meet people, not avoid them?”

To which I respond: Umm, okay, if that’s your thing.

And if that is your thing, there are tons of really helpful, informative blog posts out there all about how to meet people while you’re […]