jenncrnI moved to Denver in the fall of 2009 and after ELEVEN years of bouncing around between California and Colorado and Alaska and another bachelors + masters degree to add to my resume later – here I am.  Still somewhat clueless as to what I want to do with my life… but I think I’m beginning to figure it out! Slowly.

In 2005 I packed up my California born, raised and created life and headed east to attend college in Massachusetts.  My Californian self was ready for a BIG change. I stayed in Mass for a year and then traveled the world with Semester at Sea.  I returned back to Massachusetts after the most incredible four months at sea I could have ever imagined and decided to buckle down and get my degree in Psychology.  I graduated college in 2008.

Immediately after college I headed for the coast where I lived in La Jolla, California for 15 months.  After a nasty breakup with my ex-boyfriend of 6 years I decided to take a chance and move…. again.  Colorado quickly became my home as I realized just how perfect of a place it really was for me.


  Today I work as a nurse and have spent time here in Colorado, in California and in Alaska.

I’ve lived all over this state, but most of the time I call the area of Superior, just 8 miles outside of Boulder, home.

I love change, and I’m constantly thinking of ways to keep my life adventurous & not fall into the mundane day to day rat race…. but also… I really just want to keep my head above water.  Young(er) adulthood is so odd – fun, crazy, challenging.  I guess that in itself is an adventure.

todayjan8My life is shared with Copper, my 13.5 year old Shiba Inu, best friend and faithful companion.

ZainersOn July 28, 2015 I added Zainey to our family.  She’s now 6 years old and is the perfect lab. She’s fun loving, adventurous and doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She accompanies me on many of my hikes since Copper is too old now.

Ben and I met in 2016.  We eloped on a mountain top in 2020 amidst the pandemic after our wedding was canceled. He’s my best friend, and a dream come true.

Together, our family of five is quite interesting.  It’s about to get a lot more interesting when we add our first human baby in 2021! Party of six, coming up!

Follow along!  I can’t promise I’ll be super entertaining or that I won’t annoy you with my sometimes overly-opinionated posts (thought those are rare these days), but I can promise to provide you with a glimpse into our crazy life as two busy young professionals, one who is a little too independent (is that a thing?) and our crazy mountain adventures with three dogs in tow.

11 thoughts on “Me

  1. Yay! Welcome to wordpress!! Can’t wait to read more!

  2. You are great. I’m so glad you shared your blog with the world!

  3. hey! there was a “similar post” link to your blog on mine, which is how i got here 🙂 i’ll be moving to the denver area in july, so it’s exciting to read a bit about it before i get there. maybe one day our paths will cross! God bless!

  4. That is so wonderful, welcome to Denver, one of the best cities!!

    I have always wished I could do the pack up and move and just try out something new, but I am too much of a scaredy cat.

  5. Hi Jenn –
    My name is Anne Carmichael and I have a running blog called “Achieve the Impossible” at I think your site is one that my readers would like to know about and as such I’d love to trade links with you. I have already added your blog to my list of “Best Running Blogs” please consider adding mine to your blogroll. Yours is one of the blogs I have been following for a few months.
    Thanks and have a great day.

  6. That’s crazy that you are from Rohnert Park, CA. I grew up in Cotati and went to high school in Windsor. I now live in Denver too! You should find me on Facebook: Aubree Topai

    1. I actually grew up and went to high school about 2 hours from Rohnert Park… but did live in Rohnert Park for a year during my first year of college! After that I moved to Massachusetts for my three remaining years. I did looooooove Rohnert Park!!! That area is so beautiful 🙂

  7. Jenn-
    I have alot of questions…might be headed down your same path in wyoming. Can I email you direclty?


    1. Hi Sarah! Please email me – I will try to answer any questions!

  8. Hi Jenn, I just found your blog and really enjoyed reading about your journey! I really admire your independence and adventures. I’m really interested in doing the same accelerated nursing program and was wondering if I could email you some questions.

    1. Hey girl! Did you ever end up applying for the program or are you still interested? Im so sorry for the late reponse!!!

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