If it scares you, that is exactly why you should do it.
I’m talking about stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something, experiencing something, feeling something that you never thought possible.
It’s about challenging yourself not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. Something that reaches to the core of your soul, of who you are.
When you're willing to push the boundaries of what's possible, you'll find your best self right on the other side.
Adventure allows me to realize previously unimaginable dreams. With each all-consuming journey towards that edge - a tantalizing boundary where my mind and body are truly challenged - my sense of self not only blossoms, it thrives.
Of course it is scary, but for me that is precisely the draw, because if it does not challenge you, it does not change you.
I still want to see how far I can go. I want to see if I can push that edge just a little bit further. Stay tuned for my next adventure (to be announced 2018) and I invite you to join me on the journey along the way.
Leaving Safety + Entering Possibility
No matter how big or small your goals and dreams, there are no guarantees that all your work will pay off. So why not go all in.
There is nothing quite like building up to a goal that I set for myself, knowing that whatever the outcome, it is the process of preparing, not the destination, that matters most.
With each of the goals I have set for myself, when you achieve them there is something that happens deep within the soul. I have had the great fortune of plumbing the depths of a sense of self that did not exist ten years ago, five years ago or even a year ago. And it is constantly evolving.
One of my greatest lessons has come from Mother Nature. In my challenges I am at her mercy, inviting myself to her intimidating aquatic grandstand, and trying my best to keep up.
An intricate and improvisational dance with the unknown, where I am no longer in control. It is scary, nerve-racking, but tremendously exciting.
In life there are no gold medals. No promises of victory, fame, or riches. Effort does not always equal achievement. In fact, something much bigger is happening.
And it lays just on the other side where you are most uncomfortable and where you are most fearful: it is the gratitude of realizing you are capable of far more than you ever dreamed possible, where you push yourself beyond the imaginable and into a new and beautiful expanse of the self where the soul evolves and the heart expands.
An overwhelming journey that begins with a first stroke, step, or commitment to do something you did not think you could do.
And if you are brave enough to say yes, you will be forever changed - reaching a deeper understanding, a deeper sense of who you are.
This I can tell you from first hand experience, and it is worth every pain-staking step.
How I went from thinking I would never walk again to swimming the Oceans Seven.
If I Can Do It, So Can You.
Don’t let other people’s expectations of your failure undermine your goals. In 2007, after a freak accident, medical experts told me that I had a 1% chance of walking unassisted again.
Diagnosed with Acute Compartment Syndrome in my right leg, and a mere 30 minutes from amputation, I knew I had to prove all the doctors and surgeons wrong.
After two grueling years rehabilitating my leg, I ventured into the pool for my first swim since primary school.
Little did I know that six years later in 2015, I would set a new world record becoming the 1st woman ever to swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.
While that was the first of many unknowns, it showed me the power in showing up and saying yes, especially in the face of fear.
No matter who you are or what you want to do, there will be critics and there will be naysayers but you can't let it stop you from trying.
While I didn't know it at the time, I often now say that my injury was the best thing to ever happen to me because it taught me that we are capable of far more than we could ever imagine.
And the secret to all of this is that I didn't do it alone.
The key to achieving my goals has been the community I've surrounded myself with that has pushed, inspired and supported me every step of the way.
My mission is to inspire YOU to push past your own limits to find what you are capable of, beyond what you could possibly imagine.
I'm not some super-star Olympic athlete, I'm just a woman who is unwilling to believe there is something I can't achieve if I put my mind to it - and I want you to know that you can do the same!
Nothing Is Impossible
& Smashing World Records
1 of 7 people to complete, 3rd woman
The Ocean's Seven consists of seven long-distance open-water swims, and is considered the marathon swimming equivalent of the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. It includes the North Channel, the Cook Strait, the Molokai Channel, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait and the Strait of Gibraltar. Kim is only the 6th person in history to have completed the Oceans Seven. To date, only 7 people in history have achieved this milestone.
1 of 5 people to complete, 1st woman
On August 8th 2015, Kim became the 1st woman to swim 30 miles solo from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. The Farallon Islands sit within in the Red Triangle, a region off the coast of Northern California known to have the largest concentration of Great White sharks in the world. This swim is depicted in the upcoming documentary about Kim's journey.
THE DEAD SEA
1st team to complete, 1st New Zealander
In November 2016, Kim joined an international team of swimmers completing an unprecedented historic swim across the Dead Sea raising global awareness of the deterioration of that critical body of water for the region. The Dead Sea is in danger of becoming extinct as its water level is decreasing by over 3 feet per year. This was first ever swim from Jordan to Israel, a distance of 9 miles, taking just over 7 hours to complete.
Woman Of The Year, Nominee
For the drive to overcome severe dehydration and push her body to the deep abyss of discomfort and pain and for being the first woman to tackle arguably the world's most difficult channels, Kim was nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
Sportswoman of the Year, Nominee
Kim was nominated for the Halberg Sportswoman of the Year 2015. Named after Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) the Halberg Awards is the New Zealand's pre-eminent event to honor and celebrate the country's sporting excellence.