As a survivor of relational and betrayal trauma and complex PTSD, Sara was debilitated by the unknown as her marriage and life collapsed, living as a single mom. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically unraveling, she found herself at a precipice: She could lose her true life through all of this, or find a new self. Her resilient self chose the latter.
She made a point every day of getting outside, navigating through anger, pain, and grief while hiking 14,000 ft mountains and paddling 4 miles out to sea with whales and dolphins. She somatically healed her heart, mind, and body through nature while practicing the art of resiliency and forgiveness. A new version of Sara with a larger smile, a longer laugh, and a love for her present life evolved. The gift of her trauma was finding her most important relationship: the one within herself. It led her to take groups to the Grand Canyon and other beautiful adventure spots and combine nature, physical activity, coaching, and helping people let go of what they don’t need.
That is the reason for the Live Boldly podcast. Sara shares her own stories and brings guests to the table to talk about theirs and hopefully help you get to actionable steps to become more resilient and to use resiliency as the foundation for living authentically, courageously, and joyfully.
In today’s episode, Sara talks about what we all carry that is not ours, and the point when she decided to take the heavy rocks out of her backpack and put them somewhere else, not on her back!
She was on a hike in the Sequoias during a traumatic time in her marriage, and her friend Steve was secretly adding rocks to her backpack. At one point, she was looking for a snack and she saw the rocks.. she didn’t know why. Steve kept adding more rocks. At a path, Sara overlooked the most beautiful valley and realized how large and beautiful the world is and how somewhat insignificant we are. At that moment, many things clicked and Sara decided she was not going to carry others’ burdens anymore. She took the rocks out of her bag.
She didn’t need to stay in the pain, nor take on others’ pain and continue to walk in it. She let go of the rocks that weighed her down, she let go of the secrets, and she made a decision about divorce and a decision to Move forward.
There are a number of truths that may resonate with you while listening to this episode.
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