Looking for Inspiration

Natalie Beaver

Last weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado, we experienced beautiful, sunny, upper 70s weather. Most folks headed outdoors, many to the mountains as we are nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, and Jamie and I were no exception. Our 4-hour hike at Greyrock Trail provided the perfect landscape for brainstorming new business content, discussing social media strategy, and taking stock of our, well, stock.

Greyrock Trail is a looped trail, meaning exactly what you think it means; if you stay on the trail from the start, it will loop around and take you back to the beginning. However, one direction of the loop, the meadow trail, follows an easier path while the other is more challenging with a steeper grade and rockier terrain. So, if you decide to do the loop you will encounter the harder trail, whether it’s at the start of your hike or at the end. Make sense? Jamie and I are, shall we say, novice hikers. We have the proper hiking gear, wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water and high-protein snacks, but our quadriceps are not accustomed to the terrain of this hike. This sort of worked in our favor because we stopped often enough to catch our breath and along with our breath the striking views. It’s very clear where the canyon suffered fire damage. It is also very clear where the charred trees ended and gave way to undamaged live growth. In a way, it made me think of winter versus spring. We are on the cusp of a new season and an ideal time to shed our winter parkas and all the layers underneath to expose ourselves to a fresh outlook and fresh ideas. A surprising find along the trail were the wildflowers; not just blooming alongside the trail but within the fissures of the rocks! Imagine that. Where you least expect it, you can find growth.
It’s no secret that exercise can sharpen mental acuity. Hiking boosted not only our cardio fitness but our brain power as well. It opened our minds to ideas we may not have realized in another environment. During our hike along the trail, Jamie and I bounced ideas off of each other like a championship ping pong match. Did we discuss business for 4 hours? Certainly not, and that’s how it should be. We breathed deeply, stopped to admire the view, took pictures of the wildflowers, saved some ladybugs, typical hiking behavior. Most importantly, as we neared the end of our journey, our legs jelly, we figured out how to turn wishes into plans.