New Publication: Roughing It…Sorta

Parks Canada oTENTikLast summer I had the opportunity to check out Parks Canada’s new oTENTiks at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park with my husband and 5-month old. As part of an assignment for Avenue Calgary, we spent the night in one of these A-frame cabins and enjoyed an absolute downpour and thunderstorm (and rainbow to follow!) from the comfort of a shelter. My article includes information about both the oTENTiks and Alpine Club of Canada hut system.

Read Roughing It…Sorta in the June issue of Avenue Magazine

The Reverse Bucket List

At the beginning of this year, as many people were talking about setting resolutions or goals for the year to come, I found myself reflecting a lot on 2013. So, as I planned my next blog post for Women’s Adventure Magazine, I had the idea of bringing a concept to that community that I had benefited so much from in the past: the Reverse Bucket List.

In 5 Tips for Writing a Reverse Bucket List, I walk the readers through the benefits of writing such a list, as well as five ways to make the process easier.

Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

Photo by Paul Zizka Photography.

Excerpt:

Benefits of Writing a Reverse Bucket List

At first it sounded like a fun, perhaps silly, activity, but the process of writing my reverse list had a profound impact on me. Here are just some of the benefits:

  • It gives you the chance to reflect positively on the past, and acknowledge how important certain milestones were to the direction of your life.
  • It gets you thinking deeply about the events and accomplishments that left you feeling happy and fulfilled.

Read the rest of the post here

tuja wellness and Running with Bears

tuja wellness

Back in February 2011, a friend of mine gave me a shout to help write and edit a few pages for a website called Healthy Living Canada. It was a small, simple website listing a variety of wellness resources and vendors in Canada. To keep this story relatively short, I came out of my first meeting with them with questions about their vision for the site, where they wanted it to go, and how they would go about doing that. We all realized the site could be much more. HLC brought an amazing Project Leader, Kyla Gaertner, on board to revitalize the site and build the business into a full fledged, nationally-focused website that is now called tuja wellness. After a lot of blood, sweat and tears, the site finally launched this past week!

I have had the pleasure of writing all the vendor write-ups for the Banff/Canmore destination, writing articles for the site, providing some general consulting and kick-starting their social media platforms. It is so nice to start tapping into my own interest in health and wellness and have a place to share my research and thoughts. I look forward to seeing tuja wellness continue to evolve and grow. You can learn more about the amazing tuja wellness team here.

tujawellness.com, as of May 2012.

Running with Bears

OK, I’m not really running with bears, but I recently wrote a piece for IMPACT Magazine about how trail runners can avoid dangerous encounters with wildlife on the trails! The Wild Run appeared in the May/June 2012 issue (pgs. 82-83). You can read the article in IMPACT’s digital edition or pick up a copy of the magazine at locations throughout Alberta and B.C.

Thanks for reading this update, and have a great week!

Ultra Awesome: Cover Story for IMPACT Magazine

Cover photo by Paul Zizka.

A chance meeting at the Alberta Magazines Conference back in March got the editor at IMPACT and me talking about local Banff athlete, Ellie Greenwood. Last year, Ellie won the World Championship 100K race in Gibraltar. She also came in 2nd overall in the Canadian Death Race, first outright in the Scorched Sole 50 Miler and the list goes on and on. But, this gleeful, modest, UK-born runner has never let those accomplishments go to her head. They just drive this woman, when otherwise she considers the sport of ultrarunning to be “fun” (yeah, if you’re a machine like her).

IMPACT Magazine featured Ellie on their July/August 2011 cover (photo by none other than Paul Zizka Photography). I was so elated to have the cover story; get to know Ellie and you just want to shine all the light on her that you can. You’ll discover, as I did, that she is a remarkable woman. So, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the magazine, subscribe to it, or read it online (sorry the formatting is a bit wonky, but the words are there!)

I’d love to hear your comments, so please Contact Me or leave comments below if you have any feedback!

Cover Story for Impact Magazine.