Chase your dreams… no, really.

I finally decided to just do it. To just up and pack all my things, find someone to cover my lease, and drive across the country to my new home. With no job in place and no place to live, I still wasn’t worried. The excitement of getting to finally live in a ski town and live my dream by spending a whole winter season racing on my snowboard…. I just knew everything would work out. 5 months later, I won nationals! It was a dream come true…nat2017_181409I’m not exactly sure what my end goals were (or are)…. I mean, Olympics would be sweet… but all I know is that I’m having such a blast doing it. Life is too short for regrets!

I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life… I had dreams of being a news anchor… and a doctor…. a film producer… The world is at your fingertips… I started pre med in university, then junior year I decided I was too antsy to get out and explore and see the world, so I decided to drop pre med and just get the Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. 15 years less schooling gave me all the more time to see the world and live a life of my dreams!

I worked a few years as an engineer at start up medical device company. It was a great experience; I worked with some of the brightest people in the field and learned an immense amount of information. I was giving responsibilities that no recent graduate would be given at start up company in the neuroscience field. But it just wasn’t for me. I was not cut out to sit in front of a computer for 8 hours a day or work in a lab. Life is too short for me to work day in a day out from 9-5 (at least for now).

I feel blessed that I get to live the life I live. I was able to ride fresh powder every morning this winter, hike beautiful lakes and mountains on the weekends, and take time off whenever I desired for impromptu camping excursions and road trips. I still work, but I take on jobs that allow me to have the flexibility of creating my own schedule, and I realize I love it so much.

 

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Hanging Lake – Glenwood Canyon, CO

This place is such a gem… Hidden in Glenwood Canyon, CO, this hike is only 3 miles round trip (1200 feet of elevation gain)… It was formed by a geologic fault that caused the lake to drop  down from the valley above it; the lake literally split in two! It resulted in waterfalls and the beautiful dripping moss that hangs down from the upper part of the lake. Note: Hanging lake parking lot gets really crowded if you go in the morning, so go in the afternoon!

 

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Hanging Lake
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Ben being silly!

 

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Me being silly!

 

Grizzly creek is a great place to hike too if the hanging lake parking lot is full. There are little wooden houses, waterfalls, and a beautiful creek of course.