Part 3 of my personal stress journey

Story continued from previous post—link here.

One of my biggest stressors was actually stagnation, and in 2014, I decided it was time to bring adventure and risk-taking back into my life. I hadn't had a true adventure since I finished walking the Camino de Santiago in 2008—my closing ceremony to my two-year stint teaching English in Spain.

One of my friends from college, Kristel, was getting married and she invited me to her wedding in New Caledonia (between Fiji and Australia) in July, and I of course accepted the invitation.

Mooney Falls in 2014

Mooney Falls in 2014

But before that, I saw a picture of this gorgeous 200ft waterfall (Mooney Falls) on one of my friend's facebook pages. She had been tagged in a group of people who were going to this gorgeous and magical place and I decided I wanted to go with them (I had a lot of vacation time saved up hahaha).

My friend wasn't going, so it was me and a group of people I had never met before. I went on a couple hikes with them beforehand, to make sure I would be good spending a week backpacking with them, and then I signed up.

Havasupai Falls is one of the most magical places I've ever been. It was also the most physically challenging adventure I'd ever been on, and I spent a month in 2008 walking across Spain—hahaha—but with this trip, I had an entire week's worth of food and gear on my back (and a 10lb camera on my front) and I was way more out of shape than I was in 2008.

This adventure brought me back to life and re-ignited my fire for challenges, risks and extreme growth. And two months later, I traveled across the world to spend two weeks in New Zealand and one week in New Caledonia for my friend's wedding. A trip that would forever change the course of my life, and I had zero idea going into it.

Story continued here

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Who is Kristen Stephen?

Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

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