Life is a Daring Adventure

by Diana Proemm, CTRS

HAPPY NEW YEAR friends! It is hard to believe that we have started a new year already. Last year flew by with the many changes in my life. I distinctly remember flying back to the USA from Colombia after traveling for 6 months abroad. Culture shock, frustration and much more set in. When I look back, I realize that I was a mental mess. My dreams of living abroad for at least two years did not work out and had landed a good job in Texas.

I spent heaps of money returning to the US getting myself back and functioning. The next phase was navigating life in San Antonio, Texas. Finally, the last phase was taking a break from my partner of 12 years. Surprisingly, I am at peace with living in San Antonio and living without my partner. As 2016 left, I looked to the future and all the adventures it holds and cannot wait grab ahold of 2017.

Life is a daring adventure, or nothing at all. Helen Keller

Here are four ways to find adventure in your life this year.

1. Change Your Routine

Do you get caught up in the daily routine and are reluctant to change? We all do, but make this year, your year to change it up a little. Take a different route to work or school, frequent a different coffee shop, call a friend you haven’t heard from in awhile.

2. Be Curious, Be Creative

Ask people questions, get out the art tools. Look at ways to invoke creativity into your life. Check out this video by Elizabeth Gilbert on path of the Hummingbird for ideas. Don’t be afraid, just try something new.

3. Hang Out With Your Girlfriends

The last two weeks I had the pleasure to teaching skiing again in Montana and hang out with my best girlfriends. Starting out day one of 2017 skiing with two of my best friends made this trip worth it. The camaraderie surpassed any issues we might be struggling with. Our fears, concerns were left at home, and the slopes were our medicine. Time spent with your close friends is the best adventure therapy.

4. Plan an Adventure (or let me do the planning)

Anyone that knows me well, knows that I LOVE adventuring. Traveling, playing, whatever it is, I’m usually in for it. I enjoy change, learning, etc. Start saving your pennies for a trip to the country or place you have been wanting to go for years. As a little girl I had wanted to go on an African Safari and finally when I turned 40, I bought a ticket. I didn’t have all the money, but once I made the decision, the saving and money came my way. If you don’t want to plan, feel free to join me on one of the Bigger Picture Adventures to the Gulf coast, biking and canyoneering in Utah, hiking and rafting in Montana or kayaking and walking on a glacier in Alaska. All designed for novice (to advanced if needed) women participants.

Whatever your flavor adventure, invite it into your life today, this year. Make 2017 your best year, filled with daring treats that fill your soul.

The wild new world of the twenty-first century is the perfect setting for reclaiming your true nature. And your life will work much, much better if you let that nature direct your choices. It will bring you freedom, peace, and delight; give you the optimal chance of making a good living; and help you create the best possible effect on everything around you. Martha Beck


Join me for a Bigger Picture experience that will be your trail to transformational healing. These adventure therapy trips for women will empower you to dive into the most rad terrain you’ll ever come across. You will sign up for a journey with other ladies to join a sisterhood of greatness. The trips are designed to invoke holistic therapeutic processes that may challenge your emotions; but the best part is the group and professional support you’ll receive the whole time. Emotional and physical safety is our number one and learning how to cope amongst others going through similar issues is a good way to move forward. You will leave with a sense of accomplishment.

Bigger Picture creates positive change in the lives of women struggling with anxiety and PTSD through weekend retreats and outdoor adventure. Check out our adventure trips for women here.

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