A common theme lately for me is hearing myself and a lot of other people around me talk about how busy they are. If we are always so busy, what are we really getting done? I feel that way at least. Currently the reason why I feel ridiculously overwhelmed and busy is because a lot of things are in transition for me. On a personal note, my boyfriend was just here visiting me and his departure left me feeling very lonely and sad; so there was an element of gregarious self-inflicted schedule conflicts that I think helped to take my mind off the heartache.
The true reason why I’ve been so busy is actually very exciting! SheJumps is getting a giant REFRESH! A new website, new programs, new structure for all the regional coordinators, and even an ambassador program sponosored by Isis. I am very happy about all of this. I feel that 5 years of hard work is finally going to pay off and become something real, tangible, and earth-changing.
A lot of this has come from a wonderful woman named Tamra Geryk. Tamra had an organic SheJumps experience–you know, meeting SheJumpers, getting outside–no advertising was involved or pry for her participation. She has a great marketing and business sense (great is an understatement, phenomenal is more like it) and she is helping me put into dollars, cents, and real life so many ideas and visions I’ve had for SheJumps in the past.
So let me get back to being super, super busy.
Here is an awesome sunset pic I took from a brief trip to NM in January!
A new video featuring SheJumps supporters and the very essence of our vision, to get out there and DO something…Thanks to JGS Concepts for making this opportunity a reality!!
I have relocated to southern New Mexico, land of agriculture and mexicana radio stations. I am here recuperating my broken knee with my grandparents. This includes 6 a.m. breakfast and 8 a.m. bedtime. I don’t think my life has been this mellow since I was 10 years old, and even then I remember my mom packing me up for random road trips, one that ended with us fishing the Cimarron river and roasting hot dogs in the snow. Oh, the memories…
One thing about this place, only 15 miles north of Juarez, Mexico, is that it’s HOT. You DON’T leave things in your car, they will melt. So that gets me thinking of glaciers, and of cooler, dare I say, happier, times. (I am happy here but let’s face it, a summer with a blown knee is never going to be Fun.)
My camera is getting fixed, more photos from my awesome not-so-smartphone coming soon! Follow me on Twitter @freelancevida
Posted by Kim Kircher on her site “Strength from the Top of the Mountain.” She is a phenomenal writer and I am honored to have SheJumps make it to the VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE of what she does. Thanks for the support Kim!
Happy New Year! 2012 has got “Nowhere-to-go-but-up” (snow-wise) written all over it! So we decided to boot UP Suicide chute (or “Country Lane” as it’s known once you ski it) with buddies and awesome locals Laura Dewey (North Face Masters Champion) and J-Rey (Champion of LIFE).
View of Suicide or Country Lane from the road
The first pitch isn’t really that bad, but it’s super FUN! Ice/rock maneuvering…We’ll call it “Soft Ice.” Happy to have a whippet on hand…Crampons wouldn’t have been a bad idea…Vibram soles make me happy
A Pic a snapped with my phone…
Bottom of the chute
Self-portrait with my sweet new helmet (Thanks SMITH OPTICS!) and Little Cottonwood canyon in the background…
Dewey and J-Rey getting ready to drop in…
Laura snapped a pic of me making some turns in the surprisingly nice snow…Nothing moving either. Didn’t feel like I was running from a bank with money bags hanging out of my pockets and the cops on my back. Yeah, that’s what the Wasatch feels like right now (if you’re out there….)
I definitely wasn’t taking any pictures while I was semi-gracefully balancing my ski tips between rocks and trying to find a wide-enough part of the choke to put an edge in. It ended with a sweet little straightline over blue ice. YAY! SOMETHING EXCITING TO SKI!! Yeah, this picture definitely doesn’t do justice!
And, Dewey on the APRON making it look easy. Good luck at the North Face Masters, Dewey! AWESOME corn snow (January corn snow, that is) on the lower apron.
So yeah, everyone and their grandma apparently has skied this line. That’s OK, it’s something to ski that isn’t a crowded groomer or fingers-crossed-wind-buff…Might just have to go back tomorrow and do it again! A short, but great, mission. Now, if it could please snow, that would be awesome!
My younger brother turned 19 yesterday, Happy Birthday CHRISTOPHER! In honor of his birthday, ULLR brought us an additional couple of inches during the unsettled northwest flow that just passed over Utah. It was a cold day with not much wind; the light kept going in and out but with a soft sunshine glow in the background. I had a great time skiing with an old friend, Taylor, from New Mexico! We used to go to the same high school and we played in an orchestra together at Hummingbird Music Camp in New Mexico. So rad to connect with old friends, and especially on a serene, beautiful Alta afternoon!
The COACH of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Girl’s Freeride Team…
The ALTA PERUVIAN LODGE looking rather majestic
Getting to the good’s…Bring your A-Game and your rock skis??
But as you can see from Exhibit A & B, it was worth it!
Ran into MEREBEA, HUGE SheJumps supporter and general local badass!
And some “Ahhhhh” moments from the soft afternoon sunlight
Last run of the day…Taylor ripping it up!
We are hoping for another dusting of snow this weekend, but who knows! I hear it’s going off in New Mexico and that makes me really happy! My home state has been in a serious drought the last couple of years, so I’m glad my homies down there are getting some soft white turns in! I am gearing up for a BIG week of cooking for the local Doctor and his family, as well as a couple of other cooking gigs. Also trying to get the SheJumps.org merchandise online store set up, no lack of things on this girl’s to-do list.