Taking the time to listen

“How’s it going?” “How are you doing?” These are two phrases are uttered constantly in our daily conversation. The responses vary… “I’m doing well.” “I’m fine, thanks for asking.” “I’m good.” But, what if we asked how someone is doing and genuinely wanted to know the answer? What if we asked how someone is doing […]

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Rediscovering your love and need for the outdoors

Life most definitely gets in the way! Sometimes we simply discover that we don’t have time for all the things we love. But that just makes them tastes sweeter when we rediscover them again. Ambassador Shelley writes about rediscovering her love and need for hiking, backpacking, and being in nature. Rediscovering your love and need […]

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From Basecamp, With Love-June 13th

A few years ago I got this wild, crazy idea. To buy a ski shop. It wasn’t just any ski shop. To me, the shop, which had been in business almost as long as I’d been alive was a diamond in the rough. A gem of a place that I could grow to become my […]

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You have a lot of power in your influence

Mara here. After spending the week with my niece, I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before. As role models, we have a lot more power in our influence than we realize. And the problem is we sometimes do things without realizing we are being looked up to. You have a lot of power in your […]

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The Comfort Zone

Mara here. As someone who hikes alone most of the time, I love this post by Ambassador Madelene! She has sound advice about the realities of stepping out of our comfort zone and risk assessment. So what helps us show bravery while implementing smart risk assessment? The Comfort Zone #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Call me […]

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Path to Discovery

In life, it is never a straight path without mountains and valleys. We can get off course and sometimes off-course is where we’re supposed to be. It can lead us to a better place. I love this piece by Leadership Team member Jessica! She writes about taking chances and taking control of that path. Exploring […]

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Do The Hard Things

I think that sometimes in life hard things happen unexpectedly, like the death of a loved one or a relationship gone bad. But sometimes, hard things come as a result of the choices that we make. I tend to make choices that force me to do hard things. Often I wish that I could be […]

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It’s time to get real

Sometimes life doesn’t look like we want it to. Sometimes it doesn’t look like we planned, or like we really want to admit to ourselves our anyone else. But when life gets real, we turn to real ways to find peace. I love this piece by Ambassador Michelle. It really hits home with me. I’m […]

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Blazing Trails – International Living

I love this piece by Ambassador Marianne! So much we have these preconcieved notions of things are supposed to be. But when we turn inward, sometimes we will find we fit into a category that we may think we don’t belong. Blazing Trails – International Living #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Me a trailblazer? Nah…A trailblazer […]

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Forest Bathing

Mara here. I find that when life gets to be too much, I crave nature much like I crave a nap, sweets or comfort food. I’t exciting to learn the scientific reasons for that! Ambassador Jacquelyn writes abouts forest bathing. Have you heard of it? Forest Bathing #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Do you ever escape […]

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The Pre-Adventure Adventure

Wow, I cannot believe Ambassador Val is going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail! Of course we at Hike Like A Woman are going to be following her like a hawk. In this eddition she talks to us about preparations. The Pre-Adventure Adventure #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Okay, so I’ve decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. […]

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Love… the four letter word.

Mara here. I love this post by Ambassador Francis! I won’t give too much away, but if you had told me I was going to spend yesterday the way I did, I would have not believed you either. Hiking is definitely therapeutic. As we celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday, I am reminded of how I don’t […]

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Coping with tragic loss and searching for solace

Have you ever had someone approach you seeking comfort, only to leave you self reflecting on some situations in your own life? Hike Like A Woman Chief Adventure Officer Annie is on the blog today writing about an encounter she had with a acquaintance. “Have you found Jesus?”, recently an acquaintance came to me and […]

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Gratitude for Mother Nature

Mara here. Today we reflect on what we are thankful for. At Hike Like A Woman we are for sure thankful for Mother Nature. But it goes much deeper than simply saying “I’m thankful.” So Ambassadors Madelene, Katheryn Jones, Sierra, and Lauren detail just exactly why they are grateful for Mother Nature. I will also […]

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Not Instagramable

Mara here. I love this post by Chief Adventure Officer Annie! I have often felt like I don’t belong in the outdoor community  because I don’t measure up to what I see on Instagram. But that really doesn’t matter does it? Not Instagramable #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet I’ve always had a yearning for travel, exploring […]

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Making the decision and saying “why not”

Have you been hesitant to go backpacking? We’ll don’t be. There are a lot of things that hold us back. But it is something you can do. Ambassador Jana tells us about her hesitation, what she did about it, and her first time on the trail. Making the decision and saying “why not” Click To […]

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Giving Shelter

Mara here. October is a Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and dogs make great hiking partners. This month we bring you a series on adopting dogs and how to get them outside. I have a bad habit of bring home stray dogs and it has gotten me into trouble many times. But how can you […]

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The World Needs You

Today on the podcast we talk about something near and dear to my heart. Those feelings of insecurity that tell us “I’m not good enough,” “I’m not smart enough,”…”I’m not brave enough.” As I wrestle with my own insecurities about speaking at an upcoming conference I realized that the world needs something only I can […]

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The #1 Thing We Can Do To Raise Brave Children

So there I was, afraid of dogs. So there I was, afraid that my parachute wouldn’t open as I took my first jump out of a C-130 at the US Army Airborne School. So there I was, completely exhausted after laboring for 36 hours to deliver a 9 pound, 2 ounce baby boy, scared that […]

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Being Truly Alison Again

For our next installment of Self Improvement Month Ambassador Allison tell us how a major life event led her to new beginnings. For the first installment click here, and for the second installment click here. Being Truly Alison Again #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet I guess I always loved the outdoors but never knew it until […]

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One Crazy Trip – Part III

For the final installment of One Crazy Trip, Hike Like A Woman’s Chief Adventure Officer Annie tells us about the time she spent at the Hike Like A Woman Retreat and what makes Hike Like A Woman so special. Spoiler alert: it the women behind it. One Crazy Trip – Part III #HikeLikeAWoman Click To […]

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Failure Is An Option (Episode 080)

Welcome to Episode 80 of the HLAW podcast. I’ve been taking a break lately. Wondering about the future of the podcast. I’ve been bored with our long interview format. I haven’t had time for interviews or to edit interviews or publish episodes. I’ve thought about shutting the show down and taking a big break forever […]

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One Crazy Trip – Part II

Hike Like A Woman’s Chief Adventure Officer Annie tells us about the second leg of her crazy fun trip. After OR she and her mother took off to explore the Rocky Mountains. Here is “One Crazy Trip – Part II” follows. For part I click here. One Crazy Trip – Part II #HikeLikeAWoman Click To […]

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Wide Open Spaces

September is Self Improvement Month, and we at Hike Like A Woman love a chance to reflect, grow and improve ourselves. So each Friday, we bring you an article to celebrate Self Improvement Month. To kick off this series, Ambassador Kimberly writes about wide open spaces. Wide Open Spaces #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Almost twelve […]

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One Crazy Trip – Part I

Have you ever had one of those whirlwind trips that leaves you exhausted yet thrilled at the end? Hike Like A Woman’s Chief Adventure Officer Annie traveled across the country and pack a lot of adventure in. So much, in fact that she’s split it into three parts. Here is “One Crazy Trip – Part […]

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What’s in a Year?

A year can go by uneventful or can change your perspective on life. Ambassador Jessica talks about what has gone on in her life in the past year. And about what being a Hike Like A Woman Ambassador has meant to her. What’s in a Year? #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet As I sit here typing […]

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Episode 79: Finding the Courage to Quit

Hi Friends, Rebecca here with a big announcement. I quit. It’s hard to quit something that you start, so I guess I’m not really quitting I’m just stepping down to hand the reigns of Hike Like A Woman leadership off to someone new.  Someone with passion and motivation, someone with new ideas and who has […]

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Trail Connection

Today is Father’s Day. Our fathers have shaped us and molded us. As we celebrate our fathers today, we hear from Ambassador Lori about her father. It’s a beautiful piece and I can’t do it justice to try to summarize it, so I’ll just let her take it from here. Trail Connection #HikeLikeAWoman Click To […]

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Good Job Miss America Organization

Mara here. So this week the Miss America Organization made a HUGE announcement. The are cutting the swimsuit portion of the pageant. This is a major step toward teaching women everywhere to embrace their bodies. Below is my reaction to the announcement. Good Job Miss America Organization #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet The Miss America Organization […]

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I Could Chase It Forever: On the things that change your life

Have you thought about becoming a Hike Like A Woman Ambassador? The applications period is now open. Ambassador Sarah writes about what being an Ambassador means and how it has changed her life. If you are interested in becoming and Ambassador, check out the Become An Ambassador page. I Could Chase It Forever: On the […]

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Capitol Reef NP – Adventures of Two HLAW Ambassador

Mara here. Boy, am I jealous that Hike Like A Woman’s Jill and April were able to get together. And not only did they get together, they got together in Utah! Jill writes about their adventure. Capitol Reef NP ~ Adventures of Two HLAW Ambassador: when 2 worlds collide #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet Capitol Reef […]

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Wyoming CDT Adventure

Do you let fear keep you from doing something that has the potential for awesomeness? Self doubt is most definitely not a friend. Ambassador Michelle writes about how she almost let self doubt get in the way of a trip of a lifetime, but instead pushed it aside. Wyoming CDT Adventure #HikeLikeAWoman Click To Tweet […]

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Our Favorite National Park Memories

Rebecca here, I know, I’m actually writing a blog post… It’s no secret that we love public lands here at Hike Like A Woman. National Parks. State Parks. National Forests. BLM Land. National Historic Sites. We love them all. Last summer I headed to Fort Laramie with my two children. We only live a few […]

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Go, find your people!

Are you a solo hiker or do you enjoy going with a group? Ambassador Michelle tells us why she hikes with groups, even though she likes being alone. Through her story, she discusses the importance of finding her people can connecting with others through the common grounds of the outdoors. Go, find your people! #HikeLikeAWoman […]

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The Courage to Be Me

Self doubt is nasty friend to have. And yet, we’ve all welcomed this friend into our lives. Finding the courage to overcome it is one of the most freeing and rewarding thing you can do. Ambassador Jessica tells us about her struggle and how she worked to tell self doubt it didn’t belong. The Courage […]

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