What would you do if you were brave?
I used to hike alone all the time when I lived in Utah… I always told people where I was going, when they should expect me home, always went to highly trafficked trails, listened to my intuition, and never went close to dark. Then people kept telling me it wasn’t safe (mostly because of creeps that I haven’t encountered yet) and so I started hiking only if I had a buddy. But the thing is, I was never afraid hiking alone; Hiking alone has always made me feel free. It’s where I feel most grounded. It makes me feel strong. And the thing I’m most afraid of when hiking alone is being stalked by a cougar.
I hiked alone for the first time in 8 ish years a few weeks ago—a small, well-trafficked trail in Boulder, Colorado and I stood at the trailhead debating if I should go because 1. All of those seemingly practical, but discouraging voices in my head telling me not to put myself in that “situation” and 2. Because I was wearing jeans but then I was like, yeah I just drove 10 hours to be here, I’m going anyway, and while I was gasping for air I found my breath again; welcome back, me. ⠀
There is this subtle (and not so subtle) message that women can’t and shouldn’t hike alone—that it’s not okay. What’s not okay is teaching women to limit themselves because they’re worried about what might happen. What’s not okay is teaching women that they shouldn’t have been in that “situation” if something does happen while they’re alone on a trail. What’s not okay is allowing people to make you small. ⠀⠀⠀
You’re capable of anything. Call in your power, learn the skills, try new things, do them alone♥️
WHAT I’M USING // PINK PEPPER
I’m still using In Tune and magnolia (from the previous emails), and recently added pink pepper to my “dream” blend. I combined one third In Tune, one third Magnolia Touch, and 10 drops pink pepper in a 10 ml roller bottle that I roll over my chest, neck, and stomach a couple of times a day.
Pink pepper is a great support for your immune system as well as your digestive system, which is where your solar plexus chakra lies, along with much of our personal power and confidence. If you struggle with digestive issues, it may be a physical symptom of your lack of confidence and self-esteem. The journal prompts may help you pinpoint where you need support and what to change!
JOURNAL PROMPTS // A WILD JOURNAL
Choose to use or all and do one each day. It’s totally up to you and use an oil before you journal (like pink pepper to connect with your solar plexus chakra). Feel free to tag me @folkandco on Instagram! I’d love to share in my story! #awildjournal
What would you do if you were BRAVE?
What scary things would you like to do more of?
What is one of the most empowering things you’ve done?
What new things would you like to learn?
What is holding you back?
In what situations have you let your power slip away? How you can you reclaim that power?
In what ways have you made yourself small?
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