All in Life

*Persist* It's not you, it's the straps.

<p> A half hour into a sandy 5.7-mile backpacking hike, J was struggling. She was sulking: feet fumbling, head down, arms limp and a yell of humorous (and not) dispair every hundred feet. She pointed out every portion of flat land with tree cover along the way, "We could just tent here. They won't check."  </p>

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5 Things I Did Right In My 20s

I was going to make this long and funny. Instead, I’ll opt for short and sweet. As I reflect on the last decade, there are five things that I can say went well and mattered more than I thought they would.