Some Days You Will Just Suck

Some days you will fail on your project, even though you’d been making progress. Some days you will fall off problems that you know are well within your ability. Some days everything will be hard. It’s easy to get in your head and blame yourself on the days when you suck. But it’s not your…

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An Oasis of Climbing in Joshua Tree

Driving into Joshua Tree National Park is like crossing the threshold into another world – and into a place of world-class climbing. From trad towers to chalked-up boulders, you can find something to climb everywhere you look. Nestled amongst the rocks are plants and trees that are determined to thrive in this unforgiving desert. But could…

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Love Doesn’t Give Up

The air felt heavy on Wednesday as I walked to the climbing gym. My feet moved forward, while my mind spun. I attempted to climb, because that is what usually helps me when things are hard, but it didn’t work this time. I lay on the mats, filled with sadness and fear. Thinking that maybe I…

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Climb Like a Girl

“Come on, you can do it! You got this!” The chorus of encouragement came from a group of awesome women sitting on the bouldering mats at BKB Somerville. Their shouts pushed me to make the move that I might have bailed on, saying “I can’t,” if I had been bouldering by myself. It’s always an…

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Becoming a Badass

This year, my only New Year’s resolution was to be a badass. I didn’t really know what that would mean when I made the resolution, but I knew it was important. I had a vague notion of wanting to be more confident and try things outside of my comfort zone. Turns out I had no idea…

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Focusing my Superpower

I see like a camera sees. Which means I don’t see how other people see. For a long time, I thought this was a disadvantage. I was born cross-eyed. Though I had three surgeries when I was young to correct it cosmetically, my brain never figured out how to fuse the separate images from my…

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I Can’t

I can’t. Yes, you can. This was the exchange that went back and forth between my belayer and me. And that often goes on in my head. Most of the time, I feel fearless. I’m not scared of heights, spiders, clowns or any of the subjects of the most common phobias. Sometimes, I even think…

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