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Blaze your own trail
Blaze your own trail.
I wasn’t sure how to get there but I took the first step anyway.
I found a way to change lives, pursue my love for the outdoors and nourish my entrepreneurial spirit.
I was looking for something different. I needed greater variety, change or simply to get away from it all. But, as much as I talked about it, I didn’t act on it until it was put in my path.
It was 2013 when “it” was put in my path.
I had started running a few years prior, dabbled in some organized outdoor fitness challenges, and belonged to a gym. With this increased fitness, I found myself less fearful, more adventurous, and more empowered. So when I learned about the Great Ocean Road Walk, a five-day hike along the Australian coast, I decided to take it on.
Letting others know about my intention, eleven other women came forward to join me on this journey. They didn’t know each other, but we formed a cohesive group as we planned and trained for the 110km hike. As we worked together, I started realizing that this was what I wanted to be doing with my life.
Over the previous seven years, I had worked with women in leadership, fitness, and weight loss coaching capacities. I understood the balance women seek, the lives they juggle, the worries that consume them, the stress they feel, and, for some, the guilt that can consume their lives when they believe they have fallen short. But on this trip the women were “in the moment”; they felt empowered, did things they didn’t normally do, and were able to focus on themselves. And after it was said and done, these women asked me what and when the next trip was. I came home from the Great Ocean Road Walk and started Women’s Fitness Adventures.
My job is to encourage women to be outdoors and active. Working with women on our adventures helped me discover something important: having a specific goal provides greater motivation than simply the desire to get fit. By having a goal in your sights and using it as motivation— the elements of getting fit come as a by-product of the goal. Motivation stays high. Even better, when combined with a community of supporters, fitness improves because of the encouragement from the friendships that are formed.
When I head out on an adventure with other women, everything connects. I read the feedback and testimonials of the members who belong to Women’s Fitness Adventures and I feel honoured to be a part of a journey that gets them outdoors and feeling alive.
It would have been the easy choice to step into another job and hike for a hobby instead of starting my own business. But when I looked for opportunities outside of myself, nothing excited me like the concept of what I am doing now.
I love my job.
In a world filled with uncertainty, I backed myself and blazed my own trail.
I encourage you to blaze your own trail.
Yvonne Shepherd is founder and Chief Adventure Officer at Women’s Fitness Adventures. It’s a business designed to help women get fit, make new friends and find space to rediscover and challenge themselves in a supportive environment in the great outdoors.
Knowing how important it is to challenge ourselves as we get older, to face our fears and push our boundaries everyday, her philosophy on life is simple- embrace life and make it larger everyday.
Leaving her marketing career in the corporate world to pursue her passion, Yvonne has been working in Women’s Fitness and Weight Management for the past 10 years. Yvonne knows how important being active and having a fitness goal is to being strong and healthy.
Women’s Fitness Adventures is all about fitness through adventure in the great outdoors. From local adventures in Brisbane and South East Queensland and further afield, there is a space for everyone and an adventure suited to your fitness level and your time.
Learn more about Women’s Fitness Adventures.