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Creating Your Own Self-Sustaining Day

I often read blogs about adventure and travel to remind myself that life itself is an adventure. We so easily get lost in our daily lives, our daily routines, and our daily obligations that adventure seems so far away and excitement seems like something we’ll just have to get to on the weekend.

One of the blogs I follow often is from a couple that sold all of their belongings, quit their jobs, and began traveling the country in an RV. They tell great stories, have met some pretty amazing people, and have practical advice on how to follow through on living your dreams. One post, 7 Lessons from a Year on the Road, reminds us of something incredibly important:

Lesson #1: How easy it is to not follow your dreams “Inertia is an incredibly powerful force. It’s far easier to follow a routine, even a hated one, than it is to do something risky, unfamiliar, and meaningfully different.”

Challenge: Give yourself a day of adventure – a full day, all to yourself to find that experience that is meaningfully different. 

Self-Sustaining means self-sufficient. It means that you have with you and within you all that you need for an entire day of adventure on your own. This adventure is yours to own. What is it that you’ve been wanting to try? Where is it that you would want to go? How would you like to spend your day? Whether you pack a bag and head to a new coffee shop, go to the local climbing wall, or find a remote part of a park to spend your day, this day is for you to experience something new, reflect on what you’ve learned, and enjoy an entire day on your own.

So far, the Roam Your Soul workshop has had three themed adventures:
1) Seeing things from a new angle
2) Being an advocate
3) Taking Risks Makes a Woman Strong

A self-sustaining adventure: you create it, you plan it, you do it.

Basic Rules for a self-sustaining day:

1. You must pack everything you’ll need for the entire day. Nothing should be purchased along the way and all essentials are at your finger tips in your day pack or bag.

2. Make the adventure meaningful. Test your comfort zone. Get out of the routine.

3. Make time for reflection. Build quiet moments into your day. Write, draw, video blog. Find a way to express your thoughts on your experience. Engage in the process and the adventure.

4. Find an adventure that speaks to your own soul.

So, join us in the experience. Get your daypack out, pack it full of your essentials, and head out to enjoy your very own solo, self-sustaining adventure.

Want to share your self-sustaining adventure story? E-mail: christine@roamlife.com


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When I started Roam Your Soul, it was imperative to me to define why this project was so important to me. Why only women? Why outdoors? Why online? Why an adventure format?

It all came down to one important factor:

As women, taking educated risks that challenge our comfort zones, make us take in a breath of fresh air, and help us connect to one another will help us manifest into who we want to be in this world.

Connecting to other amazing women inspires us to share our amazing abilities as well. That’s why, upon starting Roam Your Soul, I began searching for amazing women doing amazing things all around the country. One of my first encounters was with Rachel and Jessica from Against the Grind. I found their blog post on GirlBikeLove and immediately became one of their biggest cheerleaders and fans. NOT avid bicyclists, NOT exceptionally wealthy, and NOT exceptionally crazy…these two ladies took off on a cross-country bicycle journey and are still on the road.

This week, our adventure challenge comes from two of the bravest women I know: Rachel & Jessica. A big thanks to them for being so inspiring and for being a part of the Roam Your Soul Project. They’ve gotten so much support from the bicycling communities they have encountered on the road that part of our challenge this week is to connect to our own bicycling communities. It’s time to connect to yours as well. Look up the bicycling association in your neighborhood, visit that location bike shop. Get on a bike. Talk about the bicycling community in your own town. Connecting to a bicycling community is an incredible way to connect to others and build adventure in your life!

 

Dirt Rag, Dirt Fest 2011

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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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GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE DISCUSSION

The Way you Communicate Influences the Whole Group of Roamers:
As a participant, you are a member of an online community. Your postings can help push the group to think in new directions and create a sense of community, or they can be divisive. Think about what you want out of this workshop and help create that experience for yourself and others. Any intelligent person loves a bit of sarcasm and dirty humor…be careful dishing it out online – some people might take it the wrong way. Be accountable for your actions and words. Respect other peoples’ stories and characteristics. Remember our purpose: to grow and learn together.

Speak up, lady!
Don’t be afraid to speak your thoughts. Your perspective, whether it is similar to that of others in the group or different is important. Be heard. “Listen” to others. The discussion can go as deep or as surface as you like. If you think something, write it! The stories and experiences that we all share is what makes this workshop unique. This is an amazing opportunity to learn and experience new adventures through one another. Share your story.

On the other hand…don’t be a loudmouth!
On the flip side of speaking up…speaking up too often takes away from the opportunity for others to share. Be aware that your story IS important…and so is everyone else’s’. “Listen” as much as you speak. Encourage others to share their stories too. It’s important to have leaders and positive instigators in this workshop. Please help move our experience forward! Just be aware of the space and make room for others to share and be part of the conversation too.

Be a cheerleader!
Your words are powerful. Sharing comments and participating in discussions can encourage others to do the same. The more you share, the more meaningful this workshop becomes. Be a little vulnerable. Encourage others to share their thoughts. Your words can open up the window to all of us sharing deeply, wholly and personally.

Hey, Chatty Cathy! Get to the point!
With up to 30 participants in the group, there is going to be a lot of reading going on! As you’re writing your reflections, telling us about your adventures and sharing your thoughts, remember that if you take too long, it’ll be overwhelming to try and finish and we may not hear all you had to say.

Just because no one says anything doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful.
If you post something…give it time for others to read. This workshop is a once a week check in and post workshop. If you post your story up and no one responds…give it some time. Also, if no one responds, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t important. It means we read it, processed it and internalized it without sharing our own thoughts. If you want feedback or have questions on how we might interpret something, just ask – or contact the facilitator. The facilitator can help start a discussion on topics that are important to you.

E-mail vs. Discussion Board – What to do?!?
As a general rule, use the Discussion Board for all workshop communication. It’s private just to us. If you connect to another Roamer, I encourage you to share e-mails! We are here to make friends and connections. If it’s a topic we can all benefit from, share it with the group. E-mail should also be used to communicate about issues unrelated to specific workshop content.

A final thought…
Adventure is a funny thing. It can bring you to new heights and make you think differently about yourself. It can scare the shit out of you and make you wish you never tried. There is a fine balance between crossing new frontiers and throwing yourself off of a cliff. Know your own limits. Be aware of others’ limits. What might work for you, may not work for someone else. What others can do, you might only wish you could do. This is a place of encouragement, support, and growth. Try new things. Help others move out of their comfort zones. But take some baby steps along the way. Reflect often. Be true to your own heart.

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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Roam Your Soul is an online workshop for women that want to explore their daily lives with new eyes, experience adventure and roam their inner soul of who they are. The workshop will help you on an internal adventure that results in soul growth and learning about yourself through daily explorations, weekly reflections and other peoples experiences.

I wanted...to enjoy.

You will participate in a 4 week online workshop with women from around the world to explore, question, interpret and interact in adventures that touch your heart, wake you up, and change your way of life.

Whether you are stuck in a rut, tired of the daily doldrum, looking for something new to do, going through a massive life change or struggling to find who you are and where you are going, Roam Your Soul is sure to fill a place in your life.

Each participate will contribute to an online forum with pictures, stories, and responses to questions and will be able to view online Roam Your Soul resources, writing suggestions and video blogs.

I wanted...to capture the experience.

Roamers will have the opportunity to create a private sharing community together online and will be able to read each others’ stories, view each others’ pictures and discuss topics using the Roam Your Soul online forum.

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


Registration Deadline
: November 1st

First Timer Registration 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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