One thing I’ve learned through this divorce is how incredible my friends and family are.  It’s not that I didn’t know this before, but WOW, I am so lucky to be surrounded by numerous people who have looked out for me over the last 6 months, those near and far. Whether it’s been cheering me up over the phone, playing with their puppies, going on a hike (and I never hike), giving me legal advice, parking the van in their driveways (and running in before I shit my pants in the morning), doing laundry, using internet, mailing uplifting cards, helping me install solar panels, having me over for dinner, having me over for breakfast, keeping my truck parked forever in front of your house (hi Tim and Jaime), making me laugh, making me cry, rubbing cat bellies, going climbing, taking care of me when I got my wisdom teeth out (hi Mom, hi Jana), belaying me when you’ve already sent (what up Nick), throwing a going away party with PIZZA AND DONUTS! (what up Team RJ!), I am truly lucky to know you all.   I’m afraid to list everyone because I might leave someone off but I’d really like to give a shout out to Sarah Boman.  She has been a life line in my life and probably doesn’t even realize it.   Sarah- I couldn’t ask for a better friend, you are THE DEFINITION of a best friend.  I can never repay you for all you’ve done for me- especially when you made CAT CAKES!!!  Cheers to more cake in our lives.


Catlife, Vanlife 2017

After a very difficult start to the new year, I am embracing uncertainty and stepping out of my comfort zone far beyond what I thought was possible.  But when your husband walks out of your life one day what other option do you have but to stare fear in the face and hold your head high? I always tell the team kids, ‘you’re stronger than you think you are.’  So I keep repeating that to myself.  I think it’s starting to work 🙂  It’s interesting how all those little climbing mantras I’ve said over the years apply to every other aspect of my life.  Breathe. Relax.  Keep it together.  So in an attempt to keep my shit together, I will hit the road after youth divisionals to climb at some of my favorite domestic crags.  It’s quite the bittersweet journey.  I’ve wanted to live on the road for YEARS, I just never thought it would be under the given circumstances.   But as my friend Courtney reminds me: Fortune Favors the Bold.  So with two guard cats in the front seat…let the adventure begin 🙂