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How We Can All Take Action

Being an activist can start with the choices we make day to day. It’s been over 11 years as a gender-based violence activist and my adventures and the state of our planet have made me an environmental activist. Yet really, we should all be activists helping heal and protect people and planet. We are not individuals living in a big world, we are connected beings to every single person and particle part of this earth. Our impact is not ours alone, never has that been more clear than now.

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Changing Narratives-On She Goes Podcast

I had the honor of being on the On She Goes Podcast in November. On She Goes is a digital travel platform that helps women of color travel more confidently, more adventurously, and more often.

We had a dynamic conversation on how a Latina girl from LA somehow found herself climbing the world's highest peaks, starting from zero when not being able to run a mile, using my voice for activism, and the diversity that is still needed in the adventure space.

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Leaving San Francisco

It’s taken me a long time to be able to write this. As crazy time flies, it’s been close to a year since I left San Francisco, what had been my home on and off for 7 years. Leaving there officially October 17, 2017 in retrospect was the best thing I ever did. (If you don’t want to read the background skip down to “ripping off the bandaid”).

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Reconnecting to my Divine Feminine Energy

You might have read the title to this and thought....WTF? But for real, it is something that maybe since I left San Francisco is a conscious effort to stay connected to. I felt like I had lost it in a lot of ways.

You might have read the title to this and thought....WTF? But for real, it is something that maybe since I left San Francisco is a conscious effort to stay connected to. I felt like I had lost it in a lot of ways.

I chose challenges that were vast and hard in lots of parts of my life that kept bringing out my masculine energy in order to succeed, or so I thought that’s what I needed. In the end so many times I felt I moved away from my true essence, which is love and more on the feminine energy side.

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So Here I Am

Written for She Ventures May 2018. The time leading up to those events was a deep period of transition and transformation for me that started back in October 2017. Life took a lot of twists and turns, some expected and some not so. If I am honest though, the past 10 years have been a period of transition, transformation,  and reinvention to shaping me into the woman I am today.

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Movement and Ritual

Movement has been a necessary ritual in my life for over a decade. What that looks like varies day to day. Turns out movement is the ultimate emotional boost! Having a bad day, feeling depressed, feeling anxious? Move your body even for 20 minutes...those awful feelings start to melt away.

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Filling Your Heart Instead of Your Pocket

Life is a series of choices, a journey and not a destination. When is the last time you made a major life decision/choice based on whether it would bring you joy? If you are like me, about August this past year I came to the shocking realization that the answer for me was never. All of my major life choices had been made around having purpose, life fulfillment, life bucket lists, accomplishments, but never joy.

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The Solo Traveler

There have been a lot of moments the past 4 days on my scooter riding on desolate and very dodgy roads, swimming in the sea with no one else there but me, or hiking down trails that warned people the "trail was broken" when I kept looking around and saying out loud, "thank you, thank you, thank you!" 

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Getting to 50/50

While my path in life has in no way been linear. All roads have led me to look/experience the lack of equality that exists straight in the face. This is regardless of the industry I have worked, as a solo female founder navigating the capital landscape, as a philanthropist and activist speaking out against gender-based violence, and in every boardroom I have sat in.

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Changing the Face of Adventure

Adventure has the power to change lives. I know so, because it changed mine. There was a time where I could not run a mile, where I had never spent a night under the stars, where my perception of what was possible was in a sense limited. Luckily, slowly but surely the beauty of nature and adventure made it’s way into my life in my 20s but really in my mid to late 20s when I was overstressed with business school, working full time, and had multi-hour commutes. Adventure became my way to preserve balance, sanity, and creativity.

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When the Impossible Becomes Possible: Summiting Mt. Everest

It was indeed the hardest physical challenge I have ever endured. My heart is full with gratitude for being able to experience beauty and wonder in such a pure form. The top of the world was even more spectacular than I could have ever imagined! A cause gave me inspiration and fueled my determination to go for a second attempt of this formidable peak.

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Everest summit update! More to come :)

A formal blog update to come soon, but just wanted to let you all know I am down safe and in Kathmandu! We were able to score a helicopter ride to Lukla from base camp this morning and then caught one of the last flights out to Kathmandu :)  So now the plot begins to figure out how to get home! Only problem is our gear is stuck up on the mtn., so more soon!
In a nut shell the past 9 days have by far been the most eventful of the trip! I reached the summit of Everest about 10:15 am on the 21st of May.

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