Earlier this year at Weststates training in Elko I was inspired to climb a mountain.(Literally) Totally Toni was sharing her hiking experience with us and it made me think about my goals and what I wanted to accomplish.
Years earlier I had climbed to a certain point on the famous “Angels Landing” in
, but I had never made it to the very top. The last ½ mile was a very treacherous climb with sheer sandstone drop offs. I had planned that “someday” I would hike Angels landing again and go all the way to the 5785 foot high top. I was always waiting to be a certain dress size or a certain weight at which I thought was ideal to even think about that mountain climb. Of course that time never seemed to come. When I listened to Toni I realized I had to just set the goal and accomplish it instead of waiting on ‘the perfect time’ that may not ever come. I decided to give myself a few months to build up strength and set the date for October 8th, the weekend of mine and my husband’s 11th wedding anniversary. So this past weekend, along with my husband and two friends, I climbed Angels Landing- all the way to the top. There were points where my feet were on 6 inch wide ledges and I was gripping the chain bolted into the side of the mountain, where I could not remember why I thought this was a good idea. Zion National park
However, eight hours, a few bruises, skin rubbed raw from sandstone, and many sore muscles later I finished the hike. It was an amazing sense of accomplishment.
I honestly do not think I would have even attempted this if it had not been for the Weststates training. I am so thankful for a company that not only cares about its employees- but also for people that their employees are.
One of the girls that did the hike with me has a son who is 7 years old and has stage IV Neuroblastoma. He is currently flying back and forth to NY for treatments. He made me a card for finishing my hike. At first I noticed the drawing, (and LOVED that he drew my husband falling on a cactus!) Then I fought back the tears as I read the other side.
Michelle West ~ Area Supervisor & Manger @ Millstream &
Sun River Apartment
(see attached slide show at the right)