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Katrina Megget - Her battle with self doubt and self-worth - walking the Te Araroa Trail


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Katrina Megget is an ordinary woman who dared to believe she was more than she thought she was. After three years of listening to her self-doubt and the negative voice in her head that told her she wasn't good enough she finally set out to walk the 3,000km (1,864 mile) Te Araroa Trail down the length of New Zealand, her home country.

A knee injury led to her having to pull out once she got to the South Island but she was determined to complete the trail so returned the next season. Unfortunately, covid lockdowns stopped her seven days from reaching the finish but by that point she had realised she didn’t need to walk the trail to prove she was enough.

She is now writing a book on her experience on the trail, her battle with self-doubt and self-worth and dealing with an emotionally abusive relationship.

Katrina then spent three and a half months sailing around the coast of Great Britain with her new partner on a 28-foot boat. She had only a handful of days sailing experience, didn’t know the lingo, didn’t know if she would get seasick and had no idea if she would even enjoy it!

Katrina, who is from New Zealand but lives in the UK, works as a freelance journalist who speaks and writes on the power within all of us to empower others to believe in themselves so they can be the people they want to be.

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Show notes

  • Who is Katrina

  • Originally from New Zealand but living in the UK for the past 16 years

  • Working as a health care journalist and writing adventure travel articles

  • Deciding to move to the UK after have her OE - “Overseas Experience”

  • Being more academic focused rather than outdoorsy

  • Getting into the outdoors via her partner

  • Joining a mountaineering club in the UK

  • Her journey into the outdoors

  • Pushing herself outside her comfort zone

  • Trying to climb 40 volcanoes before she turned 40

  • Where the idea came from and the reason why

  • Having 5 years to complete the challenge

  • Wanting to do something epic

  • Being fascinated by volcanoes

  • Why things didn’t go according to plan

  • Making changes to the challenges

  • Climbing Mt. Vesuvius, Italy

  • Your challenge - Your rules

  • Coming to understand her reason why

  • Dealing with chronic self doubt and not feeling good enough to do anything

  • Wanting to prove to herself that she as good enough

  • Walking the length of New Zealand

  • Not being able to live up to her own expectations

  • Being a high achiever and a perfectionist

  • Wanting to do adventure and why it does’t have to be epic

  • Adventure is something which is pushing you outside your comfort zone

  • Wanting to be in the growth zone

  • Having big dreams and ambitions

  • Dealing with negative thoughts

  • Why starting is the hardest thing

  • Making the decision to walk the length of NZ

  • Taking the first steps and the process involved

  • Starting with research and guidebooks

  • Getting over her fear of kayaking

  • Taking it one step at a time

  • Making the decision to commit and jumping into the unknown