There's something powerful that happens when a group of women get together, whether it's two women or two hundred women, it's always something special. This hike was no exception. Women doing outdoor things together is awesome- there's an energy that surges through each and every woman on these hikes - setting goals, supporting each other, creating space for connections to be made and friendships to be formed. Women are just so cool. These goals hikes are led by a woman named Jacki Carr. Jacki is a super rad Goal Coach, and founder of Rock Your Bliss- a yoga and goals movement. She is a mentor and an inspiration but also a down to earth real person. I like those kinds of people. She collaborated with Lindsay Roselle who started Women& Inc for this goals hike here in Fort Collins, and I got to be the photographer!
Real Talk: this was the first long hike I've been on since having my son - yes, we go on daily walks, but it's more like a casual shuffle around the neighborhood, and definitely not a hike on rocky terrain. It felt good to be outside, though, and the hike to Horsetooth Falls really isn't too strenuous, so it was an awesome way to start the day!
We met at the Horsetooth Open Space parking lot on St Patrick's Day, and we all know that in Colorado it could be sunny at 70 degrees, or it can be snowing - you just never know! Luckily, this year, it was sunny and crisp - the perfect weather for a hike. Jacki and Lindsay brought coffee and hot chocolate for all the ladies while we gathered together before the hike - setting our intentions for the goal-setting and for the hike itself. We all hiked together, stopping occasionally to listen to Jacki and Lindsay share some beautiful tips on goals and life, and we were encouraged to switch up our hiking partners in order to meet lots of ladies and get to know different people. We hiked to Horsetooth Falls, where there was actual water flowing, and took a group pic, and then made our way back to where delicious Big Sur Bars were waiting for us at the end of the hike. I may have eaten two. (if you haven't tried one yet, you probably should. They are a locally made, fresh, delicious, natural snack bar, and they're probably going to be our new go-to snack for when we go backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park - or anywhere, really, but that's where we go most often)
If you have a chance to go on one of Jacki's goal hikes, you should, and if you want to make some real connections with awesome women, you should attend one of the Women& Inc events coming up- there's something for every woman. I am honored to have been asked to participate as the photographer for these women, and I look forward to working with them again in the future!
And now a quick word from a sponsor. Love the Big Sur Bar.