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Tomorrow is 90. Today’s the day to do it! (…or as Lorraine says: time to grab life by the balls!)

June 11, 2016 in , by Sue Braiden

Every now and then someone points me in the direction of an “Adventure Diva” that’s is just so full of sass that I end up with tears rolling down my cheeks for hours after from laughing so hard.

90-something New Yorker, Lorraine, is one of those sassy divas. She has a channel called “Ask My Neighbor Lorraine” on YouTube. She invites people to ask her questions, and she answers personally, full of hilarious irreverence, colourful epithets and all.

I wish I had this woman over the backyard fence. I’d invite her in for coffee every, single day … 😀

This is one of her tamer responses. Her parting words tell you all you need to know:

“Don’t forget: tomorrow is 90. Today’s the day to do it!”

Cut through the sass, and this woman’s figured out a thing or two in her 90+ years that the rest of us would do well to tap into <3

Let’s Build an Adventure Lab Together!

December 21, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

Let's Build an Adventure Lab Together!

For more than 12 years I’ve dreamed about launching a project for women over 40 who want to have epic adventures on a shoestring budget. I wanted to create something that made it easy to share ideas, tools and resources. I wanted to empower women to tell their own stories, and dream big, regardless of financial means. I wanted it to be something that was more than a business: it needed to be a launchpad that also embraced women at risk for whom the idea of an adventure doesn’t look much further than basic survival. I promised myself that I would cultivate it as an experiment that allowed me to test-drive bold ideas with very little money, with other ordinary women just like me at my side.

Last I made good on that promise. On December 12th I received my master business license for “Rock Paper Estrogen”. Last night I publicly opened the doors here at the “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” project web site. Now I’m inviting you to help me build an “Adventure Lab” to make it easy for women around the world to tell their own stories in a way that empowers both themselves, and others, regardless of financial means.

Let’s build an Adventure Lab together!

If you’re still hunting for that perfect Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift for your mum, your sister, a friend, or some Adventure Diva in your life, why not pop over to Indiegogo and sponsor the Adventure Lab project in her name for as little as $10? You’ll be giving her a lifetime of adventures, and she’ll be permanently recognized as a “Founding Member” both here on our web site, and in workshop and course materials.

http://igg.me/p/adventure-lab-rock-paper-estrogen/x/730644

And ladies, this is one year you’re not going to break those New Year’s resolutions! January 1st is right around the corner, and whether or not you join in as a sponsor, I hope you’ll join me at the digital kitchen table to start sharing your dreams and plotting your own epic adventures!

Not everyone has the means to help with their wallet, and that’s okay! If you would consider sharing this note with your family and friends, inviting them to participate at the Adventure Lab web site, free of charge, that would be a really wonderful help in shaping something that I hope will be of value to you as much as it is to me 🙂

Thank you for helping in whatever capacity you can. I appreciate it more than my words could ever convey!

Deepest gratitude …
Sue.

Collect “experiences” instead of “things”: how a new dad’s advice might be the ticket to kickstarting your own adventures.

December 10, 2014 in by Sue Braiden

Adam Baker - TEDx Asheville

Challenge: collect “experiences” instead of “things”.

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”
 
— Nigel Marsh.

This video really resonated with me when it first came out awhile ago on TEDx, and I was grateful for the chance to reflect on it again. Good gut-check with a whole new crop of New Year’s resolutions waiting to be broken just around the corner again.

You’ve seen some iteration of this wisdom before:

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there living lives of quiet, screaming desperation who work long, hard hours, at jobs they hate, to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

It’s a quote from Nigel Marsh, shared by a young man name Adam Baker who has a whole lot of wisdom beyond his own 20-something years on the planet.

The day they brought their newborn baby home from the hospital, Adam and his wife sat down and asked themselves some really hard questions about the kind of life they wanted, and whether or not that was congruent with the one they had. Not surprising that the typical western cycle of mountains of student debt fueled by the hunger of consumerism and the need to “keep up with the Jones-es” takes many of us about as far away from our own ideals as we possibly could be. The Bakers made a really courageous decision, and while we kind of get bombarded with this stuff until it just feels like a whole lot of saccharine tripe, this isn’t that.

There was something in particular video that sat me back on my heels, and that was Adam’s challenge to start collecting “experiences” instead of “things”. It’s funny, because my business coach, Linda Lord, had me do an assignment not long ago asking me to prioritize what was of value to me. In a page full of words, I was only allowed to choose 4. The first thing I circled? Experiences. Receiving this reminder today reinforces it.

Adam nails it in less than 20 minutes, and it was this video that had me make a lot of my own tough choices when it first came out, at a time when I’d put the adventure I’m now embarking on with the Estrogen Army project on the back burner for more than a decade.

Worth sharing! Grab a mugga joe and settle in for a few, then head over and put your elbows on the kitchen table toshare your own ideas about and experiences.

Have you made the switch to collecting “experiences” instead of “things”? How did you do it? Was it hard? Exciting? What words of wisdom and resources might you share with your sister adventure divas who are thinking of taking the challenge to fuel epic new adventures?

I can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to share!

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