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Welcome December!

It’s a new month and a new week. It’s my favorite time to press reset and start fresh, especially after Thanksgiving. What is the best way to approach the month after a few days or week of living life to the fullest? Start back where you had left off. Be kind to yourself, and make…

Announcement: We’re Section Hiking the PCT in 2021!

Have you set goals for 2021? There has been a lot amount of positives this year, and I would love to thank all the inspiring, supportive, and uplifting Comunidad out there!Thanks to y’all, I would like to announce the Trail Pirates are back.What does that mean?After camping & hiking for every weekend, we decided in…

About Toxic Gear Culture and Being Latina

Have you ever heard the terminology, Gear Snob or Toxic Gear Culture? I’m sure this could relate to fashion, sports, and other hobbies. I had thought I was a gear snob. Digging deeper, my Latina Heritage has a lot to do with it. Growing up Latina meant to me:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Being Thrifty, Never Pay Full Price,…

World Mental Health Day

Every day should be #worldmentalhealthday. Today, I want to share my recent story and let you know a bit about my past. Did you know I had a counselor leading up to my decision to move from Texas to California? I wanted to make sure I was making the best decision that was not driven…

Reflection

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I love tacos, and with the help of the outdoors, the universe conspired me to realize how magical my culture is, especially in the great outdoors.⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now I have your attention, I want…

Self-Care in The Outdoors

Hold up 🤚🏽. Self-care in the outdoors… how do you do it?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here a few tips that help remind me that being outside is a self-care practice. It is so easy to think of it an IG photoshoot. I admit I have to remind myself to be present and think of it as a time…

My Conservation Story

Everyone loves a good origin story, right? How did I get passionate about talking about conservation on the trail?⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I was born and raised in Houston, TX. Conservation was something that was taught in school but not practiced. I remembered when we received a recycling bin for our house. I loved separating the recycled products…

Introduction

Hi everyone, My name is Heather Diaz. Soy Mexicana and I’m am a first-generation American. I’m 31, turning 32 in a few months. Born and raised in Houston, Texas. Now residing in Santa Cruz. What makes me different?I’m 5’10 and 150ish lbs with a natural broad back, born with a pancake butt, skinny legs, and…

Wave to the Ocean

Long walks on the beach are therapeutic to my soul. Bike rides and weight lifting is fun but long walks have been more meaningful than ever.  My significant other is an essential worker therefore I’m alone during the day. It doesn’t seem like an issue but it can get lonely. That is the reason I…

Trailaversary

Happy 3-year trail-a-versary for the @trailpirates aka me and @wooodysan. It feels as we had left for the Pacific Crest Trail yesterday. We are grateful we have each other to remind one another of missing a piece of memory. It can get sad when we both forget a detail or two and it will continue…

Grow Baby Quads Grow

Hey, look at my baby quads. I’m more than excited they are popping out slowly. It baffles me because it has been 6.5 weeks sheltering-in-place due to the coronavirus, and my quads are making an appearance. I am thankful I decided to take this pandemic and shelter-in-place order not to continue cutting/dieting. Choosing to maintain…

Gone Fishing

We celebrated Stephen’s birthday by fishing Sunday and Monday. I am not a fisherman. During this pandemic, now I understand fishing. Being outside of 10a-4:30pm was fantastic. Anything scenery change from our tiny apartment is terrific, but to have the ocean view and to hang out in bliss. And it is ok to be by…

Conquering Fears

The look of excitement for conquering my fears! Today I went for a 90-minute walk that includes crossing a river. Stephen has been bugging me to conquer my fears and crossed it. Today I did it, and of course, I did it solo. 🤷🏽‍♀️💪. Woohoo! TBH it was easy. I have been a chicken the…

Falling In Love All Over Again

On Monday, I fell in love all over again with my significant other. It’s the strangest feeling because I didn’t think it would be possible to have all these emotions filled up in my heart. We started off going for a morning stroll before our workout. The past few days, I had felt like I…

Life Update

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Santa Cruz, California, with a high of 73 degrees. My work hours are significantly reduced, which I am sure this is something the general population is facing, that or unemployment. One thing that has been my savior has been my community. The beaches, the sand, sunshine, pedestrian, and bike-friendly…

Transformation: February – April

I’m happy I can start blogging about my transformations without feeling insecure if I posted it on Instagram and Facebook. As a Latina, it is not very easy to post any revealing photos of your body. I can see my mom shaking if I publicly posted these pictures on Facebook. Oh, being a Latina. My…


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