Of Road Trips, Advocacy and Happy Trails

Of Road Trips, Advocacy and Happy Trails

Wow! 2017 got off to an exciting start for Barefoot Eco Outfitters! In January all hands were on deck to prepare for a road trip from Seattle to Park City, UT for our presence at the EcoLuxe Celebrity Luxury Lounge during the Sundance Film Festival. We were excited to...
There is a Place

There is a Place

I must admit, the recent political developments in the United States have set me on edge. I realize now that there was a certain sense of things that I perhaps took for granted; I believed that as a nation we were, all things considered, on a forward trajectory. This...
Coming Home

Coming Home

There’s a popular quote by naturalist and environmental philosopher John Muir that says, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” What is it about mountains? I think it’s partly having the experience of being utterly small and insignificant...
Dream BIG, and Step out in Courage

Dream BIG, and Step out in Courage

The last time we visited, we were fresh off an inspirational trip to Mt. Rainier which inspired our Mighty Mountain line of organic tees, beanies and scarves. Oh the grandeur of that mountain! That was an epic day for many reasons, and it invigorated us in a way that...
Finding your Mighty

Finding your Mighty

Where is your happy place? Where is the place that takes you back to yourself – that energizes and inspires you? For me, it’s the mountains. I’m lucky that living in Washington state, we are surrounded by mountains, and that in a matter of hours I...
Of Progress, Purpose and Potential

Of Progress, Purpose and Potential

Where has the time gone?! In the throes of entrepreneurship, I find myself wedged between wanting time to go faster, and needing it to slow down. There is so much I want to do, so much I have to do, and so many roses along the way I want to stop and smell! Do you ever...
Never Say Never

Never Say Never

My dad was what we used to call a stinker – a rascally kid and well, honestly, a troublemaker. Somehow back in the day, those random things he did to keep the local police department hopping were fairly innocent and not mean-spirited, but still, I’m sure his scrappy...
Always Worth it!

Always Worth it!

I was really tired the other day. REALLY TIRED. Normally, I have an excess of energy – sometimes it’s annoying, and sometimes it’s awesome. I don’t really understand that kind of fatigue, and it feels sort of confusing to me. I know that...
Springing to Life, Springing to Action

Springing to Life, Springing to Action

Wow, is it March already? Mid March at that? I feel like the new year just started! Whew! But that’s okay – that means that glimpses of spring are already inspiring a whole new season of possibilities. Outdoor adventures will be ever so much more...
Status Quo? Maybe No!

Status Quo? Maybe No!

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you! The start of a new year is funny to me; the old year closes out with a sunset as it always does, but when the sun rises again, it feels like more than just another day. At least this year does!...
Finding the Magic: Pennies from Heaven

Finding the Magic: Pennies from Heaven

I find pennies. A lot of them. Dimes too, and nickels and quarters, and on very good days even dollar bills. Oh, I know, we all find money sometimes – no big deal, right? But for me it is a big deal. When it went from random to daily, I knew something cool was...
Petrichor

Petrichor

Petrichor. Do you know what that means? By definition, it is “a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.” It’s a cool word (say it out loud – you know you want to!), and it’s...
Who Says?

Who Says?

I love words! I believe in the power of words to reach deep into our souls and inspire hope and courage and change. As someone with a degree in Literature, that’s not so surprising. And while mentioning that you have a degree in English at social gatherings is a...
Hands by Hands

Hands by Hands

Life is crazy sometimes. Like crazy cool. Like, “I never saw that coming” crazy. One morning at the end of March, (a morning that came too early, since I sometimes have to burn the midnight oil), I checked my e-mails on my phone in bed, trying to get my...
Finding Balance in Unexpected Places

Finding Balance in Unexpected Places

There are some who might say that I am in a state of perpetual motion, and on most days, that is probably true. Like many of you, I guess it’s just me trying to keep all the plates spinning in a way that’s meaningful to me; I am a nurturer by nature, and I...
Back to Basics

Back to Basics

This is one of my favorite photos. It certainly isn’t glamorous, nor is it the best composed shot, but it reminds me of when I’m happiest, which is in a comfy t-shirt, spending time outdoors. It’s when everything falls away; I’m at once relaxed...
It was a Very Good Year

It was a Very Good Year

I’ve just eaten my last forkful of Tofurkey (yes, you read that right!), and here it is December! How’d that happen? The year has gone so fast, and there is still so much to do, so much to learn! 2012 marked our first full year in business, which in...
The Barefoot Story

The Barefoot Story

Welcome! How do you like our new home? We’re super excited to have this new vehicle to provide you with an easy, breezy shopping experience, and a new home base to celebrate YOU! At Barefoot Athletic Company we’re all about community, positivity, and living...
Change is Good!

Change is Good!

Summer is well under way! I hope you are enjoying this time of year, and taking advantage of more opportunities to get out there and play! First our big news – Barefoot Athletic Company is getting a whole new website! We are so grateful for every step of our...
Musings from a Kayak

Musings from a Kayak

Ahh, summer! It’s a bit of a thrill to be able to walk outside for the first time without a coat – to feel the sun on your face and that little whisper of a breeze! As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I must also contend with what I refer to as “the Tyranny...
Wild and Precious!

Wild and Precious!

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This quote from a poem by Mary Oliver has always inspired something in me. Wild and precious. That’s cool! Sometimes as you go about your daily routine, work, school, bank, groceries you may...
From “Can’t” to “Can!”

From “Can’t” to “Can!”

I’m more comfortable behind a camera than in front of it. I’m also more comfortable expressing myself within the safety and security of the written word (edit, delete..!) than taking to the podium for public speaking, but that’s for another column. Recently Barefoot...