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Hey y'all! My name is Brooke (b.happycamper) and I am a 27 year old practicing attorney. I've spent most of my life below sea level in Louisiana and now I'm living that Rocky Mountain high in Colorado. A little over a year ago I traded in my suit for hiking boots and never looked back!
Checking All the Boxes
So there I was, 25 years old, graduated with my Juris Doctorate (check), passed the bar (check), landed the "dream job" (check). It seemed like everything was falling into place. All of my boxes were checked.
The Truth Hurts
The truth is, I forgot to add happiness to that list. I thought achieving all of my goals would equate to happiness. But in reality, I was working all hours of the day and night. I couldn't turn off mentally and it began to affect my health. I was overworked and sleep deprived. My hair started to fall out from stress. I had hives all over my body. And waking up in cold sweats was a nightly occurrence. This dream job was beginning to seem like a nightmare!
The Leap of Faith
I knew something needed to change. I knew I didn't work this hard to be this miserable. So I quit the "dream job", opened my own firm, and set it up so I could work remotely from anywhere. Next, my husband and I bought a little camper with all that money we had been making that we never had time to spend. Then, we traded in two cars for one truck that would pull the camper. Finally, we downsized a three bedroom house into a 250 square foot camper. We sold everything that wouldn't fit. From opening the firm to packing up the camper it took about three weeks. And then we were off!
My first adventure in the camper was a three week long road trip through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. We eventually settled in Colorado where we have been a little over a year now.
Hiking Saved My Life
Now that I have a very flexible schedule, I have the free time to rock climb, reppel, and kayak. I will try just about any sport once, but most often I backcountry hike in Rocky Mountain National Park! Hiking calms my anxiety, helps me breathe, and helps me slow down enough to enjoy life again. The deeper, higher, longer I hike, the better I feel. I was in a very bad place when I discovered hiking as a healthy outlet for stress. I honestly think hiking saved my life.
What I've Learned
Big houses are just more space to clean. Keeping up with thw Jones's is overrated. The green grass on the other side of the fence is a trap! Money cannot buy happiness. And most of all life is too short to wait to live. Live in the moment, love hard, and always remember to be true to yourself and follow your dreams no matter how crazy people tell you they are!
The Mountains are Calling
My next few blogs will be all about my Rocky Mountain National Park adventures, so stay tuned! Just can't get enough? Follow me on Instagram @b.happycamper for my daily adventures and camper life fails!