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.
And then I overcame the biggest fear of my life and did something I had only dreamed about…. I picked up and moved across the country to Florida. Women on Adventure gave me the courage to try new things and as I tried new things the fear began to melt away. I mean if I can rappel down a building there isn’t anything I can’t do including starting over in a new state.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Michelle is now the outpost leader in St. Petersburg Florida. Join her for more life changing adventures.