And the journey begins….


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  ~Howard Thurman

I’m a mom and I’m a birder.

Passionate about both.

And undeniably passionate about life.

My love of birds started at an early age and has engulfed me for decades.  Lots has happened in my life over that time. Through the ups and downs, family and friends have always been there, and thankfully…. so have the birds.

This year, I’m planning to use my passion for birds as a tool to reinvent myself as a mom and to heal myself after an unthinkable family tragedy. I’m inviting you to fasten your seatbelt and come along with me for the ride.

 I’ll be blogging along the way and will share my internal reflections as well as the tangible side of the adventure, including the places, the people, and of course, the BIRDS…

Hopefully LOTS of them!

It’s my hope that this trek will reveal ways that we all can use our true passion as a compass to reorient ourselves. I believe that this process has the potential to empower us all to overcome our challenges in life.

In 2016, I’ll be doing a Big Year, a Mom’s Big Year…. that is, an adapted version of the traditional birder’s Big Year. I’ll be going as many places and seeing as many birds as possible throughout 2016…all within the context of being the best mom I know how to be.

“A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a singe step.”—Laozi

It’s taken me over 10 years to collect enough courage to begin this journey.  I cannot thank you all enough for walking beside me as I take the first step.

With deep gratitude,



One thought on “And the journey begins….

  1. Nancy, love your attitude and the super positive tone! Also love the top photo, brings back lots of favorite memories! I hope you have Alaska in your plans for next year and would love to help if I can. Your site is bookmarked so I’ll be back often!

    Good luck and best wishes!
    Doug Jones

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