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Lately I've been feeling sort of empty. I get up early to bake and work in the kitchen, I come home and work on the business plans and financials for Thrive Community Kitchen and Cafe, I go for a bike ride or to another of my 3+ jobs, I come home and make dinner, go to bed, and start all over again. These long summer days are full! But I still feel empty. I am finding new ends of this candle to burn. Pouring my heart and soul into sustaining my business while also working to bring something profoundly meaningful to

One of these days I'm going to dig and post the photo I took of the first batch of cookies that I ever baked in Gunnison.  The cookies were awful. I mean, I'm pretty sure I ate them (read: one cookie sheet-sized smear of crusty weirdness), but it was not a successful bake. I asked google how to adjust for altitude and came up with a list of techniques. Reduce leveling, add flour, reduce sugar, etc. I set to work with some of my favorite recipes that I relied on in Tucson, but found that there really is not a

Thursday was a big day in the kitchen, preparing food for the holiday party for the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley. I made puff pastry and braided it around brie and fig jam, crostini with roasted butternut squash and sage brown butter, Scanga prosciutto-wrapped medjool dates, and platters of fresh, organic fruits and veggies, delicious cheeses, cured meats, olives, and nuts. Almost invariably we celebrate with food, and my heart sings when I have the opportunity to play a part in those celebrations. Even when they result in 14 hour work days. While you may think I'd steer clear of

I spent this past weekend with three of my most favorite women in the whole wide world. These beauties are strong, brave, and encouraging. They each shine a special light on my life that helps remind me what this journey is all about. We live in a time when social media is an undeniably significant part of our lives. Since forever, humans have presented ourselves to the world with the Ego. Each of us has a personality that guides us through daily interactions - that's the Ego. Useful. Necessary. Part of the human package. And now, with social media, the Ego

I'm still a little shaken. Nauseated, and so grateful. I drove my 2002 Chevy Astro Van AWD up to Crested Butte Mountain Resort this morning to assist in giving visitors an amazing experience on Ibis Cycles bikes. Toward the end of the 40 mile drive, I noticed the handling of my vehicle was a little off and there was sort of a grinding noise I hadn't noticed before. I had gotten a flat tire about a week ago and wondered if the repair hadn't held. I parked my car at the Outerbike venue, took a look at the newly repaired

I've really never been one for rollercoasters, but honestly that has nothing to do with this what I want to say, so let me get to the point. I've noticed in the last few weeks that I feel exhausted.  This exhaustion feels different, though.  I know what it's like to feel completely worked after a long ride.  This isn't like that.  I know what it's like to have full, productive days and collapse at the end of them.  Nope, not like that either.  I am emotionally drained. I have been allowing my happiness to ebb and flow with the tides of a

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The life around us, the life we are living, and the life we are sharing.  This weekend was nothing if not full of love and gratitude. Just after the nooner bell on Friday, Jefe and I hopped on loaded bikes and headed south.  The Ibis Cycles Tranny fitted with a Lauf fork and Jefe-made frame, seat, and handlebar bags is a weekend adventure machine!  Gold Basin Road took us to the Bambi's trail head where we pedaled and pushed through Hartman Rocks and over the west side of the Aberdeen single track.  Several miles of contouring and rolling dirt roads later,