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Diva Celebs

While not every Adventure Diva has celebrity caché, some of those that do came from the most ordinary lives, and have gone on to have extraordinary adventures.

Dive in to learn more about how these diva celebs did it, and how we can too!

J. K. Rowling's inspiring commencement address to Harvard University graduates, June 5, 2008 J. K. Rowling on the Power of Failure and Imagination 2016/03/31 - As adventure divas we may be faced with similar fears: we're too old, we don't have enough money, we don't have enough courage. These old scripts that we read from don't serve us well. They become self-limiting beliefs, blocking the way to living our fullest lives. How can we possibly have great adventures when we are faced with such daunting challenges? The power of two simple words -- "what if?" -- become wonderfully apparent when we look at the incredible journeys of other women who are just like us, and who have shaped inspiring adventures in spite of those challenges. ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Isabel Allende, TED Talk, Vancouver 2014 Isabel Allende, on aging, living with passion, and the wisdom of having fun while doing good. 2015/03/01 - I fell down a rabbit hole this morning, and it left me anxious to share this TED Talk given by 71-year-old Chilean author, Isabel Allende. There was astonishing synchronicity for me, from the quote she shared by another favourite author, Mary Oliver: "Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one precious and wild life?" to her invitations to embrace the wisdom of adopting an ageless attitude; of living in the moment; a hearkening to care deeply for others, fueled by her mentor, Olga Murray (another Adventure Diva who found her calling at age 60, rescuing ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Robyn Davidson - Photograph by Rick Smolan. (From Alice To Ocean) Robyn Davidson’s 1700 mile solo camel trek across the Australian Outback 2014/12/26 - So here's the cool and entirely unexpected by-product of launching a crowd-funding campaign and telling people about it: they come back with the most extraordinary natural allies along the way! I first met Rick Smolan when he did the "Day in the Life" series some of you will remember. He's one of the most humble and inarguably gifted photographers there is, and his ability as an alchemist turning those photos into storytelling gold is what has always attracted me to his work. After I posted a note about the "Adventures with the Estrogen Army" project, Rick tucked in a heads-up ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
Ellen Degeneres - Tulane Commencement - 2009 Ellen, on finding your own way, mustering up courage, and living with integrity. 2014/08/14 - Sometimes being comfortable in our own skin can be one of the toughest battles we face. It can also be fuel for really great adventures. When we think about the things we fear the most, there are often hidden gems inside, things that can be a powerful springboard to new experiences we've never really had the courage to embrace. Ellen DeGeneres transformed the tragedy of the death of someone she loved at an early age into an opportunity to have a comedic conversation with God, opening the door to a truly unexpected life. She made her mind up that she ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ
How Drew Carey's "Mimi" ditched the pancake makeup and obnoxious bent to help make you "Queen of Your Own Life". How Drew Carey’s “Mimi” ditched the pancake makeup and obnoxious bent to help make you “Queen of Your Own Life”. 2014/08/12 - She's not Drew's Mimi anymore! Kathy Kinney wants to make you the Queen of Your Own Life! You're going to find that we're really into "asset building" as a way of helping ourselves get ready for awesome adventures. In a nutshell, it's a way of taking stock of the things we are equipped with to meet life's challenges, and figuring out where we need to shore things up, or sometimes add new things to our toolkit altogether. Things like determination, strength, resilience, self-esteem and courage don't always come as easily as we wish they would, so we're going to do ᘡ READ MORE ᘠ

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