Vignettes From a Badass Life

Or, the Foundations of Trying to Live Without Fear

The Awesome Power of Awe

The more overwhelmed we are, the more we need awe.

My Second Life on the Water

Guiding fundamentally changed how I view, interact with, and share our rivers and natural spaces with others.


Sailing up stream

"Life on land can be very stressful in very minute ways, whereas life on a boat is simple. It's relaxed. Stress is reserved for actual stressful events like when you're running aground or a storm is coming."

Always the adventurer

Connie Van Valkenburg (courtesy photo) Connie Van Valkenburg…

To-do list

"You already know who you are and where your passions lie-my list was guided by that. I might never learn to tango, and I'm OK with that."

Life on the run

"Every day I need to look in the mirror and say 'I can do this.' I think mental training is huge for a runner."

2007 Changemaker: Nancy Scheibe

Gathering women's wisdom while paddling the Mississippi

2007 Changemaker: Foundation IX

Committed to eliminate cost as a barrier in girls' sports

Adventurous entrepreneur

Luisa Fuentes-Tuel is an immigrant, mother and businesswoman who’s proud of her Peruvian roots

Rock stars

Women rock climbers are ascending the ranks