Back in 2011, I discovered an awesome website called Growing Bolder. I stumbled upon the Growing Bolder segment on Banana George while doing some research for the Gliding Soles, Lessons from a Life on Water book I was writing at the time. “It’s not about age, it’s about attitude,” was the Growing Bolder tagline. “It’s an attitude. A mission. A passion. A team of people who believe in the power of hope, inspiration and possibility.” The site was filled with one inspiring story after another featuring people living passionate lives. Marc Middleton, the founder and CEO, left his job as a reporter in 2006 to form Bolder Media Group. He was tired of constantly reporting news that was physically, emotionally, and mentally draining day after day.
Intrigued, energized, and inspired by all the stories, I connected with Bill Shafer, the Executive Vice President and introduced myself. Like Marc, Bill also left his job as a reporter and shared the same mission and vision of creating positive, uplifting content. I boldly invited Bill and his crew to come to the World Barefoot Center. We ended up having a great time together and Growing Bolder produced two segments which were shown on PBS stations:
I loved the mission and vision of Growing Bolder so much that I told Bill, “I want to come and work for Growing Bolder.”
And now I’m the lucky one. I recently joined the Growing Bolder Blogging team. I get to share inspirational stories, thoughts, and ramblings with a passionate group of Growing Bolder Elite Bloggers. Of course, it was only fitting that I introduced Judy Myers, The Barefoot Competitor, in my first blog post. Four years ago, Judy was pivotal in helping me to unwrap my passion for barefoot water skiing again. I want to pay it forward in encouraging others to pursue their passions, no matter the age.
If you’re at a point in your life where you’ve become stuck in the “same old, same old” routine, I invite you to come over to Growing Bolder and hang out with some truly amazing people, because as Jim Rohn says, “You’re the average of the five people you hang out with.” Get a daily dose of passion on the Growing Bolder Facebook page. Adopt the Growing Bolder lifestyle. You don’t have to settle for growing older. Grow bolder instead.