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. There’s a real lack of women. Adventure is dominated by privileged men (it always has been) and a competitive outlook. 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.
I’m now a full-time adventurer
2 years on and the Love Her Wild community now has over 6,000 members. I’ve taken women on adventures all over the world, set up mentoring programs and grants to support those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access the outdoors. I’ve been nominated for The Great Outdoors personality of the year, was awarded ‘Legacy Maker’ on the San Miguel Alternative Rich List and early this year won the Next Generation Award.
I made a career for myself doing what I love – inspiring others to go on adventures. And, of course, I still find time to go on my own…..last year I kick-scooted the length of the USA!
It also allows me to focus on my other big passion in life – conservation. It’s so important that we protect our natural spaces and wildlife which is why I do what I can to campaign for conservation and to make all my adventuring as eco friendly as I can.
Going on adventure made me realise my full potential. And I’m able to use that now to help others. I believe that every woman DESERVES an adventure….so I’ve made that my mission in life!
Now it’s your turn…
It is now my mission in life to inspire as many people as possible to go on adventures. So they too can reconnect with nature and realise their full potential.
Are you ready for your next adventure?
Covering all topics to help you get out on your next adventure from money to gear, check out the plan an adventure page.
If you want to find out more about me, here are some of my 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