Raw Snacks: A series asking experts to share a personal story of self-discovery. Responses are edited for space and clarity.
We all love those stories about women who went through unimaginable hardships only to come out on the other side stronger and wiser. Think Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert or Jeannette Walls.
But in most cases, these cathartic experiences came as a result of hitting rock bottom: lifelong addictions, homelessness, broken marriages, troubled childhoods.
Steph Jagger’s memoir, “Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery,” breaks out of this pattern.
In 2010, when she decided to quit her job and sell everything to go ski up and down the mountains of nine countries — four million vertical feet in a year — Jagger had a seemingly perfect life.
So why on earth did she do it? For the sheer satisfaction of getting outside her comfort zone.
“We need to hear stories about women who had to pick up the pieces,” Jagger says. “But we also need stories of women who go from good to great, from strong to stronger.”
And that’s exactly what she did.
At the end of her journey, which she called The Vertical Feat, Jagger had accumulated countless moments of physical and emotional pain. But on those slope she also found her now husband and a new career as a life coach.
Listen to Jagger explain what prompted her to embark on this adventure. You might be inspired to look for those areas in your life that you feel kind of ‘meh’ about and decide to freak yourself out a little bit by taking bold actions.
Interested in Jagger’s work or her coaching services? Head over to her website.