My overriding memory from my childhood was hating school. I had undiagnosed dyslexia so rarely did well in classes. And I struggled to fit in. I was a bit different…..yep, that’s me below on the log sporting a Just William meets RoboCop style!
I entered my adult years with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence and 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 the Israel National Trail. A 1000km trek that stretches the full length of Israel, including crossing the vast Negev desert.
I’d never done anything like it 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 thousands of adverts we see a day telling us we need to look a certain way or buy more things to be happy.
On an adventure all that goes away.
While hiking in Israel, 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 there was a better way to be living life.
After finishing the trek, and noticing a lack of women accesing the outdoors, I launched Love Her Wild. Now Britains largest female adventure community.
Becoming a Professional adventurer
The Love Her Wild community has grown to over 25,000 members, taking women on adventures all over the world and running initiatives to help make the outdoors more accessible. 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.
LIFE IS BETTER OUTDOORS…
While the big expeditions and running a business has been great and very exciting, it’s the small changes that have made the biggest difference in my life. Spending more time outdoors, becoming a minimalist and caring for the planet.
So this blog is all about helping you find more adventure in your life, the best place to learn what really matters. 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
– Complete guide to wild camping
– 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