As a child, I struggled in school. I had undiagnosed dyslexia for most of my school years and was bullied for being a bit, well, different (check out the pic below of me and my sis….I’m the one stood on the log!). It left me with very low self-esteem and a feeling that I really wasn’t capable of achieving much.
This fed into my adult years. I found myself switching between one job I didn’t like to the next (here’s a list of all the jobs I tried), struggling to find a life and work that I could be happy with.
Just by coincidence, one day I heard about a trail called the Israel National Trail. A 1000km trek that goes the full length of Israel, including crossing the vast Negev desert. I’d never done anything like this before and didn’t come from an outdoorsy background. But I knew I had to shake up my life drastically and that this trek would do just that! So I packed my bag and flew to Israel to take on the hardest 2 months of my life.
going on an adventure, It changed everything
We live in a society full of rules and restraints. Never far from bosses, alarms or the 5,000 adverts we see a day on average. But on an adventure all that goes away. I was left alone in nature with no one to rely on but myself. Stripped down to basics I had the space I needed to rebuild confidence, learn resilience and to realise what I’m truly capable of.
Along the way, being new to the outdoor world, I noticed a serious problem – a lack of women! Adventure is dominated by privileged men (it always has been) and a competitive outlook that favours being the first and the fastest. This feeds down and creates a space that is unequal and intimidating. I experienced this first hand when I faced sexism on one of the first outdoor courses I ever joined.
It seemed such a shame that women weren’t benefiting from adventuring and the outdoors when it could bring about so many positive changes in their lives.
So, with my new found confidence, I decided to do something about it. I set up a women’s adventure community called Love Her Wild.
Becoming a Professional adventurer
The Love Her Wild community has grown to over 14,000 members, taking women on adventures all over the world and running initiatives to help more women access the outdoors, from mentoring to funding. I’ve been named one of the ‘UK’s 30 most inspirational entrepreneur’ by Business Leader, have been awarded Legacy Maker on the San Miguel alternative rich list, won the Next Generation Award and was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award.
As well as building a career for myself that I love which also gives back (to other people as well as the planet), I’ve also been very lucky to go on many more adventures. From kayaking the width of the UK against plastic-pollution, to kick-scooting the length of the the US.
Now it’s your turn…
It is now my mission in life to inspire as many people as possible to go on adventures. Because going on outdoor adventures clears the head, boosts confidence and reminds us why we need to look after the planet!
Are you ready for your next adventure?
Start by checking out my Adventure Tips page for all my advice for getting outdoors.
And if you want to find out more about me, here are some of my favourite personal blogs….
– That time I went travelling and came back with a husband
– Summary of 2018; the best and worst
– Why I’m ok with being a hypocritical sexist
– 5 Takeaways from Kicking the States
– Getting a tattoo in Jerusalem Old City
– What does it feel like to fail your expedition