If you see a picture of me in the wilderness, I’m likely wearing black. Black suits me just fine, but more often than not, I selected black because the other offerings for women look to be inspired by tampon packaging.
“When I first started working in the outdoor industry, I was so excited to be surrounded by other smart, tough women—and I still am. But whenever I go to trade shows or industry events, I'm shocked at how solidly, stubbornly pink all of the women's options are—even gear for truly extreme sports, like mountaineering and ultra running,” writes Kate Worteck in her Elle Magazine article, “Why Should I Have to Wear Pink While I'm Hiking?”
It’s difficult to get excited about shelling out hundreds of dollars for outdoor clothing when most of what the industry offers women is needlessly gender binary. So why the lavender Osprey backpacks? The answer could be simply that the outdoor industry is outdated and hasn’t caught on to the fact that traditional gender classifications do not work anymore, especially among young people. As Justin McGuirk writes in “Why is outdoor gear so ugly?”, outdoor equipment “lives in a parallel design universe to the rest of us. It's like hi-tech architecture, but less tasteful.”
Read more in "Women's Outdoor Clothing Is Great If You Love Wearing Fuschia" at the-grandstand.com. Both photos of me wearing black in the wilderness by @richiedemaria
Did a little exploring in the city today, so lucky to call this city home for a month with Venture for America Training Camp! It is home a very diverse community with incredible gritty Midwest spirit!
Fear is probably the most powerful human feeling and it prevents us from doing things we would have done in another circumstances. Overcome your fears, it's only in your mind. If you hide from failure, you will surely meet it!
Do you have an irrational fear? How I got a fear of flying, I have no idea. It might be that I was binge watching Seconds from Disasters the night before my first ever flight. Or it might be just a simple but powerful fear of heights. I absolutely hate the feeling of free falling, it just makes me sick to the stomach. Maybe the pilot is simply an idiot. By the time the plane landed , I'm dehydrated and soaked from all the sweating
🛑👃🏽🌹 STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES - This is the lesson I have recently learned. As I talk about in almost every post: I love to float the Boise River (peep the new glasses tan line). This past weekend after I floated the river I noticed a sign that said "Scenic Viewpoint" and I looked out my window and saw the beautiful Boise valley. Rather than stopping and looking I kept on driving, as most of us do.
However, the next day I floated the river again and I just had to stop and look at the valley. It was such a great viewpoint and I was able to watch the Boise sunset from a completely different location. The world has so much to offer and enjoy, so soak it up while you can!
Life Lesson: Relax and take time out of my schedule to appreciate the beauty that life has to offer.
"Life is like a waterfall, it is always moving and there is always an uneven flow to it." _ It is in that uneven flow where we grow. Where we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives and determine what we really want. What do you want in this life? What have you uneven moments revealed to you? _ When I felt lost with no direction, I realized that I needed to create my own life. That I needed to have the time and freedom to do so. And that's how I ended up working online and traveling the world full time :)