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Mountains & Mindfulness

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  • Last weekend, I headed down to the desert for an overnight adventure with my friend, Steph. We only had one night to camp before I needed to be home to pick Chris up from the airport, so we set our location search to less than a 3 hour drive from where we live in Park City and began the hunt.

It was amazing how many locations we came up with: Bear Lake, Cave Lake State Park, Vernal, the Uintahs. We finally settled on an area northwest of Moab in the San Rafael Swell.

I grabbed my new mtb & climb gear from @backcountry, loaded up my bike, swooped up Steph and hit the road. We spent the night & day brainstorming about our businesses, getting a healthy dose of vitamin d, geeking out over numerology and enjoying a scenic mountain bike ride along a magical canyon rim.

It’s so easy to overcomplicate these outings. Having added simplicities into my life, like versatile gear from @backcountry, I didn’t have to question what to pack, I just grabbed it & went. It would have been understandable to say “we don’t have enough time,” “it’s too much work,” “we should wait.” But we committed to this adventure and the time away. We reconnected & recharged.

Sometimes the best adventures are in your backyard. Even if it seems like you already know what’s there, remember what Thoreau once beautifully said, “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Swipe 👉 for video & if you need some gear for your summer adventures, use code JENH15 for 15% off your first purchase from Backcountry.com! *exclusions apply* Link in bio.

PC: @stephaniedankelson #findyourbackcountry #sponsored
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#freetoroam #adventureready #adventureseekers #mtblife #uniqueutah #balancedpursuits #liveyouradventure #sunkissedskin #vitamind #mountainbikelife #girlswhobike #gopro
  • Last weekend, I headed down to the desert for an overnight adventure with my friend, Steph. We only had one night to camp before I needed to be home to pick Chris up from the airport, so we set our location search to less than a 3 hour drive from where we live in Park City and began the hunt.

    It was amazing how many locations we came up with: Bear Lake, Cave Lake State Park, Vernal, the Uintahs. We finally settled on an area northwest of Moab in the San Rafael Swell.

    I grabbed my new mtb & climb gear from @backcountry, loaded up my bike, swooped up Steph and hit the road. We spent the night & day brainstorming about our businesses, getting a healthy dose of vitamin d, geeking out over numerology and enjoying a scenic mountain bike ride along a magical canyon rim.

    It’s so easy to overcomplicate these outings. Having added simplicities into my life, like versatile gear from @backcountry, I didn’t have to question what to pack, I just grabbed it & went. It would have been understandable to say “we don’t have enough time,” “it’s too much work,” “we should wait.” But we committed to this adventure and the time away. We reconnected & recharged.

    Sometimes the best adventures are in your backyard. Even if it seems like you already know what’s there, remember what Thoreau once beautifully said, “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” Swipe 👉 for video & if you need some gear for your summer adventures, use code JENH15 for 15% off your first purchase from Backcountry.com! *exclusions apply* Link in bio.

    PC: @stephaniedankelson #findyourbackcountry #sponsored
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    #freetoroam #adventureready #adventureseekers #mtblife #uniqueutah #balancedpursuits #liveyouradventure #sunkissedskin #vitamind #mountainbikelife #girlswhobike #gopro
  •  856  53  19 June, 2019
  • Tired boy. I picked Chris up at the airport this morning. He’s been in Alaska for the past 17 days, pursuing a life-long dream to climb and ski Denali. He succeeded. I’ve never been so proud or happy for someone as I was watching him realize this dream.

Chris hopped a red-eye from Anchorage to Salt Lake City and landed at 7:32 this morning. Fitting that it’s on Father’s Day as Chris took my last name - my father’s name. My father, who is no longer here in the physical. My father, without whom, none of this would be possible.

They say it’s likely you’ll marry your mother (or father) and I most certainly married my father.

I married his childlike enthusiasm, his tunnel-vision in pursuit of his goals, his stubbornness, his affinity for toys (particularly of the sporting variety), his temper, his optimism (sometimes misunderstood as naiveté), his belief in me, and his love for me.

So very grateful for this man and the life we’re creating together. Welcome home. To all you amazing fathers out there and up there, Happy Father's Day. ❤️ You are appreciated. And to those missing your fathers on this day, I hear you, I feel you, and I support you.
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If you want to read the rest of this post and what Chris and I both independently realized while he was in Alaska, head on over to my blog. Link in bio. 👆
  • Tired boy. I picked Chris up at the airport this morning. He’s been in Alaska for the past 17 days, pursuing a life-long dream to climb and ski Denali. He succeeded. I’ve never been so proud or happy for someone as I was watching him realize this dream.

    Chris hopped a red-eye from Anchorage to Salt Lake City and landed at 7:32 this morning. Fitting that it’s on Father’s Day as Chris took my last name - my father’s name. My father, who is no longer here in the physical. My father, without whom, none of this would be possible.

    They say it’s likely you’ll marry your mother (or father) and I most certainly married my father.

    I married his childlike enthusiasm, his tunnel-vision in pursuit of his goals, his stubbornness, his affinity for toys (particularly of the sporting variety), his temper, his optimism (sometimes misunderstood as naiveté), his belief in me, and his love for me.

    So very grateful for this man and the life we’re creating together. Welcome home. To all you amazing fathers out there and up there, Happy Father's Day. ❤️ You are appreciated. And to those missing your fathers on this day, I hear you, I feel you, and I support you.
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    If you want to read the rest of this post and what Chris and I both independently realized while he was in Alaska, head on over to my blog. Link in bio. 👆
  •  1,145  95  16 June, 2019
  • “Do you have any idea how incredibly exhausting and narcissistic it feels to ONLY post photos of yourself to Instagram because those are the photos that 'perform well'?! Well sometimes it’s nauseating! And it sucks feeling like you can only be 'seen' if you’re posting pictures of yourself either in a swimsuit, looking exceptionally pretty or being excruciatingly vulnerable." These words from @sarahherron struck a chord in my heart.

Oh how Instagram has changed over the years... Or is it just how we’ve changed over the years? Falling victim to Pavlovian theory and adjusting our behavior to receive a reward in the form of “more likes”? My feed used to comprise mostly of landscape or action photos, capturing the essence of my adventures on my phone, on the fly. But as the years progressed and the makeup of Instagram evolved, I shifted what I posted in effort to keep up. It has burdened others that I adventure with, asking them to capture a photo of ME. Then I tried going and taking photos separately from my actual adventures, but that felt equally weird and slimey.

But the truth is, I have something to say, and my photos are the door sign inviting people in. “Not caring” about the photos in my feed isn’t the answer, but moving entirely away from what I love and find beautiful isn’t either.

So, in following in Sarah’s footsteps, here’s to taking (and posting) more landscape photos again (or food pics, or a flat lay, or a quote, or whatever our hearts desire) and being a little more aware of our choices than Pavlov’s dogs. 🐶 Can you relate?
  • “Do you have any idea how incredibly exhausting and narcissistic it feels to ONLY post photos of yourself to Instagram because those are the photos that 'perform well'?! Well sometimes it’s nauseating! And it sucks feeling like you can only be 'seen' if you’re posting pictures of yourself either in a swimsuit, looking exceptionally pretty or being excruciatingly vulnerable." These words from @sarahherron struck a chord in my heart.

    Oh how Instagram has changed over the years... Or is it just how we’ve changed over the years? Falling victim to Pavlovian theory and adjusting our behavior to receive a reward in the form of “more likes”? My feed used to comprise mostly of landscape or action photos, capturing the essence of my adventures on my phone, on the fly. But as the years progressed and the makeup of Instagram evolved, I shifted what I posted in effort to keep up. It has burdened others that I adventure with, asking them to capture a photo of ME. Then I tried going and taking photos separately from my actual adventures, but that felt equally weird and slimey.

    But the truth is, I have something to say, and my photos are the door sign inviting people in. “Not caring” about the photos in my feed isn’t the answer, but moving entirely away from what I love and find beautiful isn’t either.

    So, in following in Sarah’s footsteps, here’s to taking (and posting) more landscape photos again (or food pics, or a flat lay, or a quote, or whatever our hearts desire) and being a little more aware of our choices than Pavlov’s dogs. 🐶 Can you relate?
  •  730  69  13 June, 2019
  • Seeming confident is not the same as being confident. My whole life people believed I was confident, yet inside I was usually spinning loops about what others were thinking about me. Picking myself apart, looking to others’ reactions toward me as an indication OF me – of my self-worth, my value, my sense of belonging.

But confidence is an inside job. There is no external destination at which we arrive and suddenly feel “confident.” Confidence has everything to do with the thoughts inside our head. That’s why all different people of all different shapes & sizes can have confidence, while others of those same various shapes & sizes do not.

Someone in your “dream bod” or with your “dream job” or “dream life” or “dream relationship” can still have an internal dialogue of not-enough-ness and self-doubt. It only ends, when you make the choice to shift it, not when you finally have your dream bod, job, relationship or life. Change the internal dialogue first, reap the reward later.

Confidence can be yours without changing anything on the outside. xo

PC: @stephaniedankelson
  • Seeming confident is not the same as being confident. My whole life people believed I was confident, yet inside I was usually spinning loops about what others were thinking about me. Picking myself apart, looking to others’ reactions toward me as an indication OF me – of my self-worth, my value, my sense of belonging.

    But confidence is an inside job. There is no external destination at which we arrive and suddenly feel “confident.” Confidence has everything to do with the thoughts inside our head. That’s why all different people of all different shapes & sizes can have confidence, while others of those same various shapes & sizes do not.

    Someone in your “dream bod” or with your “dream job” or “dream life” or “dream relationship” can still have an internal dialogue of not-enough-ness and self-doubt. It only ends, when you make the choice to shift it, not when you finally have your dream bod, job, relationship or life. Change the internal dialogue first, reap the reward later.

    Confidence can be yours without changing anything on the outside. xo

    PC: @stephaniedankelson
  •  681  49  10 June, 2019
  • This is the first mountain bike season I've started out healthy in more than 2 years. An injury in 2017 followed by two knee surgeries in 2018 took an unexpected toll.

I *retired* from halfpipe skiing, in part, so I wouldn't get injured so much... But the universe had other plans. It had lessons for me. It asked me to find what I wanted despite what I was able to do with my body.

Patience. Acceptance. Freedom. Passion. Commitment. Flow.

All we can do is what we can do. My halfpipe career took too much of a toll because I stopped listening to what my body needed. I forced it to do more than it could tolerate. I wanted the end result on MY timeline.

Finding patience, acceptance, freedom, passion, commitment and flow in other areas of my life, allowed healing to happen for my body & soul. And here I am, once more. Feeling so grateful. 🙏❤️ Tell me something you're grateful for below!

P.S. - Bend is cool, I get the hype.

Photo Credit: @toddwilliamsusa
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#balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #deuter #hestra #mtblife
  • This is the first mountain bike season I've started out healthy in more than 2 years. An injury in 2017 followed by two knee surgeries in 2018 took an unexpected toll.

    I *retired* from halfpipe skiing, in part, so I wouldn't get injured so much... But the universe had other plans. It had lessons for me. It asked me to find what I wanted despite what I was able to do with my body.

    Patience. Acceptance. Freedom. Passion. Commitment. Flow.

    All we can do is what we can do. My halfpipe career took too much of a toll because I stopped listening to what my body needed. I forced it to do more than it could tolerate. I wanted the end result on MY timeline.

    Finding patience, acceptance, freedom, passion, commitment and flow in other areas of my life, allowed healing to happen for my body & soul. And here I am, once more. Feeling so grateful. 🙏❤️ Tell me something you're grateful for below!

    P.S. - Bend is cool, I get the hype.

    Photo Credit: @toddwilliamsusa
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    #balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #deuter #hestra #mtblife
  •  546  49  6 June, 2019
  • Want to join me in person for a hike & mindfulness workshop?? Join us on June 8th in Park City, UT for the Mindful MVMT Series!

If you're feeling disconnected from who you are and who you want to be in this world, always rushing from Point A to Point B … constantly referring to your never ending to-do list … living based on what everyone else is expecting of you … feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions with a million different requests day in and day out.

And at the end of it all, even when your to-do list is all crossed off, you’re EXHAUSTED from the constant hustle, the over achieving, the “always being on the verge of burnout,” the Mindful MVMT Series is for you.

We were in this place too, which is why we created this event - a movement and workshop series that helps bring mindfulness and focus into your day so that you can get back in the driver's seat of your own life and start living on purpose.

This process showed me a path where I once only saw obstacles. The tools we're teaching helped me pay off $45K of debt in 6-months, improved my relationship with my husband, and brought me to a place where I could leave my 9-5 job to pursue my passions.

Click the link in my bio to register and don't be shy to DM me if you have any questions!! Hope to see you there!!
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#balancedpursuits #mindfulnessmatters #mindfulmvmtseries #beautahful #naturemeditation #mindfulliving
  • Want to join me in person for a hike & mindfulness workshop?? Join us on June 8th in Park City, UT for the Mindful MVMT Series!

    If you're feeling disconnected from who you are and who you want to be in this world, always rushing from Point A to Point B … constantly referring to your never ending to-do list … living based on what everyone else is expecting of you … feeling like you’re being pulled in a million different directions with a million different requests day in and day out.

    And at the end of it all, even when your to-do list is all crossed off, you’re EXHAUSTED from the constant hustle, the over achieving, the “always being on the verge of burnout,” the Mindful MVMT Series is for you.

    We were in this place too, which is why we created this event - a movement and workshop series that helps bring mindfulness and focus into your day so that you can get back in the driver's seat of your own life and start living on purpose.

    This process showed me a path where I once only saw obstacles. The tools we're teaching helped me pay off $45K of debt in 6-months, improved my relationship with my husband, and brought me to a place where I could leave my 9-5 job to pursue my passions.

    Click the link in my bio to register and don't be shy to DM me if you have any questions!! Hope to see you there!!
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    #balancedpursuits #mindfulnessmatters #mindfulmvmtseries #beautahful #naturemeditation #mindfulliving
  •  601  38  3 June, 2019
  • I wrote this poem for my dad as he was battling leukemia and preparing for a stem cell transplant in 2010. I was 23. I think I wrote it for myself too. And every now and again, I need a reminder.

CONQUER YOUR EVEREST

Commit yourself to your goal then
Open your mind to all possible paths.
Never give up.
Question those who doubt you and respond with
Unrelenting focus.
Exert yourself in a
Regimented training routine.

You are your biggest competition.
Organize your efforts and maintain an
Unfailing belief in yourself.
Require 1% more each day.

Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
Vary your outlook.
Exempt yourself from excuses.
Resist distractions and
Escape restrictions.
Surpass others expectations and always
Test the limits.

What are you trying to conquer?

PC: @MOORE1488

#balancedpursuits #conqueryoureverest #yourlifeiswaiting
  • I wrote this poem for my dad as he was battling leukemia and preparing for a stem cell transplant in 2010. I was 23. I think I wrote it for myself too. And every now and again, I need a reminder.

    CONQUER YOUR EVEREST

    Commit yourself to your goal then
    Open your mind to all possible paths.
    Never give up.
    Question those who doubt you and respond with
    Unrelenting focus.
    Exert yourself in a
    Regimented training routine.

    You are your biggest competition.
    Organize your efforts and maintain an
    Unfailing belief in yourself.
    Require 1% more each day.

    Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
    Vary your outlook.
    Exempt yourself from excuses.
    Resist distractions and
    Escape restrictions.
    Surpass others expectations and always
    Test the limits.

    What are you trying to conquer?

    PC: @MOORE1488

    #balancedpursuits #conqueryoureverest #yourlifeiswaiting
  •  823  50  1 June, 2019
  • We almost turned around. For a few hours we had been navigating on a frozen crust of snow. No evidence of new snowfall or enjoyable skiing was in sight.

I found myself skinning directly uphill instead of making the traditional zigzags and kick turns that would be appropriate on a slope of this nature. But I couldn't stomp my feet into the surface hard enough to gain traction and I naively left my ski crampons at home.

At this point, @chutingproject  asked what I wanted to do. I looked at him and said, "I have zero attachments to what we're doing." It was easily misconstrued for wanting to stop, but really, I just had no attachment to the outcome. I was content, right here, right now.

I had drawn myself into the present moment. I stopped looking up at the additional 2000 vertical feet above us. I stared down at the tips of my skis. I thought about the rhythm and the movement of my body as I slid one foot in front of the other in a short stride maximizing the grip of the skins on the steep snow crust beneath my skis. I felt my heartbeat in my chest and tried to slow it down. I felt my breath as it filled my belly and my lungs.

Sure, we were a long way from the top, but we weren't a long way from here, from this moment. And it was a pleasurable one, outdoors on skis with friends. How easily we can create stress in the moment thinking about what could be - past remorse or future speculation taking us away from all we have - this moment.

One step at a time. One breath at a time, we pressed on. As we entered the bottom of the couloir, the snow magically changed. We found the snow line. We found powder.

The remaining 1500' to the Mt. Nebo summit at 11,929' remained expectation free. One step at a time. We stood atop the Wasatch Range, marveled in the conditions on May 25th and prepared for our descent. It treated us well. Thank you, mountains for always being my teacher.

Swipe for a video of the action and to see more from our outing!

PC: @moore1488
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#balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #deuter #hestra #thisisskiing
  • We almost turned around. For a few hours we had been navigating on a frozen crust of snow. No evidence of new snowfall or enjoyable skiing was in sight.

    I found myself skinning directly uphill instead of making the traditional zigzags and kick turns that would be appropriate on a slope of this nature. But I couldn't stomp my feet into the surface hard enough to gain traction and I naively left my ski crampons at home.

    At this point, @chutingproject asked what I wanted to do. I looked at him and said, "I have zero attachments to what we're doing." It was easily misconstrued for wanting to stop, but really, I just had no attachment to the outcome. I was content, right here, right now.

    I had drawn myself into the present moment. I stopped looking up at the additional 2000 vertical feet above us. I stared down at the tips of my skis. I thought about the rhythm and the movement of my body as I slid one foot in front of the other in a short stride maximizing the grip of the skins on the steep snow crust beneath my skis. I felt my heartbeat in my chest and tried to slow it down. I felt my breath as it filled my belly and my lungs.

    Sure, we were a long way from the top, but we weren't a long way from here, from this moment. And it was a pleasurable one, outdoors on skis with friends. How easily we can create stress in the moment thinking about what could be - past remorse or future speculation taking us away from all we have - this moment.

    One step at a time. One breath at a time, we pressed on. As we entered the bottom of the couloir, the snow magically changed. We found the snow line. We found powder.

    The remaining 1500' to the Mt. Nebo summit at 11,929' remained expectation free. One step at a time. We stood atop the Wasatch Range, marveled in the conditions on May 25th and prepared for our descent. It treated us well. Thank you, mountains for always being my teacher.

    Swipe for a video of the action and to see more from our outing!

    PC: @moore1488
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    #balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #deuter #hestra #thisisskiing
  •  1,180  63  28 May, 2019
  • Two weeks ago Chris & I climbed the South Ridge of Superior. It was fun to challenge myself again, to work on communication with my partner during a relatively safe but enjoyable adventure, and to rely on him when I got stuck. GASP! 😱 Did I just say that out loud?! Most of the climb was entirely manageable, but with the added weight of skis on my back and the awkwardness of crampons on my ski boots, one of the moves he made while leading was beyond my strength and ability… I just couldn’t do it.

I wanted to down climb about 15’ to a different ascent that I thought I might be able to do without Chris needing to pull me up by the rope attached to my waist. I didn’t want to try and slip; I didn’t want to fall. I didn’t want him to carry my weight. I wanted to do it myself.

But, why? Because our culture admires self-reliance. I’ve valued it and taken pride in it all my life. There's certainly something to be said for being self-reliant, but now we’ve tied this concept to our self-worth.

Sometimes our hyper-vigilance for self-reliance takes an unnecessary toll on our well-being.

I’m grateful to have a partner who is willing to pull me through difficult spots when I can’t do it myself. But I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay to lean-in, it’s okay to accept help when it’s offered, it's okay to ask for help when it's needed. You are no less worthy, your accomplishments no less valuable.

Chris encouraged me to give the move another go with him pulling firmly from above. So, I reached my right foot out, turned my knee in awkwardly, and positioned the point of one crampon spike into a tiny lip on the rock. I pulled through my arms and pressed through my leg as Chris tugged on the rope from his end. A few grunts later, I was there. PC: @moore1488
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#balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #climbforequality #hestra #deuter
  • Two weeks ago Chris & I climbed the South Ridge of Superior. It was fun to challenge myself again, to work on communication with my partner during a relatively safe but enjoyable adventure, and to rely on him when I got stuck. GASP! 😱 Did I just say that out loud?! Most of the climb was entirely manageable, but with the added weight of skis on my back and the awkwardness of crampons on my ski boots, one of the moves he made while leading was beyond my strength and ability… I just couldn’t do it.

    I wanted to down climb about 15’ to a different ascent that I thought I might be able to do without Chris needing to pull me up by the rope attached to my waist. I didn’t want to try and slip; I didn’t want to fall. I didn’t want him to carry my weight. I wanted to do it myself.

    But, why? Because our culture admires self-reliance. I’ve valued it and taken pride in it all my life. There's certainly something to be said for being self-reliant, but now we’ve tied this concept to our self-worth.

    Sometimes our hyper-vigilance for self-reliance takes an unnecessary toll on our well-being.

    I’m grateful to have a partner who is willing to pull me through difficult spots when I can’t do it myself. But I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay to lean-in, it’s okay to accept help when it’s offered, it's okay to ask for help when it's needed. You are no less worthy, your accomplishments no less valuable.

    Chris encouraged me to give the move another go with him pulling firmly from above. So, I reached my right foot out, turned my knee in awkwardly, and positioned the point of one crampon spike into a tiny lip on the rock. I pulled through my arms and pressed through my leg as Chris tugged on the rope from his end. A few grunts later, I was there. PC: @moore1488
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    #balancedpursuits #findyourbackcountry #climbforequality #hestra #deuter
  •  853  49  24 May, 2019
  • I have some super exciting news to share!!! I've collaborated with two brilliant coaches (@create_possibility_ & @stephaniedankelson) to bring a half day mindful movement workshop to Park City on June 8th!

Nearly everything I've learned about the power of my mind, I learned first by moving my body through space: on skis, on my bike, on my own two feet, hell, even on all fours at times.

These activities demanded a certain level of attention and awareness that was all to easy to tune-out in my day-to-day life. In the hardest moments (like losing my father) I could tap into this other place in my mind where everything became more clear, perspective was gained, and acceptance found.

But, I noticed a disconnect with how I was managing my mind while sitting in traffic, running late for work, feeling under *pressure* from family and friends, reading the news, arguing with my husband... It was fascinating.

It felt like I only had resilience amidst crisis, not in my every day life.

So I turned inward. I began observing my thoughts, asking who I was living my life for (hint: it wasn't for me), exploring what was driving and motivating my actions, questioning my need to always be right, slowly peeling back the layers on the life I had convinced myself I was *supposed* to live.

This is a daily process that I will continue for all my life and one that has greatly improved my days over the last five years.

I've wanted to share these learnings and tools in an in-person, experiential way for a while and I'm so excited to say WE'RE DOING IT!! If this sounds like something you're interested in, check the link in my bio (mindfulMVMT Series) or shoot me a DM! Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. Looking forward to connecting with you in person!! ❤️❤️ Photo by: @dylan.h.brown
  • I have some super exciting news to share!!! I've collaborated with two brilliant coaches (@create_possibility_ & @stephaniedankelson) to bring a half day mindful movement workshop to Park City on June 8th!

    Nearly everything I've learned about the power of my mind, I learned first by moving my body through space: on skis, on my bike, on my own two feet, hell, even on all fours at times.

    These activities demanded a certain level of attention and awareness that was all to easy to tune-out in my day-to-day life. In the hardest moments (like losing my father) I could tap into this other place in my mind where everything became more clear, perspective was gained, and acceptance found.

    But, I noticed a disconnect with how I was managing my mind while sitting in traffic, running late for work, feeling under *pressure* from family and friends, reading the news, arguing with my husband... It was fascinating.

    It felt like I only had resilience amidst crisis, not in my every day life.

    So I turned inward. I began observing my thoughts, asking who I was living my life for (hint: it wasn't for me), exploring what was driving and motivating my actions, questioning my need to always be right, slowly peeling back the layers on the life I had convinced myself I was *supposed* to live.

    This is a daily process that I will continue for all my life and one that has greatly improved my days over the last five years.

    I've wanted to share these learnings and tools in an in-person, experiential way for a while and I'm so excited to say WE'RE DOING IT!! If this sounds like something you're interested in, check the link in my bio (mindfulMVMT Series) or shoot me a DM! Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. Looking forward to connecting with you in person!! ❤️❤️ Photo by: @dylan.h.brown
  •  692  48  20 May, 2019
  • A few days before I left for Norway I was on a trip with the @backcountry crew and they posed the question “where do you find your backcountry?” I could feel my heart beating more heavily as my turn to answer the question neared.

For so long, I based my worth on my ability to push the limits on my skis. That was my backcountry. And while I still enjoy long & challenging days on my skis in the mountains, I’m no longer in pursuit of becoming the “best in the world.” I still venture into the literal backcountry on my skis (thanks @stoneclinic for fixing my knees), but I realize that MY backcountry has taken new form.

The backcountry is the unknown, it’s where we go to find our personal limits, it’s the place we seek when we want to connect with ourselves more deeply, it’s not defined to a single location, activity, or gnar-level.

These days, my backcountry includes the vulnerability of letting love in (hi 👋 husband), the scariness of venturing out on my own financially (see ya ✌️9-5), and the willingness to let the world see my flaws 🙊. So tell me, where do you find your backcountry?

P.S. - If you’re looking for some new gear to get out on your next adventure, use code JENH15 for 15% your first-time purchase + free 2-day shipping on backcountry.com! Their gear heads are amazing and can help you with any buying questions you may have! Everything I'm wearing in these photos was purchased on Backcountry, hard & soft goods. 💫 #sponsored #findyourbackcountry
  • A few days before I left for Norway I was on a trip with the @backcountry crew and they posed the question “where do you find your backcountry?” I could feel my heart beating more heavily as my turn to answer the question neared.

    For so long, I based my worth on my ability to push the limits on my skis. That was my backcountry. And while I still enjoy long & challenging days on my skis in the mountains, I’m no longer in pursuit of becoming the “best in the world.” I still venture into the literal backcountry on my skis (thanks @stoneclinic for fixing my knees), but I realize that MY backcountry has taken new form.

    The backcountry is the unknown, it’s where we go to find our personal limits, it’s the place we seek when we want to connect with ourselves more deeply, it’s not defined to a single location, activity, or gnar-level.

    These days, my backcountry includes the vulnerability of letting love in (hi 👋 husband), the scariness of venturing out on my own financially (see ya ✌️9-5), and the willingness to let the world see my flaws 🙊. So tell me, where do you find your backcountry?

    P.S. - If you’re looking for some new gear to get out on your next adventure, use code JENH15 for 15% your first-time purchase + free 2-day shipping on backcountry.com! Their gear heads are amazing and can help you with any buying questions you may have! Everything I'm wearing in these photos was purchased on Backcountry, hard & soft goods. 💫 #sponsored #findyourbackcountry
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