"Hiking is my therapy. I am a psychologist and work with individuals who have experienced trauma. Hiking is my self-care and the challenge helped me hold myself accountable for scheduling time in my week for myself.
This was especially important this year with the stress of the pandemic. I rewarded myself at the end by buying a sterling silver necklace with an eagle pendant. I have occasionally been lucky enough to see eagles on some of my hikes and they are symbols of courage, strength, and focus."
What helped you stay motivated during the 52 Hike Challenge?
"Got encouragement from friends and family on social media."