Escaping Your Comfort Zone
A gender-inclusive & body positive hiking group
Guest author: Richelle Olsen (Founder) and Loey Matthews (Storyteller), from Escaping Your Comfort Zone.
We live in a society where there is immense pressure to conform to a certain size, shape, and have other physical characteristics that are considered “good looking”. When people don’t fit that size or shape, it is expected that we should diet and exercise, and use makeup, hair product and even surgery until we do fit that expectation.At Escaping Your Comfort Zone (EYCZ), we’re all about accepting that our bodies are unique and realistic, and furthermore, they are amazing and powerful just the way they are.
We want our members, and everyone else, to know that we are not broken, our bodies are enough. They are whole, and powerful and capable of amazing things. We are not a project to be fixed. We accept you all as you are.The outdoors doesn’t care what you look like, and neither do we!We aim to be an open group for every woman and gender diverse person who wants to get outdoors but doesn’t know where to start. Many hiking groups are fantastic places for people who are already hiking or having outdoor adventures regularly to meet each other, but we aim to be a starting point.