Stir crazy.

img_1618In five days it is supposed to be spring, but I live in New York, so to be honest we will be lucky to be snow free the beginning of April. With each passing day I am getting more and more stir crazy. I miss spending my weekends hiking and setting up a hammock in the woods to read or write. Hopefully before I know it those sunshiny days will be back again. Until then I will do my best to enjoy what I have, at least the end is in sight.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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Winter trails.

There is nothing like a morning in the woods to start a day off right. I have missed hiking and spending time outside more than I realized. This summer the trails were where I thought and I came to terms with so much of the madness and insanity I was battling inside. I found that I could be independent and challenge myself. That getting lost on the trail simply meant I needed to find the correct direction and continue to forge ahead.


Last winter, I ran most weeks but this year has been cold and wet so inside I have stayed. Today, that changed. I have always wanted to try snowshoeing, it seemed like such an interesting past time, and today I had my chance! Thanks to a fellow lifeguard I was able to borrow snowshoes and thanks to a friend I did not have to go alone.

We were fortunate to have a beautiful morning with the sun shining welcomingly through the trees and a path that was already broken for us. It was a perfect adventure for the new year, and something to check off my bucket list.

January continues to be full of wonderful surprises. Every day makes me wonder what is next, but that is something that only time can reveal. My hope, is that more snowshoeing will be involved.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Winter run.

Today was actually an acceptable temperature. Instead of the single digits we have endured for weeks it was a welcome change. Because of the cool temperatures I have refrained from running, and it has been a little sad, so today I decided I would run on my lunch. It was a nice change of pace. There were beautiful flurries in the air and the sun was shining just enough. I would never say it was an amazing run, but I was thankful for the chance.

I have missed spending time outside. After a summer of hiking I got used to the fresh air and the summer sun. I often find myself counting the days till the warm weather is back again. Unfortunately, this is New York so there are still plenty of cold days yet to come, but hopefully there will be a few more nice winter days for some outside fun.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Steadfast & thankful week 6

This week was nice because I was on vacation for most of it! It was nice to have some down time and sleep in most of the week. Unfortunately, I was not as productive as I would have liked, but sometimes relaxing is the best solution.

Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Day 34:
This summer was so full of hiking adventures and I am thankful that they recorded in my journal. It is so fun to look back at and remember beautiful summer days.

Want to read more about my hiking adventure?

img_3663Day 35:
Teaching swim lessons can be a challenge sometimes, but I am thankful for the excitement and enthusiasm of my students this year.

img_3664Day 36:
Although I had hoped
to do more than just 2 miles,
but I was thankful for not
running in the dark.

img_3691Day 37:
I am so thankful
that my Christmas
presents are
wrapped and
ready to go!

img_3695Day 38:
Being on vacation has its perks.
I was thankful to be a second
set of hands for my mom when
she needed me.

img_3719Day 39:
I am thankful for people who are equally as crazy as I am and wanted to do a Star Wars movie marathon with me. Just a few more days and we get to see the new one!

img_3730Day 40:
For once I am not
dreading Monday.
Thankfully I have
one more day of
vacation left!


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Hiking adventures.

In January I had high hopes for 2017, but they were quickly replaced with disappointment. Although, I have made the best of each situation that has come my way it has still been a rough year. So, in June with the prospect of summer on the horizon I needed a goal. I have always wanted to spend a summer of weekends hiking, I love being on trails, challenging myself and enjoying the outdoors.

So the solution was clear, I got myself an Empire Pass (a season pass to all New York State Parks) and set a goal of getting my moneys worth. The average park admission is $7 so with my $65 investment I had a lot of hiking to do. In total, I hiked over 10 times and let me tell you how cool I felt when I drove up to the gate and said I had an Empire Pass. It was like having a golden ticket!

Christi_Hiking post_4My backpack was supplied with the usual day hike things. Some minor first aid equipment, water and a snack or two, but I also had some wonderful extras. I never hit the trail without my inkDori stored in my backpack along with a home-made altoid watercolor kit, paintbrushes and some other journaling essentials. Most of the time I also had a thin, but sturdy hammock with tree straps, my Fuji Instex camera and my e-reader. What can I say, I like to be prepared for anything.

Christi_Hiking post_journal page_3Christi_Hiking post_journal page_2Rarely, did I hit the trail with a specific plan. All I knew was I wanted to be outside and moving. Each hike brought healing and made me stronger, both physically and emotionally. My favorite part of any hike was when I would set up my hammock and relax. Usually this was near the end of my hike and I used this peaceful time to read and journal, a few times I am sure I fell asleep listening the the wind or a close by waterfall.

There were a few times when my heart was heavy that I wrote and reflected in my inkDori and found peace. One of my journals was for my hiking adventures and nothing else. Within its pages are a record of a beautiful summer spent achieving a goal that seemed unreachable. I marked each hike with Instex pictures, watercolor, pressed flowers, and leaves. I saw so many beautiful sites and watched the season change slowly week by week.

Christi_Hiking post_2I love each bump and bruise my inkDori suffered from being carried in my backpack and used on the trail. Each time I look in my journal I am reminded of what I have achieved and how wonderful it feels to meet a goal. There are still pages left in my hiking journal that I am saving for another year of adventures. Who knows what the future will hold, but with each passing day I look forward to the next time I can hit the trails with my inkDori in tow.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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A quiet day.

There are days that I would love to get a lot done, today was not one of those days. I woke up so snuggly and warm I had no desire to get out of bed, eventually I did drag my self up and was productive. My plan was to go for a short hike today and I did eventually get out on the trail but I did not do much hiking. In fact, I doubt I did more than a mile.

What I did was relax. I set up my hammock, wrote in my journal, read, and enjoyed the sound of the waterfall in the background. I was not directly off the trail so on a quiet day like today this spot was empty. I wish the weather had been just slightly warmer, because after about an hour and a half I was cold so I decided to pack up. I am sure I should have done a few more miles, but I was so relaxed I just hiked back along the water to my car.

I am sure I should have done more. There is laundry to be folded and cleaning that should have been done. The list goes on and on, but I regret nothing because sometimes lazy days like this help to balance out the insane ones. Over all I did get a few things done today that I needed to and sometimes a little goes a long way.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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Trail 2A.

Fall is officially here. My hike today was a little chilly at times, but it was still a wonderful adventure. I managed to hit my favorite spot when the sun was out. It is strange to think about how much I will miss the little oasis off of trail 2B with its trees perfectly spaced for hammocks and sunshine filtering through the trees. It is wonderful place to relax, journal and read for a bit.

I am very glad I took advantage of the day. Being outside is always a good way to reset after a week with my face stuck to a computer screen. While I am on the trails my brain is able to look at things differently and find a kind of peace. Unfortunately, the peace does not alway stick, but it is always nice while it lasts.

Tonight I go to bed sore, tired, inspired and happy. What more could I ask for?

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.