The Adventures Begin

First of all I want to thank everyone who has already read my first posts on Valentine’s Day. I have aspired to start a blog for a very long time and now that it is really happening… it really is my dream coming true. So here are a few things you can expect to find.


08-08-2020 while hiking Black Elk Peak Trail #9

1. Adventures

A passion of mine is exploring and experiencing new things. My adventures primarily take place around the Black Hills in South Dakota because that is where I live now! I am still excited to be home again. I will also be sharing content from when I travel. Upcoming adventures in 2021 include piece hiking the Centennial Trail here in the Black Hills, a backpacking trip in Wyoming and I’m hoping to summit at least one of Colorado’s 14ers this summer.

2. Poetry

I started to write poetry before I even knew how to spell things correctly, something I’m still not exceptionally good at….thank god for spell check. It has been an outlet for me my whole life and I have never been brave enough to share my work publiclly. I hope that by finally sharing my work with others it can touch someone’s life like all the poetry I have read has touched mine.

3. Life Tools

There are specific habbits/tools that I have learned to use over the years that make things better and easier for me. Most of these tools I have discovered through the various jobs I have had, from friends and family and then by reading lots of books. I will never share any tool that I do not personly use. Some of these include my weekly checkups on the 8 components of wellness. Methods I use to help with my anxiety. Goal setting and how I use a vision board to keep making consistent progress. And so many more.

My desk 02/20/21

4. Book of the Month

I LOVE to read. I attribute this a lot to my parents who would read books to me as a kid, would take my siblings and I to the library often and who were wonderful examples by being avid readers themselves. A personal goal of mine is to finish at minimum one book per month. Reading is my favorite path to inspiration and I will be sharing what I find along the way. Below are a few books that I have already chosen for 2021 and more will be included so stay tooned.

  • The Story of more by Hope Jahren (current book)
  • Get Out of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis (Completed in January)
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Yellow House by Sarah M Broom
  • Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  • Big Magic by Elizaceth Gilbert
  • How to Hide and Empire by Daniel Immerwahr

5. Loving Mother Nature

I personally believe each and every single one of us is responsible for the survival of our planet. We get to decide what we will leave behind for the next generation. I am looking for more and more ways to make my daily habits more Eco-friendly. One thing that I have already changed is I no longer use bottled shampoo and my goal is to eliminate plastic bottles from my life completely. My next project is to learn how to make my own yogurt so I can eliminate all of the single served yogurt containers from my shopping list.


Surprise Adventures will be eclectic just like I am. I hope to make you as my reader laugh, smile, ponder deeply and dream big. I look forward to writing more, with posts coming out on Sunday’s, Tuesday’s and Friday’s.

To see more photography as this journey continues please follow my Instagram by clicking on the link below.

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