How I Found My Path

How I Found My Path

I took a deep breath, tightened my pack straps one last time, and looked at my watch.

Feeling nervous about my late start of 3:25pm (darn bay area traffic), I knew I’d have to keep a pretty good pace to make it to camp by sunset. My destination for day 1 was Star Lake, just 9 miles away. If I really hoofed it, I could be there in 3-4 hours.

As I set off on the trail, I was met by a group of women who were out for a day hike. They quizzed me about my gear, shared high fives, and gave encouragement for hiking alone as a woman. Their love and support ushered in an even deeper level of confirmation (Girl Power!).

I knew I was right where I was meant to be.

A Ritual to Honor the Imbolc

A Ritual to Honor the Imbolc

Today, I want to offer you support on a very sacred night of the year as we feel the stirrings of energy and new life around us, Imbolc. This is the time of year where we reach the midpoint of winter. Beginning at sundown today and continuing through tomorrow, this seasonal celebration is a time to honor the earliest breaths of spring.

Now, I know it might still be cold, rainy, or the ground might be covered with snow where you live, but look closely. Hints of change can be found with the days growing longer since the Winter Solstice, the sap rising in the trees, and the seeds starting to germinate. 

After months of death, hibernation, and rest, life is beginning to stir once again. You may only see tiny hints of this above the surface, but things are really beginning to wake up down below.

Why does this matter? Because it is symbolic of what’s happening in our own lives. During this time of year, our spirits are beginning to stretch and shake off the winter stagnation - it’s as if they’re waking up from a long hibernation.

Getting You Started with Winter Camping

Getting You Started with Winter Camping

Being in the outdoors in the winter is such a magical experience. It's one of my favorite times to adventure out!

The bright moon brings a glow to the snow-draped forest, and the lack of people means I have plenty of space to myself. It provides a deeply restorative feeling of quiet and solitude.

So often women share with me that they don't go outside as often during the winter months. I get it... it's cold, it's wet, and it can be uncomfortable.

But when you learn how to be in the outdoors no matter what the weather is you gain new levels of strength and resilience (in every area of your life). They key is to get equipped with the tools, tips, and gear that will keep you comfortable.

My first ever Quiet Adventure.

My first ever Quiet Adventure.

I want to take you on a trip – back to 2006 when I experienced a pivotal moment on my personal journey. One that’s stayed close to my heart and has been a mainstay for the work I’m doing today.

I share it with you now because, over eleven years later, I see the challenges and confusion I faced, to be not that different than most women’s. I share it with you now because I believe as women, we heal and grow together. Hopefully in my sharing you learn a little more about yourself along the way.

Let’s envision ourselves sitting around the campfire and journey back to 2006...

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!