On Mother’s Day, I received an anonymous gift. In side was a card letting me know someone was thinking of me this Mother’s Day, a beautiful necklace and a quote that was just what I needed at that very moment, and still use it to draw strength and encouragement from:
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”
Growing up, I’ve always loved mountains. Being raised in Salt Lake City, I was surrounded by beautiful mountains. My parents would regularly take our family camping in the mountains, and I grew up loving Yellow Stone, the Tetons, and other beautiful sites.
My Family- Mirror Lake- July 2014
But it wasn’t until college, while working at Jacob Lake Inn, that I really came to appreciate and love mountains. For 5 fall seasons in a row, I spent 6 days a week working as a waitress and 1 day a week hiking the trails of Zion National Park, Snow Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona and the Kaibab National Forest. During my 2 hour work breaks, I would go trail running in the forest close to the Inn, and I hiked Rim2Rim of the Grand Canyon 3 times.
Grand Canyon’s Cape Royal- May 2013
It was in these moments that I pushed myself to do hard things. These experiences gave me that drive to challenge myself and try new things and see beautiful, amazing and breath taking views and destinations (cue Hannah Montana’s “It’s the Climb” 🙂
I’m continuing to learn that life in its self is a mountain that we are climbing everyday, or maybe more like we are climbing multiple mountains with different experiences we have…. marriage, careers, family, goals, daily tasks, etc.
Not every experience is a trial, and each experience brings learning and new outlooks on life no matter how simple or drastic it is. With each trail in life, I’ve learned that my attitude and outlook has a lot of control in how much I take away from my experience and what I learn.
***BACK TO THE NECKLACE***
As you can see, that small act of kindness from whoever sent me the necklace and quote really helped me remember what I’m capable of.
I love this necklace, and it has helped mold my outlook on the kind of woman, wife, mother, and individual I want to be.
Colorado River- New Years Day 2018
Just because I’m not regularly plateauing Angel’s Landing, crossing the Colorado River while doing Rim2Rim or running through the Kaibab Forest doesn’t mean I’m not capable of conquering the mountains I have in front of me right now.
I can conquer every mountain I’m climbing right now.
I can take control of how I approach PCOS, and not allowing the symptoms to define who I am.
Hailame and I will be able to have a family of our own.
I am capable of disciplining myself to become healthier.
I will be a Mother… one day.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations…
and my road of life is beautiful.
love, hannah jane
p.s. If the wonderful person who sent me this gift is reading this, thank you for thinking of me, it was and is just what I need.