Wander Weekly #3: Live Free or Die

Wander Weekly is a weekly post on what I’m consuming at the moment.

Happy almost-Independence Day, American friends!

Please pour one out for those of us who don’t have Monday off. (ūüôč)

This week: a reminder that freedom isn’t free. Do what you want with your life.

I am –

Reading:

Rebecca Rusch is a BADASS, as showcased by this interview. Her story seems really interesting, and the way her long ride and resulting film intertwines a personal connection to the Vietnam war with outdoor adventure is incredible.

Thanks to Abigail Wise’snewsletter (featured in last week’s WW!) for the read.

Listening to:

I listened to this episode of the She Explores podcast on my commute this week, and I definitely admire Jainee and Lindsay’s drive (get it? drive? I was driving. I’m so hilarious.)

Anyways, I’ve had entrepreneurship on the mind this week, which I touched on a bit a few days ago.

Following:

Mari Andrew is a writer and illustrator who was based in D.C. up until a few months ago. She draws simple and inspirational depictions of life that are super #relatable, and she has 509k Instagram followers. Sorry I’m not more obscure and underground with my¬†recommendations, but she’s too good not to follow.

Mari had an event at a store in D.C. where I got the chance to meet her – here’s an awkward picture I made a stranger take of us! Adulthood, amirite??

Watching:

  • Lighting The Fire:Wrong Turns

I am fascinated by ultrarunners. Jim Walmsley is no different (in fact, he’s the best.) From Outside Online:

“From¬†9MindAsylum,Lighting The Fire:¬†Wrong Turns tells the story of¬†Jim¬†Walmsley’s eventful start in the sport¬†of ultrarunning. After¬†being honorably discharged from the Air Force and dealing with bouts of severe depression, Walmsley¬†turned to running to get his life back on track.¬†He moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, and connected with a community of runners¬†who¬†helped him rebound and supported him after his infamous wrong turn at mile 93 of the 2016¬†Western States 100 race.”

Bonus Pro Tip:

  • Get a library card

Yes, I am a super nerd, but I cannot even tell you how much money I have saved and reading I have enjoyed thanks to libraries. I like to read. The library has free books. It just makes sense. Sure, my local library’s website is from circa 2003, but it does the trick of allowing me to request books from the comfort of my bed.

Also, millennials love libraries.

 

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