Good Vibes Monday: Going Back to the Beginning

Hi Good Vibes Readers,

As you can tell, this Good Vibes Monday story is coming your way on a Tuesday. Apologies on the delay, but this story took a bit of time to “re-work.”

Although I hate going off schedule, I wanted to do things a bit differently for this week’s post, so I’ll be going back to the very beginning of my blogging dayswhen I had absolutely no subscribers, mind you—to share a previously published feel-good story with you all this week.


When I first started my blog a little over a year ago, I wasn’t quite sure of the direction I wanted it to go. I knew I didn’t want to create a blog to sell anything, or to fill up page after page with “how-to” or “listicle” articles. In my opinion, there’s enough of those out there already.

What I DID want to do was tell stories, which is cool and all, but I had no clue on the kind of stories I wanted to tell.

I thought on the idea of starting a blog for a while and went back and forth with the whole concept quite a few times. I also read a lot about starting blogs, watched some YouTube videos, and then after plenty of debating, decided to just go for it. So, I started writing some of the best memories I could think of on a list to gather story ideas, and crossed my fingers that maybe from there I’d just start writing and my blog would develop a life all its own.

PC Credit Debby Hudson

The very first story I wrote about in my blog was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life. It was a story about my husband and I’s, and two of our closest friends, very first overnight backpacking trip in the Hoh Rainforest of the Olympic National Park in Washington. The whole adventure also fell on my 25th birthday which was over Memorial Day weekend.

A few months prior to our backpacking trip, I told my husband, Caleb, exactly what I had in my mind for my 25th Birthday.

I didn’t want a fancy restaurant and I didn’t want a party. What I wanted was to drag him and two of our closest outdoor-loving friends 9.5 miles into the woods, with 30-50-pound backpacks, to eat instant meals out of a bag and stay in a pop-up tent.

He thought I was crazy, our friends thought it would be a grand adventure, and I thought it sounded like heaven.

Hurricane Ridge

After some convincing, a few practice hikes, and the promise that I’d buy Caleb beers at the end of the trip, he got onboard. That adventure ended up being one of the greatest memories of our time out in Washington, not only because it was our first real backpacking trip, but because of the people we met and the magic that happened on that trip.

So, today for Good Vibes Monday (*cough *cough “Tuesday”… because this post took some time to rewrite…) I wanted to re-share this story with you all now that I actually have some readers!

***On that note: THANK YOU to all you Good Vibes Subscribers! You are AWESOME!***

This story is certainly one I think deserves to get shared, and it’s really the one that spiraled the whole idea for my blog in the first place. I think it showcases what Good Vibes Monday is all about, and just how great some people really can be.

For this feel-good story of the week, we’re going back to the very beginning where the idea to share Good Stories about people in the everyday world first began: A Birthday Weekend in the Olympic National Park.




4 thoughts on “Good Vibes Monday: Going Back to the Beginning

    1. K.N. Licavoli

      Exactly! And your blog has such a life of it’s own with a collection of stories and experiences all in one place. I suppose in a way, blogs are a bit like the modern day journal?


      1. K.N. Licavoli

        I totally get that and can relate. It’s such a great feeling to see your writing and story telling skills developing! For me, I could really see how my writing has changed since my very first post…hence why I had to go back and pretty much completely re-write it, ha!

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