Welcome to Women Who Explore
I didn’t always spend as much time in the outdoors as I do now. When I was a younger adult, I would have rather laid on a beach, sipped wine, or got my exercise in a gym. It wasn’t until I was at one of my lowest points in my mental health, and I was desperate for something to help, anything, that I took myself on a hike. I don’t even think I knew what I was doing, I just needed out, something, anything, and I found myself on a trail in the woods. I never expected to literally find myself.
I figured the fresh air and sunshine would help me feel better, if nothing else.
Oh, but it was so much more than just fresh air and sunshine that day. It was the sounds of the wind blowing in the trees. The long grass swaying beneath my fingers. The smell of the wild flowers and pine. The birds calling. The sun on my face. It was the calmness of my heart in my chest. The quiet of my mind. I felt alive, invigorated, rejuvenated, recharged, at peace. I felt like myself again.
I left that hike with a profound appreciation for what the outdoors could do for me and I’ve never stopped exploring since. I can’t get enough now. Hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing….if it’s in nature I’ll do it. I haven’t found something I won’t try yet as long as it gets me into nature.
A few years into my journey of exploring the outdoors, I found Women Who Explore. Right away I knew I was in the right place. I wanted to get involved in any way I could to help other women get into nature like I so badly needed to do years prior. Not only have I been able to lead local events with incredible women, but I’ve developed wonderful friendships with women I may not have otherwise met. I’ve learned new skills, like mountain biking, something I was always terrified to do, because of the women in this group. When I’m struggling with my mental health, and the last thing I want to do is exercise, this group of women pushes me to get out and in turn, get better.