INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Have you ever just wanted to run away for a few days from all responsibility and just "be?"
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Last year, for the first time, four women met for an unknown adventure.
Ali Lemberg says, "The first day I was a little concerned, like what are we doing?"
Out of hundreds of nominations, Lemberg and three other women were selected to win a four-day back-country experience across Indiana guided by contest creators and guides Danielle Nolan and Kate Nolan.
"It can be someone who's doing inspiring things in the community. Or somebody who's overcoming a loss,” says Kate Nolan. "Step outside your comfort zone and gain that confidence. You're willing to apply that in your professional career and you'll apply at home and it's gonna' have an impact in your life."
From hiking to kayaking, even rappelling down a mountain, fear is released and replaced with fearlessness.
Adventurer Kelsey Steuer says, "I'm scared of heights and my left leg would not stop trembling!"
"I'm not sure I can put into words the entire transformation,” says adventurer Candice Baggett. "I may not have all the answers but I'm surrounded by supportive people and I can ask questions and they're going to help me along the way."
The women say the adventure allowed them to let their guards down and share personal feelings and experiences in a no-judgment zone environment. Michelle Anderson was dealing with the loss of her baby and mother. She says, "I wasn't really doing anything that I considered living. I think now since the adventure, I got back to living."
Steuer says she’s now found her voice after dealing with her own personal pain. "Before I was completely silent about my family history with suicide and now I am the committee for out of the darkness walk for the American Association of Suicide Prevention."
Their new-found strength means a new life.
"This has been a great reminder of who I actually am,” says Steuer.
Ali Lemberg says, “I'm not afraid. I don't feel chained to anything and I feel like the opportunities of life are just out there."
"You meet people every day and you don't know. You don't know what they've been through. You don't know. Everybody has a story,” says Danielle Nolan.
They went in as strangers but left as forever friends.
Lemberg says, "These three they always got my back and they'll always love me. This whole adventure was a lot more than I thought it was going to be."
All of these ladies told Andrea that the experience gave them the confidence to pursue dreams they thought were insurmountable. For Candice Baggett, she stepped out on faith and published the magazine Indiana & Yoga. Their adventure was turned into a film that just won Best Documentary at the Alahambra Film Festival.
You can see it Friday, April 14th at 8 p-m at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Click here for more information: