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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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