Hey There! I’m Holly.
A writer, mentor, sunrise chaser, and tree hugger from Minnesota. Around age 30, I embarked on a journey to explore the great outdoors. That journey unexpectedly led me to the courage and confidence to discover and embrace my true self. Now I’m on a mission to help people like you find your way home, to your true self, so you can share your gifts and be unapologetically you! Keep reading to learn more about me, Holly, and how I can help you.
Finding My True Self
When I started this community in 2015, I had just left a 15-year corporate career as a consultant, trainer, and coach. Plagued by paralyzing perfectionism, it took me four months to hit publish, and another two months before I shared what I was doing with another human. I had spent my whole life playing small, terrified of rejection, criticism, and failure. And this new adventure was triggering those fears big time. It showed in my work and especially in my old boring About Holly page.
In 2016 I invested in myself and attended a business conference. The support and feedback I received helped me find the courage to share my work more freely. But I was still failing to lean into my potential and be true to me. So I decided that 2017 would be my year of courage.
That year, I committed to saying yes to all the things that scared me. I rode my bike along Minnesota Highway 61 all the way to Grand Marais. I faced my fear of heights and climbed a fire tower, and then another, eventually tackling half a dozen that summer. I couldn’t believe how much my confidence grew with each ascent. Then there was the most life-altering act of courage. In July of 2017, I camped solo for the first time. Since then, the outdoors has become one of the most important aspects of my life for reasons I never expected.
By finding the courage to face my fears and tackle physical challenges, my confidence increased tenfold. With this newfound confidence, I began to notice other things were changing in me.
I was a different person when I was alone in nature. I felt lighter–like 20 tons of armor had instantly fallen off of me. I eventually realized that this was me, fully immersed in my true self. I felt free to be me because there was no one around to try and prove myself to. It felt so good, that this is who I try to be in my day-to-day life. It’s not always easy. It took more than 40 years to put on all of that armor so there are days I still struggle. But having experienced those feelings of freedom, I’ll never go back to trying to be anyone but me.
How can I help you?
Can we first take a moment to recognize how far you’ve come?
The fact that you’re here, seeking answers on how to find the courage to live more authentically speaks volumes about who you are and where you’re heading. You’re truly amazing!
If you’re anything like my other readers, you’ve done well in life and have so much to feel grateful for. Still, you can’t help but feel like something’s missing. You’ve done all the “right” things but have a sense that not everything in your life is authentic to you. You’re committed to living a life of meaning and are willing to step outside your comfort zone to get there.
Welcome! You belong here.
First, let me assure you that there’s nothing wrong with you–nothing to fix–nothing that’s lacking.
I read something on my own healing journey that helped me grasp that idea and I hope it’s helpful to you too. My spiritual mentor, Richard Rohr, wrote: “If it is true, then science, psychology, poetry, and philosophy will also be seeing the same thing, but from different angles, at different levels, and with different vocabularies.” This one sentence helped me realize that all of the overlapping messages I’d been reading in psychology, philosophy, spiritual, and self-help books were actually universal truths.
What are these truths?
- You’re already enough. You already belong. Nothing more is required of you.
- Just because someone in your life didn’t have the skills to love you for who you are doesn’t mean that you are unlovable. You’re worthy of love and belonging exactly as you are.
- You deserve to be happy and enjoy life. In fact, in The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama says that “The purpose of our existence is to seek happiness.”
- Healing the world and our most important relationships starts by healing ourselves. Until you learn to love and accept yourself as you are, you cannot do the same for others.
- You were created to do great things. At first glance, these great things might feel small, like raising a family or starting a community garden, but the ripples they create have the power to change the world.
- The world needs you to share your true voice and authentic gifts. Shrinking, playing small, and toeing the line to fit in serves no one.
Through my blog, mentorship, and guided hikes, I will help you:
- Practice courage over comfort by taking baby steps outside your comfort zone.
- Build confidence by consistently showing up for yourself.
- Get reacquainted with your true self and learn to love and accept yourself exactly as you are.
- Get outside and explore.
- Embrace moments of intentional quiet and solitude.
- Nurture meaningful connections with yourself, others, nature, and spirituality.
The Next Step
Now that we’re acquainted, I’d love to keep in touch.
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Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me, Holly. I know this is the start of an exciting adventure together.
Be brave enough to be you,
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