Work, pack a bag, travel, sleep, repeat. My life lately and I'm 100% in love with it. Though I crave moments of exploration and those magical moments I talk so often about, it really has everything to do with the people I've met - aka the baddest babes I've been kicking it with.
Half a year ago, I came across a post on Instagram. I was up one night endlessly scrolling and struggling to find confidence because I wanted to travel more, do more. My eyes were drifting and slowly closing when I saw this post, it was a post about Women who get out and explore but the catcher was, it was ordinary every day women. You didn't need the best gear or be the best, it was for women who wanted to try. I instantly was in love because I love the outdoors but I don't have the best gear or know what I'm doing half the time.
This particular post was about their search for ambassadors. I thought to myself, you'll never get it. I took the next few days to think about, I went back and forth. I've always been afraid of rejection. Always. I didn't want to put myself out there, get my hopes up and receive an email that I wasn't good enough. So I didn't apply. Fast forward a week and I was up again endlessly scrolling when the post reappeared. Again I thought, you'll never...WAIT, I'm good enough and smart enough why not try? Why not step out of my comfort zone and do something that could possibly change my life?
So I applied and you know what? I remembered that stepping out of my comfort zone was worth it. It was worth it when I went to Europe alone, it was worth it when I flew to AZ to pick up my dog, it was all worth it and it was worth it when I received the email that I made it to the next round. I ended up getting it after a few rounds and I was in shock. I checked my email one afternoon and Women Who Explore popped up. I didn't open it because I was so nervous. I had applied, created a video and written a blog post. But I got it and I never expected it to be like this.
It has introduced me to the most amazing, strong, kind, brilliant women. I'm forever grateful.
Recently, I went to Vegas for training on running Women Who Explore getaways. Some brief background - I never was a girl's girl. I had girlfriends in high school but hardly spent time with them on the weekends or made plans outside of school. In college, I made a few close knit friends but wasn't one for a big group of girls. I just didn't flourish in a large group of girls and I didn't know what to expect in Vegas with 9 girls. Girls I had never met before. I was meeting other ambassadors but I hadn't really connected with any of them yet.
Once the training began, poolside I might add, I got to know these women on a personal level. We talked about our struggles, our low points and high, we talked about why we loved Women Who Explore, there were tears and there was laughter. I realized that many were just like me, nervous to step out, afraid to take that step. But they did, we all did.
You see, we all are different. We have different interests, we grew up in different places, we have different jobs, different life experiences, but we came together with one common interest, Women Who Explore and it was enough. It was enough for me to fall completely and madly in love with the women I met. To share experiences, to hop in a car and walk the strip, chug one of those large slurpee drinks (not recommended), and to have a photoshoot with animal heads.
I walked away with so many friendships from all over. I found my tribe. I found people who have lives, we all work but we all want to make more time for exploring and learning new skills. Some have better gear than others and someone only own tennis shoes.
And it's ok.
My purpose of this post isn't to sell you on Women Who Explore. It's to tell you that don't lose hope. You'll find your tribe. You'll find something you are passionate about and you'll find people to share it with.
Just know that it's ok to step out of your comfort zone. It's ok to not be ok with your life, your job, your friends..but it's not ok to do nothing about it. Get out there and pursue your passions.
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