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Letting go of trauma to clear the way for Adventure

May 17, 2016 in , by Sue Braiden

Sue Braiden, Rochelle Zohn, Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca

Twelve years ago I was attacked on a subway platform in Boston as more than twenty people stood by and watched.

No one intervened.

When I finally broke free from my attacker, and was running for the stairs, I fell. My hand was broken. I was crying, begging for help, but no one stopped. One by one, people disembarked the train, stepping over me, some on me, without ever looking back. When I finally reached street level, telling subway officials in the toll booths what had happened, they simply pointed me to a bank of 4 pay phones. 3 of them were broken.

No matter what I did, or who I asked, I could not get help.

May 17th has been in my calendar since 2004.

I’m not sure why I felt the need to hang onto it. Maybe to remind myself to be more vigilant (I made some stupid, tourist mistakes). Maybe to remember to be grateful that I’m still alive (especially given the very detailed account of what my attacker told me he was about to do to me). Mostly I think it’s just because I wasn’t ready to let go.

Somehow the trauma became part of what defined me. It’s also been one of my greatest blocks to getting on with the business of Adventures.

Come put your elbows on the kitchen table, and let’s talk about the ways we can stay safer as we’re creating happy experiences and memories …

Could you survive being lost in the woods? Take Mother Nature Network’s quiz to find out …

August 28, 2014 in , by Sue Braiden

Could you survive being lost in the woods?

You’ve decided to head out for a hike in a beautiful forest. You’re enjoying the walk until you notice the trail has disappeared — and you’re thoroughly lost.

Do you know what to do next?

Click the pic to take the quiz and see if you would make it in a survival situation! Then to join us at the Kitchen Table to share your own ideas about cultivating safe adventures …

Adventure diva survival: when all hell breaks loose, Cody Lundin’s got your back!

in by Sue Braiden

Cody Lundin - Author of "When All Hell Breaks Loose"

Nothing’s taboo with survivalist Cody Lundin, and that’s a darn good thing if you’re going to arm yourself with enough knowledge to get your backside out of a scary situation when things go wrong on an adventure.

Packed full of wisdom to keep you safe and get you out of all kinds of jams, Cody’s original book, “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive” is still one of the top-rated survival guides on Amazon 11 years after it’s first publication.

A couple years later he followed up with an urban survival guide, entitled “When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes”, that smacks with the same kind of common-sense (if not sometimes just a little gross, but necessarily so) advice for staying safe, and making it out with all your limbs in tact. (Kind of important for an adventure diva, no?)

The video above is an interview Cody did with “Talking Stick TV” out of Seattle, where he shared tips from the second guide. While it may be geared toward surviving an urban disaster, much of the wisdom would be mighty useful if you’re an adventure diva on a trek, and things go badly. From sanitizing water, to dealing with injuries, catching and cooking a rat (you just rolled your eyes, didn’t you?) and, well, poop, Lundin leaves no survival rock unturned, and you’ll thank him for both the laughs and the bumper crop of improvisational wisdom when it’s time to plan those wilder and woollier adventures.

Much of what makes Cody’s advice so practical is his focus on preparing you before things go wrong, and if your adventure takes you some place where you might be at risk, your safety and maybe even survival might depend on it.

While the video gets off to a slightly slow start, don’t press pause. Sit your diva butt down with a big mugga joe and settle in for a 30 minute chat that just might save your life.

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