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September 4, 2014 in , , by Sue Braiden

The Star Inside - Hidden Potential

I remember sitting in the reading circle in kindergarten while our teacher shared a story about an amazing house that had a star inside. What she was describing was an apple, and when she cut it open in front of us, I gasped out loud like every other child in the class. It was pure magic.

All my life that moment has remained emblematic of the hidden potential we each have.

There was a time when tradition would have us believe that we were “the weaker sex”, and fragile things. Thank heavens we’ve tossed that script away!

Discovering our own potential often happens during times of trial. When pushed to our limit, we dig down deep and discover resources we didn’t even know we had.

Think about a time when you were truly tested. What is it you drew on to survive? Were you surprised to find you had those inner resources? Have they come in handy in other situations since?

We are capable and deeply resilient, and it’s these secret “super powers” that can shape some of the most life-changing soul treks along the way.

Diva, gear up!

When getting ready for adventures, big and small, we often make lists of the things we need to prepare ourselves with. While money and gear and couches to surf are of course very handy, we might also want to consider a different set of assets worth equipping.

Over the years we’ve cultivated some pretty epic social, emotional and intellectual tools for seizing the day, and it can be helpful to take stock of the ones we’ll need most as we set out on roads less traveled.

When we’re mindful of a journey’s challenges, it helps to know what we can draw on, and where we might need to spend a bit of time shoring things up. Being mentally and emotionally prepared for an adventure can make a tremendous difference in how it plays out.

Take 5 …

Why not take just 5 minutes to open your Journal and create a new page in it? Write down 3 things that surprised you when you were faced with something really tough; resources you discovered you had that might come in handy when you’re plotting epic adventures.

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

August 28, 2014 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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