WOA Member turned Ambassador
My Women on Adventure Story
As a kid I was always climbing trees, swinging upside down on the monkey bars, doing cartwheels and backflips. Then I grew up and became a mom and those things took a back seat. As my two boys grew up I watched as became adventurous and overcome their fears.
When my kids grew up and moved out I found myself wondering, “what now”. I started thinking about what I wanted for myself. I remembered how much fun I had as a kid being adventurous and how much I enjoyed the outdoors, so I decided to go back to my roots. I wanted to kayak, hike, climb walls; I wanted to do it all. I wanted to push myself to new heights (literally and figuratively). I started searching for other women who were like-minded and I came across Women on Adventure.
The first event I went to was a coffee and conversation on a blustery, cold winter morning in Des Moines, IA. As an introvert, every part of my body was screaming, “don’t go, turn around, don’t do it”. I was terrified of walking into a group of people whom I had never met before, but I was determined to fight through my fear once and for all. And that one meeting changed my life forever.
I know, that sounds very cliche, but it absolutely did change my life. I discovered that the group was full of fearful introverts! I wasn’t alone. The positivity and energy that they brought was so refreshing and exciting and exactly what I needed in my life. I sheepishly continued to attend events getting to know so many different women from so many different walks of life. Eventually I discovered that I was right where I was supposed to be.
Because of Women on Adventure I expanded my comfort zone. I climbed walls, I hiked, I rode my bike for 16 miles. I rappelled down a 27 story building! I was able to participate in more activities with my grown sons and keep up.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Michelle is now the outpost leader in St. Petersburg Florida. Join her for more life changing adventures.