In episode 45 we spoke with the Kjar family (Matt, Lindsay and their 4 kids) as they were in the first few months of their trip, via travel trailer, around the United States of America to see what makes us united. Their children get to shadow other children across the country who have very different lives and see how different and how similar we all are. Today we revisit them, a few months later, to catch up on their newest tales. Just having completed hitting 25 of the 50 states of America they have more stories to tell. Tune in to follow along with what they are doing, learning, and experiencing.
In 2016 a dear friend of mine went through an event that many deem to be the worst thing we can experience. The loss of a child. When I first saw the post on Facebook – the fastest way for news to travel these days – I was in utter disbelief. I couldn’t imagine it had happened, and I had no idea what to say or how to even approach her. I called around to check on her but didn’t think it best to join the throngs of people who would no doubt be pounding down her door with their condolences. It was too soon. I imagined she needed to have time to mourn, adjust, do what people do during something so unthinkable. I didn’t know how she would handle it, she was a single mom who had always been close to her son – he was her whole world. Was she going to be rolled up in a ball? Would she start using drugs to dull the pain? Would she be incapacitated for years? Tune in to find out…
We are all familiar with the saying that what we focus on is magnified. The things we spend our time thinking about become a reality for us, so why might I ask, do we so often focus on our weaknesses, the things we don’t feel like we’re good at? Let’s change that. We have a lot of awesome going on already.
After being pushed into a swimming pool and receiving a back injury where the doctors told her she would never be able to run again. Mina Guli could have used this as an excuse to define her life with limitations and boundaries defined by victimhood. Instead, she said to herself, “Am I going to let this doctor define what I do with the rest of my life?” The answer was NO! She started swimming, then biking, then running, and today Mina has done what is known as the 6 Rivers Run (6 major rivers on 6 major continents in 6 weeks) and the 7 Deserts Run (40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in just 7 weeks). Tune in to find out why she is doing all this running and how she wants to change the world.
Today I interview a triple crown through-hiker – What’s a triple crown through-hiker? It’s someone who hikes the three longest trails in the United States – the Appalachian Trail (2165 miles), the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 miles), and the Continental Divide Trail (2800 miles). Tune in to hear why she does it, a few of her adventures, and to get a peek inside the head of someone crazy enough to practically live on the trails that weave across the country.