Book Notes - The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul
The book | Read in June 2016 | Rating 4.25
I read The Gutsy Girl when I was travelling in Greenland, quite appropriately. I had first heard about Caroline Paul a few months before, in her Tim Ferriss podcast. She has an incredible bio (including lunger, firefighter, paraglider, author, and pilot) and there couldn't be a better author for this book.
Yes, it's aimed at younger girls, but that shouldn't stop you from reading it. Here's an excellent summary from Caroline's website: "It's Lean In for middle grade girls, set not in the workplace but on bicycles, tree branches, sea kayaks, and cliff edges." If you’re a female adventurer on any level, you should read it. And buy it for all the young gutsy girls you know.
Notes and takeaways
- "I had been a shy and fearful kid. Many things had scared me. Bigger kids. Second grade. The elderly woman across the street. Being called on in class. The book Where the Wild Things Are.”
- “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” —Amelia Earhart, pilot
- “Never be limited by other people’s imaginations.” —Mae Jemison, astronaut
- 'You’re there, but I’m not concentrating on you!' I told Fear".
- “Daring makes a difference.” —Mae Jemison, astronaut
- “Never give up, because that is just the place and time that the tide will change.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe, author, human rights activist
- “If you’re never scared, or embarrassed, or hurt, it means you aren’t taking any chances.” —Julia Sorel, artist
- "Aidan Campbell was fifteen years old when she began to accompany her dad to the Arctic Circle. She spent one month every season there, for a year. She learned to build a cabin and forage for food. She endured winter temperatures of fifty degrees below zero. She hiked with pepper spray to protect herself from grizzlies".
- What’s the sentence you’re going to tell yourself day in and day out?
- “There’s a difference between being careful and living in fear. The former will keep you alive, the latter will make you a bystander in people’s lives.” —Anna Fitzpatrick, writer
- Count the number of times a cricket chirps in fifteen seconds. Add forty. This is the outside temperature!
- “I don’t just want to live the length of my life. I want to lead the breadth of it too.” —Diane Ackerman, wildlife naturalist, author
- "Get out a globe. Find Croatia. See where it is in relation to the rest of the world. Spin the globe a few times, and find another country you’re curious about. Look up its history. Look up its sights. Now write down your ideal adventure itinerary! What town/mountain/river would you first visit, and what would you do there? Where would you go next?"
- “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” —First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
- If you haven’t built anything lately, write down what you want to build, and why.
- Keep an adventure journal (remember, an adventure doesn't have to be scaling a high mountain). Write down how it makes you feel, be it confident, nervous, or proud.
- List four people who you admire, then write down the qualities in them that are so inspiring. Think about how you can incorporate those qualities into your own life. Look at the list when you need guidance, want inspiration, or just for fun.
- What adventures and goals do you have for the future? Write a Life List. Don’t worry if they seem impossible, just write them down.
- Learn to ask for what you want. Write down four things you want that a person can grant if asked. Now write down the name of the person you would have to ask and the sentence you need to say in order to obtain it.
- Write “I want to gain confidence in . . .” and fill in the blank.