Meet Our Guest Bloggers




Stephanie Vu was born and raised in New Orleans, LA but the mountains called her and she now lives in Denver, CO with her husband, three (sometimes four) dogs, and cat.  When she’s not practicing as a patent attorney she’s either racing her car, hiking with her dogs, shooting a rifle or bow, hunting, nordic skiing, racing biathlons, volunteering with dog rescues, hanging out with friends (probably outside), or occasionally dirt biking really mellow trails.

Check out more about her hunting adventures on her blog, Colobreeze Hunts.








Anna K graduated from Lawrence University in 2016 with a B.A. in Film Studies. Since then she has moved to Atlanta, GA, where she is pursuing a career in the television and film industry. Luckily for her, there are plenty of opportunities just outside the city for wilderness adventures. You can find her hiking, camping, skiing, and enjoying trail walks with her Great Dane, Birdie.

Read – Carrying My Own Weight: A Self-Proclaimed Weakling’s Journey to the Wilderness










Alexis Ahlzadeh lives in Salt Lake City and is currently a student at The University of Utah, where she is an advocate for people in recovery from substance abuse. When she’s not skiing, hiking or climbing, she is (probably) reading poetry to her dog, Wallace.

Read – When Life is Finally Lived



Bernadette Murphy is the author of, Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life (Counterpoint Press, May 2016). Having been a competitive skateboarder in her youth, she bought a motorcycle at 48 and rediscovered her risk-craving jones after raising three children. She has published three previous books of narrative nonfiction including the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting, is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department of Antioch University Los Angeles, and a former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times. Her website is

Read – Failing (and Falling) Better





Ani Yahzid is a published photographer, filmmaker, and musician based out of Boulder, Colorado. For Ani’s next film project, he sets out to influence social norms around outdoor recreation and exploration. Learn more about the Exposure Film Project or donate.

Read – The Mountains: Not Yet Cool Enough







Liana R. founded the Women’s Longboarding Club (aka Gravity Bombz) at Lawrence University in 2014. She now works in mental healthcare, thinks women rock, fosters cats, and really likes this blog.

Read – “Be careful!” – Longboarding and Gendered Risk Taking








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Loraina Stinson was born in Lima, Peru but grew up in Encinitas, California. After graduating from Lawrence University in 2016, she moved out to Providence Rhode Island to be a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at Brown University. She enjoys shredding the gnar, catching and throwing plastic discs, figuring out her science, going on mountain adventures, eating all the food, and petting every doggo she can.

Read – Keeping Score: Females on the Field


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Alex “Flowers” Poli brought pajama pants on her first backpacking trip in 2012, but ditched the handle of her toothbrush on her thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. She graduated from Lawrence University with a major in Biology, but currently slings liquor and skis in Telluride, CO.

Read – “Don’t Go Into the Wilderness”: Grappling with Risk, Reality, and Resilience





Want to share your thoughts and experiences on Pretty Good for a Girl? We are always looking for guest bloggers! Please check out our pitch submissions page if you are interested in writing a blog post. Despite the wording of the blog’s title, we welcome (and encourage) guest bloggers of all identity expressions – this space is not limited to those that identify as female.