As a young woman, I moved from my hometown in rural Oregon to New York City on a dare and ended up with a successful, thriving life and career. I met + married my dream man, rocked it at work, and felt like I was living the dream.
After a move to San Francisco, I left the corporate world to take care of my precious babies, but in what felt like no time at all, my babies were no longer babies. As they started to grow up and leave the nest, I realized I was staring into my own unknown future. In hopes of finding some clarity in my life, I signed up for a class called “What’s Next 101,” offered by coaches Laura Riordan and Linda Lesem. On the way to class one morning, I was filled with self-doubt, and was frankly, flailing. I hadn’t done my homework, which was to bring a current work challenge to the group for feedback. I felt like such an impostor - I hadn’t worked in the “real world” in nearly 18 years. I was a stay-at-home mom who volunteered regularly, but had nothing to share, or so I thought. Mascara running down my face and scolding myself in the rearview mirror, I wondered out loud “What happened to the girl who moved to New York City on a dare?” Just then I noticed flashing lights ahead and a large orange traffic sign that read: DETOUR AHEAD. Now I was going to be late to class, with no time to freshen up - panic hit me like a wave. But, as I followed the detour signs and turned down the side street towards class, it all came rushing to me in that crazy hot messy state: I was going to Dare to Detour, and take other like-minded women with me.
By forcing you to step off your daily path, slow down, pause, consider, reframe and redirect, detours demand that you open yourself to possibility and to trust in a new direction, often revealing new and beautiful scenery along the way.
The class loved it and Laura Riordan and Linda Lesem are a core part of the curriculum at the Detour Experiences!
So there it is: I double dare you to join me for a detour.
I’m so looking forward to meeting you.