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Learning to advocate is an important part of becoming a complete person. We advocate for ourselves, we advocate for others, and we advocate for organizations. A focus of this workshop is to help develop the inner-advocate. In my line of work, I have found so often that girls, women, children do not know how to self-advocate or advocate for a cause they are passionate about. Where do you begin? How do you gain the confidence? How do you really make a difference? How do you make that educated risk? Week 2 of the Roam Your Soul workshop is all about that.

There are three steps in advocating:

First, we learn how to Self-Advocate: Being a self-advocate is how we get ourselves through and beyond life’s challenges. As a self-advocate we build self-efficacy, confidence and the ability to win/overcome challenges and barriers.

Then, we learn to Advocate for Another: Once we learn how to better our own situations and stand up for what we believe in, we move to advocating for those that are unable or unknowledgeable of how to do so. We find the friend who is in an abusive relationship and reach out a hand, we bring food to our church to hand out at Thanksgiving, and we begin to notice those around us that may need inspiration and we seek to provide it.

Then, we Advocate for an Organization/Group: We begin to realize that there are many more people in the world that have come from similar situations or haven’t had it as great as we have and we now want to make a bigger difference in a bigger population. We no longer can sit in our bubbles and do nothing while knowing that something can be done and is being done through wonderful organizations around the world. We become a pro-active advocate.

There are many ways to actively advocate:

Think outside the box. You can participate in a marathon, a march, a protest, a sit in, a walk or you can shout from the top of a building. Decide how you would like to advocate. Make contact with whom you would like to advocate. If it is yourself, do some journal reflecting and talk to your advocacy friend. If it is another person, reach out and discuss ways advocacy can occur. If it is an organization, make some phone calls and find out more about how you can be involved.

 

Being active is key to advocacy:

Follow through on your plan for advocacy. Climb that hill and shout from the rooftop. Make your signs and sit on the corner. Visit the community center and volunteer. Make advocacy an active part of your day.

Advocacy comes in many forms:

Each person expresses him or herself differently. We all have different skill sets and different experiences. Find what is meaningful to you and incorporate that with what you are good at. Students from MIT created a video game to discuss being gay, It Only Takes a Girl made a powerful video based on international statistics for women, She’s the First coordinated a rock concert to benefit girls’ education, and so many many more people have taken an idea and created a message.

What’s your message?

MIT: A Closed World, Video Game (Click the picture)

It Only Takes a Girl, A Short Film

She’s the First, a Short Film

She’s the First from She’s the First on Vimeo.

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[reblogged from the Against the Grind website]

Roam Your Soul – Expanding Women’s Empowerment

January 2nd, 2012 Posted by . Published under Website Profiles. No Comments.

 It’s been great to expand our readership over the past few months of riding.  We always expected this to happen, but it’s been a vital part of how we keep energized about the project.  One of the best relationships we’ve formed along these lines is with Christine Perigen.  She’s founded Roam Your Soul, an Online Adventure Workshop for Women.

It’s a place for women who “want to explore their daily lives with new eyes, experience adventure and roam their inner soul of who they are.  The workshop will help [women] on an internal adventure that results in soul growth and learning about [oneself] through daily explorations, weekly reflections, and the relationships [they] build.”

We want to share this great project with you all because we’re working with Christine to form a challenge for Week 3 based on Against The Grind.  Since we have similar goals – to inspire women to take more risks and push themselves to face challenges head on – this was a great match up for us.  And we think it’s a great match up for you too!  (I know we have a lot of male readers, and sorry that you can’t join, but you probably have women in your lives who might be interested in the Roam Your Soul workshop.)

Sign up here– $20 for the 4-week workshop:

If you’d like to use a New Year’s Resolution to be a bit better at facing challenges in 2012!  (You’ll get to see some videos we haven’t released yet too!) While we’re working with Christine in Week 3 in January, the registration for January is closed, but your chance to participate in February is still here! The workshop will run from Feb 17 – March 18 and we’ll be Week 3 again!

Overall, we mostly just like sharing stories, in any form, of women doing great things to break down the barriers and challenges we face each day!

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One of the major obstacles of adventure in our daily lives is how to find the time. Sounds silly, when I say it because isn’t this what makes life FUN? Shouldn’t we ALWAYS have time for fun?

The reality, of course, is that fun is the first element of our daily lives to go when we are busy, stressed, working, and have full to-do lists to complete.

Compound this with the fact that it’s now winter and daylight is at a minimum and now we are a bunch of non-fun ninnies all of a sudden.

Several of us are gearing up for a women’s workshop to begin December 15th that  focuses on a weekly adventure and reflection. Several of us may be asking ourselves, “How am I going to take some time out for my adventures?” In response, I have come up with a list that might just help you out:

Wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual. I know, this is a tough request. We’re already sleep-deprived, stressed and have a full day ahead of us. And for people like me, I am a COMPLETE non-morning person. I sleep until the last possible moment and then wake up angry on a regular basis just because I have to get up. Lately, I’ve trained myself to set the alarm 30 minutes early (and honestly I wake up 20 minutes earlier…snooze 1X!!) and I’m now able to enjoy a cup o’ joe with my man. And this makes me happy and I start my work day HAPPIER. Stay with me people…I know this is a post on how to have an ADVENTURE and I have a point that connects to this. See formula below.
While at work, take advantage of your breaks. Tear yourself away from work and actually walk or ride your bike somewhere – most beneficially, outside. If you can, combine your breaks and take one long break (good time to sneak in an adventure, too!) This helps your  blood flow, your brain wake up, and stress to go down amongst a plethora of other positives.

Before you come home, plan for some time to yourself. Hire a babysitter, arrange for chores to get done, do what you have to do to schedule in an hour of time for just YOU.

Make a wish list of activities. What are the things you wish you could do that you never get to? Your adventure doesn’t have to be crazy or exhilarating. It can be calming and relaxing, too. Make your decision. Do you want excitement and movement or calm and relaxing?

Put your wishlist in several places that will remind you to schedule it in. Have daily or weekly goals. What is really important to you to try and do this week? Is it to finish a book in the bath tub? Go for a hike? Sign up for a new class? Put it on your  calendar and schedule it in as a goal.

The biggest and most important aspect of daily adventures is making the adventure a priority. Take the steps and complete the actions to make sure that the adventure isn’t just a possibility – it’s a given. Avoid excuses. Plan for variables. If you scheduled a night hike but it’s too dark and too late – take a head lamp, a flash light and a shoulder bag and go for a hike or walk anyway. If you planned to have coffee with a friend and they cancelled, go have the coffee anyway.

The adventure rests within you. You just have to give it a little space to come out and dance.

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In the average American’s work day, we have two 15-minute breaks and one 30 minute lunch. This means we get one full hour to ourselves during normal daylight hours. Depressing? Yes. Could be worse? Totally.

It is so easy to sit at our desks all day or run around doing our jobs all day being stressed OUT. I’ve come home on numerous days and taken one look at my partner, Josh, and we see it in each others’ faces: I don’t even want to TALK anymore…I just want to sit and check out for a few hours. The day was too long and stressful and we spent the whole of it INSIDE. Two situations that are worst nightmares for us.

What would motivate me to actually take a break and try to do an adventure during my work day? I started this online workshop with the intention of helping women to take time out of their daily lives and seek adventure. The problem is, I haven’t really been doing this on a consistent basis. I’ve been a weekend warrior at best. Where’s the motivation? Where is the priority?

I’ll be honest: It didn’t really exist. There is already so much to do and it would take energy and I’d have to plan…and then go OUTSIDE and it’s COLD and then I’d have to hurry because I have to get back and punch in at that gawd-awful beeping punch machine and then I’d have to go back to WORK. Sad face.

Today, I finally did it. I built a mini-adventure into my day. Do you want to know what motivated me? This blog post. That’s right. I have had this as a draft post for three days now. It was just sitting there, waiting to be written. I had to write it. I had to “walk the walk” if I am sitting all up on the blogging horse “talking the talk” about how life adventures are important and we have to feel alive and we have to go out and DO stuff…so here it is. I did it. And it was AWESOME.

I took my two fifteen minute breaks and did a brisk walk around the property. It’s gorgeous. And I can smell snow.

Three things about myself that I reflected on:
1. I love where I live. I love the crisp air and the Adirondack mountains.
2. I am a total tree hugger. I was irritated that buildings and fences and walkways kept getting in the way of bushwhacking and picture taking. That’s right. I BUSHWHACKED in my work clothes. I felt like a renegade. I felt like I was breaking the rules and it felt GOOD.
3. I should totally take a walk outside every day. Scientifically, it helps your brain reset and gets your blood flowing. Personally, it helps me feel less bored and jittery sitting at the desk all day. I felt less trapped the rest of the afternoon.

Three places that helped me realize these things:
1. Bushwhacking down a hill on the backside of the property – in ballet flats and slacks.
2. Sitting in an Adirondack chair looking up at Mt. McKenzie.
3. Spotting a cairn on my walk back in to work. Whoosa.

Go on a daily adventure. Re-set your perspective and give yourself a few minutes to yourself.

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Roam Your Soul is all about amazing women doing amazing things that inspire other women around the globe. Let’s inspire and motivate each other. Support each other and learn from each other.

Recently, the Roam Your Soul staff teamed up with Against the Grind, a two-girl bicycling team that have endeavored to cross the country to create a documentary about amazing, every day women, doing amazing things.  They are currently parked in Savannah, Georgia before they had out on their next journey and have just finished their first video about girls and bikes (one of my personal passions).

Dirt Divas from Against the Grind on Vimeo.

Bicycling has a funny way of empowering women. I have been a part of several women’s mountain biking clinics as both participant and instructor and it’s amazing to see how empowered and successful women feel after finishing a women’s clinic. I spoke to two women this weekend from IdeRide and Kingdom Trails who have created women’s clinics for MTB and have had over 90 women sign up for the workshop. Women like to be challenged. We like to feel empowered. We like to be adventurous.

Kingdom Trails, VT

Check out M2M – an organization that utilizes bicycling to bring awareness to the lack of liberties to women in countries around the world. Shannon, the founder of M2M, is currently riding her bike through Afghanistan (which is a prohibited activity for women in that country) to bring awareness to the country and the rest of the world.

And finally, look at yourself. We are all amazingly capable and empowered women. We do amazing things every day. It’s time to take that to a global community level and start supporting and empowering each other across the world.

Against the Grind and Roam Your Soul will be working together to create a unique Adventure and Reflection Task for the Roam Your Soul workshop that starts in December, 2011. Get ready to feel empowered. Get ready to inspire others with your story.

Sign up now for our 4 week online workshop. For $15, it could change your whole perspective.

– Christine

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Traipsing through the woods with my pack on my back and my little dog by my side, red and yellow leaves started flickering down through the branches as the wind blew crisp against my cheeks. I felt tingly and alive and my feet felt like they were flying over the mud and rocks as my legs powered up and over, up and over. I was taking in every moment and every movement. It all began to melt together into one entire experience. I had discovered my “flow.”

My moment of flow

The father of “flow” is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Mee-hi Chicksen-mee-hi). That guy’s name is a mouthful. A Hungarian born later to be psychologist, M.C. (we’ll call him) discovered that flow can be experienced during anything you really encounter. Look him up. He started out in the 70’s defending artists and letting people know that weren’t as desperate and depressed as everyone made them sound. In the 80’s he explained that teachers have known about flow for years – how do you think they motivate kids to learn? And now, it’s been adopted by educators in the outdoors and adventure leaders around the world. We need flow to feel fulfilled. We need flow in our adventures.

Part of the Roam Your Soul experience is finding that flow in your daily life. Experiencing that out of body transcendence that comes from complete submergence into a moment. All five senses are being used. Your body is working and moving at it’s maximum competency and at your mastery rate.

Are you aware of the sense of flow in your actions, the sense of flow in adventure, the sense of flow in your day? When are you aware of flow? Roam Your Soul is about finding that flow. It’s about experiencing the moment. It’s about getting lost in what’s important in life. Find your adventure. Then Roam.

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Catching the wanderlust bug…

Italy

I spent years wandering from one place to the next. I was never settled. Always antsy. Always wondering what was next. Where was I going next? I have moved out of the country, across the country and into the country and still feel the need to move again. Moving is part of the adventure to me.  I love new and different and change.

Starting Roam Your Soul was my way of sharing some of that restless adventure with others. To me, there is nothing more exciting than roaming and exploring to find something new to experience. How fun would it be to try and do that on a daily or weekly basis with other women from around the world?

I have learned more about myself in my solo travels around the world and in my own neighborhood than I could have imagined. It’s how I’ve grown, changed, reflected…it’s how I’ve connected to others over coffee, language and culture.

You might be looking for something different. You might be looking for adventure. You might be looking for a CHANGE. You might not be looking for anything at all. But when we wake up in the morning and know that we have an adventure to do and a personal soul task to complete…how could we not walk into the world each day a little more excited??

Roam Your World. Roam Your Soul.

Christine
Roamer, Adventurer, Workshop Leader

Our Next Workshop: December 15th – January 22nd (Holiday Break 12/22 – 1/2)
Registration Deadline
: November 1st

Cost: $15.00

Sign up now!

Contact info: Christine@roamlife.com /+1 (914) 297-8446 or use our ‘contact us’ form to request more information.

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