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How would you like to step out of your comfort zone, do something so distant from your 'everyday', in the pursuit of learning more about yourself and helping you find out if you can push yourself passed your limits? When we live in a world where 'distraction' is deemed normal, how would you like to spend a bit of time focused on one goal and doing that the best you can and know that this will help you both mentally, physically and spiritually. Well my next guest Jody Ballard, is a women on a mission to help you all learn to reconnect with ourselves. To help us recognise that our abilities to heal, push forward and be the best we can be are all within us.
She is the Founder of the Women Heritage Walk, and its in second year this event is designed for women and assimilates a physical challenge with the cultural and historical components of where we live. The walk that starts from Al Ain and ends in Abu Dhabi honours the Emirati Women, who not too long ago made this bi-annual trek. I am taking part in this walk myself and for me this is a personal, mental and physical goal. I've never done anything like this before and yes I'm nervous but I can't wait to get out there, breathe in that warm desert air, hear the silence of the desert and reconnect with myself in an 'undistracted' setting.
Taking place in March 2016, Jody shares with us the story behind the event and the importance of the woman connection. She takes us back to the first heritage walk sharing with us the conversations of the ladies who took part, how they were feeling, what the dynamic was like, what preparation took place and their scariest moments. Press play to listen to this interview.
On March 1st for 7 days, 44 Expat and Emirati Women will recreate history and walk in the footsteps on their Emirati ancestors. Their achievement will be walking the 120km between Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. A journey that was done twice a year by the Emirati ladies not so long ago. These ladies will take on this journey led by Jody Ballard, the vision and creator of this journey. this is the interview with Jody who tell us what is about and what it signifies.
Jody Ballard is the Founder and driver behind this inaugural Women's Heritage Walk 2015. She's on a mission to help us rediscover the heritage of the Emirati women and connect with the culture as well as finding our own inner brilliance. She says, 'culture is assimilated' and its true. We all become part of a bigger community when we connect and understand each other more. We are more emphathetic to people and their issues.
The walk that starts from Al Ain and ends in Abu Dhabi honours the Emirati Women, who not too long ago made this bi-annual trek. 44 Expat & Emirati Women will make this historical journey and walk in the shoes of their Emirati ancestors to celebrate a past and help shape a vibrant future.
*This event is closed to new walkers due to logistical reasons but Jody has full intentions of making 2016 event something amazing. In the interim if you want to join their walk programme you can.
More details and information on the website, The Learning curve Podcast
Nicholla speaks with Ryan Hanly, co-founder of the Outbound app. An app designed to connect travellers. Nicholla loves when she finds new techy solutions. So when she found Outbound via a chance twitter she knew she had to find out more. She connected with Ryan to find how this new app works and how it can help us connect while we travel and explore the world. Living as an expat we 'get' the whole travelling thing and seeking new adventure so this was going to fit well into our community. The great part about this app is its not just for your backpackers and solo travellers. Its about all different types of travellers and how we can find events, information and socialise with like-minded travellers. There is great functionality too with the ability to create events, explore destinations, create messages or notices and find wifi in an area. Ryan And Mark are really looking to us (the travellers) to be the ones who help the app evolve and be the social network app for travellers so press play below and listen in.
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