Go for it!

Life is too short. If you want to try something new just go for it. Don’t worry about what others think. Live your life and push your boundaries. Challenge yourself everyday, or for one day. But do it for you!

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Getting through grief by getting outside

When my partner took his own life in 2014 I thought my world would never be the same. It wouldn’t be the same but that didn’t mean it could not be good again.

By taking on cycling the Coast 2 Coast in 1 Day in his memory I gave myself a target and a reason to go out each day. From this I learnt how important it is to keep pushing your boundaries, to have a little adventure each day and to inspire others to do the same. I now also write An Adventurous Girl blog, hoping to share my experiences with others.

Submitted by Cadi Lambert – visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Running recovery

I used running to recover from two sever periods of post natal anxiety. The benefits of being outside, noticing the world around us and breathing fresh air as well as the endorphins from the effort itself, all combined to help me recover back to ‘me’ once the acute phase of illness had passed.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

From being bedridden in 2013 to participating in offshore yacht racing in 2015; I have come a long way.

Being outdoors and participating in outdoor sports is primarily responsible for this. Initially, outdoors and outdoor sports meant going for a 100m walk. But it was outside. Perseverance and gradually increasing my time outside has played a huge part in my recovery. I’m not better yet and may never fully be, but I’m able to live a more normal life thanks to the healing power of being outdoors.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Solo adventures

The past few summers I have found it really hard to find friends with the free time and the same interests that want to go out adventuring with me…so I decided I’d go alone.

This seemed like a big thing at the time, but now I am yearning to get back to my solo adventures. Walking in the countryside and adventuring around new areas in my camper van gave me so much confidence to take on new things.

Not only did I benefit from time to myself doing something that I loved, I dove into challenges and obstacles and came out the other side, stronger, more aware, happier and motivated for more. Lots of people around me tell me “oh I’d never go and do that on my own” but I encourage them to give it a try, to wander and explore your thoughts or immerse yourself in beautiful surroundings.

I’m no super hero, I don’t do anything that radical but it always surprises me how shocked people are that I simply walking and exploring on my own. So go for a walk, do it for you, do it alone, it doesn’t have to be hard…see what you learn.

Submitted by Melissa Schubert – follow her on Instagram.

Don’t get trapped in your 9-5

There is so much more out there. Especially at my age, it’s easy for people to worry that when coming out of university they must get themselves on the career ladder and secure a 9-5 (or longer) job in London. There is SO much more out there.

I worked in London, then at 24 realised I had nothing holding me back or down to staying here. Go and explore, I went to work in Kenya for a year and it was hands down the best thing I ever did. Working outside revolutionises how you think and work. I enjoy working with different people and exploring new places so that helped.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Late Bloomer

I was 48 years old and zeroing in on 250 pounds. When on the dental table I had a reaction to the anaesthetic and had to be resuscitated several times. The dentist told me “you almost went out of here in a body bag”. I became very ill and despondent.

I still don’t know what exactly triggered the mental change in me but I decided to change. I hired a trainer and began a long journey towards wellness. I’ve discovered a passion for the outdoors that I did not know existed I lost almost 50 pounds, ran a marathon, then did a triathlon.

I joined a women’s adventure team even though I was the oldest by far I am now zeroing in on 58, But I am living a joy filled life that is deeply satisfying. I hike daily, kayak, mountain bike, snowshoe, distance cycle, backpack and recently took up climbing.

I am ageing but intend to go out swinging. And so very happy!

Submitted by Charity Lovelace

The only one worried about you is you

When you’re up on a wall or trekking along a trail, you’re the only one who thinks you look stupid, inexperienced, out of shape, or anything in between.

Because guess what? Everyone else is worried they look the exact same. So put it all out there. Believe in yourself and commit. You do you. We’re here to back you up.

Submitted by Anna Wendt – visit her website or follow her on Instagram or Twitter.

Gig Rowing

I row in a Ladies crew competing in Cornish Pilot Gigs over the South West of this country, but also special events in London and Holland.

Submitted by an anonymous but wonderful woman in adventure.

Age is just a Concept

I learned to ride a horse when I was 50 – now I probably ride more each year than 99 percent of people out there I think.

I have lots and lots of stories or riding, camping, being in that still and serene moment when all there is is you, your horse and the stars. I don’t care how old I am. I don’t care what I “should” be doing. I don’t care if it hurts or if the pain will mean I will be able to do less strenuous things for a shorter time period. I don’t care. I live now. I will always live now – whatever that brings. Life is adventure… else why live?

Submitted by Julie Veloo – you can visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.