#HikingMyFeelings: Lessons from the Trans-Catalina Trail is the story of how two hikes across Catalina Island helped me strip away everything I’m not, in order to find out who I am.
In December 2016, I was standing in an REI dressing room trying on gear for my first backpacking trip. The outdoors were calling, and I must go. In that moment I was the heaviest I had ever been, and I was deeply out of touch with my body. As a former Division 1 collegiate athlete, I looked myself in the eye and simply asked, “GIRL, how did we get here?”
It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two treks across Catalina Island would start to connect the dots on more than a decade of emotional and physical trauma.
The first hike across Catalina Island was the hardest physical challenge I had ever tackled.
The second trip was a complete emotional excavation, examining and releasing the weight of expectations placed on women in America, as well as the expectations I had placed on myself.
The two trips combined established the mind-body connection necessary to understand that it wasn’t only physical weight that was weighing me down.
I’ve been hiking my feelings. Now I’m reclaiming my body. 🌲🎙️🙌
I’m starting a speaking tour with REI in October and my first talk is on October 12th at the Burbank REI store at7pm, tickets are FREE!
We are doing this awesome format where I speak Friday night and on Saturday morning, we take it to the trail. Be sure to head over to hikingmyfeelings.com to learn more about the project. Subscribe to get more information about the group hikes, that information will be shared via our email list and Facebook group.