Whitney Klezendorf is the founder of Women Outdoor Bloggers, a Facebook group that supports other women who are writing about the outdoors on blogs and social media. She’s an outgoing, earnest and energetic Texas woman that knows her way around hunting, field dressing and fashion. She has a column for Texas Wildlife magazine, writes about her adventures on her blog, Whit’s Wilderness (be on the lookout for her events), and is an ambassador for Hike Like a Woman. All this to support women in the outdoors and to inspire other women looking to venture outside of their box!
Read on about Whitney and find out how this girl can rock them high heels, but would rather wear cowboy boots! 🙂
What do you love to do?
You mean aside from pet my dog and eat chocolate? (I probably do that too often.) I love to share the outdoors with others and spend much of my time writing about camping, hiking, and hunting on my blog, Whit’s Wilderness—where I offer gear and guidance for women–and in my column in Texas Wildlife magazine. I hope that through my writing and social media, I help people feel connected to wild places around the world. I write or post something nearly every day, and I would say that is often enough!
What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?
Write a blog post in under an hour
Edit photos on Adobe Photoshop
Do you like your job?
I write grants for a conservation education nonprofit and run my family’s farm, and I love both jobs. Each allows me to support wildlife conservation. However, relying on your job for happiness isn’t wise. If you have a mundane job, you can always pursue your passion outside of work. People should always have a passion or goal they are pursuing, even if it only impacts a few people. Ultimately, every person has a unique skill set and we are meant to use our skills and talents to the fullest. It’s incredibly rewarding to look back and see what you’ve accomplished. It can help you not feel stuck or unhappy in a 9-5 job.
What would you regret not doing?
I would always regret not seeing the best in a person and giving them the benefit of the doubt. You have to love even though there’s a chance it will never be returned.
Side note, I knew I would forever regret not starting my blog. I am so grateful I finally bit the bullet and started it. I’ve gotten to meet so many interesting people, make a unique “scrapbook” of my life, and improve my writing.
When was the last time you traveled somewhere new?
This summer I went on a backpacking adventure with my brother and husband in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of California, and it was not just a new location but a new style of travel for me. We spent three days in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. I hadn’t backpacked since I was a little girl so was relearning what gear to take, how to prepare physically, and what to expect. When backpacking, you go farther into backcountry and are truly surrounded by nature without a trace of civilization, far more than with day hiking and other outdoor activities. The scenery was gorgeous, and being immersed in the grand landscape of the Sierra mountains was incredible. You can read about it here: http://whitswilderness.com/2016/09/sierrastory/ and see the guide for hiking the trail here: http://whitswilderness.com/2016/09/sierraguide/
Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
Yes! For my recent birthday, my husband surprised me with a limo ride to my birthday dinner. My birthday is around Christmas time, so afterwards we cruised around looking at Christmas lights. I felt so loved and utterly spoiled, and it was sweet of him to do something my whole family could enjoy. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this birthday (it was a big one…) so this surprise was a reminder that lots of good will be in store this next decade that I haven’t even expected!
What does success mean to you?
Success is remembering why I walked into a room.
Success is knowing that I kept my priorities straight: 1. God 2. Family 3. Everything else. I will never enjoy success if I knew it came at the expense of giving to God or family. And if I never make it to Shark Tank for this reason, that is OK! As far as being successful in business, I define it as genuinely solving a problem while also financially supporting my family. With my blog, success means inspiring a new set of outdoorswomen. With my work in conservation, success means garnering greater support for conservation.
What are you doing to pursue your dreams right now?
I am blogging on Whit’s Wilderness. I am running a Facebook group of Women Outdoor Bloggers to support other women who are in the same line of work as me. I am restoring the farmhouse on my grandfather’s farm so eventually it can be a place where people can enjoy nature.
What are you most scared of?
Throwing a party and no one showing up. Also, roaches.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud I finally executed one of my dreams—Whit’s Wilderness!
Where would you like to live?
I occasionally day dream of living part of the year in France, but think that may be a pipe dream. We have so many commitments I don’t think it would be possible! I love the art, food, and appreciation of beauty that oozes out of every nook and cranny in France. Even their lipstick smells like roses.
If you left your current life in order to pursue your dreams, what would you lose?
I wouldn’t leave my current life. I don’t think you have to choose between your current life and your dreams. The two can be harmonious, and even mutually beneficial. If I devoted more to my dreams, I would probably lose money because I would spend it all on travelling and writing, which are not always lucrative!
What bad habits do you want to break?
I have a serious sweet tooth and in an ideal world, I wouldn’t want to eat something sweet every single day. In that same world, I would be a size 2. But I don’t live in that world. Ha.
If you were someone’s life coach, what would you tell them?
Lean on your instincts, be confident in yourself and your dreams, and create a roadmap that identifies a practical plan for accomplishing your goals.
Fun and furious questions:
- If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? Yes, I would worry less.
- How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you are? 29
- What activity makes you lose track of time? Watching tv, looking at social media, reading Harry Potter, shopping.
- Best cheat indulgence? Starbucks cake pops. Someone stop me. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is also one of my guilty pleasures.
- If you could only speak one word today, what would it be? Bonjour!
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Much love and Aloha,
your ain’t got no Ex-es in Texas clueless wanderer