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Jumping back in!

Being laid off for the first time in my life over a year ago, I have to admit I had mixed emotions. As so often happens though, when one door closes, another opened. I finished my certifications as a life and business coach and a wilderness first responder (WFR)! But first...

For those who don't know, I have just completed my own big adventure paddling solo from the beginning of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico in a canoe. It took six months and I traveled 3,300 miles in 13 states through some of the most remote parts of our country. Throughout that journey and all those that came before, the biggest lesson that I continue to learn is that my successes and failures often have more to do with my perspective than they do with the surrounding circumstances. The ability to see beauty and learn through adversity says more about us than it does about the challenge itself.

Skills such as planning, critical-thinking, and the assessment and mitigation of risk are also critical to confronting challenges and reaching the next level in our potential. My passion is to inspire others, especially kids, to continue developing these skills and the confidence to live courageously and authentically, breaking down internal boundaries to success.

There are so many benefits to outdoor adventure learning. And the earlier kids are exposed, the better according to Dr. Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. "Young children might not be ready for lessons in formal logic. But they can be taught to give reasons for their conclusions. And they can be taught to evaluate the reasons given by others."

(2/2/2022,, © 2009-2012 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.)

Teaching kids to become better leaders, critical-thinkers, and problem solvers within the framework of outdoor recreation and wilderness adventures fulfills a dream and I hope helps to inspire others.

Book an adventure for your child today!

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