Photo: Raw Alignment Self-Care Challenge Day 5: Someone I Really Appreciate

Day 5 of the #RawAlignmentChallenge!

Today’s prompt is to post a picture of someone we really appreciate & share why we’re grateful for them. I reflected on this a lot, and I’d like to honor my good friend & herpetology expert Andrew Durso! We met when I lived in Utah, and he (& his partner Kendal) have been SO supportive of me, in many ways, over the years. I am so thankful for their friendship! Durso has been a level head when I needed advice and was an incredible beta-reader for Volume 1 of TEN THOUSAND HOURS IN PARADISE. If you like snakes, you should check out his excellent blog:

The affirmation of the day is: “I feel inspired, worthy and unstoppable.” And Durso and Kendal help bring those feelings out in me. Mahalo nui loa! 🌺 #selfcarechallenge

Andrew Durso in an igloo in Utah


Photo: Raw Alignment Self-Care Challenge Day 4: An Activity That Fulfills Me

For Day 4 of the #RawAlignmentChallenge, our call to action is to post a photo of us doing an activity that fulfills us.

Well, I *love* hiking & exploring new places. I also love climbing on boulders, so this photo encapsulates both! It makes me feel so alive to set foot on spots that perhaps no one else has & seeing life from a new perspective—both reasons why I love travel so much. #selfcarechallenge

Affirmation of the day: I am fully capable & ready to begin bridging the gap.

Andrew Crusoe at Arches National Park