Forging Your Path

Ain’t no mountain high enough when you possess the iron will of the first woman to climb the highest mountains in the world. Junko Tabei, renowned mountain climber, author, ecologist, and teacher withstood extreme culture pressures, hostile environments, and avalanches as she carved her own path up the mountains and in her own life.

This episode, Junko Tabei takes us on a journey to those places we can only reach by determination and willpower.

This Woman Has My Heart

Have you ever climbed a mountain? Here in Colorado, we have what is known as the “14neers” club.  The only way to become a member is to climb all the 14,000-foot peaks in the Colorado Rockies.  My personal best is 3, a feat I’m pretty proud of since most people haven’t climb any!  Not bad for a city girl from Ohio. During each climb I always reached a point when I’d ask myself, why am I climbing this mountain? What is the point?  And just like that, my determination would vanish.  And just when I was ready to give up and turn around, my husband, my greatest source of support and encouragement would look back and say, “You take the lead, I’ll follow you to the top.”  And he always did.

Over the years my determination and will power to climb mountains and achieve the things I’ve wanted to create in my life has waxed and waned.  This is why Junko Tabei’s story is so important to me.  Junko was revolutionary in her own humble way.  She didn’t lead marches in the streets or rallies at national monuments. She led expeditions up unforgiving terrain thousands of feet in the air designed by nature to test the limits of human endurance, because she LOVED it.  She was her own woman in a male dominated sport and refused to be intimidated.  She chose the course of her life based on her love for the mountains, her love for a man her family did not approve of and, her relentless pursuit of a life of joy.

Junko Tabei is the Bright Lighter who inspires me to dig deep and continuously discover the drive and determination needed to choose my own path, do what I LOVE and, create my own joy filled life.

Forging Your Path

Ain’t no mountain high enough when you possess the iron will of the first woman to climb the highest mountains in the world. Junko Tabei, renowned mountain climber, author, ecologist, and teacher withstood extreme culture pressures, hostile environments, and avalanches as she carved her own path up the mountains and in her own life.  

 This episode, Junko Tabei takes us on a journey to those places we can only reach by determination and willpower.

This Woman Has My Heart

Have you ever climbed a mountain? Here in Colorado, we have what is known as the “14neers” club.  The only way to become a member is to climb all the 14,000-foot peaks in the Colorado Rockies.  My personal best is 3, a feat I’m pretty proud of since most people haven’t climb any!  Not bad for a city girl from Ohio. During each climb I always reached a point when I’d ask myself, why am I climbing this mountain? What is the point?  And just like that, my determination would vanish.  And just when I was ready to give up and turn around, my husband, my greatest source of support and encouragement would look back and say, “You take the lead, I’ll follow you to the top.”  And he always did.

Over the years my determination and will power to climb mountains and achieve the things I’ve wanted to create in my life has waxed and waned.  This is why Junko Tabei’s story is so important to me.  Junko was revolutionary in her own humble way.  She didn’t lead marches in the streets or rallies at national monuments. She led expeditions up unforgiving terrain thousands of feet in the air designed by nature to test the limits of human endurance, because she LOVED it.  She was her own woman in a male dominated sport and refused to be intimidated.  She chose the course of her life based on her love for the mountains, her love for a man her family did not approve of and, her relentless pursuit of a life of joy.

Junko Tabei is the Bright Lighter who inspires me to dig deep and continuously discover the drive and determination needed to choose my own path, do what I LOVE and, create my own joy filled life.

To learn more about Junko Tabei’s remarkable life and accomplishments, visit the links below.

To learn more about Junko Tabei’s remarkable life and accomplishments, visit the links below.