Seize your power – you are worth it!
Recently I stumbled across a quote by Anthony Hopkins that resonated strongly.
‘None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you are carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.’
I’ll let you in on a little secret, girls. We are worth it! It’s time to stop putting yourself at the bottom of the priority list. Here’s why.
It is empowering
“It is about giving yourself permission,” says Kath Merlo, self-confessed GirlsTrek addict and mother. “Time out matters and you matter! We all know that stuff about the importance of having a balance and making time for ourselves but in reality, we often find it hard to implement.”
“I have come to realise that it is really important for your spirit, your soul and sense of self to allow yourself to do these things. And my family appreciate me more when I get home!”
It is a form of therapy
Louise Clarke is a busy GP in a small country town and calls herself a GirlsTrek ‘platinum member’ – by the end of this year she will have been on 10 trips! “The environment created by Frith and the team is totally un-judgemental and safe. You are out walking in nature in some of the most beautiful places with these incredible women and you realise that they all have their own things going on, their own struggles. For some reason when I first went I imagined that everyone else was going to be perfect except me!
“It really helps put your life in perspective,” says Kath. “All of the women are from different walks of life. They are in different circumstances and different ages but when you spend time walking alongside and talking to them you realise we are all human. It is a very connecting experience and I think women need that.
“I can’t tell you how much I have laughed on these trips. They are so good for the soul.”
You return physically fitter
“GirlsTrek caters for all levels of fitness. I like to work hard physically and enjoy the sense of achievement that it brings but I absolutely love seeing people who are less fit conquer things. It is such an inclusive environment and we all support one another,” says Kath.
Louise particularly loves the more challenging trips that GirlsTrek offers – and the positivity of the women. “Some people are fast, some are slow but we all work with one another and help each other out. It is such an affirming environment.”
Amy Clarke interviewed long time Girl Trekkers Kathryn Merlo and Louise Hudson