I’m Richelle Olsen. I’m an Aussie 30-something, I’m plus sized, and I’ve cycled nearly 5,000 kms from Canada to Mexico, I’ve hiked to Everest base camp, I’ve run a 25km mountain race in the Spanish Pyrenees, I’ve trekked the Inca Trail, scuba dived in oceans and freshwater caves around the world, raced over 20 triathlons, solo hiked the Queen Charlotte Track in NZ and had a whole lot of other adventures in between.
But I’m just an everyday woman, I’m not overly fit, but I love the outdoors, and I want to inspire and support other plus sized girls to experience what I have, without limits. You don’t need to be fit, you don’t need to “look the part”, it doesn’t matter what size you are, all you need is a sense of adventure, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
And I have discovered that the ONE THING that has made my experiences so absolutely unbelievable is DOING IT WITH OTHERS!. Having like-minded people to explore with, to take photos with, to share an awe inspiring view with, to tell you to take just a few more steps. And someone to share your tears when you achieve your goals. That’s the key to amazing experiences, and it’s the people that make you want to get out of bed in the morning and spend a few hours or a few weeks on the hiking trail!
So I’m creating a community where you can meet women like you. Women who understand the challenges you face. Women who can inspire you, and women who you can inspire. All over the world. A special quote that has been on my mind of late is this…
Strong women are the ones building each other up, not tearing each other down.