My Adventure Quest
From "girl-next-door" to Outdoor Explorer and Mindset mentor
The short story
Coming from an academic background, I quit a safe and comfy career in law enforcement to live my passion for the outdoors and nature. Years later, I'm now an accomplished extreme athlete and Arctic adventurer, who successfully recovered from severe eating disorders. Happy owner of two dogs, one magical cat (for real!) and a beautiful Iberian mare, I travel with them as The Striders Adventures through Europe, with a clear predilection for Scandinavian countries!
Because I have been there and know how scary it is, I am now passionate about sharing my story and helping others to dare step into the unknown and live the life of their dreams.
Through my writing and public talks, I love inspiring and empowering people to dare do things that they are passionate about and live a more authentic life that feels really good. This world needs more fun, authenticity and Love with a capital L!
I also love working 1:1 and in collaboration with people who feel drawn to my work and my Adventurer spirit.
The extended version
I wasn't born a talented athlete or an extremely adventurous mind. For years, I was really average in sports and doing okay in school. Pretty shy by nature, I was never among the cool kids, and always felt that I didn't quite fit in. As a teenager, animals, especially dogs and horses were my best friends. I developed early on severe eating disorders as, I now know, a mean to cope with this identity crisis and a highly perfectionist mind. But my rebel temperament along with a vivid imagination and a certain pride got me through these hard times.
I got a master in Laws, and did post-grade studies in Criminology. I got a series of jobs in Law both in England and Switzerland before being enrolled as a Criminal Officer in Switzerland. Simultaneously, I was training hard to become a stronger runner and self-defense instructor.
High-achiever, I was appreciated as a collaborator and always got "good marks" from my employers. However, I did it all the hard way, fighting endlessly against my own demons. One day, I couldn't take it anymore. My bulimia and eating disorders were getting worse. Not wanting to burn myself down, I decided to gather my courage and quit my safe job to live what I really felt called to.
Becoming a Real Adventurer
That's how I set off for my first solo expedition, The Alptrekking. And from there, built up my first coaching business RFB Concept, followed by other expeditions and more Arctic adventures and extreme foot races.
- In 2015, I went on a 700 km solo and unsupported expedition with my two dogs in Northern Scandinavia.
- In 2015, I also ran my first 150km unsupported Arctic race - a foot race in the midst of the Finnish Lapland winter.
- In 2017, I was the first woman to finish the 300km version of that Arctic race. And in 2019, I finish second on foot in the 300km.
Last winter, I went on an extreme solo and unsupported expedition in Northern Lapland and covered some 700km on my own, with temperatures as low as minus 35° Celcius, while pulling a 40kg sled.
And yet, I wasn't born an Adventurer. I had no specific predisposition for sport, long distance running and extreme conditions until my late twenties. So how did I manage to set up from scratch such extreme expeditions and become such a tough-skinned outdoorsy girl and self-taught Explorer?
My Mindset. My Mindset made all the difference.
”Adventure starts from the Inside Out. „
Of course, the road wasn't all so smooth and easy! I had a lot to discover and learn. And still do. About myself. As a coach. As an athlete. As a woman. Still, looking back, I'm so proud of having got the courage to take these scary steps into the unknown and rock my entire life. I love my Life now!
Yet, I know it could have been easier with the right help at the right time. That's why I am now so thrilled to assist others, who like me a few years ago, want to kick start their Life, but are unsure where or how to start.
Mindset is the key to success and to a more fulfilling life, whatever we have in mind: achieving a specific goal, overcoming a challenge, be it more money, a stronger body, a rocking romantic relationship or a smashing career. That's what I'm passionate about! With the proper Mindset, you can really move mountains! and navigate the Unknown with much more ease and fun.
I share more about my personal story in my book An Adventure Quest, from Eating Disorders to Freedom (available on Amazon). You can also read related articles - and more - on the blog.
My Adventurer Recipe is born from my various personal experiences as a recovered bulimic, self-made entrepreneur and outdoor explorer.
I hope it will help you find your way to your Dream Life and if you want to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you :-)