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Am I even allowed to post photos without my baby anymore?!?!
Mountain biking is one of the only times (other than when I'm at work) that I'm away from my son. I LOVE my time with my baby boy, but my time out here is needed too and I haven't been getting enough of it.
Despite filming a workout series for @iFit in Cappadocia, Turkey when I was eight-weeks pregnant, riding my bike while pregnant was no easy feat.
I stopped riding before you could really even had a bump! Those pregnancy hormones are no joke - they took the wind right out of my sails.
After Hudson arrived, I wasn’t sure how it would feel to get back on the bike. I was apprehensive, to say the least. - concerned that my lack of fitness would make climbs miserable, that my skills may have deteriorated into nothing, and my aggressive style would have faded away.
But ultimately, getting back on the bike was like putting a giant piece back into the puzzle of who I am.
For my top tips for getting back on the bike post-baby and more details about what the experience was like for me, head on over to my blog! Link in bio!
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Hudson turned 4-months last Saturday, the 4th of July, and my incredible momma turned 70!
We spent the evening in typical fashion with a small family gathering in my mom's backyard.
As a kid, we used to spend every 4th at our cabin in Vermont. Each year, my sister and I, would throw my mom a 'surprise party' in the loft above our garage. She always did a wonderful job feigning bewilderment as she entered the room.
In our house, the fireworks were always for her.
This year, however, the fourth brought a lot more introspection. I'm grateful for that.
I cherish the ideals in our Declaration of Independence, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But I’m now more aware than ever, that these words are not equally true for every American.
While there is no undoing the past, there is always opportunity to create a better tomorrow.
I've been thinking about this for weeks and have been trying to find words that don't sound hollow, but I don't think it's possible just yet.
I'll continue to relearn our history, study our missteps, and try to help our country become what it declared in 1776 - to truly create an America where the rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are equally available for all.
I've been spending a lot of time questioning why I use this platform and how I choose to show up here. A lot of the work I have been (and will be) doing, is work that must take place in private. It's a complicated process and I thank you all for staying with me on this journey.
Sending you all a lot of patience, love, compassion, resistance, courage, and strength.
It was a tearful bon-voyage on Wednesday when Jean-Rae (aka Mimi, aka my mother-in-law) had to make her return to New Hampshire.
Chris and I hit our threshold for doing this all on our own just before Jean-Rae arrived. Her visit was postponed for 2 months because of COVID but honestly, it was a blessing in disguise.
Hudson is at such a fun age right now. He’s learning how to roll, being a lot more vocal & smiley, starting to bat at objects, hold them in his hand and pull them in for a hug!
Once Jean-Rae arrived we quarantined away from my family here for two weeks and then got tested for COVID to ensure we were in the clear before seeing them all again.
She flew @southwestair who are still not allowing middle seat occupants, require maks, all their planes have been upgraded to hospital-grade HEPA filters, and the cabin air is exchanged with outside air every 3 minutes!
It took quite a bit of planning to figure out her travel, but since she could be here for a whole month, it was 1000000% worth it! We miss her already and are counting down the weeks until she can visit again!
If you have any questions about how we navigated the travel, please DM me. I’m no expert, but I have gone through it. I’ve also linked to an article from an epidemiologist, Erin Bromage, that I found very useful in our decision-making!
Link in bio.
P.S. - I still would not recommend non-essential travel. That term is vague and I'm sure some could argue that this trip was "non-essential," which is why were vigilant in our conduct.
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Happy first Father's Day, @chrishudak 💙 Hudson is so lucky to have you as his daddy!
I know it hasn't been the easiest transition to fatherhood. Between becoming a dad, a global pandemic, renovating a 10,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and doubling production output for @escapodtrailers, you've had far more than a full plate. But if we're being honest, easy isn't your style (or mine). Thank you for everything you do for our family. Thank you for your sense of humor (even when I'm not in the mood). Thank you for carrying Hudson on so many adventures in his first 3.5 months. Thank you for loving us unconditionally.
Chris, cheers to being parents for the rest of our lives! 🍻 There's no one I'd rather do this with than you.
P.S. - Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there, especially those of you who became a dad in these unprecedented times. ❤️ #balancedpursuits
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I know I'm not the only one who had no idea what Juneteenth was until these last few weeks. Not only am I embarrassed, I'm flabbergasted - shocked that our history books didn't teach us about this pivotal time in a more meaningful way, flabbergasted that Juneteenth is not a national holiday.
For those who aren't aware, Juneteenth celebrates this day in 1865 when news of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (given on January 1, 1863) and the end of the Civil War (April 1865) finally made its way to Galveston, Texas. More than 250,000 slaves were freed on this day.
Juneteenth should be a national holiday. History has seemingly been edited to fit a white-narrative that makes us feel good, but racism didn't end the day that slaves were set "free." For as much as we revere the end of slavery, the fact that Juneteenth is NOT a national holiday is just further evidence of how much work we have to do in the country.
We celebrate July 4th as the day America gained its independence, yet black people in this country were NOT free! If you agree that Juneteenth should be a national holiday, please sign the petition through the link in my bio!
First slide image credit to @cottonwood312
Second slide infographic from @aclu_nationwide
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We made it down to Escalante earlier this month for a 2-night camping trip while Chris's mom, Jean-Rae, is in town. We took our @escapodtrailers with a @gofsr rooftop tent and the whole family was comfortable. Although, Hudson did NOT sleep well after that 8-hour drive.
The next morning we ventured over to Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch for a near 5-mile loop through the slot canyons. Turns out, slot canyons are great for breast feeding! 😂 That said, I may have voiced a panicked concern about flash flooding despite there being bright blue skies overhead.
My anxiety postpartum has come a long way since the first four weeks and isn't nearly as bad as when I was pregnant. But it's still a drain on my energy and puts undue stress on my relationship with Chris.
I'm learning to accept that the anxiety is there, while not resigning myself to its existence. It's a daily process to become the watcher of my thoughts and to constantly question their validity - a skill that is proving to be very useful in more ways than one right now.
So grateful to be adding some adventure back into our lives and pushing my comfort zone again - though that threshold has been entirely redefined by motherhood.
How did your adventures change after you became a parent? Or did they stay the same? 📷: @chrishudak
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Hudson turned 3 months old last Thursday, June 4th.
3 months and the world has literally changed. Not just because of motherhood.
I'm filled with so much love for this boy and I'm fired up to raise him well! 🖤
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I am white and I am privileged.
It’s easy to say these words and know them to be true, but it’s much harder to understand what they actually mean.
When you’re white in America and spend most of your time around other white people, your privilege can seem invisible.
You see the challenges you’ve faced, the setbacks you’ve had, but you don’t realize that not one of them was because of the color of your skin.
I know I’ve failed to see this.
When you're not witness to overt acts of racism in your daily life, it’s hard to understand what racism is beyond the abstract. “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd spoke these words 16 times in 5 minutes, yet Derek Chauvin continued to pin him down by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. Chauvin's actions were completely unjustified and it has never been more obvious to me that had George Floyd's skin been white, he'd still be alive today.
You can't hide from reality when you see the hatred with your own eyes. It's impossible to ignore that racism is ALIVE in this country and if we’re not part of the solution, we’re part of the problem.
I’ve been a part of the problem.
We need to do more than “know” that racism exists in this country. We have to do more than just open our eyes & ears - we have to seek out knowledge & understanding. Then, take action.
This is my pledge to do so.
I have to be a better ally. I have to be more than “not racist.” I have to be anti-racist.
If you're still not sure where to begin, may I recommend signing up for @nicoleacardoza's email series on anti-racism. (Link in bio 👆) She's created a powerful daily email series with actionable information about anti-racism work. It has been invaluable. Should you sign up, please compensate her for her work via PayPal or Patreon.
Artwork by @tarnellisart 🖤
Black lives matter. #blackouttuesday
I will never get my body back.
And here's the reason why.
I will never get my body back because it never left my side.
my body's been my most loyal companion the whole time I've been alive.
It's put up with my craziest ideas and never stopped to question why.
It's survived bumps and bruises, scrapes and cuts.
It's healed torn ligaments and broken bones,
and it's never left me on my own.
Time and again, my body's shown up for me
and now it's done the ultimate feat.
It stretched and morphed, it opened wide.
It rearranged everything inside.
It softened, it expanded,
but it never left me stranded.
My body grew a human being
and for the first time now I'm seeing,
That I'll never get my body back because it never left my side.
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It's a big holiday weekend and with stay-at-home orders lifted in every state to varying degrees, I know a lot of us are eager to get outside!
The need to recreate responsibly has always been and always will be there, but it's heightened even more through this pandemic.
As some public lands open up for us to get back outdoors, join us in committing to get out there responsibly!
We have a shared responsibility to care for these places and ensure they remain for future generations to enjoy.
Click through for a quick guide on how to recreate responsibly. To learn more visit recreateresponsibly.org! (Link in bio).
I finally hung the finishing piece for Hudson's nursery: an awesome printed map of Denali National Park!
I got it from a rad small business, @VisterraDesigns, who donates a percentage of their profits to the National Park Foundation! What’s even more exciting is they’re giving away a print to one of YOU (plus a $50 visa gift card to get it framed)!
Before we get there, here’s why I chose this print for Hudson’s nursery.
Last June, Chris was in Alaska fulfilling a life-long dream to climb Denali when it struck him that he was ready to have kids. What he didn't know was that his absence brought me to the same realization. We were blessed to get pregnant quite quickly & immediately started to think about names. We really wanted our son’s name to tie back to the mountain.
Late one night I got a text from my sister who had been doing her research. She said, “in case it helps in your name quest, Hudson Stuck, Harry Kartsens, Walter Harper and Robert Tatum were the first people to summit Denali.” Hudson Stuck was a British-born Episcopal priest, social reformer & mountain climber. He & Harry Karstens co-led the first successful summit of Denali in June 1913 via the south summit.
So, there it was: Hudson.
At first, I thought Hudson Hudak was too much alliteration, but after saying it out loud a few times, it felt right. 😁 We can’t wait to explore our National Parks with Hudson and bring him to Denali!
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