The crisp crutch of under trodden snow and coyotes yelping in the shadow of the Tetons rang in my twenty first year. I spent the weekend exploring my favorite tracks of land-the Grand Teton and Yellowstone areas.

My parents and I stayed at a rustic Jackson Hole lodge, snowshoed, drove through forests of snow frosted pine trees, celebrated and reflected on how we plan on becoming better. It was divine.

The Snake River Canyon.

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Where my heart and dreams wander…

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My sweet, hilarious and generous parents…


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Can I live in this shack? It’d be worth the view.

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Opening presents on Teton Pass…


My home.


And through those gates lies magic-the Greater Yellowstone.

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I never wanna leave!

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I have been roaming this beautiful earth for 21 years now. When I turned 20, I set goals for myself for my twenties. Here’s an update on how those are going:

graduate with my degree in broadcast journalism (I’ll graduate in May!)
break the speed limit less frequently (Oh, I kinda forgot about this one hehe)
marry the man of my dreams (We’re planning a great game of hide and seek)
continue doing at least 1 triathlon per year (I ended up leaving for the summer so I’ll have to do 2 next year!)
actively promote and grow my blog (Obviously working on it!)
work for KSL News (working on it)
hike at least 700 backcountry miles (I did over 150 this year)
become a Girls State Counselor (working for it)
run a half marathon (gross, why did I set this one? I still hate running)
begin raising my dozen bratty children (looking forward to this one)
read thousands of books (I feel like I should have specified: not textbooks)
be generous with kindness and grace (I pray daily for help on this one)

So, as you can see… I’ve hit the mark in a couple of places and missed it in others.

Birthdays, New Years and waking up to your alarm clock all have something in common… They’re new beginnings. New opportunities to be absolutely awesome. Like you should be.

I’m really proud of the person I’ve become in my 20th year. She loves Christ, crisp mountain air and country music. And she believes the best is still yet to be.


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Author: Bradie Jill

I’m a mountain climber, filmmaker, globetrotter, lifestyle blogger, & TV personality. For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things beautiful. Whether it be words in a book, a breathtaking mountain landscape or an untold story. With this blog, I hope to bring you all of these things.