Less than a year ago, I was talking with Kristen (aka: Pepper) and she mentioned a trip she was planning for the following year. The trip was to Havasu Falls with another RD friend, Becky. I did a quick google-image search and immediately said “YES!” …pretty much inviting myself. I soon found out it was a backpacking trip in the middle of the Grand Canyon on the Havasupai Native American Reservation. Oh what did I get myself into? I am a rookie when it comes to the backpacking and hiking scene, but was determined to make this work.
After a year of research and preparation, I successfully conquered my first backpacking trip. We hiked a total of 26 miles in three days, spent two nights in a tent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, waded in the most turquoise-colored water I had ever seen, and enjoyed every moment of it. I learned so much about myself, strengthened a wonderful friendship, and embraced the beautiful scenery of this special place. I stepped out of my comfort zone to go on this trip and it was the best decision I’ve made!
This opportunity reminds me of when I was back in college and in my dietetic internship: always say yes to new opportunities! Whether it’s volunteering, a new job, a scholarship application, etc. These opportunities lead to finding out who you are, what you are good at, and what you are passionate about. It’s important to network and make connections which can open new doors.
Mentality is just as important as commitment. If you set your mind to it, then you can conquer anything. Think back to a time when you said “no”. What was holding you back? Were there barriers or insecurities? Were you afraid of the unknown? Don’t let this stop you from pursuing something you want. Backpacking Havasu Falls helped me realize with a positive mindset, I can conquer anything!
Surround yourself with others who can say “yes” with you and support your “yes” answers. What opportunities have you said yes to?
Happy & Healthy, Ginger