Carrying It Home, by Cynthia Romanowski

Carrying It Home, by Cynthia Romanowski

I thought I knew what I was looking for.

Last fall, when I signed up for the Quiet Adventures retreat in Big Sur, I was obsessed with Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, which is about hiking the PCT. I wanted to be the type of women who could go out in the woods for a few days and take care of herself. I thought my retreat was about information and skills. I had specific questions: How do I cook on backpacking stove? How do I build a fire? Set up a tent? Pick the best equipment? How the hell will I stay warm!?

To this day, five months after my retreat, I’m still surprised by how unaware I was of my other intentions.

#LiveWildChallenge Highlights

#LiveWildChallenge Highlights

In case you missed it, we hosted the #LiveWildChallenge on Instagram last week, where we gathered a bunch of amazing women for 5-days of grounding, nature-filled prompts. 

Each day was designed to get you outside amongst your busy daily life so that you could feel a little more happier, healthier, and connected this Spring. And we did it!!! We got outside, connected with nature (and ourselves), inspired one another along the way, and in the end, all felt better because of it.

HUGE thanks to the women who participated and for those who posted on Instagram. It was so inspiring to see your wise words and creative photos. I also really enjoyed getting to know more of you on a personal level.

To celebrate all the Wild Women who participated in the challenge, I thought it would be fun to share a little recap of the week. May this inspire you to keep (or get started) living wild!

The One Thing That Changed My Life

The One Thing That Changed My Life

In case you don't already know this, I'm an introvert. My Myers-Briggs type is INFJ, and I’m about as private, sensitive, and introspective as they come.

I would much rather reflect on problems in my journal or think through things on my own, then reach out for help. I steer clear of going to anything that involves more than a few of my closest friends and I daydream about changing the world in my pajamas.

This is me in a nutshell. And while these wonderful attributes make me who I am, if I’m not careful, it can also be what holds me back.

When I’m not mindful, my privacy keeps me from letting others know what’s going on with me, my sensitivity tells me I can’t handle feedback from others, and my introspection places such a high value on self-examination that reaching out for support is looked down upon.

Why 2016 Left You Feeling Burnt Out

Why 2016 Left You Feeling Burnt Out

I know we all felt it; 2016 was a hard and heavy year.

It brought us to our knees, tested our personal power, and taught us some big life lessons.

For many of us, it felt like we were riding down a river of constant transition, hitting one rapid after the next, trying not to get swept away by the current. But no matter how furiously we paddled, the river still took us where it wanted to go, even if it was over the top of a waterfall.

How did you ride through 2016? Did you paddle harder when it got challenging? Or, did you put the paddles in your boat and ride the current?

I'm Done with New Year's Resolutions

I'm Done with New Year's Resolutions

I've been extra quiet these past few weeks, enjoying the beautiful “in between the years time.” My days were filled with connecting with loved ones, intentional rest, deep reflection, and playing in the snow. 

As I write to you today, I feel clear, calm, and connected. But to be honest, this hasn’t always been the case.

In year’s past, this used to be the time of year where I focused on what was wrong, thought a lot about what I was going to “fix”, and attempted to completely overhaul my life. 

Lose weight… run a marathon… start meditating… be less stressed… travel to new places.

Every single year I felt the same way as I embarked on my new resolutions - happy and excited for a few days, miserable for the weeks and months to follow. 

 

3 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Moving Through a Transition

3 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Moving Through a Transition

Life is full of twists and turns on the path. Some trails you follow are “good”, while others make you wonder how you could choose something that could be so “bad”.

Getting married, getting divorced, moving to a new city, having children, receiving a promotion, taking a sabbatical, losing your job, starting a new business, buying a house, receiving a life-changing health diagnosis ― all have the power to rock your world. Each one can either spark moments of joy, create confusion, or put you in a total funk.

At a deep level, we know these transitions are necessary to live the authentic, whole, deep lives we’re longing for. We know that the darkness always blossoms into a time of incredible creativity and happiness. We know that on the other side will be some of our best times. Nonetheless, they’re still really hard.