photography courtesy of Clare Healy


My name is Carolyn and I am a 20-something year old. These past few years, I’ve had to deal with the loss of my brother, my dad, and a four-and-a-half-year relationship. For the longest time, I felt like I was in free fall, not knowing which way was up or down. I just wanted things to be still for one second. One second of peace. That’s all I wanted. This past October was a particularly bad time, but for some reason, I decided to do something different. I decided to go on a hike.

With that hike, I took the first steps towards showing up for myself. I took the first steps to embracing my imperfections, being vulnerable, admitting that I was not okay and rediscovering, who it is that I am.