How to Create a Self-Sustaining Adventure

The freedom of adventure awaits…

When’s the last time you woke up in the morning, packed an overnight bag, and just…went somewhere?

So often, we let days pass us by. We get pulled left and pulled right and all around meeting deadlines, getting things done, and perpetually rotating between what “has to get done” and “things I have to do.”

Look at the calendar and count back the days and find how many it has been since an entire day consisted of only things you WANTED to do.

How many days has it been?

This personal time is critical for growth. Personal time to pursue activities that you enjoy and that excite you makes you feel more complete, more capable.

Combine that with creating a sense of adventure – and now you have a real, life changing, eye-opening experience that will stay with you forever.

What if you had an entire day to work on you?

A self-sustaining adventure means to give yourself a day of adventure – a full day,

all to yourself. 

Self-sustaining means self-sufficient. It means that you have with you and within you all that you need for an entire day of adventure on your own. Whether you pack a bag and head to a new coffee shop, go to the local climbing wall, or find a remote part of a park to spend your day, this day is for you to experience something new, reflect on what you’ve learned, and enjoy an entire day on your own.

What would your adventure be? 

Adventure consists of doing something you’ve never done before and providing moments of learning and new experiences for you to take with you and keep with you forever. Adventure is excitement, seeing things from a new angle, and trying new things.

What would you plan? 

Adventure doesn’t have to be hair-raising or terrifying. In fact, it doesn’t have to be out of this world at all. It just needs to be something new  and something that gets your heart rate going. 

For me, it was a trip to Burlington, VT.

I started planning my self-sustaining day. It took three weeks to find a day on the calendar that I could block out, cordone off, and refuse to schedule anything. I then grabbed my favorite pack and started throwing things I thought I might need into it. It looked something like this:

Remember to keep it simple: This day is about your experience, not about stuff!

An entire day by myself?? Not doing anything for anyone else?? Not doing anything that I have to do? What would I need for that? How would I entertain myself? I packed every electronic I could think of plus a journal, a pen, and the Kindle. What if it rained or what if I got cold? I packed sweaters and gloves and hats and scarves…

It’s important to keep this part simple. A self-sustaining day doesn’t mean you can’t reach out and engage with others or buy a new pair of gloves (which I did in Burlington, by the way). Self-sustaining means mentally prepare to be aware of your environment, actively engage in learning new things, and seek out new places you have never been.

Now it’s time for the adventure to begin! Ok, where is it??

I have been living two hours away from Burlington for six months and have been longing to visit. Burlington has a great music scene, is an organic-hippie kind of town with a central market and natural stores, and is pleasantly walkable. Great restaurants and quirky stores line the main promenade. Off the beaten path you’ll find colorful art installments, tattoo shops, community centers, and cozy little coffee shops. I was excited to be in this new and vibrant place.

But where was my adventure??

I had no clue. I hadn’t gotten that far in the planning and the day snuck up on me before I figured the adventure part of the whole self-sustaining day out. I started brainstorming…Get a new tattoo? No. Rummage sales racks at the thrift store? Eh. That’s no adventure. Walk around aimlessly? Too cold. I decided to just play the day by ear and roll with it.

I ended up at Speeder & Earl’s Coffee House to start my day in a caffeinated way. I asked the woman for the strongest coffee they had and sat down with my coffee and some Words with Friends to try and get my head about me on this self-sustaining adventure.

The coffee roaster @ Speeder & Earl’s

I sat staring at that machine wondering where to go now. I took a walk along the Church Street Marketplace and found all sorts of great shops.

Church Street Marketplace

My stomach growled when I passed The Three Tomatoes so I decided for an early lunch and some Kindle reading time. I was finally starting to relax and enjoy some time with my thoughts and being by myself. No adventure yet, or was there? I realized that just being in the moment, being by myself, wandering by myself and meeting new people and seeing new things on my own was an adventure in itself. I had coffee with the sunshine and was about to eat lunch with a fictional character from a story I was reading. I met new people and was able to spend extra time chatting with the barista and learning about Burlington from the eyes of my waitress at The Three Tomatoes.

Three Tomatoes, Church Street Marketplace

My adventure became an experience through other peoples’ eyes.

How were people viewing me? Alone and chatty and curious? Where I was to go next depended solely on the conversation I was having with a stranger now. My heart rate had definitely gone up. Going on advice from my young and friendly waitress, I headed over to the City Market. City Market is an organic grocery store that blows Whole Foods out of the water. This place is legit. First, they were serving gluten free mini-cupcakes at the front door followed up with organic milk to wash it down. I almost blew a gasket when I saw that you could grab some peanuts from the bulk bin and make your own peanut butter. Hello, peanut butter adventure! Passing by the boxed stuff isles, I stopped in my tracks when I saw this:


These people obviously know their market. I wanted to buy one of each item just to support hippies being included in their marketing strategy. Arms full of organic soap, gluten free pretzels, and some hippie friendly items, I checked out and threw my things into a re-usable bag and headed out the door. I felt success! I felt excited! I felt that I had found a place that said, “Hey, Christine! This place is for people like YOU!”

I needed that.

Yea, I know. It’s not crazy out of this world adventure. I didn’t try anything crazy scary. But I did do something new. And I learned something new about myself – I like being around people like me. And apparently, Burlington has a whole community of people like me. Enough to open up a grocery store full of opportunity to think and feel and purchase in a healthy, eco-conscious way. Why hadn’t I been doing this kind of exciting connection-making at home?!?

Because I needed to try something new before I understood.

After that, I had the confidence to get off the beaten path. I walked down some side streets, got out of town…and just…wandered while munching on some yogurt covered pretzels.

And that’s when my adventure happened.

There was a man in a tattered jacket all bundled up riding a bicycle shopping cart. Somehow, he had taken a shopping cart and attached it to a bicycle. Thus, making a “bicycle shopping cart.” He wouldn’t tell me his name and wouldn’t let me take a picture of the bike but it was a piece of work. Fully functioning with pink streamers and hubcap lined cart art, This piece of machinery was colorful, creative, and practical. He loads it up with recyclables, instruments, clothing, anything that needs to be moved from one place to another. He told me that it took a long time to collect all of the “artwork” that he had decorated the bike with. Our conversation was short and I felt awkward having stopped him to ask about his bike but he said that most people just stare so he was happy to tell me about the bike. He took the shopping cart from the grocery store and got the bike from a friend and said it made sense to put them together. A shopping cart bicycle. I told him the trend would more than likely catch on. Just look at what they are doing in Copenhagen!

Cargo bike for all types of hauling

I said goodbye to my new friend and the new adventure and started heading home as the sun started dipping behind the buildings on Church Street.

Goodbye, Burlington

Self-Sustaining Adventure Day…Complete.



South Africa from a Non-Cape Epic(er)

March 20, 2012

I didn’t do much preparation for South Africa. Josh, my partner, had been training for the Absa Cape Epic for almost six months and watching how much work went into that, I figured that was enough preparation for both of us.

I feel like I must state a somewhat obvious: A common mis-conception is that when you say, “I’m going to South Africa!” people assume you mean the wild safari of the African continent. South Africa has wild safari areas but Western Cape and the areas we were in were definitely colonial Dutch, very settled and developed. Cape Town is a modern metropolis and the surrounding suburbs are gorgeous with gated communities and multi-million dollar homes along the coast.

South Africa – We were in the lower Western Cape area.

Don’t get me wrong, there are dangerous areas, poor areas, wild safari areas – we just weren’t really in them.

It was a non-negotiable topic that we would both bring our bikes – mine, a steel stallion singlespeed Bronto and Josh, a fancy full suspension Anthem 29er… [keep reading…] 

Tread on Trafficking: Join the MOVEment

Tread on Trafficking is an eight-week fundraiser where treaders ask sponsors to support them for the number of miles or hours they spend running, swimming, biking, or working out with all the money raised going directly to Love146, an international organization working to end child sex slavery and exploitation.

Love146 became a personal interest of Christine’s, after her friend, Marilyn started working for the organization and shared the real stories of real girls and the real difference Love146 programs and support provide to children in need.

A few statistics from Love146:

  • It’s estimated that $32 billion is generated from trafficking people every year.
  • 27 million people are enslaved. Most women are put into the sex industry.
  • Two children are sold EVERY MINUTE into slavery.

This year, Roam Life will be participating as a TEAM to raise $1,500towards ending child slavery and exploitation.

Interested in joining the movement? Ready to make a real difference?

If you would like to make a contribution but are unable to participate, you can donate at the Roam Life page and help support our campaign.

For those of you willing to contribute $50 or more, Christine will Sharpie your name onto her jersey that she’ll wear during the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in August.


Click and donate to Love146 now.

The money goes straight into the organization and OUT to those who really need it.

Join the MOVEment.

Be inspired. Roam Life. 

Absa Cape Epic – The Saga of Suffering

The Saga of Suffering

by Jackie Baker for Liv/giant USA on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 10:19pm ·
Recently, Liv/giant’s Marketing Manager Jackie Baker joined Giant Bicycles’ East Coast Regional Sales Manager Josh Fonner to race the 2012 Absa Cape Epic. The two, racing as the “Giant Honey Badgers,” finished one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world, but getting to the finish line wasn’t all daisies and unicorns, as Jackie explains:
In Cape Town ready to race!

You’d think that eight days of racing a mountain bike across South Africa would give a girl plenty of story ideas. Yet, here I sit, nearly two weeks after taking that final pedal stroke across the finish line of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic, and I still can’t decide on the best way to chronicle my experience.

Everyone seems to expect me to say that although the race was tough, I’d gladly go back again.

 The problem is not that I don’t have material to write about: 17 days of international travel; four 10+ hour flights; seven nights of tent camping after spending an average of eight hours in the saddle each day; riding those days with a teammate that I’d ridden with about 15 total hours before arrving in South Africa—all of these facts involve specific quirky anecdotes that would be easy subject matter for an entertaining tale. The problem is that every time I approach a topic, I end up with a lengthy saga of pain and suffering. And who wants to read that?

My Liv/giant socks are dirty!

The “Untamed African Mountain Bike Race” race covers 8 total days of dirt road and singletrack riding over and through the mountains, vineyards, and orchards of the Western Cape. Most of the Epic is an undisputed sufferfest—on and off of the bike. From camping in a tent city with 3-season tents that act as saunas in any temperature above 60 degrees (but turn into sponges at the mention of a rain cloud), to biting into what I expected to be a peanut butter sandwich only to discover that I’d chomped into a mouthfull of Marmite—on a 95-degree day after 70k the saddle, there are plenty of opportunities to tug on a reader’s heart strings, but I’m going to keep it simple.

The term “race” as it applies to the Cape Epic means different things to different participants. To the pros battling for category leader jerseys and stage wins, their competition was with each other, and to see who could complete the course and be freshly showered before their soiguers had lunch ready for them. To those of us at the middle and end of the pack, our race was against the clock. Each day after the 27km prologue, we were given a course ranging from 114 to 143km (that’s about 70-88 miles) with anywhere from 1,500 to 2,900m (5,000-9,500ft) of climbing, and usually about 10 hours to ride it. Just figuring out the difference between a mile and a kilometer was exhausting.

The problem is not that I don’t have material to write about: 17 days of international travel; four 10+ hour flights; seven nights of tent camping after spending an average of eight hours in the saddle each day; riding those days with a teammate that I’d ridden with about 15 total hours before arrving in South Africa—all of these facts involve specific quirky anecdotes that would be easy subject matter for an entertaining tale.

Prologue start. Little did we know what we were in for.

Still, every day seemed like an achievable task at a moderate pace, until the black holes of time started to add up. First we’d enjoy a bottlenecked hike-a-bike up a steep hill with several hundred of our fellow racers; then I’d have to pee, then Josh had to pee. Because  of the lengthy saddle time, energy gels were usually not an option, so it was mandatory to stop, unwrap, and chew food. Someone flatted; someone had a shifting issue (and by someone, I mean me). The next thing we knew, we were worried that if anything at all went wrong in the final 20k, we’d overshoot the cutoff time and be eliminated from the race—meaning a year of preparation would be dedicated to watching from the sidelines while everyone else took off on the next day’s stage. No matter how badly pedaling hurt, the thought of not completing a stage always hurt more.

Finishing one of the hardest days. We’re not that tan….that’s dirt!

Everyone seems to expect me to say that although the race was tough, I’d gladly go back again. Or that I’m going to fill my summer with a series of grueling races and rides. The truth is, I’m satisfied. I am not an endurance racer. To prepare for the Epic, I meticulously followed a training program provided by Giant-Factory Off-Road’s cross country guru Kelli Emmett—without which, I would have been completely lost. I finished the race with my teammate Josh. We did it.

There were elite athletes who dropped out of the race. There were many seasoned Epic veterans who failed to cross the finish line as a team. For finishing, and for pushing through some of the toughest moments I’ve ever had on a bike, I’m extremely proud. Yet I don’t look back on the race and wish that I could relive any part of it—well, I could go back to some of the ridiculously fast descents and short-but-rewardingly-flowy singletrack sections. And there was one time that I felt really strong on a flat dirt road and pulled Josh and several other guys up to the next singletrack section (at which point I promptly exploded—but I would like revisit the few minutes prior to self-destructing). Other than that, I’m glad that my lengthy saga of pain and suffering has come to an end—and don’t hold your breath for a sequel.

 –Jackie Baker

 Photos taken by Christine Perigen of Roam Life.

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Absa Cape Epic – Stage 2, Robertson (119km)

Absa Cape Epic – STAGE 2

Race time is EARLY. Alarm is beeping at 5:00am and all I can feel is mildew on my sleeping bag and the tightness of muscles. Usually the morning starts with, “Jackie???” and an answer of, “Yea….” then the unzipping of tents and the trudge to the port-o-john and off to breakfast. Honey Badgers don’t have time for a lot of words. They are about to head out on a 119 kilometer race day.

Breakfast starts at 5:30am in the dining marquee then bikes are retrieved from the Pragma bike wash park (click to watch the video!) and tuning/repairs are done. Cape Epic is tough on bikes. Long days, loose gravel downhill, and lopping off into the bushes to pass the slower folks (don’t ruin the roosting!!) can really ravage some of the parts on your bike. An hour later, the Honey Badgers are lining up in the starting area. It’s now only 6:30am. We won’t see the team again for another 6 hours and 45 minutes (they don’t know that yet).

6:30am the line up is ready to begin

The Absa Cape Epic is the most difficult, most televised, and most hyped mountain bike stage race in the world. Athletes from every competitive sport prove their toughness (or attempt to) by competing in this race. Water ski champions, mountain bike champions from all over the world, Formula 1 racers, triathlon champs, actresses, cancer survivors, you name it and they are here. The media coverage of the “Top 50 to watch” is frenzied.

Media interview and snap photos of the lead racers

Today, the Giant Honey Badgers will take on 119 kilometers and 1,650 meters of climbing (for you non-metrics, that’s over 5,400 feet of climbing).

Stage 2 – Route Profile

Feeling great about completing the prologue and stage 1, Josh and Jackie head out for stage 2. After a bit of climbing (ok, a lot) and a river crossing as well as some aggressively friendly high fives from the local children in McGregor, our team crosses the finish line back into the Robertson Cape Epic Village.

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A unique characteristic of Jackie and Josh: They always finish side-by-side. Cape Epic tests you personally and tests your ability to support another person on a team (and feel supported). With all honesty, this most important component of finishing Cape Epic is something that brought a cohesiveness and strength to the Giant Honey Badgers that MANY other teams struggled to maintain. These two genuinely cared that the other made it through to the end each day and got up and did it again.

Bringing it home like champs

Thanks to our sponsors: Stan’s NoTubes, Giant Bicycles, Wilderness Trail Bikes, POC Sports, Honey Stinger, Sigma

Absa Cape Epic – An Update from the Road


Josh and Jackie are heading into day 3, stage 2 of the 2012 Absa Cape Epic. The prologue started at the Meerendel Wine Estate in Durbanville, South Africa with cooler temperatures and a lot of fans. A timed gate start, Josh and Jackie were nervous but had smiles on their faces.

Josh and Jackie at the start gate

The announcers warned that even though it was a short race (27km) it was going to be one of the hardest in terms of climbing. Climbing into the gate, it was hard to see whether these two were nervous – I’m sure they were. It was the beginning of 800km of riding and over 53,000 feet of climbing over the next 8 days.

Hill top finish

The Honey Badgers headed out for a shorter day of riding in hopes of placing mid-pack out of 1,200 riders. After 1:58 of climbing, tricky single track and some quick dirt roads, the Honey Badgers finished 350th in the pack and placed 20th in the mixed category! Way to go!

At the finish – smiles all around!

The Honey Badgers packed up the car and headed to Robertson Wine Valley for the next three stages in the race. Two hours from Meerendel, space was tight in the car on the way – lucky for the Honey Badgers, their Wrangler is incredibly small and fit in the corner of the back seat next to all the bikes.

Lots of bikes, itty bitty space

In Robertson, we found everything was incredibly organized. Showers were ready to go, marquee tent ready for dinner, signs and directions everywhere, and tent city up and ready for inhabitants.

Race Village


Stage 1 race began with a bang (literally) and temperatures quickly rose to over 100 degrees. We anticipated the Honey Badgers to finish between 7-8 hours. With the heat, it was up in the air as to how long the race would actually take. Over heating, dehydration, leg cramps, injury – it was all on the table.

After 4.5 hours, the first racers came through the finish line. 114km in 4.5 hours!?!? INSANE. With several more hours on the agenda for the Honey Badgers, anticipation began to grow as more and more racers came across the final time clock.

The Honey Badgers had to battle to pass and struggled to avoid flats with a copious amount of thorns in their tires. A small scare fairly well into the race, Josh sprayed Jackie in the face with Stan’s as his tire tried to hold together after a thorn puncture. Spraying for 15-20 seconds, Stan’s sealed up the hole and the Honey Badgers were able to continue on without stopping.

7 hours into the race, finishers from yesterday’s race were identified that finished close to when the Honey Badgers came through. They must be close.

7:23 in, the Honey Badgers crossed the finish line. With the heat and distance and crazy amounts of climbing, the Honey Badgers did better than we had anticipated AND moved up 50 spaces overall to sit at 278 out of 600 teams.

finish line fist bump

A proud moment for these Honey Badgers – they worked as a team, helped each other through, and came out above their target placement.

Currently, the Honey Badgers are off on stage 2…120km; their longest day yet. We’re in Robertson through tomorrow’s stage and then we head out to Caledon for Stages 4 & 5.

Journey to Absa Cape Epic

Today, the Giant Honey Badgers reunited on their bikes at the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch, South Africa. After climbing up a dirt road, they popped off onto some twisty single track and came flying down the mountain. Jonkershoek Upper Canary Trail ties into Mid and Lower Canary for a quick and fun ride down. The ride up is well worth it.

The trails have a bit of everything – rocky, rooty, mixed with smooth and quick switchbacks. After 40k of riding today, Josh and Jackie are in tune with one another, their bikes, and S. Africa.

Josh & Jackie at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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Reaching Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Pushing Past Your Comfort Zone

If you want to feel secure
Do what you already know how to do.
But if you want to grow…
Go to the cutting edge of your competence,
which means a temporary loss of security.
So, whenever you don’t quite know
What you are doing
that you are growing…

~ An exert from David Viscott’s book, Risking

Are you a risk-taker? What types of risks do you tend to take? (e.g. emotional, physical, financial, professional).

This first assignment asks you to look at your life from a different perspective, both physically and mentally. What do you see from this perspective? What do you feel? Are you feeling uncomfortable?

Looking at the world around you from a different perspective is the first step to adding a little risk to your life. Taking risks can help you grow, develop, learn, get unstuck and become transformed. Adding adventure type activities, whether it be skiing, bicycling, attending a cultural event, or visiting a new city, can help facilitate growth. Did you know women are usually not encouraged to take risks as men are? We have all heard, “The world isn’t safe for little girls” … It started for a lot of us when we were little girls. It’s called “learned helplessness.” Or, “risky behavior is bad.” Yes! There are “bad” risky behaviors… but, as women, we are very rarely taught that we can take on healthy risks!

Roam Your Soul facilitates you taking more risks and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s amazing how adding a little bit of adventure can be so beneficial to getting people out of their comfort zone.

Below is a model that portrays three zones. The Comfort Zone, the Learning Zone, and the Panic Zone. Understanding this model can help with your goals and become more comfortable with change.

Life can be easy in the Comfort Zone…. But this is also where we tend to feel “stuck.” It is difficult to learn and grow while you sit idle within your comfort zone. When you add adventure and take on new risks, your ability to enter the Learning Zone is much greater. The Learning Zone is characterized by uncertainty and discoveries, vulnerability, and renewed confidence, fear and delight.

Don’t hate change, embrace it!

At first, it can be scary to enter the Learning Zone. This zone allows for personal expansion and deeper reflection. It involves taking small failures and turning them into big accomplishments. When you live your life in the Learning Zone, you’ll actually increase the size of your Comfort Zone, which will help build self-esteem. When you embrace the Learning Zone, it promotes growth and increased levels of creativity, thus developing the skills and knowledge to grow and change (and be happy) throughout your lifetime. Once you have identified ways to live in the learning zone, you’ll feel alive and accomplished. You may feel much more powerful than you ever imagined.

But, be careful… you do not want to go beyond the learning zone and enter too far into the Panic Zone. Once you are in panic mode, learning is almost impossible in this zone. You’re too busy managing anxiety and fear. This level of stress can stunt learning and growth. Although, don’t be scared to enter it! The Panic Zone can create extreme exhilaration that will blast you into growth you never imagined. Just be very careful, because the Panic Zone can easily go out of control. So, venture lightly!

For each individual, this circle model varies. It’s important to identify your Comfort Zone, your Learning Zone, and your Panic Zone. Based on what you have learned here, take a few moments and draw your own diagram. How big do you think your comfort zone is? How often do you venture out into the learning zone? Where does your Panic Zone begin? What are some adventures that you could do that would place you in your Learning Zone more frequently?

Tips for taking on “controlled risks”

As you plan your adventures, keep these tips in mind and take time to answer these questions:

1) Preparation: What is the risk/adventure/trip you want to take? What are your motivators? What are the desired results? What are the best/worst consequences? Is this the right time? (Remember, there’s never a right time… you just need to make time)

What steps do you need to take? Who will support you?

2) Commitment: Jump to action! Plan the trip! Take the risk! Go for it!

3) Completion: What were the results? Did you learn? How would you do it differently next time?


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Francis Tapon: Hike Your Own Hike

Hike Your Own Hike with Francis Tapon
A yo-yo trip on the Continental Divide

Francis Tapon helps us learn about the Appalachian trail, adventures on the path less traveled, and how to live life with passion and purpose.

First in a series of presenters, Roam Life introduces you to Francis Tapon: ex-techie executive turned adventurer.  In exploring the book,  Hike Your Own Hike: 7 Life Lessons from Backpacking Across America, Francis Tapon inspired us through sharing his experience of a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and what adventure can teach you about life. This true story combines the desire to reorient one’s life with an exciting tale of adventure with a bit of humor. Francis Tapon and Roam Life  take you adventures on the path less traveled, and illustrate how to live your life with passion and purpose.

Current Project: The Unseen Africa

In March, 2013, Francis embarked on a four-year adventure to visit all 54 countries in Africa. The journey is called The Unseen Africa.

Find out where Francis is at right now.

From Tapon’s website:

What are your goals?

  1. Visit every country in Africa.
  2. Film it to make a documentary / TV show about it.
  3. Write a book about Africa’s unseen sides.
  4. Get a tan.

What’s your general travel plan?

Follow the red line on the MAP on the right (move your mouse over the map to zoom into a section). I started in Morocco. I’ve gone through West Africa. I’m now going through Central Africa until I reach South Africa. Then I’ll travel up through East Africa, eventually traversing North Africa (making sure to hit all the countries in between).

The red line gives you a rough idea of our journey’s path. It crosses all the countries in Africa. Realistically, I will make adjustments, so don’t analyze the red line too carefully. Still, it’s been accurate so far.

I expect my real journey to be far less efficient, with lots of backtracking and circuitous ways to a destination. For example, just because the red line doesn’t go to East Angola doesn’t mean we won’t go there. The only promise is that I will try to visit every country. If I follow the red line, I’ll do just that.

For more information, visit his website:


Roam Life is about inspiring adventure in your daily life.

In the Roam Life Presenter Series, we bring you stories about amazing people doing amazing things to help you realize your own adventure story.

Whether your idea of adventure is going beyond the five block radius around your house, venturing over to the next town, or exploring the far flung reaches of the planet, we want to help you get there.”

Amazing Women Doing Amazing Things: Are you ready?

Women can be an amazing force.

Over centuries, across cultures, around the world, women have been undermined, under-represented, and underestimated. We have fought for personal freedom. We have struggled to have rights. We have carried the weight of balancing our nurturing sense with our business sense. We talk a lot about “the fight” or “women power” or some other two word phrase that makes us sound like we are fierce warriors on the fight for our independence and  for our voices to be heard – and this has been an important part of women’s history but I beg to ask the question…

Is fighting the best action for a community?

Fighting can be an effective change agent. Fighting can create change quickly. Fighting can also be devastating. Harmful. Life-ending. What if, instead of “fighting the good fight,” we recognized the amazingness of the woman’s spirit and sought to highlight our amazing capabilities, support each other’s amazing endeavors, and advocated for those that are stifled by restrictions? What if our focus was to bring good through goodness and change through love, resilience, and dedication?

Roam Your Soul has begun to create a community of women adventurers using an online social forum. Adventurers come in many forms and go on amazing journeys in many different ways. You are an adventurer. We all are.

Roam Life and our Roam Your Soul project has sought to find amazing people doing amazing things so that we can introduce them to you. Through their stories we hope you find inspiration, insight, and we hope that you connect to one another through life’s stories. That’s what adventure is all about. The experience. The story. The people. We can change the world. Together.

Amazing Women Doing Amazing Things: Interviews and Stories

Abigail Anderson, Founder of Changed by Change – How I Found my Way Back to Adventure as a Stay-at-Home Mother

Eleanor Moseman, Founder of 2Wheels4Girls & Photograher – 13 Questions for Eleanor Moseman