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Having Fun with the Process

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Today make a single plan for your future. Something you’ve always wanted to do or somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Now get excited for what you can do today, tomorrow & the weeks or years ahead. Have this plan in the future but get more excited about right now. What can you do right now?

Someday you will look back and wish you spent more time thriving in the little moments.

When you thrive in today, you never have to wish you were somewhere else. It’s great to have goals but it’s even greater to have moments that mean a lot to you during the process.

This is where I am today.

Right here.

I’m always dreaming about the future and lose track of today. My “goal” right now is to make every single day matter while still having my exciting plans in the future. I will write down a list every evening of how I can make my next 24 hours fantastic and it will just be a fun little game for me.

Running, Photo Journal

Ultra Training around Mount Baker

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Becca and I are training for a 50k in December. Our schedule said to run 20 miles on Saturday so we pieced together a route that did just that yesterday near Baker. I’ve done pieces of this trail before but never in good weather.  This Saturday was absolutely perfect having this sunny day on the one day out of the weeks of rain ahead.

It’s crazy that just one year ago I was recovering from an ankle injury that kept me from running for months. Last November I started a little group that would run (just one mile a day) for every single day of November. I also was signing up for 3-5 mile trail races and finding it incredibly tough. I loved them but at the same I couldn’t see past the idea of just running that distance. 

I have always found the idea of running an ultra distance impossible. Now one year later and back to back half marathons in the mountains along with a couple 20 mile races, here we are! We have to run around 20 miles every Saturday followed by 10ish every Sunday and a couple runs during the week. It’s amazing what is possible for your body and what is possible for your mind when you truly want something. I am not fast, I don’t care about being faster, but I do care about experiencing joy on a long run. At this moment in my life, 20-30 miles is a long run. The joy I get from long days in my favorite places is exactly where I want to be and what makes me the happiest.  

 

Saturday we met at 5:30am to head towards Mount Baker. We started to head up the Chain Lakes trail which was breathtaking having Mount Shuksan behind us and Mount Baker in front of us. Then we trekked over to Ptarmigan Ridge for awhile before we saw a gorgeous green lake off to the left of us so of course we had to go there. After that we headed back to Ptarmigan on our way to the Glacial Route trail. Weather moved in so we made our way back to finish the Chain Lakes loop then to the Goose trail only to find our way back at the parking lot with 17 or 18 miles.  

Even though Becca had a bad ankle roll at the end of our day we knew we had to get 20. We made tons of loops around the parking lot till we hit 20 and that is always the best feeling. It’s hard to see that you’re almost there then settle for something below your goal.  

So there is beauty I’m finishing strong. 

There is beauty is the journey:) 

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

Here is Becca, Hamlin and Nate heading up the Chain lakes trail

📸: Nate Brown

📸: Nate Brown

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Becca and I on a little patch of snow on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

Runnable spaces. 📸: Nate Brown

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

We looked to the left and far this lake and so grateful we took a side trail to get a little close

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 📸: Nate Brown took this of me frolicking in the way back to Ptarmigan 

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📸: Nate Brown

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my favorite kind of trail

Gorgeous views of baker  

Gorgeous views of baker  

Layers  

Layers  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

Becca and I taking a look at the parking lot we still needed to run to.  

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PhotoBlog - The Enchantments in a Day

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This is not a trip report. I am horrible at specifics. I am horrible with numbers and names of peaks or anything in between. I'm also known as the "I just show up girl" in the sense that specifics often give me anxiety and cause me to run away from things. The more information you throw at me, the more I don't want to do it anymore. If you tell me to show up with a list of what I need, without much more detail then that, I pack accordingly and just show up. If you make it complicating - I feel pukey the whole day and find a bailout plan. 

This has been my longest day where running has been added into the picture. It was 20.75 miles and we finished in 8 hours and 10 minutes with 5000 some odd feet of gain (see I hate numbers) but it sure was one of the best days ever.

When I had loosely planned the idea of running the Enchantments in Leavenworth, it was about a month before I sprained my ankle in July of last year which took me off from running till November. That was freaking brutal and I had to put off the Enchantments for yet another year. So this summer it was going to happen. I thought more people would be able to join. Time went on. More "ideas" got added into the mix like adding a couple extra peaks and such....then BAM anxiety sets in...I don't know why this happens but it does. 

Anyway I ended up declining that idea because my boyfriend was coming on this trip (and he didn't expect climbing and never is able to join me) so at the end of all of that, no one else other than Derek was able to go. I'm actually super stoked that it was just him and I. When we are together, everything is just so easy. We love to run so that's a plus, we both are super easygoing, and he's completely encouraging the whole time. We just sort of mesh so well that we never have time to fight. We have so much respect for each other that everything feels right when we're able to get these date days. Yesterday was both he and I's first time in this area so we were just smiling ear to ear the whole time. 

Here are a bunch of photos from the trip!

Have you done this thru hike/run before?

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Mini Photoshoot with Yoga Teachers

I am not a photographer. I have a lot of to learn... but I have this business called Choose Mountains and I am too cheap to pay people to do take photos of my product so I end up doing everything myself. Through this process of taking shots that I need, I discovered how much I just loved taking photos of people and watching them light up behind a camera.   

This past weekend I had a few yoga teachers at my studio come together for some yoga photographs and had so much fun. Here are some of the shots from our morning together! 

 

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I would love to schedule some inexpensive photo shoots with any of you! Message me for details ❤️ 

Running, Photo Journal

You Better Step into this Moment

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This morning the alarm went off nice and late at 8am and I was excited because I knew I was running with my friend Becca today. Becca is probably one of the only people that can run at my same pace and have a full blown conversation with me for the entire run. I love that. She mostly runs on the treadmill and she wasn't sure about how her miles would translate outside so we decided to do a super chill run from Olallie State Park to Rattlesnake Lake. It ended up being about 6.4 miles or so. This is my 3rd day this week getting back into my running routine. I looked at my calendar and realized that I potentially have a full marathon in Bend, Oregon on April 22nd so training starts on February 5th. 

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I also have a trail running/yoga retreat with Run Like a Girl in March so I am really trying to get back into the routine of things. Today was AMAZING. It's so nice to be able to run again without pain (for those of you who follow me on Instagram, you're probably sick of my broken record happiness for this) but its true. I am head over heels in love with my healthy body right now. It's funny how we can take our health for granted. The second I get sick, I believe it's the end of the world and I will never feel healthy again...until you feel better and forget your random mini depression.. haha. I sprained my ankle this past summer and that to was another milestone to get through.

So we ran...she felt good, I felt good, and we honestly could've kept going but we thought that was enough for today. The rain was pouring on us for half the run and usually I'm not into that at all, but today was perfect. Directly after the run I had opened Facebook and one of my favorite people (Kerry Murphy) had a status update that was one of those mind-blowing truth bombs.

She said this:

“War be onto you if you're going into another year and wasting another year with the old mentality.
Somebody’s in the hospital begging God for the opportunity that you have right now.

You better step into this moment.”

 

Ummm...how perfect is that? How often do we forget how freaking good we have it? Even if your life, at this moment is not the way you want it....remember that there are others that are praying for the opportunity you have right now. So much truth to this. You have to ask yourself if you are really taking advantage of the gift you have at this moment. Too often - i see the opposite. I see people bitching. I see people wishing their lives were better then they are. I see a lack of gratitude for the simplicity that can be achieved once expectations are at bay. Running for me has always been a huge part of my gratitude list. I have heard that the one way to get out of depression is to focus on all the things you have to be grateful for. When you focus on the things you're grateful for, it takes away from the negative thoughts of "never enough". Anyway! short little blog for today but I wanted to share Kerry's quote and a few pictures from the trail today.

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Welcoming 2018 - Without Filters

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I recently stumbled across an old app where I used to write all of my blogposts for an old website that I had for about 6 years. I blogged at least once a week for 7 YEARS!!!!! I think people appreciated it a lot because I really just used it as an open journal of my life. This app had so many drafts from all of my old blog posts and I found myself reading through so many of them with a smile on my face. It inspired me showing up again on here.

It was called tiarefitness.com and then later changed to tiareexplores.com - it always felt that it either had to be a blog about working out (which I'm obsessed with so that was easy) or it was the beginning of my outdoor adventures. 

I talked about my explorations, my yoga challenges, my yoga teacher training, my alcoholism, my DUI's, jail, running, eating disorders, sobriety and then I deleted it. Just like that goodbye last 7 years. I have never been able to hold on to a real diary because once a chapter passed in my life, THE DIARY LITERALLY WOULD GET TOSSED AWAY too. It's just like clutter....it's uncomfortable just knowing that it's there. That's how my old blogposts felt after awhile...once my life had changed, it'd be "Internet Clutter".

My new goal for 2018 is to share my life with whoever wants to read about it (you bored mother-effers) and I'm not going to filter this. If you're here it's probably because you're a longtime follower or a close friend. I never spent time on my old blog "thinking" of what I should write on it. I never proofread anything and I'm horrible with grammar and I'll never try to sound poetic.

Side note from the previous blogs on this page....I am not vegan anymore. I never did it because I was trying to save all the animals in the world, I just have the most sensitive stomach ever so I was seeing if it would work for me. It doesn't at this moment - I am too lazy to make it work and I am not feeling sorry about it either. I always felt tired and I had real life daydreams about eggs. Sorry vegans! I still practice minimalism though. I moved in with my boyfriend last month and we have both been on this amazing journey or decluttering and only living with what is necessary. It has definitely been a work in progress.

 

2018 for me is about getting out of my comfort zone. What I see on the 2018 horizon is Hawaii in 10ish days, Costa Rica, a climbing trip in Cali, a marathon in Bend, a trial race in Smith Rock, and hopefully fingers crossed.....BALI. I am not sure if I will make everything work but that is not for me to overanalyze right this moment. I write this here to remind myself that these are the things I want right now. 

The Costa Rica trip is a trail running yoga retreat --I am nervous about it because I love to trail run but feel like I am slow and "not a real runner" if a lot of you ever feel that way...you get me. The thought of trail running with a bunch of stranger that may be crazy ultra runners makes my hair stand tall but I'm trying to push through that discomfort. I hate change....so I'm trying to welcome it.

I would like to do something this year that brings more people together...I am not sure how I'm going to make this work or if it will be mountains-related or maybe yoga-related. I am constantly spinning with new ideas but sometimes doing so makes me drop all the current spinning ideas which literally gets me nowhere. So this is on pause for now. Another thing I am doing is hopefully setting up more opportunities to create or take photos of people. It gets me down when living in Seattle means living in a constant downpour...but I'd like to make somethings happen soon. 

Anyway there is your update, internet land.

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Photos from Choose Mountains Shoot - Dry Fit Long Sleeves

Well HELLOOOOOO there Fall Season!

I took these photos a little over a month ago but forgot to post them on here. I was so grateful that my boyfriend Derek said yes to me as being a model for my men's long sleeves because he is oh.so.handsomeeeee. Don't you agree?

My girlfriends Crystal + Jasmine agreed to be my females for the product images and could not have been more thrilled to have these two beauties! I love choosing people that bring product to life. I don't want to ever get to stuffy in how I represent Choose Mountains in any way. I think it's beautiful to create my own company...then keep it real and close to my heart by photographing people that I already know, and people definitely love being out in the mountains.

We all come alive here and thats why I love these photos so much, I'm trying to set up times to get more people together for more photograph action but the rain here in Seattle has been holding me back. Please contact me if you would like to set something up!

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Welcoming Fall

Three months ago I had a bad sprain and was unable to do a lot of hikes and climbs I had planned this past summer. This made me practically crazy. Sometimes I would attempt a hike, which then would be followed by one or two weeks of having to restart my healing. I would ice and elevate every night and wear wraps and tape up for everything. I had to find gratitude that it wasn't worse. Eventually things got easier and I went through summer healing and finding my way back into a stronger yoga practice that I now see as a huge blessing. The last two years I have been teaching yoga every week more than I'd actually been taking yoga and it showed. Once yoga became my only form of exercise, I started to improve stability without pain quickly. 

I believe that having a more regular practice has helped my mental as well as physical state in order to get me back out on the trials. This brings me to now. Within the last week I actually did three different hikes! What a blessing and just in time for my favorite season of them all - Fall. 

This was my first hike back and it was mainly a scramble for half the hike, with a good amount of elevation gain with great reward:

I felt so inspired by that hike that a few days later my boyfriend Derek and I decided to go to a place in Rainier National Park called Fremont Lookout. This hike is avery popular trail so we went on a Sunday evening and got to watch the sunset behind Rainier, it was glorious.

The colors were starting to change and the views were incredible. This past Wednesday my friend Shelley asked me to come with her to a hike called Lake Valhalla. I have done this hike before for a Choose Mountains meetup but never saw a view because it was socked in and snowing the last time I'd been there so I was excited to go back and see the change of colors. Look at what a beautiful turnout this was:

Washington is one of the most beautiful places in the US. I can't believe that I got to do all of these hikes within a week with NO PAIN AT ALL. It's amazing to see the journey of where our lives take us and in this moment I'm just so happy to be able to experience so many things. I am hoping to blog more often on this site. Feels like home to me to blog again. I used to blog for 7 years so it's just so nice to get back into. I have more ideas for the future so stay tuned!