Meet Laura! She's a Colorado native, transplanted to North Carolina, who grew up with a deep love of the outdoors. You can often find her feeding her passions by volunteering to help the outdoors, SUPing, hiking, skiing or anything else in nature. She's always up for an adventure and will rally a group of women who are up to get outside and get moving.
She's the founder of AdventureHER NC and was driven to create a safe, comfortable space for women to get outdoor and immerse themselves in nature - all while building each other up and making new connections. If you're wanting to get outdoors but don't have a squad or know where to start, Laura's your gal.
Do yourself a favor and get connected with Laura!
What do you do?
My career/day job is a Project/Systems Coordinator for a Landscape Design firm in Durham. I assist in Project Management of civil design projects and implement systems operations at the firm.
What else do you do?
I am the Founder of AdventureHER NC. I felt we lacked an area organization where women could get together in a judgment-free zone, enjoy the outdoors together and help to build each other up physically and mentally. I wanted to create something that could fill that space. While I have a wonderful job, AdventureHER is my passion. Working with AdventureHER drives me on a deeply personal level. It is more than a simple 8 to 5 calling.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
We often think of strength in a strictly physical sense. Strength is far more than that. It is the mental and spiritual strength to know you can do something, to be able to fight off fear, and jump right in! Strength is not knowing what you are capable of, but being willing to take a leap of faith.
How did you discover your passion?
I am a native of Colorado. I have an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Some of my fondest memories are hiking up South Table Mountain in Golden as a kid. It was a place where I could go, relax, take in the views, and think. I also spent time in the mountains skiing and hiking. Over the years, of developing that relationship with the outdoors, I wanted other women to have that same connection. I think it is so important.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
Anytime I can get outside; hiking, walking, running, kayaking, the occasional yoga, that’s where I am moving. I have found I NEED that in my day to day to stay afloat. While I will occasionally go to a gym, I prefer hiking in the rain to walking inside on a machine on a sunny day!
What do you recommend for someone starting out?
Connect with other women. Doing something with someone else, is more fun and you are more likely to do it again, if the first time doing it was a positive experience. Please, join us at AdventureHER NC! Get moving, enjoy other women’s company in the community, and experience something new!
How do you define 'fitness'?
Fitness comes in many different forms. A balanced person needs physical, emotional and spiritual fitness. To some, fitness means being able to run a marathon. To others, it means the ability to swim laps in a pool or the ability to do yoga. While you may not participate in all of those, finding some way to stay active defines fitness, and that ability to stay active creates mental and spiritual fitness as well.
Where do you see the future of fitness?
The future of fitness is bright! More and more people are becoming aware of what it takes to take care of their bodies, thanks to the news, whether that is through social media, online, magazines, or good ol’ newspapers! I believe that while there will always be repetitive exercises (treadmill, running, etc.) for people to stay fit, the future will bring more fun exercises and activities that help people stay active without the boredom that some experience when doing repetitive activities. Hiking, spin classes, yoga and other similar activities engage both the mind and the body, and in turn, more people will remain dedicated to staying active for longer.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
Absolutely! I always feel better, not just physically but mentally when I move. And when I feel good physically and mentally, I feel more confident in my abilities. Movement provides a whole different outlook on life, especially when shared with amazing people that share the same interests as you!
What motivates the crap out of you?
Nothing in life comes easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it. Knowing that, makes me want to work hard everyday to achieve the things that are most important to me. If it is not worth doing 110%, it’s not worth much to me. I wake up everyday knowing I have to put my best foot forward, make small victories that one day will add up to be a huge impact on the community, and hopefully the world.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
Don’t be afraid! Whatever is holding you back, go for it! You have nothing to lose. Sounds super cliché, I know. But there is a lot of truth in this. Sometimes when you mix ingredients of your dreams, your willingness to go places, finding happiness in the things you love, your recipe is for success and endless possibilities you never knew existed. So mix up your ingredients, find the people that fuel your soul, and make something amazing!
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I will leave everyone with this quote, that I find to be simple, yet powerful.
“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary