A change of pace- Hiking the Appalachian Trail

I’m starting this blog to maybe eventually help out other people who want to give up everything for a few months and hike the Appalachian trail. I am planning to leave in March and have done nothing to prepare yet. This is my journey, and I will document all my progress and preparation in hopes that what I do can eventually help someone else who is thinking about doing it.

For me, hiking the Appalachian trail means giving up my jobs and my car and the house I rent to venture out into a new life and a new pace. It has been a dream of mine and I am now finally going to do it. I just feel like if I don’t do it now I will be sucked into the rat race and never be able to get out. I don’t want to be stuck. I don’t want to feel like I can’t do what I want in this life because I am committed to a job and to material things. Im going to have to give up a lot of what I have worked for to do this, but I just feel stuck. All I do i work and I can’t get ahead and Im constantly worried about time frames and money and car payments. Im just sick of it. I want something more. I know this isnt going to be easy but it is something that I need to do. First thing I need to plan are my finances, how much I need to save and how much I can save realistically. Then I need to sell my car, possibly get a new car for much cheaper so I wont have a huge car payment. Next is getting gear. And then planning the trip. I cant wait.. And I hope you find this helpful if you stumble across this some day!

This article really gave me a new perspective on how I plan to live my life. Give it a read, it is quite eye opening.

http://yourfriendshouse.com/uncategorised/hunter-s-thompson-on-finding-your-purpose/

Day 3.

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Yesterday I was so sick so I didn’t quite have the energy to post anything. Since I have worked at express care I have not called out and even if I was feeling crappy I could make it through the day. Yesterday I literally felt like I was dying and knew I couldn’t make it . I am SO thankful for my awesome coworkers and for Natalie coming in to cover for me! I didn’t take many pictures yesterday except for this picture of my bracelet…. I feel like I was avoiding death so it is slightly appropriate for this post.

Day 2

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Today I am grateful for my awesome boyfriend who came with me to the laundry mat to keep me company while doing the laundry. I only have my iPhone to take pictures with and am inquiring buying a new camera but need to save up some money first. He bought me this awesome iPhone photography book to help me with my iPhone camera skillz in the mean time. So here are some pictures I took while at the laundry mat and I did some editing just with the regular iPhone setting and they actually came out looking pretty neat 🙂

Day 1.

365 gratuity photo challenge 🙂

Day 1: After a year of having you in my life you get to be number one on this list because you have helped me change so much. You could not of come at a more perfect time. You gave me brightness in my darkest times. I can’t thank you enough for just being your crazy quirky self. I am so glad I found such a crazy ass dog that always keeps me on my toes. I was not in a good place, trying desperately to transition from one life style to the next and failing time and time again. No matter how many times I messed up you still loved me unconditionally and lit up my darkest days. Thanks baby kora. I love you with my whole heart and am SO grateful we were brought together. You will never know how much you helped me, and still help me. I honestly don’t think I could have conquered any of those challenges without you by my side.

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