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EPISODE THREE - SORAYA ABDEL-HADI - WRITER, ACTIVIST, WILL TRY ANYTHING ONCE - LIFE’S HARD, BUT IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY

Welcome to Episode 3 - Where host Frankie Dewar talks to Soraya Abdel Hadi on day 2 of the trip. This conversation is equal parts deep, insightful, poignant and joyous as Frankie and Soraya cover everything from the joy of simply stepping outdoors, to discussing big life changing canoe trips, and everything in between.  

 

They talked about:

 

  • Soraya’s role in Exxpedition, what it is, and what that work really looks like. 

  • Whether she also considers blogging as work 

  • Setting up All The Elements

  • Managing a work life balance when your life gives you purpose 

  • All the activities in the outdoors that Soraya gets up to 

  • Setting up The Adventure Sauce 

  • The outdoors as part of Soraya’s life from when she was little. 

  • Tips to get started in new activities - Join tasters and group sessions 

  • Wild Camping 

  • The outdoors as a welcoming community 

  • Why we need to stop glamourising the outdoors as the hardest, toughest, most risky, and make it okay to ask “What happens if I go out there?” and “maybe I don’t want to” 

  • Why “why aren’t there more people like you here?” is not an okay question to ask 

  • The importance of role modeling 

  •  Different body shapes not represented within outdoors media. 

  • Perceptions of Womxn and how she’s been told in the past to “tone it down” for first dates. 

  • How Soraya’s journey shaped her through building confidence, and how she is still on that journey now. 

  • The path from a Law degree to Exxpedition manager via climbing instructor and yard assistant. 

  •  What authenticity really means 

 

And we finish with the advice “ Life is going to be hard, I don’t mean that in a really hard way, but it is going to be much harder than you are expecting. And life isn’t going to go the way you plan. And that’s okay, because you’re going to come through it.” 

You can find out more about Soraya here: 

Soraya.earth 

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All The Elements 

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Frankie’s Links: 

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Find out more about her cycle trip here. 

 

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