The Art of Getting Over It
When you feel like you're drowning, why not walk through the Mojave desert to dry off?
Living with Complex PTSD is very complicated and exhausting at times. Taogoi is all about finding a way through life that is filled with beauty and forgiving yourself when you don't make your goals. Poetry has given Taogoi the perfect outlet for how she perceives life - a piece of paper can hold those thoughts that seem like too much weight for the soul to bear. Follow her 1100 mile journey from Mexico to Canada as she processes past traumas and learns to fall in love with herself.
Living with a mental illness isn't easy, come read how women in the outdoor industry have coped with their own struggles. Learn something new with us and don't forget to sign up for our email list so you don't miss a new blog!
Campfire Stories: Volume II
The authors of the Campfire Stories book series, Dave and Ilyssa Kyu reached our to us about being a apart of their second volume that features both the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. They asked for a collection of poems to feature along with a little synopsis of Taogoi's experience on trail. It was a great opportunity and an honor to be in the same book as some incredible other writers, award winners such as Lauret Savoy, Rae DelBianco, and Terry Tempest Williams. Grab your own copy today!
Allie "Taogoi" Donaldson
Allie, aka Taogoi, is our poet and author. After years of struggling with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), her grandmother dying pushed her into a deep depression. She decided she would try long distance hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, having never backpacked before. Hiking and writing poetry under the name Taogoi, she learned some hard lessons of the trail; from pushing through white outs and processing over 10 years of trauma along the way.
The blog she maintains on the site is about the process of healing through physical and creative outlets.
Abby Folsom does the illustrating for Taogoi. She loves to play in all sorts of mediums and subjects, and has found focus with the upcoming book, doing black and white linework. Becoming a part of this project has helped her grieve and be more at peace with losing her sister in 2018. On her website, you can order custom hydro flasks, prints, postcards and more!