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SO, WHY ONLY WOMEN?

Women, over centuries, have been influential in positive and philanthropic change in our societies. We are the communicators, the peacekeepers, the adventurers, and the renegades. We are naturally drawn to social circles. We are talkative, inquisitive and analytical. We are amazingly good at multi-tasking. Women, in today’s world, have less and less opportunities to connect to other women. Given the opportunity, we can be a great support for one another and we desire and need the kind of friendship that is deep, meaningful, and full of purpose. This workshop is a special space for these friendships to be cultivated.

As women, our appearances are often dictated by social influence and fashion magazines. Our appearances and society’s perception of us may have changed over time but we, as women, all fundamentally maintain our same appreciation for beauty (as true beauty is), compassion, and making our world a loving and awesome place for us all to live. Enjoy the video below – it depicts women from different perspectives that have been expressed in art over time.

Women In Art from Philip Scott Johnson on Vimeo.

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Our Next Workshop: March 2015
Cost: $80.00

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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

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Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone

Prepared By Jen

How is your adventure going so far? Have you been able to plan? Have you reached outside of your comfort zone? Here’s a mid-week update to keep you motivated, help you complete your adventure and provide some guidance to how best to make the most out of this workshop!

If you want to feel secure
Do what you already know how to do.
But if you want to grow…
Go to the cutting edge of your competence,
which means a temporary loss of security.
So, whenever you don’t quite know
What you are doing
Know…..
that you are growing…

~ An exert from David Viscott’s book, Risking

Are you a risk-taker? What types of risks do you tend to take? (e.g. emotional, physical, financial, professional).

This first assignment asks you to look at your life from a different perspective, both physically and mentally. What do you see from this perspective? What do you feel? Are you feeling uncomfortable?

Looking at the world around you from a different perspective is the first step to adding a little risk to your life. Taking risks can help you grow, develop, learn, get unstuck and become transformed. Adding adventure type activities, whether it be skiing, bicycling, attending a cultural event, or visiting a new city, can help facilitate growth. Did you know women are usually not encouraged to take risks as men are? We have all heard, “The world isn’t safe for little girls” … It started for a lot of us when we were little girls. It’s called “learned helplessness.” Or, “risky behavior is bad.” Yes! There are “bad” risky behaviors… but, as women, we are very rarely taught that we can take on healthy risks!

That’s why we are glad you are attending this online workshop. Roam Your Soul wants to help you take more risks and push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s amazing how adding a little bit of adventure can be so beneficial to getting people out of their comfort zone.

Below is a model that portrays three zones. The Comfort Zone, the Learning Zone, and the Panic Zone. Understanding this model can help with your goals and become more comfortable with change.

Life can be easy in the Comfort Zone…. But this is also where we tend to feel “stuck.” It is difficult to learn and grow while you sit idle within your comfort zone. When you add adventure and take on new risks, your ability to enter the Learning Zone is much greater. The Learning Zone is characterized by uncertainty and discoveries, vulnerability, and renewed confidence, fear and delight.

Don’t hate change, embrace it!

At first, it can be scary to enter the Learning Zone. This zone allows for personal expansion and deeper reflection. It involves taking small failures and turning them into big accomplishments. When you live your life in the Learning Zone, you’ll actually increase the size of your Comfort Zone, which will help build self-esteem. When you embrace the Learning Zone, it promotes growth and increased levels of creativity, thus developing the skills and knowledge to grow and change (and be happy) throughout your lifetime. Once you have identified ways to live in the learning zone, you’ll feel alive and accomplished. You may feel much more powerful than you ever imagined.

But, be careful… you do not want to go beyond the learning zone and enter too far into the Panic Zone. Once you are in panic mode, learning is almost impossible in this zone. You’re too busy managing anxiety and fear. This level of stress can stunt learning and growth. Although, don’t be scared to enter it! The Panic Zone can create extreme exhilaration that will blast you into growth you never imagined. Just be very careful, because the Panic Zone can easily go out of control. So, venture lightly!

For each individual, this circle model varies. It’s important to identify your Comfort Zone, your Learning Zone, and your Panic Zone. Based on what you have learned here, take a few moments and draw your own diagram. How big do you think your comfort zone is? How often do you venture out into the learning zone? Where does your Panic Zone begin? What are some adventures that you could do that would place you in your Learning Zone more frequently?

Tips for taking on “controlled risks”

As you plan your adventures, keep these tips in mind and take time to answer these questions:

1) Preparation: What is the risk/adventure/trip you want to take? What are your motivators? What are the desired results? What are the best/worst consequences? Is this the right time? (Remember, there’s never a right time… you just need to make time)

What steps do you need to take? Who will support you?

2) Commitment: Jump to action! Plan the trip! Take the risk! Go for it!

3) Completion: What were the results? Did you learn? How would you do it differently next time?


Our Next Workshop: February 17th – March 18th
Cost: $20.00

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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

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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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