a happy soul

how taking care of your body will allow your soul to achieve a higher level of happiness

What you are capable of…

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The word relaxing may not be a reliable description of what Ben and I’s vacations are like. They are more of a physically demanding experience, which I love.

We recently went to hike the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and we met THE most interesting person on Earth. If I had a Mary Poppins bag, I would have pulled out a trophy and engraved it with his name and new title.

His name is JR, a New Yorker. He was hiking the 40+ mile trail by himself. He has been to over 70 countries, most of them on his own. Using two three-week travel vacations a year, JR explores and hikes in different areas of the US or the world.

Did I mention he was 72 years old? Based off your dropped jaw, I did not.

Incredible, right?!

JR looks decades younger than his real age and is in incredible shape. We chatted quite a bit during during the journey he shared with us but one thing he mentioned is how important it is to just keep moving.

It’s really incredible to see what a human body can do. We tend to only realize the power of the human body when it survives a terrible calamity or sickness.

But do we really understand the other side of that spectrum, which is, how incredible our bodies are when they are at their best?

Our eating and exercising habits NOW will determine what our bodies are capable of now but, more importantly, in the future decades.

  [ Please remind me of this when I’m eating cheesecake on a rough day  😉 ]

We all need reminders that we are capable of reaching the metaphorical or actual mountain we decide to climb– JR was definitely mine.

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Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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