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Summit to Sea (S2S) organizes unique yogic retreat experiences, programs, and adventures for recreational, spiritual, and sustainable growth. S2S’s culture is all about living the practice of yoga beyond the mat, through a balance of connected-ness to nature, mindfulness in movement, wholesome foods, self-care practices, essential oils, breath and meditation, healthy relationships, community, and sustainability.

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The Importance of Post Partum Care...I Didn't Know, Did You?

Meg Tuazon

My mama was here for a week and a half, helping us move back into our home as we were out for three weeks due to a leak in our kitchen, which bled to the downstairs, etc... Needless to say, she was a huge help in moving us back in; cleaning, and cooking delicious healthy meals for us! There’s nothing like a mom’s help and love. And I haven’t felt that ‘taken care of,’ hands on by my mom in a while. Adulthood interrupts a lot of that.
In our final month (ish) of preparing for our little one, I am still diligently reading, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, practicing our hypnosis, and visualizing a healthy and safe labor. However, my main focus is actually my postpartum care.
While my mom was here, I lent her two of the books I highly trust and believe in, #thefourthtrimester by @magamamas and #thefirstfortydays . These books are the reminder of our shift in perspective and as a culture, so that the mama who just gave birth receives as much care and support as the baby does, for long term health and proper healing. I hear of so many women who forget this.
Growing a human for ten months and birthing is no small feat. This is probably one of the most impactful experiences a woman will go through; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This is where our perspectives need to shift from, ‘having to do it all,’ to ‘feeling worthy to receive support,’ nourishment and love from others. This concept goes back to our ancestors, where mothers and sisters collectively cared for the new mom. The need to get into your pre-pregnancy jeans is put on hold, so that mama can heal from the inside out. And it takes time.
This is why I am open to receiving all of the proper support I can get. And making sure those who are helping me are on the same page too. And this is why my postpartum doula, @nestlifewellness , my mom and I are all taking the five week online class on nutrition during postpartum. This class is extra special because my very knowledgeable and loving friend, @centehua.sage will be teaching this course. She will go over ancestral wisdom, proper nutrition during postpartum (and life beyond), herbs, tonics, Ayurveda, sustainable earth, and so much more.

All Natural Home: Goodbye Chemicals! Twenty New Products For Healthy Living!

Meg Tuazon

Oh my GOODNESS!!!! If you are looking to get rid of those chemicals, perfumes, and toxins in your home, Young Living is THE WAY TO Go!  I just had to share this article written by Vanessa Cunningham, from the Huff Post so you can further understand the importance of a chemical free home.

"If you thought the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you’ll be equally appalled, if not more, on its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.

There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of which are being absorbed into your body. These companies have cart blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without government review or approval.

This industry is highly unregulated. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.

Parabens. Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.

Synthetic colors. If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.

Fragrance. This particular category is pretty scary, because what does “fragrance” mean anyway? This term was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” But as the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash and moisturizers.

Phthalates. A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray. They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it’s added to fragrances (remember the “secret formula” not listed), a major loophole in the law. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes/colognes, hair sprays and moisturizers.

Triclosan. Tricolson is widely used antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor — especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. There also wasn’t enough supporting evidence that washing with antibacterial soaps containing triclosan provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products). SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.

Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s) preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. This chemical was deemed as a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) and has been linked to occupational related cancers: nasal and nasopharyngeal. It is known to cause allergic skin reactions and it may also be harmful to the immune system. It can be found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, eye shadows, nail polish treatments.

Toluene. A petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. You may see it on labels listed as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene. Toluene is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid exposure to toluene vapors as it may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Toluene has also been linked to immune system toxicity. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.

Propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as a skin irritant and penetrator. It has been associated with causing dermatitis as well as hives in humans — these sensitization effects can be manifested at propylene glycol concentrations as low as 2 percent. It can be found in moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays.

Sunscreen chemicals. These chemicals function as a sunscreen agent, to absorb ultraviolet light. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors and are believed to be easily absorbed into the body. They may also cause cellular damage and cancer in the body. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate. They can be found in sunscreen products.

It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. Be sure to: eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of filtered water and look for products that are certified organic if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals.

Educate yourself and do your research before you buy. Think of something you absolutely love, and the time and energy you apply to it. Use the same, when it comes to your health. You have one life to live and one body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may pay for it later in sickness.

-Vanessa Cunningham (HuffPost)

Young Living offers so much from skin care, to emotional care, essential oils, hair care, animal care, baby care, supplements, cleaning products, makeup, and so much more!  I am excited to announce that there are Twenty NEW YL products that have just launched!!!! I’m so excited! Check them out!

Charcoal Bar Soap
- Pulls out dirt and impurities w/o stripping skin’s moisture barrier
- Orange Blossom scented
- Cleanses and deodorizes body

Freedom Essential Oil Blend
- Calms the mind during nightly routine
- Promotes feelings of emotional freedom
- Helps with occasional sleeplessness or restlessness

Journey On!
- Herbacious and earthy
- Inspires what makes us unique
- Combination of 34 blends

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Berries
- Oldest grain varieties
- Lower gluten content
- Grind to make flour

Gary’s True Einkorn Flakes Cereal
- Lower gluten content
- Sweetened with organic coconut sugar
- Higher levels of protein and trace minerals

KidScents MightyPro
- Supports and maintains healthy digestive and immune system
- Promotes healthy bacteria in gut by colonizing GI tract
- Helps with bouts of constipation

Kunzea Essential Oil
- Clean, spicy, and woodsy
- Comparable properties to Tea Tree
- Helps soothe fatigued muscles

Lantern Diffuser
- Metal and Glass
- 11 light settings
- Runs 5-8 hours, 10 hours on intermittent

Maximum Strength Acne Treatment
- Maximum strength salicylic acid
- Prevents new acne, blemishes, pimples, and blackheads
- Willow Bark improves appearance of skin
- Aloe + Chamomile softens and moisturizes
- Vegan-friendly

Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
- Non-greasy, matte finish
- Prevents sunburn for ALL skin types, including sensitive skin
- 80 minutes water and sweat resistant
- Recommended by Skin Cancer Foundation

Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil
- Sandalwood, Jasmine, + Rose w/ Jojoba and Argan oil
- Removes impurities, makeup, and water-resistant sunscreens
- Antioxidants to improve skin texture and skin appearance
- Vegan

Mirah Lustrous Hair Oil
- Improves manageability, softness, and shine
- Leaves hair silky and glossy
- Minimizes frizz, flyaways, and tangles
- Vegan friendly

Orange Blossom Facial Wash
- Maintains healthy looking skin
- Removes dirt and oil from pores
- Reduces oily skin and surface oils

Orange Blossom Moisturizer
- Soothes, softens, calms, and moisturizes skin
- Non-greasy, non-irritating, non-comedogenic
- Controls excess oil and shine
- Hypoallergenic
- Vegan friendly

Savvy Minerals Cinnamon Infused Lipstick (5 Shades)
- Moisturizes, hydrates, soothes, and softens lips
- Adds shine
- Velvety, creamy texture

Savvy Minerals Primer

Mattifying Primer
- Mattifies and controls shine and oil
- Minimizes look of pores and fine lines
- Cleanses skin and reduces appearance of blemishes
- Non-nano ingredients, non-comedogenic

Hydrating Primer
- Smooths, conditions, hydrates, and moisturizes
- Creates smooth surface for foundation
- Minimizes look of pores, imperfections, and fine lines
- Non-nano ingredients

Savvy Minerals Kumuki Brush
- Gives medium to full coverage
- High quality fibers made in Italy
- Soft and easy to clean

Savvy Minerals MASCARA
- Infused w/ lavender
- Conditions, nourishes, and gives a naturally defined look
- Clinically tested for ocular irritation and safe for sensitive eyes

Savvy Minerals Multitasker (4 Shades)

Dark Brown// Tan// Medium// Light

Savvy Minerals Eyeshadow Palette
- Pressed powder
- Lavender infused with coconut oil and shea butter for smooth application
- Long-lasting
- Vegan

Shades:
- Ambition (deep charcoal shimmer)
- Timeless (mauve shimmer)
- Elegant (bronze shimmer)
- Chic (rose pink shimmer)
- Charm (cream shimmer)

Savvy Minerals Veil (2 Shades)
-Diamond Dust (shimmer)
-Matte (non-shimmer)

- Blurs appearance of imperfections, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles
- Gives skin an airbrushed look
- Minimizes appearance of pores
- Prolongs wear of foundation
- Vegan

The Third Trimester Is Here!

Meg Tuazon

The third trimester is here! Time has flown by, but then again, there are days that seem to last forever.
What anticipation there is, in counting down the days until it’s not just me, not just us, but three of us... What anticipation there is to meet this little soul, to gaze into another human’s eyes, knowing that I am a huge part of this beautiful creation. The love... oh my, the explosive love for another soul!! Pregnancy has opened my eyes to a whole other world of compassion and trust. Using my body as a vessel to bring ultimate life and health to another human takes work. And I thought I was healthy. It hasn’t always been easy to curb cravings or to nix out my usual splurges of treats or indulgences.

The self care train has kicked it up another notch. And now, I have to take it easy, more than I am used to or comfortable with, but baby has his own mission, so I am listening. (And here I thought I’d be climbing up until the end)! This yet another lesson of letting go of expectations and control... I am resting more. I am taking it slow. I am preparing for motherhood and a journey that will change my life forever. These moments are quite precious and special. I am taking it all in.
And dang, I miss wearing bikinis... thank you @jbrownarts for this fun desert photo shoot to capture our 28th week!Felt so good to let the buns out!
For those new mamas, expecting mamas and papas, or if you’re just curious in learning more ways to be a ‘Healthy Mama,’ I am teaching an online class at tonight at 7pm MT on a new FB group that will provide tips and resources for the parents to be, guardians and even family members. PM me if you’d like to be added to this group. The classes will be up on the group so you can come on whenever you'd like at your convenience. 

Mama to Be; Pondering Thoughts...

Meg Tuazon

I took an extra long hike today with Bean because I was feeling the call to cleanse my mind and be outside. I have been listening to so many podcasts and reading books lately that I needed to take a pause. As I walked through my moving meditation, I noticed the colors, took in the aromas of freshly rained on soil, listened to the birds chirping and the crunch in my steps.
Half of my long walk was in silence and the other half was tuned in to an online class I am participating in called, ‘Activate Your Inner Jaguar’ through @magamamas .
Activating the jaguar has to do with how we love, how we show up for relationships, how we parent, how we deal with money (or don’t deal with it), and how we do sex.
It’s juicy. I’m always drawn to deepen my inner work, as I strive to be a better human, for myself and for my relationships.

And now that I am prepping to birth a little human, I found the need to, ‘fit it all in’ but when in reality, this work is life’s work. It’s always going to be there, a constant update and check in to better myself.
Do you ever feel the need to get it all done? Cram it in? A lesson I hear from so many mamas and papas, ‘learn to let go of control and expectations once you have a kiddo.’ (Been working on that for some time, as a matter of fact), but ya... I am embracing this transition. .

Reflections from a Globe Trotting Gal...

Meg Tuazon

My Swedish friend, Sofia has been near and dear to my heart for thirteen years now and our stories of travel and adventure together run deep. There’s nothing quite like a travel companion; exploring certain parts of the world and unknown beautiful places just gets imprinted on parts of your soul and will never be forgotten.

We originally met studying abroad in South Africa in 2005. We studied, explored parts of Africa and discovered that we both had the itch for wandering the world. Curiosity, fun, and a sense of adventure was all we needed to decide that we would plan our next trip together.

A year later, we reconnected in Argentina with just our back-backs, our lonely planet guidebooks, and a tentative itinerary. We mapped out Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador,  Central America, and Southern Mexico. Plans were to work our way north and walk across the border, into San Diego.

We did just that. It was two Swedes and a girl from California; hoping buses, wandering village streets, eating local food, and immersing ourselves into as much culture as we could. 

After Ecuador, we parted ways for a month and a half so she and Anna (our other travel companion), could check out Panama while I ventured solo into Nicaragua and Belize to scuba dive and explore the underworld of the sea. We reconnected in Chiapas, and finished our journey up along the western coast of Mexico, finally walking over the boarder into San Diego.

And here we are now, having lunch just days ago in Austin, Texas as if not a day went by. Sofia now has a husband and two beautiful boys (a 7 and 4 year old). They currently live in Austin and she has yet, fulfilled another dream of hers (living abroad in the States). Sofia has always been one to set a goal, choose a dream,  and make it happen. This is why she has been such an inspiring friend to me.

And I love how we were just reminiscing (as we were on our way to pick up her boys up from school, trying to navigate the chaos of Austin traffic) and saying, “isn’t it crazy to think that all we had in South America was just our guidebook, our Fuji film camera, and our back pack? We would just find the timetable to the bus, land somewhere, and start wandering. There was no technology, no way to blog and post about our journey. It was just our ear buds, our journals, our deep conversations and our wild hearts. 

What a trip life is. My travel memories will always hold such a special place in my heart. And I can’t wait to watch these next chapters of life unfold. 

The journey never ends, my friends. 

The Travel Bug..

Meg Tuazon

Unpacking boxes to live in a home that is now 'yours' has been eye opening. You get to see every detail that you've collected along the way. And you can place it in what feels like it's permanent home now. Dust is an understatement. I have small items from travels along the way-from place mats from Bolivia, to vases in Thailand, duffle bag from Guatemala, plates from South Africa, and an inherited trunk from Nepal from my Lola and Lolo, are just to name a few. You could say travel is in my blood and my itch for #adventure shows all around. As much as this commitment of nesting feels overwhelming sometimes, I have vowed to myself and my partner that we'll always make room for travel. I can't wait for living a bit of the #vanlife at some other chapter in life where #livingsimply is just your toothbrush, your undies, your gear, your pup, and your #adventurebuddy
I'm ready to scope out more of what this world has to offer and I'm pretty stoked to be able to work on the road and chill under the big ol' colorful sunset sky!
Where are you off to travel next?

Rode Side Attractions

Meg Tuazon

I haven't been to the Grand Canyon since I was sixteen, while on a road trip with my mom, step dad and best friend. We backpacked down, set up camp (I sat on a cactus thorn), we survived a torrential storm, then hiked our way back up, the snow fall, welcoming us. I remember fiddling with my new (but old) Fuji film camera, adjusting the ISO and shutter speed to capture the 'feel' of the vast hole I was witnessing in the earth, something that the small lens couldn't seem to grasp. I felt tiny and the earth felt huge. It humbled me at such a young age, where this massive erosion was a clear example of our ALIVE earth and it's adventures like these, where I remind myself of our precious earth and why I want to stay good to it. It also gives me time to reflect...
🌄 Sixteen years later, the Grand Canyon and I meet again, this time a quick stop as I am simply en route, helping my sister and her husband move to Austin, ready to embark on a whole new chapter of their lives. Our time spent on the road, just her and I, was full of contemplation, life, and our memories as we were kids. Our differences were actually very much understood as similarities. And there's nothing like the open road that allows you to get to know someone even more than ever before. Our shared mama (my other mom since the age of ten), is an anchor to our love and I am so grateful for that. She is one of the strongest and most courageous women I know, and has been able to love each of us, three sisters, individually and together, all for our unique and authentic selves. Her heart is vast, quite like the Grand Canyon actually, never-ending. I guess our family blended together quite well after all, and despite life's transitions and challenging times, there always seems to be lessons learned and conversations happening, making our compassion and love for each other so much more real, and stronger than ever before.

10 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

Meg Tuazon

  1. Essential oils are not really oils. They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil.
  2. Essential oils are a excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations. Oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary.
  3. Essential oils are miniscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time – they simply offer up their healing properties and then pass on through.
  4. Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing. As a rule of thumb, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural. (Even if it says natural fragrance.)
  5. Essential oils are wholly natural and cannot be patented; which means that you’ll never see an essential oil in a pharmaceutical drug. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of mainstream healthcare practitioners will never recommend essential oils as therapeutic alternatives to drugs. More importantly, because essential oils cannot be patented, drug companies will not waste money studying them. This limits our scientific knowledge of essential oils GREATLY, and the majority of what we know about them are things that have been passed down through thousands of years of personal use and experimentation.
  6. Enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil. In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil. Still, can you imagine how concentrated essential oils must be, in light of how many plants are used to produce them?
  7. Always read application and dilution information located on bottle.
  8. If you are pregnant, please ask your Enroller which oils your should avoid.
  9. To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil (which is probably best to do before using it in a skincare preparation): Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, grapeseed, V-6 or coconut oil). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of your arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil.
  10. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children and avoid contact with your eyes. This is just standard safety precautions, but must be mentioned.  If oils get into your eyes, do NOT use water.  Water will intesify the oil properties.  Put a drop of carrier oil into your eye to slow down the absorption of the oil.  If you find that your skin is sensitive to essential oils, mix with a carrier oil.

And remember…as you get educated on the benefits of essential oils, don’t be fooled by low quality knock offs. At Young Living Essential Oils we proudly stand by our claim of providing only 100% PURE therapeutic-grade essential oils. Young Living's "Seed to Seal" and first time distillation process ensure the highest quality oil.  Other companies distill use second, third and even complete distillation producing a less pure and potent oil while YL distill oils one time.  This sets Young Living apart from all other therapeutic-grade companies.  This unsurpassed commitment to quality began with our founder over 20 years ago…and we still stand by it!

When Nature Called, for the First Time

Meg Tuazon

The first time I realized that I couldn’t live without a healthy dose of nature (most all of the time), was when I was 9 years old.  Our family and our close friends discovered a waterhole, a playground for water lovers, an oasis for play on the rocks and snowmelt rivers, just outside of our campsite, outside of Yosemite.  We ended up calling this sanctuary, ‘Raging Waters.’  It was a wonderland of natural pools, and perfect for anyone who loved water and rocks.  There was a slab baked slide (roughly 45 degrees) that we could splash water onto for us to slide right into a deep perfectly carved out pool, which set about 10 feet deep.  The waterfall across the way left you yelling loud, for anyone to hear you, and it’s torrential water power would flow into this same pool where the slab of rock spilled into.  The waterfall was strong enough to knock the wind out of you, but soft enough to swim underneath, only to find yourself challenged to dive deep enough, so you could greet the falls from the other side.  There was a comfortable seat that rested behind the raging falls, leaving you in a moment to feel quiet yet rejuvenated from the power of the falls blasting in front of your face, just inches away.  The feeling of satisfaction permeated into your skin and adrenaline of survival was so rewarding, this swim was addicting.  Your laughs would emanate through the echo of the power of the water and your families voices muffled through the cackle of the falls. Now this was a whole new world of what FUN meant.  
As we sprawled out on the rocks, swimming from one pool to the other, jumping from rock to rock, and warming our bellies from the sun kissed granite rocks, I remember lying there, my bronze tan getting a mountain shade darker, and my blond streaks almost turning white, I had this feeling of warmth.  This feeling of contentment and satisfaction that I was in a really safe place filled my soul.  I was in a place that was energetically giving back to me and I felt as if I was giving back to it.  Was this the feeling of loving the earth, the earth loving me and all that it had to offer?  
I remember not wanting to leave.  It was my new safe place, my fun place, a place where I felt present.  Nothing else mattered, nor distracted me other than my plan to jump from one rock to the next.  
Years later, my family tried to go back to this sanctuary, only we were never able to find it. To this day, I am determined to go back to ‘Raging Waters,’ and to say hello to my special place and tell these pools, thank you.  
Thank you for planting the seed for me to soak up the beauty that this planet offers.  And I promise to take good care it you….  

 

Climbing High...

Meg Tuazon

Yep, this is me taking a selfie with my go to blend of RC essential oil. I am standing at the very summit of Devils Slide in the back country just outside of June Lake after one of the longest treks I have done on my new split board. Yes, split board... You see, I didn't fully know what these were (nor thought I would actually experience them) until this year before my gnarly mountain man husband introduced them to me. They are skis that separate with skins on them that allow you to grip into the snow at an incline. Once you reach your destination, you take the skins off, link the skis together, turn the bindings, and now you have a snowboard.

5.5 miles later, cutting trail, legs burning (aka, falling off), and using the compass to navigate our route (which we only veered off slightly), my patience was wearing thin. I haven't had a breakdown moment in a while, but after my bindings weren't budging and my strength was weakening, and the face plant in the DEEP powder was sinking, I let out my scream! Yep, I had a mini summit melt down.  Luckily, the mountain basins surrounding us can hold a whole lot of energy and even in my most frustrating moment, I was reminded of the beauty surrounding me. This was when I took out my oils. I don't know if it was the combo of the 4 different eucalyptus blends combining with the fresh, crisp alpine air, or my deep breaths, or my honey cheering me on, but my energy kicked up a whole other notch.

We turned the final corner to reach our summit, only to find ourselves gazing DOWN our line (see left side of photo). Devils Slide was filled with fluffy powder and a whopping 30 feet wide framed with rocks. Our hearts fluttered with nerves and excitement. The chute was welcoming us down, with open arms! After we checked the snow stack for safety, made sure our Avalanche beacons were turned on (um, yes, we wore those detectors to find your partner and dig them out within a matter of 5 minutes
to save them), we plunged and we plunged hard! I forgot how tired my legs were because I was now dealing with the snow spray in my face. (Yes☺️)! The mountains were singing with us all the way down as our smiles grew numb on our faces.

This accomplishment felt SO good. I
never imagined I would be able to hike up and bomb down a mountain range like that before. My love for my honey was amplified (and I didn't think that was possible)!

This was just an example of what we can achieve when we set our minds to something and not allow fear to get in our way. This life is too short to say no to adventure or to opportunity that might make you light up in ways that you've never experienced before. It's how we CHOOSE to live and there is no one way better than another.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What lights you up? Have you tested your fear lately (physically, mentally, or emotionally?) What do you do to chill the hell out?