Rebecca Connell Walsh is the founder of Hike Like a Woman. A mother of two little dudes and wife to one big dude, her love for the outdoors spurred her on to create this website that’s filled with a plethora of knowledge from passionate and inspiring women who share their stories and experiences. Founded in 2015, her HLAW Facebook page has over 21,000 likes to date! Pretty rad, but #teamHLAW is just a tiny piece of this woman’s resume. She’s written books, had articles featured on many publications and other media, is the owner of Just Trails, and she’s also an Army Veteran who coaches biathlon (cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship) when she’s not hiking.
I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca over the inter-webs when she posted about her podcast project for HLAW. I had just gotten into blogging and decided, why not? It was one of the most fun experiences I had ever had and such a pleasure to speak with Rebecca! This meeting inspired me to start a category on my blog featuring Inspirational Women. Meet Rebecca Connell Walsh, people! Your life will be better with her in it!!!
How could you describe yourself in 5 words? I like to play outside
(Hey, Rebecca, I could do you one better. How about: Forever unconventional and unpredictable, yes!)
What do you love to do? Do you do it often? I love to just throw my gear into a backpack and drive until I find a new trail or place to explore. Fortunately, since I get to write trail guides for a living I can quench my quest for finding new trails and call it work.
What can you do today that you could not do a year ago? I would say that I’m much better at time management and developing systems than I was a year ago. I’ve gone from a complete digital mess to pretty organized and it’s helped a lot since I manage so many different online ventures in the outdoor community.
Do you like your job? Yes! I have a lot of jobs actually. We own a small outdoor business in Wyoming, Just Trails, and it’s awesome although it’s a hard way to earn a living. I manage the website Hike Like A Woman on pretty much a full time basis too. It’s a pretty good life.
What would you regret not doing? I really try to live my life without any regrets…the things that I regret the most are times when I wasn’t as kind as I should have been, when I’ve said mean or hurtful things to people, when I’ve unintentionally offended others, or when I’ve ignored my children to work. Its actions I regret more than decisions.
When was the last time you traveled somewhere new? Last spring I traveled to Seoul, Korea for work. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in various parts of Europe, South America and the Middle East but this was my first trip to Asia. When I travel I like to get off the beaten path and outside of cities but I only had a few hours to explore so I soaked up as much of Seoul as I could. By far the best place I visited was Jogye, a Buddhist Temple right in the middle of the city. It was just this little bubble of peace surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, I could have stayed there for hours soaking up the calm and peaceful feeling there.
Have you done anything lately worth remembering? I forgave a friend.
(This answer really made my heart stop for a moment. To put all biases, judgments, and justifications aside is a huge task. I feel this speaks volumes about Rebecca’s mien.)
What does success mean to you? Success means doing my very best at everything I do even if it isn’t good enough to be deemed successful by everyone else.
What are you doing to pursue your dreams right now? I try to be meticulous with my time management and with my goal setting. To me it’s all about discipline and living a very disciplined life so that I can accomplish my goals. I’m not always successful with my time management, but I try.
What are you most scared of? Failing.
(If what Rebecca has accomplished so far and is still accomplishing, I would be okay with failing all the time! I make light of this, but I do understand that any task worth taking has a very real possibility of failure. I’m always awed by the women that still go after their dreams and find so much inspiration in this.)
What are you most proud of? Learning from failure.
Where would you like to live? Laramie, Wyoming. It’s where I live. I love this town. I don’t want to leave.If you left your current life in order to pursue your dreams, what would you lose? I think that the life I have is the one that’s helping me pursue my dreams. My husband and I have made a lot of sacrifices in the past to live the life of our dreams now. I’m really happy with where I am.
What bad habits do you want to break? I’d like to be better at turning off my computer or setting my phone down and playing with my children. As a small business owner I feel a lot of stress to be successful and to make a living doing what I love. A lot of times it means that my children play at my feet as I work. I feel bad about that sometimes.
If you were someone’s life coach, what would you tell them? I would tell them to seek balance in everything. From work to family and recreation, from diet to exercise. In my life I’ve noticed that the happier I am, the more balanced I am.
Fun and furious questions:
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? No
- How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you are? 37…I’m digging my late 30’s. I’m still young enough to not feel old but old enough to be my own person, so I like to stay right where I am.
- What activity makes you lose track of time? Reading
- Best cheat indulgence? Survivor & The Amazing Race…the only two shows on television worth watching!
- If you could only speak one word today, what would it be? Love.
See how rad this lady is? To sign up for Hike Like A Woman, click here. Otherwise, you can also find them on Twitter and Instagram!!! Don’t forget to check out the Just Trails website either! I’m really looking forward to her podcast program so make sure you keep tabs on #teamHLAW.
Much love and Aloha,
your very honored clueless wanderer