vicky.jpg

Meet Your Ambassador

Vicky McCurdy
Lawrence, Kansas

Hello from LFK! I met the group’s founder about 15 years ago when we worked together in an outsourcing group we created for Stay @ Home Moms. It was a forward thinking idea to create a way to keep our skills sharp & earn money for our families while raising our children. Jenny, yet again, has come up with another great idea with this group of Women on Adventures!

My kids are now college aged (one is even engaged to be married) and my husband travels for work a lot. At one time, I had a busy cake decorating business but, as I have been reducing my exposure to sugar over the last couple of years, I stopped doing that and have been searching for something else ever since. Over the last 6 mos, I caught sight of Jenny’s posts regarding what she was doing in Phoenix with WOA and noticed the growing interest. It certainly grabbed my attention too!

I love the idea of looking at life as an adventure and not just the physical aspects of exploring new places and being active but, also the spiritual and potential reflective part of it. With the changing of seasons both literally and figuratively (empty nest syndrome included) I have come to the point where life has come full circle and now is the time to be able to pursue new things I always had an excuse not to do. Carpe Diem? You betchya.

I enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, art of any form, cooking, music, history, reading, and exploring my surroundings. I’ve been married for 26 years to the love of my life and our kids are 21 & 19. We also have 3 other (4 legged) children – 2 dogs and a cat. I’m an avid animal lover & protector; feel most at ease when connecting with nature – whether it be roaming around Clinton lake or sitting in my backyard listening to the birds. Still cultivating my green thumb but, eager to learn more. I, reluctantly, commute 45 mins to/from work and hope than one day that can be eliminated to free up time for more adventures.

Lawrence, Kansas is quite an active town and people around here tend to be more open to adventure than maybe some other places in our state. I figured-what better place to start a new WOA group than in Lawrence?


sheila.png

Meet Your Ambassador

Sheila
Kansas City, Kansas

Hi, I’m Sheila, wife of 10 years to a quirky but lovable guy, and mother to three daughters in college.  Yep you read that right, three in college. Proud Momma here. With my children, mostly out of the house and a husband that works himself too hard, I found myself alone at times, wondering what I could do to pass that time. One day, I got up off the couch and headed out the door and slowly started doing things that I found interesting and along the way, I figured out some things. I hate going to the gym, I am not artistic at all, I will never climb Mt Kilimanjaro, I will never ski the slopes of Colorado, and I will never jump out of an airplane, AGAIN.  However, I did find things that I loved doing like archery, motorcycle rides, kayaking.

There is nothing more terrifying than trying something new, the fear of the unknown that makes you sweat, get a little shaky, and want to call it quits.  Whether it is trying yoga for the first time or walking into a museum alone. Once you get past all the uncomfortable things, you find the good stuff the exciting stuff, you feel confident, fearless, spunky, and fulfilled.  As I always tell my daughters, you must be your own hero. So, if you break out of your comfort zone, get out there and bring more balance and passion into your life with each new adventure, you can become your own hero and there is nothing more important than that.

Have you ever had one of those Mondays where you are sitting at your desk and everyone is talking about what they did over the weekend and you find yourself envious, thinking that you want to do that or someday you will do that?  I did, and if you see even just a little bit of yourself in my story, this could be your someday. Listen, I know it is scary to step out of your comfort zone, I’ve been there but you can do it. Make a bucket list, and I bet you will find as I did, that most of the things on your bucket list can be done here locally, today, now.  If you want to learn to kayak, ride the streetcar and check out River Market, or even just grab some coffee and talk, I’m your gal. No adventure is too small if you are having a great time. As the great Matthew McConaughey says, “You are the author of the book of your life.” Let’s Go Girls.