The Unpretentious Reader

Monthly Archive: April 2016

Life lately, vol. 4 (Bryce Canyon)

Two separate weekends in March, I got out of Salt Lake and headed down to southern Utah for a change of scenery – first Danny and I went to Bryce, UT, and two weeks after that, some girlfriends and I visited Zion National Park. The weather was a far sight better than what we’d been getting in SLC last month, and sometimes it’s just nice to be a tourist in your own state. Here are some photos from the first trip to Bryce Canyon. Enjoy!

PS. All photos taken with my trusty Nikon D90.

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Living in Utah has so many perks, y’all.

Have a great weekend!!

Trying new things.

You’re never too old to try new things, amiright?

When I first started this blog a few months back, I set some goals for 2016, and one of those goals was to get mentally and physically healthy. I received a Fitbit for Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad!) and since January I’ve managed to get 10,000 or more steps each and every day. I also joined the gym where I work and went a handful of times….but I’m not a very good gym person. I know this about myself, and I accept it.

I basically hate all forms of exercise except hiking (which I even tend to hate in the moment; it’s really more of a hate/love relationship with all the love happening when I make it to the top of the trail, and not a moment sooner), so I’ve been on the lookout for new activities that will be both enjoyable AND a good workout for my body and/or mind.


New activity #1: YOGA!

I’ve always been envious of people who are extremely flexible, having never been one myself (I can’t even touch my toes without bending my knees a bit). I have friends who practice yoga, though, and they convinced me to come try it. I was intimidated due to the aforementioned lack of flexibility, and while it was definitely hard, I can say with all honesty that I really enjoy it and would like to continue. The biggest surprise has been the mental benefits of yoga – I can’t believe how calm and relaxed I feel after a yoga class. It’s hard to empty your mind during normal life, and I can see yoga as becoming the place where I get to do that each week.


New activity #2: CLIMBING!


I’ve only tried it a few times, but I think I like it. I guess I liked it enough to go buy a brand new pair of climbing shoes, haaaaaa. But really, I think this is a good activity for both mental and physical health. It is HARD – unbelievably hard – when you have zero upper body strength. And so far I’ve only been able to make it up half the wall (27 feet), and don’t even ask me to try to follow a certain route yet. So much of it is mental: fear of falling, fear of not being able to continue, feeling stuck, feeling like your arms are about to give out. I’m still struggling with all of that, but there’s this nagging voice that keeps telling me if I can just break through the mental barriers, this could be something I’d really enjoy. So for now, I’ll keep trying.


New activity #3: PAINTING!


Obviously this isn’t any form of physical exercise, but It was SO FUN that I’m counting it as a mental health activity win. My bff Tracy and I went to a painting class earlier this week and I enjoyed every minute of it, from the sweet college student artist who instructed the class, to the way everyone’s paintings managed to turn out beautifully yet differed so drastically in the end. It made me wish that painting supplies weren’t so expensive because I would totally try to paint more if it wasn’t such a colossal waste of money (for someone who doesn’t have any real painting talent, that is, haha). I would definitely take another class, though!

What new things have you tried lately??