A trip to the mountains for two days is all a girl needs to feel refreshed. There’s something about giving your eyes new landscapes that resets the old patterns that you may have repeating in your head or dominating your daily routine.

The Adirondacks are a mountain range in upstate New York that I’ve heard about for years and years, and never made the time to go. Last weekend I decided to just go. We were hoping to summit up Mt. Marcy via the VanHovenburg Trail but we came a bit too late in the hiking season. The top of that trail was nearly impossible to scale up unless you had crampons or microspikes for your boots. Instead, we climbed Mount Joe using the Long Trail to go up and the Short Trail on the way down. It was a bit of a rocky scramble which got me hot enough to take my coat off even though it was in the 40s. And that’s saying a lot since I get cold so easily. The hike smelled like pine trees and was well trafficked with friendly faces and the occasional dog.

Arriving to the summit is always feeling so grand; especially after sweating and putting in all that effort is worth it when there’s a beautiful view. It reminds me of the lessons in the Bhagavad Gita:

”By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try the world is beyond the winning” ~ Lao-Tzu

One of my past marketing clients, a yoga and psychology teacher in California, emailed me something I still haven’t forgotten even years later. She said that as with all her events, she gives it her all and then, as it says in the Bhagavad Gita, she ”surrenders the results of her efforts”. I was inspired by that attitude of giving your 1000% and then surrendering to how much or little effort you gave. The mountains will have you sweating your heart out, only to enjoy that sweet sweat when you reach the highest peak.