what do you do that’s full-on? | kelsey & mattie


Kelsey (above, with her husband, in the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flats) spends her days working on our digital brand strategy. When she's not clicking away on her keyboard, she can be found devouring fashion magazines, re-hashing her last surfing experience or studying the intricacies of Spanish grammar.

How do you define full-on?
Living full-on means choosing to take risks even when it is easier (and expected) to stay the course.

What do you do/have you done full on?
My husband and I went on a pretty epic road trip from Calgary, Canada to Ushuaia, Argentina in our 1991 VW Golf—the whole thing took us two years. I have absolutely no regrets, it was a mind-blowing adventure and every time I think about it I start cooking up our next escapade.

Our trip was full of incredibly enriching experiences, and most of those happened when we were outside of our comfort zone. Previously all we had ever heard about Colombia was fairly negative, and we weren’t sure about even visiting let alone driving through it, but the travellers we met coming north kept telling us how absolutely amazing it was. We decided to go for it, sent our car by container around the Darien Gap (there is no road between Panama and Colombia), and spent three insane days battling powerful trade winds while sailing through the San Blas Islands to finally arrive in colourful Cartagena, meet up with our car and have every stereotype we’d ever heard about Colombia blown away.

Why do/did you love it?
I loved the drive, it’s a completely different way to experience travelling—no prescribed route, no waiting for the bus, and having the complete freedom to come and go as you choose. Latin America doesn’t seem too concerned about signposting and we had to put our Spanish to the test, asking for directions and help often. It made us interact with people we wouldn’t have if we were on the normal tourist track. This trip really took us out of our comfort zone, in fact, I think it might have redefined what “comfort zone” means to us.


Mattie (above, facing her fear of heights on 700-metre cliff) is on the PR & communications team at lululemon by day and is a cheese lover, power yoga-er and craft-beer connoisseur by night. These days she's busy creating all sorts of awkward messes in an effort to do one thing a day that scares her.

How do you define full-on?
Full-on is a filter that shifts your perspective and creates a new, totally different image of your life that only vaguely resembles your life before. It is never settling for anything less than butterflies—the pitter-patter heartbeat of anticipation when you wake up in the morning and the refreshing exhaustion when your head hits the pillow at night.

What do you do/have you done full on?
For the past 30 days, I did one thing that scared me every day. I looked at my life as a spectrum of comfort and flirted with societal norms to reach new levels of discomfort. I said “yes” to anything that made my palms sweaty and my throat itch with nerves. I’ve written my number on a beer and passed it to a handsome stranger, tripped my way through weekly competitive soccer games with a team of experienced Brits, stuttered my way through my first-ever blind date and permanently pit-stained my favourite silk blouse in anticipation of dining at a fancy restaurant alone.

Why do/did you love it?
It wasn’t easy—if awkward was a currency I’d be loaded. But this crazy thing happened: it fully stuck. I was living my life with the passion of a child who sprints everywhere she goes because she just cannot wait to get to the next place. I was sweating more, fearing less, and living my life with constant concern that I may wet my pants from laughter. They say it takes thirty days to create a habit, and by the end of this challenge I am more confident and conditioned to say “yes” to scary things than ever before.

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I live full on! Wife, mom, fulfilled career woman, constantly going farther and faster as a triathlete and athlete in general, blogger and volunteer-I’ll never be content until I can say “ok, now I’ve tried EVERYTHING”

Comment by Carly — October 25, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

Saying yes to life challenge. Just completed my masters in Exercise Science, with honors. Teaching 15 fitness classes/week. Beginning doctoral study January ’14.

Comment by Dionne — October 29, 2013 @ 10:31 am

Am currently training with 11 amazing ladies to row a surfboat 200km in the world’s longest and toughest surfboat race.
Life is full on with 4 water sessions, strength, yoga and pilates, work (life needs funding!), performing our surf life saving patrols….and trying to involve friends/family on the journey with us so we don’t lose them!

Comment by Pip — October 29, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

Saying ‘yes’ to things that take me outside the comfort zone. One of those is rowing 200km in the worlds longest and toughest surf boat marathon and over new years!!
Between water training, strength, yoga and pilates, work and ensuring friends and family are on the journey is FULL-ON!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way ;)!

Comment by pip — October 30, 2013 @ 3:29 am

Everyday that I walk into my Grade 1 classroom with 20 students, from all walks of life, some having special needs I’m living life ‘full on’. I am on for the next 7 hours. After 25 years of teaching I still find it exhilarating and challenging. After school I go and teach a pilates, cardio and resistance training class to 35 women! After a day in Grade 1 that seems like a breeze and bonus; no one is picking their nose and they listen to me! I feel everyday in my working life is full on! I embrace it all.

Comment by Shannon — October 30, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

Definitely living full on!!
Only 14 but already have a paid job teaching on land figure skating techniques and a ballet class for the younger figure skaters. I also go to Math and Science Academy, which gives 4 hours of homework/night. I have all A’s, compete around the world for WFSC Ice Kicks Juvenile Team, and compete across the US for dance. I play violin, piano, and flute as well as acting in school musicals and plays, and I was encouraged to try out for Broadway from my drama instructor.

Comment by Claire — October 30, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

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