The idea for Taogoi (The Art of Getting Over it), began with the grandmother of Allie Donaldson telling her she should have "gotten over it by now" when trying to talk about the sexual assault and abuse she endured at a young age. Writing poetry was a way for Allie to process all the trauma and find healing. When her grandmother passed, she decided that life was too short not to go after what you want, so she began her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail in February 2019.
Taogoi became her trail name at Mike's Place, mile 127 on the PCT. Strange Bird, the caretaker of Mike's for the time, gave her the name officially. How can you argue with a dude with a tail and paws? From then on, Taogoi was not just a penname anymore. It was a way of life starting from then on; a form of confidence like never before!
While Taogoi didn't complete a thru hike, she did do 1100 miles, having had no prior experience backpacking, and survived wild times in crazy conditions! With the help of illustrator Abbigail Folsom, she has been working on a poetry book that other people can take on their own healing journeys. After all, reading can reduce stress levels by 67% and trail depression is a HUGE thing. We want to be able to help those going through hard times and let them know that, there is an art to getting over it.
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We are all told, “live your life to the fullest”; I am here to do just that. Taogoi.com serves as a place to inspire healing with nature and clue in my loyal readers as to what inspires me in this crazy world. So, sit back, relax, and read on.