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How to Be a Solo-Female Hiker: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

How to Be a Solo-Female Hiker: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Hayley Turner (a.k.a. Little Foot):

Littlefoot Hiking

I can still remember everything about that day, from waking up and walking 12 miles by noon, the dogs that I played with in the ride I hitched to Lone Pine, the coffee shop I found, the couch I sank into surrounded by wires as I charged my phone and portable chargers, to finally making the phone call that would change my life. I never wanted to be a solo-female hiker. Some may argue that I even did everything to avoid it. Somewhere in my walk in life I grew to really love my security blankets. I would only push my limits as long as I knew I had something to fall back on. But there I was, sitting in a coffee shop covered in dirt and having just quit my job, broken my year lease and broken up with my boyfriend of two-and-a-half years who was also my best friend. I was alone: No one to tell me everything will be ok, no one to get reassurance from, just me. Continue reading →

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When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Gen Pintel:

As a kid, I was told that I was lucky that I already knew what I wanted to do with my life. From age four, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian for pets and that I wanted to study at the University of Guelph.

By my sophomore year in college, I had second thoughts. The classes in my program were attractive, because they were about animals, but each physiology course soon bored me. I was frustrated, unhappy and no longer dreamt of owning my own clinic. It still wasn’t until my roommate at the time asked me, “Why are you even in this program?” that I realized I needed to find a new path. Continue reading →

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