Win Tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Western Canada’s largest outdoor adventure and travel marketplace, The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, returns to the Stampede Park BMO Centre on March 21 and 22, 2015! This exciting two-day event offers a large selection of exhibits, interactive demos, and celebrity guest appearances. Learn all about the show here!

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Giveaway

You can win Tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, taking place on March 21-22, 2015! I’m giving away 2 x Family Four Packs. Please enter only if you are able to attend the show.

Contest open to entries until March 1 at 11:59pm MST.

→Enter to win tickets here

climArt change: Film . Art . Words .

Thursday, February 23, the North Columbia Environmental Society presents climArt change, a multi-media show that celebrates the possibilities in the face of climate change.

As the author of the Alpine Club of Canada’s “State of the Mountains Report,” I’ll be giving a short keynote address to kick off the evening.  This talk will introduce the theme of the evening, in addition to highlighting the importance of local knowledge – what we learn from people who have the experience and observations gained from intimate experiences in the wild places.

Other special guests include Greg Hill (he has one inspiring project to share with you), Trapper Snowboards (recreational locovores), and much more…

If you’re in the area, come on out for some art, short films, inspiring words, funky music, drinks, door prizes and a great crowd!

Things Are Getting adVenture-ous

I have the amazing opportunity of being out at Hollyhock, Canada’s Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortes Island, British Columbia. And while the scenery and the feel of the place is enough to make the trip worth it all, I have the added bonus of being here for the Social Venture Institute, “an intensive, interactive inquiry into how to face the day-to-day challenges of running a socially conscious enterprise” (from their website). What does this all mean for me?

Well, I’m not quite sure…yet. For one, I’m here wearing a number of different hats. First and foremost, I’m here on behalf of two very forward-thinking clients, who have me doing some ‘research.’ I’m here representing my own freelance writing and marketing business. I’m here as Editor of Highline Magazine. I’m here to learn on behalf of other partners I work with, including a very exciting health and wellness website to be launched by the end of this year. So, depending on whom I’m talking to, I’m here for slightly different reasons.

If I had to spell it out, though, I’m here to be inspired, rejuvenated, to regain hope, narrow my focus and to scope out the possibilities of seeing a similar gathering of like-minded individuals in Alberta.

I’m also here for me. Ah yes, that little person inside just waiting to be spoken to again. “Hello, Meghan, it’s been awhile.” In juggling multiple contracts, writing gigs, editing requests, trying to play outside during the beautiful summertime and planning a nine week trek in Nepal – let alone clearing the decks completely before I depart – I have been so busy I have somewhat lost myself. All (most) of my projects are very fulfilling, but reading The 4-Hour Workweek lately has got me thinking about how much I take on when I really don’t need to. Call me “Yes Woman.”

So, I am here to get some perspective and to “check out” of life for a few days, even if my email inbox is telling me I should do otherwise.

I look forward to sharing my learning with you.

Ciao (for now) from the coast,

Meghan

Y Leadership and The Shirtless Dancing Guy

“The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader.” – Derek Sivers on TED.com

The Bow Valley of Alberta is a remarkable place. The scenery, of course, draws millions of tourists each year. Visitors and residents alike flock to this Mountain Mecca, allured by the invigorating fresh air, illustrious peaks and an opportunity to connect with nature in a new way. People come and go like waves on the shore. And while the area is known for its transience – students coming for summer, Aussies coming for winter and weekenders coming for a short holiday – the region is chock-full of inspiring people that are here to stay. Passionate people have emerged from the woodwork and done amazing things as leaders in their communities. (Chandra Crawford and her Fast and Female campaign to empower girls through sport comes to mind.)

There is so much more bubbling beneath the surface. This weekend I’ll be attending Y Leadership, a foundational leadership development program for 18 to 30 year-olds, that intersects leadership and experience-based learning. This program, being offered by local partners, including The YWCA, Reframe Leadership, Pacific Center for Leadership and Corporate Funk, is in its pilot phase and I have the opportunity to learning and growing along with a dozen other attendees. I’ll be there to develop professionally, but I’ve also been asked to come as a writer who can bring the message and learning from this program to others through online and print publications.

One thing I’ll be thinking about is how I, as an outdoor, travel and adventure writer, can be a leader in my community, through the pieces I publish and the research I conduct on a daily basis. How might my own learning as a writer affect the planet?

The program faculty sent us two things to take a look at prior to the course starting on Friday. One was a fascinating article in the Financial Post about how Generation Y Will Evolve Leadership. The second was a TED talk by Derek Sivers about How to Start a Movement. At only 3 minutes, the video is well-worth watching here and now! Plus, it’ll answer any questions you might have about the title of this post.

The program runs this Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 7th. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting leadership program in Banff National Park.