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 […]

13 May 2016

Fear Friday: Camp in an Active Bear Area

When I arrived at the campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week to windy, cold weather, I was elated. Sure, it was not exactly camp-worthy conditions, but I was pretty sure that meant I’d have pretty much the whole place to myself. And, much to my delight, I did.

Last summer the majority of my […]

15 Apr 2016

Fear Friday: Public Speaking

According to The Washington Post, more people are afraid of public speaking than they are of zombies. ZOMBIES, YOU GUYS! Seriously, we’d rather risk having our brains eaten by the undead than talk to a bunch of totally alive people, who will probably not try to make hors d’oeuvres out of our hypothalamus.

It doesn’t really make […]

1 Apr 2016

Fear Friday: Submit to a Writing Contest

I started listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on creativity, Big Magic, this week during my long walks home from work. The audiobook is read by Elizabeth Gilbert herself so it feels like I have my very own personal, big-time author whispering inspiration into my ear as I struggle to make it up that last stupid […]

18 Mar 2016

Fear Friday: Learn How to Luge

As I was standing in line at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex, waiting to sign in for my Public Luge Clinic, I started chatting with the woman behind me. She told me that she’d taken the same luge lesson with her family the year before and had won a silver medal during the small ceremony they have at the end […]