From Outdoor Adventurer to Parent: 6 Most Popular Posts About Transition

I have been blogging here on since May 2012. Interestingly, I didn’t become a parent until 10 months later, and I started this website before I even got pregnant. Of course the topic was on my mind before we decided to start a family. In fact, our concern about giving up our lives as outdoor adventurers was the catalyst for this whole project.

I chose a life of adventure with a child. Photo Paul Zizka Photography.
I chose a life of adventure with a child. Photo Paul Zizka Photography.

Over the years I have used this website to reflect on the transition to parenthood, to dig into tough topics (some controversial) and to give my readers a window into what this transition actually looks like. These posts have always proved to be the most popular, perhaps because they are as honest as my writing comes online. Honesty and rawness resonate with people, and help others to open up. I have greatly appreciated the discussion that follows.

These posts speak to the highs and lows of parenthood as someone who also loves outdoor adventure.

The Transition to Parenthood: 5 Things I Didn’t Consider

“…there are things I just couldn’t have anticipated in becoming a new parent, or that no one told me could have an impact on my ability to take my baby on little adventures outdoors.” [Read More]

The Post-Baby Body: Reimagining Myself as an Athlete

“My daughter brought me so much joy, but I felt that my body had betrayed me. I longed to run, to feel my heart pumping, to feel sweat on my back, and my feet hitting the pavement. I longed to feel lightness again. Instead I felt heavy, swollen and slow.” [Read More]

Two Phrases that Kill the Adventurous Spirit

“If there’s a three-word phrase I’ve heard as much as “Just you wait…” as a new parent it would be “Enjoy it because....”. Both phrases are meant to inspire me to appreciate what I have in the here and now. But, I have to say, they both make my skin crawl.” [Read More]

Take It Easy, Mamas: Finding Value in Unexpected Setbacks

“I know as well as any new mama how it feels when that-friend-who-started-trail-running-a-month-after-delivering-a-baby posts a photo of her latest baby-free jaunt through the woods. I’ll admit I still feel those pangs of jealousy as I think back to my own first month postpartum, to my post-baby body. I still feel them now. On the surface some women make it seem like they just plopped a baby out and then it’s business as usual. (Is this actually ever the case!?) Physically speaking, it seems they heal quickly and their bodies are good to them.

“This just wasn’t, isn’t, the case for me.” [Read More]

Taking Risks Outdoors as Parents

“Parenthood aside, how we evaluate and choose to take risks in the outdoors is already a rather heated, or at least passionate, debate. Add kids into the mix, and that heat turns to blazing inferno.” This is a three-part series. [Read More]

The Kid Question: How An Adventurer Decides to Become a Parent

“As I listened to people’s stories of epic climbs and expeditions, I was curious to know how these “real deal” adventurers felt about parenthood. Did they want to have children? Had they chosen not to? If they did have children, how were they able to balance life as a mother or father with their adventurous pursuits?” [Read More]

Author: Meghan J. Ward

Meghan J. Ward is an outdoor, travel and adventure writer based in Banff, Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Meghan has written several books, as well as produced content for films, anthologies, blogs and some of North America’s top outdoor, fitness and adventure publications. She has a forthcoming travel memoir (Fall 2022), to published by Rocky Mountain Books.

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  1. Thank you so much for this set of posts. I have a seven week old daughter and am excited to introduce her to the outdoors, but my relationships with other outdoor friends are definitely changing. I am finding that I have to define and embrace what adventure means to me, rather than looking to others to decide what it means to be hardcore.

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