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Search & Rescue Found Me!

Search & Rescue Found Me!

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” -Henry David Thoreau

Hello Hiker,

Have you enjoyed walking a full day on a new hiking trail?  Exploring outdoors with a friend?  Pondered what would happen in case of an emergency?

I had a crush on a guy and we made a date to hike up a nearby, and very popular, mountain.  This mountain, literally, overlooked a housing subdivision and an elementary school.  Its the family friendly neighborhood.  There were no hazards in sight and I had been hiking all summer to prepare for a 32-mile backpack trip.  My friend and I packed up our daypacks and I laughingly told my roommate, as I walked out the door, “if we’re not back by 8pm, send out the search & rescue!”

Little did I know how fateful that quip would come to be that day.

Watch today’s video to learn about how my dayhike ended up with search & rescue coming up the mountain looking for me!

After you do, print this form – ICE for SAR – and let me tell you why, when, and how to use it.  I prepared this form for the safety of my friends and fellow hikers.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) for Search And Rescue (SAR)

This form is for solo and two-party hikers.  Usually groups of three or more will have the ability to send someone to get help.

Here are some of the forms highlights:

  • Hiker(s) is wearing – this is important to Search & Rescue to know if they’re looking for someone wearing bright (highly recommended) or natural colors.
  • I will be hiking – this identifies if you’re hiking alone or how many are in your hiking party.  It also shares how many adults, kids, and dogs are in your party.
  • Start and Finish Times –  this info lets your rescuers know what time you left and when you were anticipating returning. It tells them how long you’ve been on the trail.
  • Trail Information – where should they start looking for you?
  • Supplies I / We have – do you have layers to keep you warm?  food? water? something to mark your location?
  • Skills I / We are trained in – first aid skills are great skills to have!!  This also tells search & rescue if you, or someone in your party, has the skills to stabilize injuries.
  • If I’m in trouble – any grouping of 3 tells people that you are in trouble.  I have a BRIGHT  yellow poncho that stays in my daypack.  It can be used as a hasty shelter or it can be cut into 3 pieces and hung in trees for better visibility from the ground or the air.  If you can flag your location in a triangular area (hang flagging in a triangle shape with you in the middle).  Take a whistle and blow it in 3 loud bursts.  Keep your headlamp handy and charged and flash it in 3 flashes.  Search & rescue will know what these signals mean and come to your location.

In short, do your homework to secure that you stay calm and know what to do if you need to get help to you when your unable to get to them.  The more that you can give them a headstart, the better.

Tell a friend or family member where you’re going, when to expect you back, and how you’ll communicate that you are healthy and happy.  This form can be filled out and left with that point-of-contact or on the front seat of your car at the trailhead.  I’ve set it up so that you can trifold it with “ICE for SAR” up for those in the know to see.

I hope that you never have to use it.  I recognize that I was very lucky the day that I found myself in a precarious situation.  Watch  here to learn about my experience…..

Safe Travels Friend!

ps.  leave a comment if this is helpful to you or a friend.  Even better, share it with them!!



Squirrel!  (or… I need some freaking focus, how about you?)

Squirrel! (or… I need some freaking focus, how about you?)

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Hello Chipmunk,

What’s with all of the woodland creatures??  I have been desiring some focus and all I see (and chase) are squirrels.  In fact, it’s almost midnight the night before this blog post will go public and I just got off the phone with the the GoDaddy helpline.  As I was talking with the technician about my website, he asks “so what is it you sell?  What service do you provide?”  I was very honest and shared that this very answer has been eluding me lately.

I’ve been marketing for over 17 years and I can help you Rebecca.” – GoDaddy technician

“Well thank you, but if I knew exactly what I was doing… don’t you think I would be doing it?” – Me

My first advice to you, which you’ll see in the email you just received, is ‘get really clear on what you offer’ and then call me so I can help you get it done. You have a beautiful website, everyone needs help improving their life, and it appears to me that you have a grasp on what you want to offer. Get clear and call me Rebecca.” – GoDaddy technician

I mean, if the Universe is going to take a direct route to tell me what it is I need to be doing, and doing it pronto, then this midnight chat could not be more clear.

To that end, I’m going to hyper focus on what I want to offer, how I want to offer it, and what you will receive from my labors.  I’m pretty sure this technician, a big stack of books, a journal, some training and I are about to get really intimate.  I’ve been preparing to hyper focus my efforts with a little help from The 12-Week Year.  Have you used this style of focus?   I would love to hear from you!

There will also be some changes around here on my site and fewer, but more consistent, blog posts.  I’ve not been sitting idle in my silence.  I’ve been hatching a clear and intentional plan….while recognizing my penchant for squirrel chasing.   Ok, here’s more on those damn varmints and what’s changing around here…..



Sleeping Beauty (ok..she’s not really sleeping…she’s stressed out!)

Sleeping Beauty (ok..she’s not really sleeping…she’s stressed out!)

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Hello Sleepless Beauty,

Does your brain *POP* awake at an hour when the entire WORLD is still asleep?

Do you feel exhausted and no amount of rest, sleep, or personal TLC can rejuvenate you?

Feel like spitting in this test tube for me?

In 2016, I had a grand time making BIG life decisions and exciting changes!!  I was advancing my career, taking my relationship to new depths, and starting a new life in a small Idaho mountain town.  Here’s all that I did…

  • Accepted a promotion into a new job that I knew very little about and gained supervisor responsibilities.
  • Sold my ocean front home in Alaska.
  • Bought my new home in a small mountain town in Idaho.
  • Remodeled my beautiful new home.
  • Ended a 10-year relationship.
  • Started a tumultuous rebound relationship.
  • Lived alone for the first time in 10 years.
  • Said farewell to a dog friend.
  • Said hello to a new dog friend.
  • Built a whole new community of friends in a new town and a new state.
  • Quickly learned that I was in WAY over my head with my new job (funny they don’t mention that part in the interview).
  • Quickly learned that contractors can be tricky to wrangle into doing the job you’re paying them to do.
  • Quickly learned that I don’t like living in a beautiful, spacious remodeled home all by myself.

This is a LOT to learn in a short amount of time.  Soon I was exhausted, drained, completely listless in all activities.  It didn’t matter what I did, I could not rally the energy to be excited, enthusiastic, or motivated.

Here I was in a whole new town, new life, and new everything… totally drained by it all.

I had wanted to find a Naturopath that could provide me with a natural alternative to prescriptions for general well-being.  This lack of energy and lackluster existence gave me the boost that I needed to find her sooner than later.  I shared a very thorough family and medical history plus a list of life events from the past 6-months.  She truly listened and was insightful.  She offered that spending some time with a counselor may be helpful in my life transitions (she shared that the changes I had recently undergone were HUGE).

Funny… I hadn’t given myself credit for the major changes I had recently made in my life

She drew several vials of blood and then asked that I spit in a few test tubes.  Hmmmm….. ok

Turns out there are saliva tests that can provide valuable information regarding physical functions.  Turns out my constant state of fatigue was found in my poorly functioning adrenal system.  This accounted for my routine 3am wakeup, my fatigue, and my lack of general life enthusiasm.  Who knew that sustained stress, over a long period of time, could actually deplete your bodies response to stress?  (please note intense sarcasm)

Watch the video below to learn how you can naturally put your body back onto the path to health (ps, this should go without saying, but I am in no way a medical professional. Just a once tired and run down gal making a seriously healthy comeback).  In a world that hums on stress, takes pride in its various forms, and even sells millions of dollars of merchandise with catchy slogans regarding its ability to propel us into better living…..sometimes it literally and very effectively shuts us down cold.

Maybe Sleeping Beauty wasn’t burdened by the curse put upon her, but rather healed by the abundance of rest and time given to her body to re-balance its natural systems??


Thank You, Sweetheart

Thank You, Sweetheart

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou

Hello Beautiful,

I am a sucker for Valentine’s Day.  It started innocently enough in  elementary school.  Decorating one of my Grandpa’s cigar boxes (with the flip up lid) with lace, pink tissue paper, doilies, glueing on candy hearts, and then preparing my valentine’s cards for each classmate.   Did you do this?

This is the essence of Valentine’s Day to me, gratitude for my friends!!

This day that many call a “Hallmark Holiday” is admittedly a great venture in marketing.  The essence of today, to me, is the same.  I want you to know how very special you are and how wonderful life is with you in the world. Today’s video is a love note from me to you….  MUAH!!

My Go To List of AWESOME!

My Go To List of AWESOME!

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Hello Inspiration Maven,

The picture shared with this blog post is so very special to me.  In it my smile is big, its clear that I’m having a great time, and we are dressed for fun as we make our way to Samba dance down Main Street in the Winter Carnival parade.  What you don’t see is that I am on the verge of tears.

I am so present in this moment that I almost cry.

The music was fun, the thrill of what we were about to do was thick in the air, and I felt electric.  I was so very alive in that moment.  I credit this feeling of full body energy to some personal work that I’ve been doing.  Today, I want to share my “Go To List of AWESOME!”

These are the regular contributors to my daily headspace.  They bring me to the present and help me to see and be in the energy of the moment.

  • Wild Ideas Worth Living podcast with Shelby Stanger – Shelby interviews some of the most inspiring and bold adventurers that have decided to take the lead in their lives. Here’s a description in Shelby’s own words… “This podcast aims to be fun, informative and helpful. It’s about building a tribe of people who want to make more positive decisions in their lives, from the food they eat to the people they surround themselves by. It’s about taking a wild leap of faith and having meaningful conversations with people who have made it happen.”  Find it HERE or anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
  • NPR: How I Built This podcast with Guy Raz – Guy leads first person interviews with the movers and makers of what we live with everyday.  Starbucks, Angie’s List, Dell Computers and The Home Depot to name a few.  Talk about INSPIRING!!!  “Host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the movements they built.”
  • “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabrielle Bernstein –  Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”

These are just a few of the voices that I choose to fill my head, thoughts, and intentions with to make each moment special.  To recognize that each moment is rare and unique and to be lived to its fullest.

I’ll be sharing more of the AWESOME-ness as I become acquainted with them.

Until then…. Safe Travels and many special moments to you!

With Love,