Today I have the honor of introducing you to Amy Tomasso, our Quiet Adventures Team Member. If I could do a drum roll right now, I would, because this woman deserves an extra special introduction.
Last spring I met Amy and after an afternoon of hiking together, I knew I wanted her to be part of our team. When I told others about Amy I was at a total loss for words: thoughtful, an incredible listener, a skilled outdoorswoman, bright, and wise beyond her years (if you meet her in person you'll be in awe that she's a recent college grad). That's Amy!
She's someone who genuinely cares about making the world a better place and I'm incredibly grateful she's part of the Quiet Adventures' family. Amy is the assistant guide for all retreats and helps to create a lasting and memorable experience for all of the women who adventure with us.
She's also a talented writer, so I'll leave the rest of the words to her. ;)
With love and gratitude,
Founder, Quiet Adventures
Name: Amy Tomasso
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Current Location: Palo Alto, CA
How did you develop your skills as an outdoorswoman?
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a family where all our weekend, vacations, basically any free time, was spent outdoors! Although, admittedly, when I was young but not too young to be able to hike, I was overly fond of the “trail 3-wheel stroller,” by the time I was a teenager I hit my stride in the outdoors, finding such inspiration, challenge and joy on all my hikes and summer backpacking trips. In college, I trained to be an outdoor leader, got certified in Wilderness First Aid, and started leading freshmen orientation backpacking trips. But there is always so much more to learn, and I relish each moment I can spend surrounded by trees, sun, sea--or rain, wind, rocks!
What’s your favorite personal outdoor adventure memory?
My favorite outdoor memory is by far the moment I crested the summit of Mt. Rainier: early early morning, August 8, 2013. Extraordinary! Especially because, at that very moment, I was convinced my legs could not move another step. But, once on the top of that majestic, towering volcano, I felt closer to the heavens than ever before, literally on top of the world. It is a beautiful memory of pride, accomplishment, and breath-taking scenery, and I have returned again and again to that moment in my mind, especially when I need a reminder of all the things I can do!
What's most important to you right now in your life?
As a recent college grad facing the great, exciting and tumultuous world, the most important thing in my life right now is to be unapologetic and discerning in listening to my inner voice and following my dreams, so that I can be my best and happiest self.
How do you spend your time when you're not hitting the trail with Quiet Adventures?
I am a consummate reader--I will literally stay up half the night because I can’t put a book down! So, I’m usually reading, writing, or walking in my free time. My dream is to be a writer, and I am currently working on a book of personal essays. I also adore spending time with my best friends: our perfect day would be cooking breakfast together, going thrift shopping and going hiking!
What do you love about being an Adventure Team Member?
By far, I love the truth in the name Quiet Adventures. It is so rare and difficult to find the quiet, infinitely wise place in our souls, but on a Quiet Adventure, the place comes alive. Each retreat is both an interior adventure, and an incredibly fun and fulfilling adventure in the beautiful outdoors! I also love the camaraderie that grows organically and compassionately between the women on the adventures. When that happens, it is magic.
What advice do you have for other women who want to get outdoors more?
My advice would be to expand your definition of what the ‘outdoors’ is, as this will make that whole wild, abstract concept of the outdoors more accessible and less intimidating, as it can sometimes be. Really, a patch of grass and a glimpse of sky can do wonders for the psyche, especially when you can’t get in a full hike or camping trip. Wiggling your toes in the dirt, too, is an experience in itself! Start to notice all the little changes in light and the flora around you, and you’ll soon see that nature is everywhere, and it’s literally begging you to take part! If you think of the outdoors in this way, it no longer is something foreign--it is already a part of you.
-----> Next week Amy will be sharing the story of her first backpacking experience. Sign-up below and get the story delivered straight to your inbox. You don't want to miss this!