Hey guys! So as you may have seen on Instagram, I am now officially a Denver resident and a full-time employee with benefits and a desk. I know, I can't believe it either.

So as promised, I'm starting a new series: The Things That Scare Me. Here are several of my more recent challenges:

Running a 5K

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Ever since returning to the states, I've been running a ton. (Well for me. And by a ton I mean 20-30 minutes a day, ha.)

So in September I ran a 5K with my dad. Honestly, I wasn't really a fan- for me running is all about solitude, and the race felt crowded. But I definitely still want to do a Tough Mudder and Color Run.


Um, so this one's a doozy. I dropped a guy while rock-climbing on a second-date.

I'm not even kidding,

When he called down that he was descending I grabbed the wrong end of the rope and he plummeted twenty feet to the ground like a log. In shock, all I could do was stare at my bloody, chafed hands.

Worst. Second. Date. Ever.

(And he was just fine, in case you were wondering.)

Visiting an (Extremely Frightening) Haunted House

When people say I'm brave I laugh a bit because really I'm a scaredy cat. Case in point? Haunted houses terrify me. Last month I went to one of the scariest haunted houses in the United States: Erebus. It was awful- four stories of heart-pumping, grab-your-nearest-friend terror.

I have now vowed I'm never visiting a haunted attraction ever again.

Cutting my Hair Really Short

After decades of long locks, I finally have a short haircut! It's nice because it dries quickly but not so nice because I actually have to style it. (The closest thing I came to styling my hair used to be braiding it before bed.)

And of course… Moving to a New City!

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Per my birthday goals, I've FINALLY settled down. And it's nice. But you know you're a true nomad when sleeping in the same bed every night seems radical and crazy.

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A few more notes…

The company where I'm working, sovrn, is awesome so far- we have ping pong, beer on Fridays and a young, fun 80-person staff. I'm learning a ton about digital advertising and the mountain views from the office make me smile every time I walk to work. All in all, good stuff.

Also shameless plug- if any of you bloggers need advertising let me know and I can be your account manager!

And Denver? I'm in love. It's young, hipster and full of trendy coffee shops and bars, with world-class sunrises and sunsets. I'm counting down the days to ski season.

One downside is that I live in Denver but work in Boulder, and the commute is atrocious- 75 minutes each way of gridlock traffic. Also I'm a terrible driver and after six years of not having a car I can barely park.

And about the blog: although I've been posting less, I've been really happy with my content. My recent posts were highly personal and hard to write; I was especially proud What I Learned from Giving up Meat, Alcohol and Complaining in India and my Himalayan trek posts, Part 1 and Part 2.

Up next I'll be covering my six weeks in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. I'm excited.

But I'm curious: what kind of posts would you guys be interested in seeing now that I'm not traveling? Life out west? Skiing? Travel recaps? Let me know in the comments!

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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