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Wild Ideas Worth Living Presented by REI

REI presents Wild Ideas Worth Living, a podcast that shares stories of adventure and beyond. On each show, host and adventure journalist Shelby Stanger interviews world-class explorers, scientists, athletes, adventurers, and entrepreneurs about how they’ve taken their own wild ideas and made them a reality, so you can too. From people who have climbed the tallest peaks, to people who have started new businesses, broken records, surfed giant waves, sailed across the Pacific, travelled to every country in the world, or just stood up for something they believed in, some of the wildest ideas often lead to the most rewarding adventures. Previous guests include Climber Chris Sharma, Surfer Bethany Hamilton, Skier Caroline Gleich, Filmmaker Cyrus Sutton, Runner Dean Karnazes, Sailor Liz Clark, Snowboarder Kelly Clark, Freediver Kimi Werner, Minimalist and Activist Rob Greenfield, Photographer Chris Burkard, Author Chris McDougall, November Project Founder Brogan Graham, fasting expert Alan Goldhamer, Triathlete Brendan Brazier, Paralympian Alana Nichols, Comedian JP Sears, and more.
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Apr 25, 2018

Lacey’s Wild Idea: To protect the environment by fighting fires in the wild.

I’ve always been interested in people with careers that allow them to spend time outside and contribute to the greater good. That’s how I found out about wildland firefighter Lacey England. REI recently made a video called “Women in Fire” that features Lacey and some other badass female firefighters and launches April 30th. Lacey was also profiled in the National Forest Foundation series, “Drawn to Flame: Women Forged by Fire.”

Fighting wild fires is a career I never heard much about as a kid, so I was fascinated by how Lacey got into it. She shared her story, plus the unglamorous life of her job (it involves Spam and carrying insanely heavy packs), what her day-to-day training entails, and what it’s like to be in a field that is dominated by people that don’t look like her. Plus, she tells us why she’s passionate about inspiring the next generation of young women to pursue careers that may fall outside the norm.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You want to protect the environment.
  • You’ve ever thought about being a firefighter.
  • You want to be incredibly strong. Like Hulk strong.
  • You’re a woman in a male-dominated field.
  • You like being alone in the outdoors.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/71

Apr 18, 2018

Jen’s Wild Idea: To help people unlock their inner badass, and make the kind of money that allows them to live the life they want.

We’ve done a few shows about how to find the career you love and how to make the money to create the life you want. I get great feedback on them. This is why I’m so excited to have on one of my favorite authors ever, whose books I gift all the time: Jen Sincero. 

Jen is the author of You are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money. Her latest book is a guide on how to make more money and teaches you how to release negative views about it. Jen is a free spirit with lots of sass who walks the walk and loves the outdoors. She’s done everything from starting a punk band, to traveling the world, and penning #1 New York Times Bestsellers (multiple times). She also has a no B.S. approach and a great sense of humor that I appreciate, and I think you will too.

In this episode, Jen shares how to live more wildly, how to make more money, how to get out of your own way, and how to get started today. I recommend listening through to the end.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You want to make more money.
  • You want to work for yourself.
  • You are afraid of failure.
  • You love Jen Sincero’s books.
  • You want to get over fear, self-doubt and perfectionism.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/70

Apr 11, 2018

Andrea’s Wild Idea: To start and run an organic farm with her husband, and share her recipes from the foods she grows with the world through her blog and book, Dishing Up The Dirt. 

Today’s guest has one of the most important jobs you can think of: she’s a farmer and grows the food we eat. After moving from town to town living the nomad lifestyle, Andrea Bemis and her husband, Taylor, started an organic vegetable farm called Tumbleweed Farm in Parkdale, near Hood River, Oregon. 

We talk about how she got into farming, what she would have done if she wasn’t a farmer, what she’s learned from working on the land, and the realities of farm, which is not always as romantic as it may seem. We also talk about how she turned her passion for growing and cooking her own food into a successful blog, Dishing Up The Dirt, and how that blog gained the attention of a major publisher and resulted in a gorgeous cookbook. Andrea is a delightful storyteller with a great message of having a simple dream and sharing community through food.  At the end, Andrea even shares some recipes.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You’ve ever thought about quitting your job and moving to a farm.
  • You love local, organic produce.
  • You’re into food blogs and beautiful pictures.
  • You want to grow your own food.
  • You want to write a book, especially a cookbook.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/69

Apr 4, 2018

Nick and Shelby’s Wild Idea: To share about their adventure podcasts, both presented by REI Co-op, and turn the microphone back on each other.

The word’s out. REI has been my main partner all year and it’s been an awesome, wild ride. They’re also now in the podcast game with not just with my show, but also a new 8-episode series called Take it From Me, that launches this week. We talk to Nick Mott, who is the producer of the show, share a quick clip, and dive into the unique format and adventurous characters he interviews.

Nick is a fellow journalist, writer, photographer, and a rock climber. Originally from Kansas and now living in Boulder, Colorado, he loves the outdoors and sharing stories of people going on badass adventures. He also hosts another show about sustainability and has good tips for anyone who wants to start a podcast. 

After I talk to Nick, he turns the microphone back on me. A lot of people have been asking me to share my story, so I talk about why I started the podcast, what I look for in guests, and some key things I have learned along the way. It’s quick episode. Perfect for a fast run, or a short commute. Enjoy.

Listen to this episode if: 

  • You love podcasts about the outdoors (which you do, why else would you be here?)
  • You like to get outside.
  • You are looking for an additional wild podcast.
  • You want to start a podcast, or learn more about why I started Wild Ideas Worth Living.

For full show notes, including guest links and books mentioned during the episode, visit: http://wildideasworthliving.com/68

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