Hi, and thank you for coming to my blog. My name is Kristi. I am not anyone extraordinary, but I feel I have things to share that could help others. I have struggled most of my life with low self-confidence due to PTSD and depression. I have stumbled along the way so many times, but I have also never gave up. I keep getting back up and I keep trying and I hope that maybe my story can inspire someone. Even if it is just one person, because every person is special and deserves to feel better about themselves.
This journey was born because my counselor asked me to pick my happy spot. I use it when counseling sessions are particularly difficult. It’s a place that I can go to when I shut my eyes. It’s a place that makes me happy. I picked the Y on the side of the mountain in Provo UT. I lived there for about 2 years back when I was 19. I hiked that mountain one time with a group of friends. We went late in the day and I really thought I was going to die on the way up there. I wasn’t physically fit like everyone else. But I kept going, too embarrassed to fail. When I got up to the Y and picked my spot on the white paint rock, I finally caught my breath only to lose it again as I looked over the valley and saw its beauty. I realized at that moment that I had accomplished something wonderful that I never thought I could do. So, it is the perfect happy place. It elicits happy memories and was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. As the sun started to set over the western mountains, the lights in the valley started to twinkle and it was like seeing a bowl full of fireflies. I will NEVER forget that.
I decided that for purposes I can’t fully explain that I want to do that again. I want to hike that mountain again to show myself that I can do it. Problem is now I have gained so much weight. I am on a journey to get healthy and fit enough to climb that mountain. I have set a date for September 4, 2021. I have about 14 months. I will say that I am having weight loss surgery sometime this summer (2020) to aid me in reclaiming my body and my health, but I am still going to have to work hard to get to the point that I can hike that mountain. I already have several friends that will be joining me on that hike and I will not let myself down.
So, join me on my journey that will be physical, mental, and spiritual all at the same time and I hope that it may help you to set a goal and achieve it as well.
Donations to go towards travel and lodging
I will get to Utah no matter what, but if you would like to contribute towards the funds I will need to fly and lodge in Utah I would be extremely grateful. Any amount would be appreciated. If you donate $5 or more I will send you a custom bracelet.
What People Say
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss