Feeling your best doesn’t just mean “looking good.” It means, first and foremost, cherishing and nurturing the body that you’re in. It means, instead of holding yourself to some standard of external beauty, holding yourself to a certain standard of self-care. Is there something you can do this year that will get you out of your head and into the “soft animal of your body”—even just for a moment? If so, my friend, I urge you to do it. The world around you will be better for it.
Amelia Earhart’s passion for flying must have deeply scared her husband and family. She must have known this, yet she chose to dedicate her life to it anyway. Then, what must have been her loved ones’ worst fear came true when she mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on a flight around the globe. Was it OK for her to do that to her family? Was that an acceptable risk for her to take? Was that selfish of her? And would these question even come up if we were talking about a male adventurer?
With four weeks now until I start the Pacific Crest Trail, I’m feeling extremely appreciative of everything I know I’m about to go without for six months. How would you savor “normal life” if you knew you were about to lose it? Who would you make time time for? What would you say that you have been afraid to say?
When choosing any path in life, what you are actually choosing is how you are willing to struggle. Without struggle, you couldn’t fully appreciate the beauty of every little victory you experience along the way. So here’s to ritualizing our reverence for the good things we are about to give up for the great things we are about to gain.
We try to protect our daughters from the world by discouraging them from getting themselves into risky situations, but avoiding fear only hurts girls more. We need to encourage our girls to take risks, so that they learn how to objectively assess their own limits and boundaries in the face of fear. Only they can teach themselves how to react in scary situations by walking right up to the cliff’s edge of fear and then practicing navigating there.
Feet are arguably the most important part of the body when it comes to hiking. Apparently, you will take 5 million steps over the course of a 2,000-mile through-hike. That’s no small feat! (Pun intended.) So here are a few things long distance hikers can do to prepare their feet for the journey ahead!
“Girl power” isn’t necessarily just for people assigned female at birth. It’s about embracing a Feminine understanding of the world in a culture that predominately celebrates a decidedly Masculine perspective.
If you’re into personal growth and overcoming extreme challenges, both a long distance hike and a meditation retreat are worth trying at some point in your life. However, after experiencing both, I’d choose a hike any day!
I will never forget the mind-blowing — even spiritual — experience I had when walking the 2.5-mile crest of the Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire…
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail northbound from Mexico to Canada in 2018 to raise money for nonprofits that are helping children, especially young women, gain confidence in both themselves and in the outdoors.
Thanks to through-hiking, you learn that you can survive anything—as long as you believe in what you’re doing. However, if you want to be the kind of person who can keep your head down, obey authority even when you don’t agree, and “survive” a situation you don’t believe in (such as…well…mainstream society), through-hiking is NOT good training…
For many of us, the final days leading up to finishing a through-hike and returning to civilization are a confusing mix of relief and terror. But there was one predominant emotion I felt upon finishing my through-hike–I felt like the luckiest person alive…