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Bend…Beer Mecca

For the longest time, I didn’t like beer. Because I was doing it wrong. Like most youngsters in the US drinking under the legal age of 21 (gasp!), I drank what I could get my hands on. Typically that was watered down piss masquerading as beer which guaranteed a blinding hangover. The first time I had…

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Beautiful Misery

Dramatic title, I know. Don’t worry. This isn’t about Kathy Bates breaking somebody’s ankles with a sledgehammer. (Shudder.) This post is about this other crazy bitch… Yep, you’re reading that right. Misery Ridge Trail. Most difficult. And, we hiked it. Wondering if the trail lived up to its name? I would have my ass and legs tell…

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The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Julie

Last month Abby Smith reminded us that we should never turn away from difficulty, that we should embrace it and learn from it to truly live. In my monthly series, The Life Enthusiast Chronicles, phenomenal people from across the globe chat about why life is so amazing. Today I’m excited to bring you guys this awesome gal in Paris I’m happy…

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Bloom Amongst the Gloom

I don’t write about positivity and life enthusiasm on this blog, because I think I’m an expert. I have crap days, I carry a bouquet of insecurities, and I wonder if I my life has purpose. And, I know I’m not alone. Common answers I hear from my incredible guest bloggers when I first ask them to write…

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The Love Spy

Maybe it’s because spring comes so early here in the Pacific Northwest, but lately, love has been happening all around me. Just this past week, I saw two different puppy love scenarios. At the local pub we visit often, there was a young couple across from us at the bar. They were nose to nose, talking and…