I think sometimes I take things for granted, especially when it comes to leading a physically active life. Like most of the women who I have interviewed for our #womenwhoinspire series I met Anna when she joined our goal-setting group. Her story is pretty inspiring, she broke her back last year (no joke) and is coming back from a pretty terrible injury stronger than ever. I hope you’ll be inspired by her story.
Meet Anna, a photographer and writer coming at us live from the Austrian Alps (cue the Sound of Music)
What or who inspired you to become an “outdoor woman?
I’ve always been an outdoorsy type of girl. I grew up in a small town in Germany (surrounded by kilometers of fields and forests) where there was always something to do outside – like playing in the mud, climbing trees, chasing cows, sleeping in hammocks under the stars, building treehouses or just getting in all sorts of trouble. I think the way I grew up has molded me into the outdoor woman I am today. I’m always up for an adventure in the outdoors.
What are your goals?
2 years ago I decided to change my life around to create a life where I wouldn’t have to work a job that I don’t enjoy for 40 hours a week, but instead would be able to spend most of my time outdoors. I’ve come a long way in accomplishing this by becoming an outdoor photographer and writer, but the big adventures are still on my to-do-list. This year I will try to go on as many adventures as I can physically (and financially) handle. And to make it a bit more challenging, I’m heading out alone.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Hiking! It is so easy and accessible – no special equipment needed – you can just go.
Tell us about a hardship that you’ve had to overcome.
2015 was a bit of a rough year for me. Beginning of April, I severely broke my back, forcing me to take some time out from “normal” life. I was very lucky not to end up in a wheelchair. In this period, I had a lot of time to reflect on my life. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to live every day as if it were my last. The accident has given me that last bit of drive to be able to accomplish my goals.
Do you have a blog or are you on any social media sites? Where can we follow your adventures?
I’ve only recently started blogging on www.theloneadventurere.com and it is still a work in progress. I’ve started to incorporate my photography into the blog but expect a lot more to come in the next months. You can also follow along on instagram & facebook.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’d love to connect with more like-minded ladies around the globe that are enjoying the outdoors on their own. If you have an awesome story to tell, write me an e-mail or connect on social media, I’d love to hear about it.
Thank you so much, Anna! It’s been so fun getting to know you 🙂
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