Say yes

When you think you can’t, you are wrong. Find your tribe who encourage you to be your best. They will push you to be even better.

Submitted by Paula Warke – visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

Bivvying alone

Last month, I went to the Welsh coast to hike around during the weekend. I took my bivvy bag with me. The first night, I slept beneath a rowan tree near the coastal path. I was hidden from sight but could hear the last walkers chatting.

Then, all grew dark and still, and yet full of nature sounds, birds chirping before bedtime. The stars were bright. A helicopter came by and I was terrified by the loud noise coming towards me. I repeated a mantra to myself – safe, dry, invisible. In the middle of the night, I woke up cold and started worrying I’d get hypothermia. But I had something to eat and went back to sleep. Then, I was woken by sunlight. I heard the first hikers walking by. So I got up and packed up. It felt so free to sleep out alone in nature and I felt proud of myself like I could do anything!

Submitted by Hiranya – visit her website.

For the love of it

Whatever you do, do it because you love it. Even if getting up early is rubbish, or getting your kit prepared takes time and planning. When you get out, you know how good you will feel! Share it with people you trust and enjoy the company of. Enjoy it, Love it!

Submitted by Bex Northman – you can follow her on Instagram.

Live life, love adventure

Adventure can be in all forms. We call our (a)dventures ones with a little ‘a’. Not too crazy scary but totally do-able.

Our passion is for expeditions whether it be hiking, camping, sea kayaking, mountain biking etc. It might be close to home on a local canal, or far away in the wilds of Scotland. To us, the journey is the joy, feeling out there and enjoying the exertion, the challenge and the fun of sharing it with friends.

We can all challenge ourselves to whatever level we chose. The main thing is that we do it. One adventure always seems to lead to the next and before you know it you are really living life and loving adventure!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Triathlon

Just start! Don’t be put off by what you think it might be like – you will find your own way – and realise that if you work at it, you will improve and feel good about you achievements! And don’t worry about being amongst people who are much better – it doesn’t matter! I found that I inspired a lot of people to have a go, who might not have done otherwise..they’re all way faster than me now!

Submitted by Siobhan – check out her website.

Adventure

An adventure, by its nature is uncertain, to have an adventure you have to embrace this uncertainty and go boldly into the unknown.

Submitted by Rebecca Coles – you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Post natal depression

How getting outside helped me through a difficult stage in my life:

From not being able to make a decision about anything, I couldn’t even choose butter in the supermarket. By getting outside and setting small targets, I have completed 6 marathons, countless half marathons, 3 Ironman triathlons, 7 70.3 triathlons and lots more individual events. I have two super kids that love to be outside with me.

Getting outside and getting active is my life. Without it, I can’t exist.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Don’t just talk about it do it

Life can get really busy and we start the snowball of putting things off.  As much as I am capable of putting off the run/walk/climb I recognise that over time I suffer mentally.

The connectivity with nature, the physical activity and being with others is essential to mental and physical wellbeing.  Many of us are operating in a world that is just getting faster and faster, deadlines, 5-star customer service, next day delivery, the technology that means that we can achieve things faster and do more in the same amount of time.

Timeout for ourselves in nature, whatever form that takes for you, is quite significant in our long-term mental health. It is easy to talk about it, but doing it may take some more commitment.

(Supported by my dissertation on ‘physical activity and wellbeing in the workplace’).

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Walking the HRP

Walking the high route Pyrenees in 40 days with my partner this summer:

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Dragon boat paddling for cancer survivors.

I was so weakened after my treatment that I could hardly turn over in bed. I slowly built myself up and have paddled the whole length of Windermere. It’s great to get the rhythm back.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.