What about the 10k project excites you the most?
Seeing new places and meeting new friends!

What role does hiking and the outdoors play in your life? How has it shaped who you are? 
I have always had a love for the outdoors and spent my childhood on solo adventures in the forests behind my house. I didn’t start actively hiking until I discovered Hike it Baby in Spring of 2016. I knew on the very first hike that this was exactly what my kids and I needed and started a branch closer to home. What I hadn’t known was how much that decision would change my whole family for the better! Since then, I have become a daily hiker, traveler and photographer. I have formed a closer bond with my family, made new friends and seen amazing new places all because of our hiking adventures. Hiking has become quite a passion of mine and I look forward to where it takes me next!

Do you have a hiking story you want to share with us? 

A recent hike has really stuck with me and given me a greater love for the outdoor community. I have had a sunrise hike on my bucket list forever, but I was having trouble finding a way to make it happen because of the distance away, the fact that the trail wasn’t kid-friendly, the very early wake-up time required and the fact it was a bit more difficult than I was used to. But I decided I was going to just do it! I put a call out to the local women’s hiking Facebook groups, picked a date and hoped for the best. When I arrived at the meeting spot in the early hours of the morning, it was pitch black but I was astounded to see TEN women there and ready to hike with me! I was so overwhelmed by the response and the excitement of these women, most I had never met before. That hike turned out to be one of the most beautiful hikes I had ever been on and I met so many amazing women. It’s one that I’m sure I’ll never forget!

We are so excited to welcome Jessica and the 99 other Trailblazers who have signed on to help lead us in inspiring women all year! Read about our Trailblazers here.

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