[Ebook] Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery By Steph Jagger – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk

Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery A Young Woman Follows Winter Across Five Continents On A Physical And Spiritual Journey That Tests Her Body And Soul, In This Transformative Memoir, Full Of Heart And Courage, That Speaks To The Adventurousness In All Of UsSteph Jagger Had Always Been A Force Of Nature Dissatisfied With The Passive, Limited Roles She Saw For Women Growing Up, She Emulated The Men In Her Life Chasing Success, Climbing The Corporate Ladder, Ticking The Boxes, Playing By The Rules Of A Masculine Ideal She Was Accomplished She Was Living The Dream But It Wasn T Her DreamThen The Universe Caught Her Attention With A Sign Raise Restraining Device Steph Had Seen This Ski Lift Sign On Countless Occasions In The Past, But The Familiar Words Suddenly Became A Personal Call To Shake Off The Life She Had Built In A Search For Something Different, SomethingSteph Soon Decided To Walk Away From The Success And Security She Had Worked Long And Hard To Obtain She Quit Her Job, Took A Second Mortgage On Her House, Sold Everything Except Her Ski Equipment And Her Laptop, And Bought A Bundle Of Plane Tickets For The Next Year, She Followed Winter Across North And South America, Asia, Europe, And New Zealand And Up And Down The Mountains Of Nine Countries On A Mission To Ski Four Million Vertical Feet In A YearWhat Hiking Was For Cheryl Strayed, Skiing Became For Steph A Crucible In Which To Crack Open Her Life And Get To The Very Center Of Herself But She Would Have To Break Herself Down First Physically, Then Emotionally Before She Could Start To Rebuild And It Was Through This Journey That She Came To Understand How To Be A Woman, How To Love, And How To Live AuthenticallyElectrifying, Heartfelt, And Full Of Humor, Unbound Is Steph S Story An Odyssey Of Courage And Self Discovery That, Like Wild And Eat, Pray, Love, Will Inspire Readers To Remove Their Own Restraining Devices And Pursue The Life They Are Meant To Lead

10 thoughts on “Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery

  1. says:

    My husband and I listened to this on audio while road tripping across the US on our own ski adventure We had heard about this book and thought it d be a great way for us to get amped for the mountains Unfortunately, this memoir is light on the snow and ski stories and heavy on the self discovery mumbo jumbo Jagger s quest to ski 4 million vertical feet in 10 months feels like a thin excuse or afterthought for the greater focus on finding herself I felt like with all her travels and the awe My husband and I listened to this on audio while road tripping across the US on our own ski adventure We had heard about this book and thought it d be a great way for us to get amped for the mountains Unfortunately, this memoir is light on the snow and ski stories and heavy on the self discovery mumbo jumbo Jagger s quest to ski 4 million vertical feet in 10 months feels like a thin excuse or afterthought for the greater focus on finding herself I felt like with all her travels and the awesome ski resorts she visited, I came away with very little actual knowledge about any of these places and cultures I know that any book with this type of premise i.e WIld is bound to have its share of personal reasons and revelations scattered throughout the book In Unbound , however, these sections totally take over and we frequently lose the journey framework altogether More than that, Jagger s issues and transformation are jumbled, unclear, and cliched She piles on metaphor after metaphor I ve never heard anyone use so many metaphors ever It drove my husband and I crazy At the end of the book, I still didn t understand what Jagger learned from her trip, despite her endless talking about it I would not recommend this to another ski enthusiast or someone looking for a personal quest memoir Last year I read Juliana Buhring s This Road I Ride and it is a much better version of this genre What s , while Jagger unofficially holds the record for most vertical feet, Buhring actually did the strenuous legwork to track her cycling trip across the globe and is Guinness certified

  2. says:

    While I loved the concept of Wild , I was left sorely disappointed after forcing myself to finish it Unbound finally quenched that thirst I was left with, to live vicariously through someone brave enough to embark on a crazy adventure all while discovering and learning things about themselves most are never able to learn in a lifetime Steph Jagger s humor combined with brutal honesty was the perfect mixture to keep me up until the wee hours of the night to read just onepage Her po While I loved the concept of Wild , I was left sorely disappointed after forcing myself to finish it Unbound finally quenched that thirst I was left with, to live vicariously through someone brave enough to embark on a crazy adventure all while discovering and learning things about themselves most are never able to learn in a lifetime Steph Jagger s humor combined with brutal honesty was the perfect mixture to keep me up until the wee hours of the night to read just onepage Her portrayal of the people she met and places she visited made me feel like I was actually there, taking everything in right beside her It s very refreshing to find a book where the adventure did NOT initiate on a personal tragedy or crisis..because it means there is a lot less whining to endure throughout the pages

  3. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Good read Steph comes from a country I am deeply in love with Canada and definitely has that Canadian sense of humor, which I simply adore With lots of funny metaphors and few cursing words, she takes us on her ski adventure around the world Soon, her chase for yet another record and title becomes muchTruth to be told, as someone who reads quite a lot of travel non fiction, I was super happy about a story of self discovery happening in the snow Very refreshing after heaps of books t Good read Steph comes from a country I am deeply in love with Canada and definitely has that Canadian sense of humor, which I simply adore With lots of funny metaphors and few cursing words, she takes us on her ski adventure around the world Soon, her chase for yet another record and title becomes muchTruth to be told, as someone who reads quite a lot of travel non fiction, I was super happy about a story of self discovery happening in the snow Very refreshing after heaps of books that come out every year whose authors ran away to the usually South East Asian beaches and did a bit of yoga to decide who they are Kudos to you, Steph, because chasing winter is so much harder than chasing summer Also, thank you for discovering Bariloche to me Argentina is now high on my list So is Jackson hole However, I decided not to give five stars Even though I love when personal stories and realizations compliment the travel story, I got pissed off at some point My first rolleye was when she was riding that lift with her dead grandfather Now, though I do believe that people who died stay with us, I really couldn t help myself with not liking the fact that her grandpa was there on that lift for an entire week Come on Every day of that week Next thing that irked me a bit was Chris whispering to her vagina So over the top Not because it is sexual but because I guess Chris can read minds or something Moment that was supposed to be too deep and I just couldn t help but feeling it was Well, fake And then though I like Chris, I swear I do that dream with Chris taking his hood of and then her stating it has been him, all her life that she was dreaming of, as he was walking towards her No No NO So unconvincing Sorry To conclude the whole thing yes, worth reading, but be vary of these few deep transcendent eatpraylove wearesodeep moments

  4. says:

    A heady adventure that armchair skiiers and travelers will enjoy and that women will easily cheer on as they read Stephanie Jagger sets out to prove to her family and to herself that she is really one of them as tough, as driven, and as physically and mentally capable as any of the men,than equal to them Her plan is to ski 4 million feet downhill in a year, and in five continents She succeeds but changes in the process, finding her own self worth independent of her family.

  5. says:

    Love love loved this book and the way Steph Jagger writes it s honest, witty and completely captivating I literally could not put this book down Even though I m not a skier, it didn t matter because I loved reading about every aspect of Steph s journey and was right there with her as the mountains broke her down and put her right back together again.

  6. says:

    I ve been looking for a book like Unbound for a long time There was something that Born to Run and Wild did for me that I couldn t find again until I read Unbound Life always seems like there is an order to things Graduate, get a job, get married, and have babies And although all of those are adventures, life isthan that It s about discovering who you are, becoming who you were always meant to be, and living life freely Mainly, it s about achieving the ultimate goal being happy.Ste I ve been looking for a book like Unbound for a long time There was something that Born to Run and Wild did for me that I couldn t find again until I read Unbound Life always seems like there is an order to things Graduate, get a job, get married, and have babies And although all of those are adventures, life isthan that It s about discovering who you are, becoming who you were always meant to be, and living life freely Mainly, it s about achieving the ultimate goal being happy.Steph s passion for skiing is not something I would want to go for as far as a year long goal but it is inspiring I kind of understood how Steph had so many naysayers before she actually went on her trip around the world but I mainly thought, Why not Leaving everything behind to do something you love That s something everyone wants to get a chance at doing And maybe that s why people decide not to take the risks Steph made It just seems impossible There is too much to worry about But Steph s personality pushes against the norm and she takes the leap In Unbound, Steph s story challenges those who read it to push against the order that life mapped out for you the message of my generation was to dream big We were the little girls who were told we could go on to do anything and become anyone we wanted I found this to be confusing when I looked at the women around me, when I looked at my mother Were they dreaming big Were they doing anything and becoming anyone they wanted If you compared me to Steph you would see complete opposites When I was reading about how her mother used to bewild but she changed after she discovered rules and consequences, I thought that was me I have had this restraining device over me of what I can t and can t do That s what really made Unbound so relatable for me and I m sure it will feel the same way for others Steph s adventure into skiing around the world is filled with excitement, tears, stubbornness, and unexpectedly love The people she met, the places she skied, and the memories she made left me leaving satisfied and expectingout of myself The love part felt totally out of left field but I was dying to know what became of it Steph s personality could feel very like that one person who s always trying to win everything She could be competitive, strong, and honest but could also be vulnerable as she tries to discover where she fits into the world Although Steph is completely different from me, I enjoyed her perspective and how she took on the world Unbound is a story for those readers that want to go on a journey after finishing the last page For those who want to be inspired to take the leap they ve been waiting years to do or the one they just thought of yesterday

  7. says:

    This was supposed to be the heir to Wild, which is one of my favorite books, and I suppose it is in flavor Steph Jagger s writing unfortunately doesn t have the profound, nuanced wisdom of a Cheryl Strayed or Elizabeth Gilbert however, her story and accomplishments are still quite compelling, and this will satisfy anyone looking for a book about adventure I didn t know a lot about mountain skiing before I read this book and I learned quite a bit about it by the end It s a brutal sport and on This was supposed to be the heir to Wild, which is one of my favorite books, and I suppose it is in flavor Steph Jagger s writing unfortunately doesn t have the profound, nuanced wisdom of a Cheryl Strayed or Elizabeth Gilbert however, her story and accomplishments are still quite compelling, and this will satisfy anyone looking for a book about adventure I didn t know a lot about mountain skiing before I read this book and I learned quite a bit about it by the end It s a brutal sport and one that requires an incredible amount of endurance There s also a seductive luxury to it no one can ski that way without a fair amount of money to access so that certainly beefs up the fantasy inherent in this book s plot Theimportant lesson of Unbound of course is about the personal development Steph goes through by quitting her office job and her expectations of what her life is supposed to be , Steph learns a lot about who she really is, what she really wants, and especially about letting go of expectations and preconceived notions This is where her writing suffers a little I got the point but it felt a little trite the way these ideas were presented However it is clear that they are presented in earnest, and the point gets across This was an easy weekend read and would be good for a vacation book or a palatable break in betweenserious fare If you like inspiring stories of women who accomplish great feats, soul searching, or just general personal growth, Unbound is for you

  8. says:

    Finished this one today, and it was just ok I really liked Eat, Pray, Love and Wild and was hoping this would carry that theme, and it just didn t measure up in my humble opinion I believe she probably read one of those books or something and felt she should do a journey of her own but I really wasn t all that impressed with the story of her journey I m sure it was profound for her but to an outsider she just skied a lot and flaunted that she met a lot of rich people I also didn t relate Finished this one today, and it was just ok I really liked Eat, Pray, Love and Wild and was hoping this would carry that theme, and it just didn t measure up in my humble opinion I believe she probably read one of those books or something and felt she should do a journey of her own but I really wasn t all that impressed with the story of her journey I m sure it was profound for her but to an outsider she just skied a lot and flaunted that she met a lot of rich people I also didn t relate to her saying she felt she had to act like a man to live in a man s world talk, and I work with ex military men I think she is misunderstanding being competitive with being a manly You can be competitive and still be a woman She gave no examples of where she felt she had to do this other than she felt she wasn t like her mother so she acted like her father It all felt very firstworldproblems that she didn t fit into her family so she had to leave it all to find herself She is not a strong writer so it was overloaded with unnecessary metaphors I m glad this journey helped her but I guess it would have helped to knowabout her actual life that she was escaping other than her family that she seemed to be living in the past Glad she enjoyed the journey, but not worthy of writing a book about it

  9. says:

    Alternative titles include Warren Miller meets Eat, Pray, Love or White privilege meets Millennial Self absorption, or even, Discovering the Universe really does revolve around me Not to say that I didn t enjoy this book, and it doesn t advertise to be anything other than what it is The first part of the book wasrelatable Her struggles with being ultra competitive and not knowing how to be strong without dismissing her femininity are not uncommon among women not adhering to trad Alternative titles include Warren Miller meets Eat, Pray, Love or White privilege meets Millennial Self absorption, or even, Discovering the Universe really does revolve around me Not to say that I didn t enjoy this book, and it doesn t advertise to be anything other than what it is The first part of the book wasrelatable Her struggles with being ultra competitive and not knowing how to be strong without dismissing her femininity are not uncommon among women not adhering to traditional feminine roles I got a little lost with her goat vs tiger metaphor, as I m still not sure what those really mean to her Her writing style is fun and interesting, but starts to feel a little frivolous with all of her universe talk I recommend looking up Amy Schumer s skit on how white women love the universe The only real adversity in the book is finding out that New Zealand ski resorts are not as plush as those in the Italian Alps Her love story was sweet and beautiful, but probably not destined by the universe But it s great she feels that way Overall a fun read

  10. says:

    Listened to the audio version I m not even a skier and I enjoyed this book Steph has some great realizations that she shares throughout her 4 million ft journey I like the way she writes, you can feel her personality come through With all her little jokes and pointing things out I loved it I like her connections to her moms hat and her dads shoes And the vagina worshiping made me giggle It comes with a deep ephiniay so it s also serious, but the awkwardness is hilarious The descriptions Listened to the audio version I m not even a skier and I enjoyed this book Steph has some great realizations that she shares throughout her 4 million ft journey I like the way she writes, you can feel her personality come through With all her little jokes and pointing things out I loved it I like her connections to her moms hat and her dads shoes And the vagina worshiping made me giggle It comes with a deep ephiniay so it s also serious, but the awkwardness is hilarious The descriptions were perfect if you ask me I felt like I could imagine her story the whole way through Not a huge fan of how it turns into a love story but it makes sense cause that s the way it played out for her This book probably isn t for everyone But right when she started with the ribbons and awards and goals be checked off, I immediately knew I d enjoy the journey with her

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