Appalachian Trail, Come Back!

What’s going on everyone? I am doing well. The hubs and I are officially hikers (I guess?) and we recently hiked 12 miles on the Appalachian Trail this past Sunday. We didn’t see any critter like the other time, but there were some nice views once the fog cleared and a few people as well.

And lots of mud.

Me about to embark on the Appalachian Trail for a few! ©2020 DAMcGarrity

My husband and I recently started getting in shape and besides eating better food and drinking more water, we’ve taken up walking and hiking. We’re having a lot of fun getting in shape. I even came up with an official YouTube Channel name since the first one was Darlene A. McGarrity, blah blah blah. Now it is Sober Adventurer. I love it. Hopefully, they will let me have the name as I get more and more subscribers. I looked all over YouTube and the like for sober adventurers. I looked all over the hiking community for people who like to have fun and not drink.

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And hey, if you are a drinker, that is totally cool! I have no beef with you. But there are people who struggle for ideas and with concepts of having fun without drinking or getting high. I know this because I was once that person.

As I watched all the videos of hikers finishing states and taking Zero Days, and finding restaurants, I noticed how many of them were talking about alcohol, drinking alcohol – it made me fee kinda sad for anyone on the AT or other hiking that wants to unwind afterwards without alcohol.

As I still struggle to find my purpose and calling (I have been so many things including right now being in real estate school and also an internet DJ!) I always navigate back to nature, every time.

So, we hiked and hiked – came upon two overlooks – we stopped and started. We laughed and we kinda got snippy with each other. Not only are we exercising more but we are both doing NutriSystem.

The whole premise to my chaos is to be able to hike the entire AT from top to bottom (or bottom to top) at some point in my life. Completely sober. I will be posting a new video soon! So make sure you subscribe to my channel.

As always, thank you so much for reading my blog! Be well. )O(

Back from the Pandemic – onto Life.

Hey everyone! How are you doing? I am finally back from the pandemic… we were able to keep our home and business, and had to pool our resources in order to do so. I was keeping my attention on the shop and the home and so didn’t really have much time to blog or write. Didn’t even write for Medium really.

But now, that has changed.

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Since we have been back, our customers – who are super loyal – have been diligent in making appointments and getting tattooed. We love you all! I am now the shop manager, which means we have a system and appointment software. The shop is doing well.

My husband and I have started hiking… after a few years of just walking on trails in the woods and local parks and some spots at the Lehigh Gorge and maybe .01 miles on the Appalachian Trail right off of Route 611 last year, we walked about two (2) miles last weekend and inadvertently wound up on the AT. Two days later we went back to hike the AT for a bit longer – coming in right around four (4) miles. This time we brought more water but didn’t have proper footgear. We didn’t have any incidents, but yesterday I went out and bought hiking boots because I am serious about hiking. And I also bought a proper backpack. I had been using a little fashion pack to carry with me, but it is floppy and impractical.

We watched AT YouTubers last year and gave it a lot of thought, but with both of us working crazy hours and me being in school before, it didn’t make a lot of sense. This week, we are back to watching AT YouTubers and their journeys fill me with such joy. Especially Liz ‘Handstand’ Kidder, Evan, and also Dixie. Three great YouTuber AT people you will want to watch if you are interested.

Black Bear on the AT ©2020 DAMcGarrity

We have seen many critters on our travels, mostly some birds and bugs, a few deer and a snake or two. However, we were finally able to see a bear! Oh my, it was so exciting. As soon as we saw each other, we both froze… then he started walking again as I continued to stand still. I managed two pictures because I was so full of shock and glee. I keep thinking about that bear and it just fills my heart with peace and joy.

So, my husband and I have decided that we are going to start our own AT & hiking journey and possibly document it with video and blog entries. It is so close to my heart and soul of things I want to do with my life. And close to my husband’s as well.

What do you think?

One life.

Thanks so much for reading guys… I appreciate your support and love. Take care, hang in there, and let me know what you think in the comments!

Darlene

Reflection of the Day – Consistency (or lack thereof)

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Consistency is great depending all on how you look at it. I have a real problem with directional consistency and I am trying to change that. One ‘keep my ass in the seat and write’ moment at a time.

It has been brought to my attention that I am kind of all over the place with ‘what I want to do with my life.’ Is it possible I am going through a pre-mid-life crisis? Maybe. I am being consistent about my indecision, however. I really just do not know and there is no sense in asking people. All I get from people are standard ‘this is what I would do because my life is rooted in fear’ answers.

  • Get a real job.
  • Continue with administrative work.
  • Find a 9-5er.

Yes, all consistent ways of living… consistently BORING because I have done them all and I hate it. Hate it. Why are we telling people to live in ways in which they wish not to live? Because that is how we (if you are over 35) were raised to live and quite frankly, I disagree with it.

If you want to have an office job where you’re treated right and doing what you love, that is awesome. I am not job shaming anyone. It was something I aspired to a long time ago and it fit me well. But that part of me is gone now and I aspire to do other things.

How consistent are you when it comes to staying on task?

Farewell 2018

Hello and a Happy last day of 2018 to you all. It has been a bit of a crazy one as I am officially a published author now, I graduated college, and my husband opened his own tattoo shop.

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I am doing another giveaway on Amazon. Go check it out. I saw that some people claimed a prize and that makes me so happy!

https://www.amazon.com/ga/p/a86a2e1ad37eddb1

I truly wish love, happiness, and prosperity to every single human on the planet.

Here are some things I have learned:

Anger is not something my inner being ever feels. Anger is my ego. 

Love really does make the world go ’round.

My happiness is all my doing.

I get what I think about whether I want it or not. 

I am a product of my thoughts and I can change them whenever I like. 

Sobriety is the cornerstone of my existence. 

Stopping to help an animal on the road is always the right thing to do. 

Giving won’t kill me. 

Isn’t it fun to keep growing? I love so much that this journey of mine has helped me meet so many new and interesting people. We’re all in this together. ❤ I am so excited about the coming year! I will be releasing Consequences to all of my readers in 2019!

Always follow the road to your dreams… it might be a little terrifying, but you don’t know what the future holds unless you go for it.

Blessed Be.

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Twelve Years Sober

776eaf4719ddaa1fb1d210fa91a956e5_screenI might be guilty of bragging, but that’s fine. Some things are worth bragging about every day. Being clean and sober is one of them. It might be difficult to understand if you’ve never been on the giving or receiving end of this type of hell. That makes you fortunate.

But, I am fortunate, too.

I am fortunate to have been through hell and come out filthy on the other side. I went through all that shit to make me a stronger person and to help others get through their own version of hell.

That is what this life is all about. Helping others. I don’t get to give up because as much as I might want to, or as much as I might feel my life is all my own and that it is no one else’s business what I do, that is an inaccurate statement.

I am doing this whole Law of Attraction thing and though it feels like nothing is giving and nothing is sparkly, I am learning that I am still on my path. I am learning that despite once feeling guilty about everything that ever happened to me, I am okay. I am the master of my universe. I am the creator of my life. I have a vibration that attracts things. The essence of that which is like unto itself is drawn.

I used to write about my sobriety here but stopped because I was busy with other things and there were already so many great websites and blogs about living sober I figured I would be better off helping people in other ways, and so I did.

If you are going through it, keep going. You’re going to be okay. If you need help and have to where to turn, go to one of these links to get started. AA NA

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