Can you imagine standing at the top of a bobsleigh track in the Austrian winter dressed only in a one piece lycra suit getting ready to hurl yourself down the icy slide? Or swimming in the mercy alligator infested rivers of the Amazon in hope that you might see a pink dolphin. Or perhaps in the middle of Bass Strait's open ocean in a sea kayak unable to see land in any direction?
My name is Abby, energy, lifestyle and adventure enthusiast. I do my best to stand apart from my experiences, some of which you read above. I recognise they are not who I am, yet have given me invaluable lessons and shaped my character to what it is today. You may not have found yourself in these exact places but you may be able to relate and even if you cant I urge you to read on.
Whilst we as individuals are all very different, on the inside we are very much the same. What makes us different are the choices we make in our lives, the way we choose to be and the things we choose to do. This creates our authenticity and sets us apart from everyone else on the planet.
I am curious by nature and tend not to shy away from things that seem far-fetched and outrageous. I am motivated to experience what’s on the other side of challenge. There is so much in the world that we can’t even attempt to dream up. Moments, people, places and events. I attempt to connect with my internal dialogue and leverage this to encounter what is out there.
Let me explain. Just over 18 months ago a good friend of mine suggested I might be interested in sea kayaking adventure he was going on. When I started to research, my imagination went into overdrive. I started to envision the places we would visit, the immaculate white beaches and the deserted islands. What animals would we see? How would it feel to sit in the ocean and not be able to see land? What would nature be like at these places that were rarely visited by humans?
Yet the imagination can only take you so far, and looking inward for this adventure was no longer enough. I took up the challenge to turn this internal storybook into reality. The adventure itself really is just the cherry on top, the path you take to get there also holds challenges, lessons, hardships and sheer delight. As the saying goes, ‘if you do the things, that many people choose not to do, you will be taken to places many people have not been.’ Here and along the way I have found joy and happiness, I’ve also found struggle and pain, but ultimately I’ve found growth, which has proven invaluable to my life.
My aim is to reach you, going about your day in your 'normal' life, yet have the inkling that there may be something else. Something, which if you choose to pull back the curtains, would expose the most incredible adventure, the most incredible life. I want to share with you what I have found happens when we extend our self into the uncomfortable zone. Ill be there to encourage you to take the step, inspire you to follow the path less travelled and hold you accountable, raise you up, cheer you on and celebrate your journey to the other side of challenge.
Why? Because there is so much greatness inside of everyone. Greatness that sometimes gets filed away to use later, for when you have the time or when you have the money or when you don't care so much about what others think about you.
I want to support you to challenge your way of thinking. We all deserve to be lit up with what excites us, living a life on purpose and doing great work in the world. Sometimes we get in our own way, there is a voice that holds us back or perceptions of what others may think of us. I experience this often. I have failed, more times than I have succeeded. Failure is something many of us view in the wrong light, as something we haven’t been able to do rather than a step towards the bigger picture. We should all be able to feel worthy of ourselves and confident in reaching our potential. Not in a way where we are striving but in a way were we are allowing. Allowing the inklings to unfold in our imagination and out into our physical life.
I enjoy adventure, travel, health and fitness, meditation, sunsets, chocolate, good human connections, swimming in the ocean, the list could go on. Please join me as I unpack the lessons I am learning by allowing my imagination to develop into the adventures of my life.