Start Saying Yes

About a year ago when I was traveling often and alone, I started listening to the Dirtbag Diares. I know, I know, I was a little late to the party, but made it nonetheless! As an outdoorswoman, I was immediately hooked and inspired. One of my favorite episodes, Start Saying Yes, really hit home and got me thinking.

For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast, this episode is about Katie Crafts, a woman with a stable job working in the private industry who was “fine” with her life, but after treating herself to a trip to Antarctica for her thirtieth birthday, she got a glimpse into a life that brought excitement and joy. As Dirtbag Diaries describes the episode as a story about what it takes to see the person you want to be, and then become that person. It starts with saying ‘yes’.

The goals and ideas of who and where we want to be differ for us all. I truly believe that we are only limited by our own decisions and constraints. Conversely, we have the option to take the opportunities offered to us or create our own.


My dad on top of his first 14er at age 61.
Mt Elbert, Colorado.

In the past year I have traveled so consistently that many people have lost track of where I actually live. For those of you out there that are still confused, I live in Salt Lake City. The majority of this travel was based around me working out of an office in California, an opportunity that I decided was worth the challenge, worth the distance from my friends, and worth the 5000+ miles on my Subi. In return, I met some amazing people, explored California extensively, and an experience that helped me grow personally and professionally. It all started from a simple question: Do you want to go work in California? And a simple, yet terrifying, answer: Yes.


Still one of my favorite moments of the last year –
Watching the sunset on Half Dome from North Dome.

Like Katie Crafts describes – if you want to start making progress towards becoming the person you’d like to be, then start taking the steps needed to get there. We all have our limits, so know yourself and then push yourself.

This will be uncomfortable. You will feel vulnerable at times. You do not grow in a comfort zone.

Things that have happened in the last year:
-Applied for a position and got the job.
-Applied for a position and did not get the job.
-Found a new favorite place.
-Ended a relationship.
-Started a new relationship.
-Visited Yosemite 4x – this is significant because 2 years ago I don’t think Yosemite was even a bucket list item because California seemed daunting and I just wasn’t sure if I was ready to deal with domesticated black bears and Californians – oh how things have changed.
-Gained 10+ new scars (thanks mountain biking).
-Became a dog mom.

Life hurts…at times. But then we grow. My advice would be to start reflecting on the things you are saying “no” to and why.

Two weeks ago we rode 27 miles on my 27th Birthday outside of Zion National Park which I proposed hesitantly thinking I wouldn’t be able to actually finish in one day. Jared assured me that YES we would make this happen – Lily included.


Mile 2 into the 27+ mile day.
The Whole Enchilada.
Virgin, Utah.

Go listen to Start Saying Yes because Dirtbag Diaries is a rad podcast and I care about sharing brainfood with you all –

Parting thoughts:
Download podcasts BEFORE you leave on a road trip.
Always keep snacks handy.
Go. Somewhere. New.


One thought on “Start Saying Yes

  1. Marilee says:

    You are so awesome! Loved your new post (Dad was beaming that his photo was in it and we both said what a wonderful writer you are!) Love you, Mom


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