Sevenly Ambassador Shares about Great Outdoors Adventure
In a world constantly telling you how you should be, think and feel, is it possible to forget what makes my life unique? This was the theme of my “quarter life crisis”. I’d just turned 25 and, finally having finished graduate school, it was the first time in years that I had time: time for me to explore who I want to be “when I grow up.” Hah!
Among other things, I set myself to discover (and re-discover) hobbies, including hiking. This rediscovery of something seemingly so simple had fostered an appreciation for something I realize I’d come to take for granted: The Great Outdoors.
As a former NCAA soccer player, I’ve always had a passion for applying dedication and perseverance into athletic pursuit. As my role as a competitive soccer player faded into the past, I had to find a way to channel my inner athlete into “the real world.” Like the drill work and sprints of my past, it reminded me that all of life requires perseverance. Nothing worth much comes without a cost to comfort!
Additionally, hiking has allowed me to marvel at God’s beauty. I experience wonder when I relish in the night sky, exclaiming to myself that “Orion’s Belt is bright tonight” (in an unnecessary Irish accent, mind you). On other occasions, beauty is discovered by stopping to watch (and listen!) as a stream trickles through a forest floor, refusing to be deterred from its journey.
And then there are the obligatory “selfies” with a backdrop of a colorful sunset.
In all of this, I find myself able to unleash my inner-child on Mother Nature’s playground. Whether it’s climbing giant rock boulders, cliff jumping into hidden swimming holes, or lying in a hammock swinging between the trees, The Great Outdoors have never deprived me of adventures that refresh my soul. And as I discovered the outdoors, I learned to more fully appreciate the National Park Service (NPS) and the beautiful land that they preserve for our collective enjoyment.
So why am I sharing this? Because I’m about to embark on another adventure with a friend – to hike from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River, and to explore the beauty of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.
So I decided to ask Sevenly (my favorite outfitter on the planet!!!) to help sponsor me as an “Ambassador” for its amazing Great Outdoors Collection.
And they said YES!!! : )
The whole collection benefits the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Initiative. That helps kids in need to experience a National Park for the very first time. How wonderful is that?
I’ll sign off for now, but be watching for my mash-up video of the adventure I’ve chosen first, later yet this month. Maybe it will inspire some of you to hit the trails this Spring as well? And maybe it will inspire some of you to become a Sevenly Ambassador, too!
Written by Cara Colley