Gettin’ more rad – A Holiday Card

Whoa.  It has been awhile since we have blogged.  So much so that I’m a little out of practice, the words not flowing as they normally would!

But the first week of 2018 is a great time to pick this back up.  How was your 2017?  Are you ready to not-so-gently close that door, or still hoping to linger in the glory of what was 2017?  As life would have it, the past year had highs and lows for both Eric and I.  Let’s get the lows out of the way:

  • I battled a boomeranging back injury for nearly 6 months,
  • Eric had to put up with me for a cranky 6 months,
  • We lost a dear friend, and
  • Eric tried coffee…and hated it.

Not bad, right? Highs – man, there are too many to name so I’ll keep the list brief by highlighting the most exciting!!

  • We spent an amazing three weeks in Spain, followed by a quick trip to Paris,
  • We got engaged,
  • I teamed up with Eric to complete my first mountain bike race,
  • We spent a month in California over the summer, working and climbing from the van,
  • We got a new van,
  • We hopped on a boat and spent a fun week with family in Alaska,
  • We had the best Halloween costumes, ever, period,
  • Lastly, we spent the winter holidays with our wonderful family, friends and the Wyoming mountains.

I hope, for all of you everywhere, that the ‘low’ list is short and the ‘high’ list plentiful.  Looking back, I remember writing a blog post around this same time last year, too – the excitement of a fresh year ahead with new goals to strive for.  I talked about positivity in learning and pushing personal limits.

As 2018 approached this past week, I thought a lot about what the year could look like.  While spending the week in Jackson, WY, Eric and I talked about our climbing and running objectives, relationship goals and how we can continue to grow as individuals.  But a certain theme continually resurfaced…the idea of “gettin’ more rad” in 2018.

The word ‘rad’ is not often used in my vocabulary.  I typically refer to the adjectives ‘amazing!’, ‘cool!’ and ‘awesome!’.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of rad is:
adjective | slang for “cool” or “radical”.
According to the Urban Dictionary:
adjective | an abbreviation of ‘radical’ a term made popular by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; still primarily used by people on the West Coast who find words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, and ‘tight’ to be tired and overused; ‘rad’ is generally considered to be a much higher praise than the aforementioned superlatives; also used as a general expression of awe.

Well cowabunga, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  And, with ‘rad’ coming from the word ‘radical’, let’s consider its definition now.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of radical is, within this context:
adjective | very different from the usual or tradition, extreme.

The word to note in that definition is extreme.  Beyond definitions, what has really been on my mind is…what does it mean to be rad?

In the outdoor world, the term ‘rad’ is used frequently.  That climb, that ride, that ski, that trail, that snow angel was rad!  And a lot of people are getting rad these days.  Thanks to social media, people have the ability to share their adventures with each other, one seemingly more extreme and rad than the last.  I know a lot of extreme people – they get after it and they do not seem to stop, continually pushing their physical and mental limits in the outdoors.  It is amazing to see what people can do and social media has become the driving force behind how these stories of radness are told.  Social media has, in some ways, become the campfire.


Yet, with more exposure to ‘radness’ on social media, on the television, in magazine publications, podcasts, etc., I have found that it is more important than ever to remember what it means to be rad.  What it means to be YOUR kind of rad.  We all know rad people of all varieties.  Some ski big lines, paraglide off of mountain tops, climb impossible looking lines in the alpine, or are wicked fast on a bike or on foot.  Some paddle board on the lake, practice yoga religiously, read more books in a week than I do in a year, or create art.

What is great about adjectives is that they are relative.

Yep.  The term ‘rad’ is relative with no other rad hobby or lifestyle being better or worse or cooler than the other.  I encourage you, and myself, to go forth in 2018 and be your version of rad with all of the positivity you deserve, with a big shit-eating grin on your face.  Wear that rad loud and proud.  Let 2018 be your most radical year yet!

Consider this blog our holiday card and yippee-ki-yay for 2018.  Eric and I hope you had a great holiday and are looking forward to what lies ahead.  It is certainly going to be a big 365 for us!  Until next time.

In honor of Toby – who had one last desert adventure in October 2017. 
We hope it was rad, buddy.  We miss you every single day.


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