Embracing Change

For some time now I’ve tried to figure out what to do with this blog. Depending on the moment, I had contemplated everything from shuttering it altogether to entirely changing the focus. I didn’t know what to do and I was quickly running into an epic mix of burn out and writer’s block. It wasn’t pretty.

So, I took a break. I stepped away from Tenders & Trails and really thought about why I started writing and what it meant to me now.

I started writing as way to document and share my experiences – unbiased and unabashed. In the beginning, I wrote like a newbie (and snowboarded like one too) – and I was totally alright with that. As time went on, I started comparing myself to other adventurers and writers, trying to fit into molds and take on more. I wasn’t content with my page views, my follower count, my snowboarding abilities, my cardio when hiking, my photographs, my gear, or jeez – anything at all. To put it very bluntly, it sucked.

But, all through the growth and changes one thing remained the same: life was way better with dogs. As many of you know Rob and I have two big furballs, Yuri and Kina. Over the past year, we’ve started bringing Yuri and Kina on more and more outings. Dogs are amazing companions in that they can break ice with absolutely anyone. It doesn’t matter to them if we’re hiking in the gully behind our house or if we’re hiking up Mt. Washington. They don’t judge, so absolutely everything is exciting, enthralling, and euphoric.


During my break, I started following Yuri’s lead. We meandered all over the place. We walked slowly through snowy forests and jumped in deep snow drifts at random. We went to the beach and didn’t run away from incoming waves, but instead took time to feel the breeze in our fur/hair and look at what the current brought in. We wandered through towns and cities exploring the culture and meeting new people and dogs.

And so Tails from the Trails was born… er… re-born?

So what’s in store for us now? As you might have noticed we have a new design, new logo, and some new content. We also have some big and exciting news soon (it involves Yuri and Kina taking on their first ambassador position). From here on out, we’re still going to share our experiences and reviews – but it’s safe to say there will be a lot more content on life with dogs and a lot less trying to fit into molds. We sure hope you’ll all stick around and keep reading as we embark on our new direction!


2 thoughts on “Embracing Change

  1. You’re not changing, you’re growing. So with that in mind, when will Yuri start reviewing dog cookies? You still need that food element.

  2. If I may, methinks you’re being w-a-y too hard on yourself. “Sucked” is a strong word for something that was as much fun to read as your blog. The vagaries of attracting readers, now… that’s a whole different story, and not an easy one, either. But you’ll find your way — I’m confident as always in your abilities. As for dogs being an ice breaker, may I just give a big “thumbs-up!” In the general theme of this blog — dogs, and walking — I went on a 20-mile walk-a-thon once, with my friends and their golden. And darned if we didn’t meet pretty much everyone on that walk. And while I haven’t seen yours on the trails, I’ve seen enough pooches having the time of their lives trekking up and down mountains to know that most everyone enjoys it. (Of course, there are always gonna be a few sourpusses, but they can go and gripe about the weather or something instead.)

    So, yeah! Bring it on — curious to see what else the Wild Wonderful Life of Jillian (and family) has in store.

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!