Go ahead and love what you love. Be lit up by whatever the heck lights you up. Your paradise doesn’t have to look like my paradise or her paradise or their paradise. And it doesn’t matter if no one else gets it. If everyone thinks you’re crazy. If your dreams make no sense to the masses. If friends furrow their brows and if family shakes their heads. You don’t have to justify your fire to anyone. Bring the heat your way. Because that’s the right way. It’s the only way.
Ooooh! This is @amandamarycreative in our high-waisted Adventure Leggings (made of recycled plastic bottles locally on Squamish, BC by @bewildher for the record). When she found out about Girl In The Wild and our mission to eradicate self-loathing in girls and women forever, she bought a t-shirt to support us. 45 days later, we had another order from her. This time for these leggings. Then she sent us an email: “I did a photoshoot for you” because she just HAD to be a part of it. Amanda wears her Girl In The Wild apparel with all sorts of badass heart and soul around her home in Nelson, British Columbia, singing our mission from mountaintops. And our heart is exploding because THIS is what Girl In The Wild is all about. Women supporting women. Women helping women rise. Pure love and all good things. Amanda is the coolest. And so is EVERY person who has purchased these same leggings and a tee and a tank and a sticker since we launched last September. Because 100% of sales fund our FREE camps for teenage girls, which is happening this August in a remote mountain lodge in the beautiful BC interior. Buy our sustainable, locally made apparel and send girls who are struggling to a life-changing camp in a wild space that’ll change the course of their life forever. Thank you, Amanda. And thank you everyone. Together, we’re gonna help girls rise! ☀️ ✨
I was 23 when I first fell in love. Sure, I’d had loves before. Most of them cute boys with immature views on life because, heck, we were just kids after all. And maturity is hard to come by. But when I really fell in love—Like the fall hard kind of love. The deep kind. The throw yourself in front of a bus to spare them kinda love.—it wasn’t with a cute guy with a crooked smile who called me Baby; it was with the jagged ridgeline of an alpine mountain range, carpeted in lichen from an unusually wet summer, glistening under a midnight sun. I want you, I remember thinking of those rocks. They seduced me from day one. I need you, I remember feeling so deeply, like these triangles above the clouds were the missing piece of my puzzle box. It became apparent that it would be impossible to have a life without them. This didn’t make any sense to onlookers who mistook those times that the mountains gave me agony, purple lips, scrapes and bruises, burning quads, guttural sobs, and intense fear as perhaps the signs of a relationship going poorly. Lop-sided. Ill-fated. Built not to last. What they didn’t see, what they couldn’t see because they were not in love too, was that these were gifts from the mountains to me. Gifts of toughness and perseverance. Because the mountains knew I could do it. Gifts of vulnerability and openness. Because the mountains knew that a girl can’t truly know herself until she’s raw and unable to hide. Gifts of bravery and brawn, too. Because the mountains knew that I had more in me than I had ever imagined. Gifts of growth and strength. Because the mountains knew that I was limitless before I knew myself. I was 23 when I fell in love. And my knees have been bruised ever since.
It’s just three months and 21 days until our first camp for teenage girls in one heckuva beautiful wild space. The camp is free. Because self confidence is a right not a privilege. And it has a lofty goal that lights us up: to teach self-love, to crush self-imposed limits, and to give girls the tools to rise—first at camp and then at life forever. We’re selling these rad adventure muscle tanks and leggings to fund this experience for 8 teenage girls. We have zero paid staff and 100% of proceeds from every sale goes directly to the program. Get your adventure on this summer. And support us in eradicating self-loathing for good while you’re at it. 🙌🏻♥️
Big announcement, friends: It’s official. We’ve nailed down an absolutely EXTRAORDINARY location for our 2019 free confidence-boosting camp for teenage girls. Drumroll.... We’ll be taking 8 girls up Mount Carlyle in the Kootenay Mountain Range for a week of pushing limits, mega laughter, dancing on summits, heart-opening conversations, deliciously good food, meditation, yoga, hiking, climbing, and all of the things that make it impossible for them not to realize how damn amazing they are. The folks at the Mount Carlyle Lodge (@mountcarlyle) are pretty much the kindest, biggest-hearted humans ever. They’ve worked with us to make it possible (and affordable) for our motley crew to do our best work at this premium location. And we are beyond grateful, indebted, and in love with these folks and the slice of paradise they’ve allowed us to bring our campers too. This is where it will all begin. This is the place where the eradication of self-loathing starts. And never ever ever ends. ❤️💥👊🏻