As I write this it’s the morning of the autumnal equinox; where the day and night are equal in length, an annual moment of struggle between dark and light, the transition from one season to the next and a chance to honour the beauty of … Continue reading WILD STORIES – IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS – GUEST BLOG BY RACHEL FROM ROOTED WINGS
WORLD OF FREEDOM I’m in a World of Freedom, no-one can take away, I’ve got the joys around me as I hike along the way. The beauty of this landscape, the whistling of the wind, the birds singing softly – it’s better than drinking gin! … Continue reading WILD STORIES – WORLD OF FREEDOM – GUEST BLOG BY HEATHER FROM PULSE FITNESS ADVENTURES
A couple of days ago I had a bit of a wobble: self-doubt, fear, comparisonitis…when we get into that headspace it can oftentimes be a vicious downwards spiral. When I feel like that I have to dig into my toolkit & find the resources available to me that will lift me out of that negative mindset & back into the light. Yesterday I chose my 3 Ms…music, movement & mountains. I turned the tunes up loud & danced around like a wild thing with my son, allowing the motion & rhythm to loosen me up. I told my fitness coach I would be online at 6.30 for our group homeworkout (and in turn created accountability for myself as I knew she would lovingly check in with me if I was a no show). I also scheduled in some solo mountain time this morning so that I could go wander & get to grips with what was going on in my mind. I’m so grateful for these tools in my armoury, they’re not distraction devices: for me that would come in the form of scrolling, mindless eating & procrastination. The 3 Ms for me are restorative and nourishing: they are by no means a cure all but they certainly aid in bringing me back to a place of balance, liking myself & trusting my own intuition once again, knowing that I’ve zero to prove & a whole lot of joyful living to do. What helps you when you feel yourself slipping into thought patterns that drain you & leave you feeling less than?
Why is women supporting women so important to me…?
For a number of reasons…
As a child I was bullied for quite a prolonged period of time by 2 girls. It was never physical, always sneaky, nasty words that embedded themselves into my mind for many years to come. The scar tissue of words that leave you feeling ugly, not good enough, like you don’t belong anywhere can run deep & last a lifetime…holding you back, causing you to suppress desires & talents…to lay low, to try to be invisible & quiet. To tiptoe through life afraid to truly live…
As an adult I’ve been part of communities where women have dragged each other down in horrible ways & I’ve been part of communties that build each other up & I have seen first hand the range of ways in which women can destroy or support & I definitely know which I prefer being part of!
In my own heart & at the heart of Wild Women is a passion to recognise the beauty & power of nature in all its multi-faceted glory & while that includes the mountains & all the wonders of the outdoors it also includes seeing the unique qualities & amazing gifts that each woman has within her, even if she cannot see them for herself. No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what scars you bear, whether you’re quiet, quirky, pensive, giggly, shy, confident, a blend of extrovert & introvert, tall, short, happy, sad, broken, healing, strong or a mixture of it all (aren’t we all!!!) you are so welcome at Wild Women Events…you will be supported & encouraged by the experiences & the people that you meet & hopefully see how flippin brilliant you really are!!! Inclusivity is so important to me because I know what it is to stand on the fringes feeling like a loser weirdo, and I daresay we’ve all worn that t-shirt whatever our life journey…but when women come together there’s nothing quite like it for shredding those old t-shirts with their negative logos that no longer fit & learning to dance wild & free!!! (P.S. Nakedness optional – that metaphor went a bit awry!)
Wild Women Events said farewell to the summer hiking season at the end of August with an absolutely fabulous trek of Hen Mountain – such a great wee mountain with gorgeous views across farmland and the surrounding peaks. The group met in the carpark and … Continue reading WILD WOMEN EVENTS – END OF SUMMER WANDER – THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS
Wild Women Events Autumn Dates have landed and I am so excited to share them with you… …think wild wanders in the mountains, cosy campfires with toasted marshmallows, big challenges as well as gentle midweek strolls, a few sweet treats and all with your wellbeing … Continue reading WILD WOMEN EVENTS – AUTUMN DATES