By Bridget Sealy Roberts
The DNK Presents Women’s Adventure Giveaway . . . what an extraordinary opportunity that has been created for women thanks to Danielle and Kate, and the support of many other inspirational women, wonderful people and companies. I first learned about this giveaway at a mountain bike clinic that I attended. I watched the film from one of DNK’s past adventure giveaways called “Live Adventurously” at the clinic, and I dare to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. To see how the experiences transformed these already amazing women was something that felt personal, even though none of us knew any of these women. It was so impactful, even as a movie.
From the time I found out I had been nominated, until that momentous call when I found out I was one of the winners, it was a whirlwind of both excitement and disbelief. I was both honored to be nominated, and humbled to be selected. Having the opportunity to spend time with such a wonderful group of women in the outdoors could only lead to epic adventures.
To the Backcountry
Of all the emotions I experienced leading up to the adventure, none of them could compare to what I actually experienced during the time I spent adventuring with the three other winners (Hannah, Chelsea, Kristen), Kate, Danielle, Noel and all of the other wonderful women who were helping support us during our time together. Each and every one of us were pushed outside of our comfort zones, but supported each other in a way that made it feel like we could accomplish absolutely anything. The environment that this experience provides allows you to have those “don’t hold back” moments that are opportunities unlike anything you would normally ever have a chance to do. I found myself so emotionally overwhelmed at the end of the day by how much I was able to do, and how incredible it all was. It truly was all life altering. And all this happens while you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery that nature has to offer. This adventure is the chance to reconnect with Mother Nature and remember how revitalizing and healing it can be.
The entire experience in so transformative, and you feel such accomplishment with each adventure together. And, you do all this while bonding with some of the most amazing women you will ever meet. The bonds that you make over the weekend are so strong that you leave feeling like there aren’t enough hugs, and there is a piece of your heart being torn out as you drive away. The time spent together definitely etches a mark in each person’s heart before departure.
My weekend ended with my “I’ll never” list being a little shorter and my “family” list being a lot longer. If you’re considering nominating someone next year for the Women’s Adventure Giveaway, don’t hesitate; it will change their life, and seeing that impact will change your life too. I can’t thank my nominators Noel and Alex enough for thinking of me and for DNK for creating such an amazing opportunity for women everywhere. My heart is so full and all I want to do is share it with everyone.