Steph Jagger had always been a force of nature. She grew up emulating the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal—and by all accounts, she was living “the Dream.” But it wasn’t her dream.
While skiing with friends one day, the universe caught her attention with a sign: Raise Restraining Device. The words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built and start a search for something different—something more.
Steph decided to walk away from the success and security she had worked hard to obtain. She 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 up and down the mountains of North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year.
What 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. Through this journey of body and soul, she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically.
Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound will inspire readers to remove their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.
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About the Author
Steph Jagger splits her time between Southern California and British Columbia where she dreams big dreams, writes her heart out, and runs an executive & life coaching practice. She holds a CEC (certified Executive Coach) degree from Royal Roads University and she believes courageous living doesn’t happen with one toe dangling in, but that we jump in, fully submerge, and sit in the juice. Think pickle, not cucumber.
You can find her at www.stephjagger.com or on Instagram @stephjagger
Table of Contents
Introduction: The First Crack 1
Part 1 The Tip of the Iceberg 7
1 A Blue Tin Sign and a Box of Ribbons 9
2 Growing up Goat and a Red Pillbox Hat 17
3 Shit, Señora, and a Man Who Sings to Raw Fish 27
4 Base Camp and the Smell of Sulfur 41
5 The Meat Seats, Lentil Soup, and Bobby Brown 52
6 The Rusty Drawbridge and the Big Bang … but Not Like That. Well, Okay, Maybe a Little Like That 67
7 The End of the Earth 83
Part 2 Middle Earth 89
8 Wind on the Nipple 91
9 Levi McConaughey, Two Kinds of Tough, and a Wi-Fi Connection 100
10 A Nutcracker, an Italian Woman, and a Gravel Parking Lot 117
11 The Talk 128
12 Two Falls and a Sliver of Light 135
13 Eye of the Tiger 145
Part 3 The Land of the Rising Sun 157
14 Hot Baths, a Voice, and a Recurring Dream 159
15 Kiltie Tasseled Loafers 173
16 A Girl Named Tree and Japanese Snow 185
17 The Lowly Worm Goes Skiing 192
Part 4 The Valley of the Shadow of Death 205
18 Church Pews 207
19 A Bird in the Bag and a Certain Kind of Ugly 214
20 An Awkward Dance and a Remake of Snow White 229
Part 5 The True North Strong and Free 239
21 Venturing into the Slipstream 241
22 Lovely Day for a Guinness 253
23 A Fourth Wind, Fire Ants, and How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other 264
Epilogue: Rocky Mountain High 279
Author Note: A Note about Guinness 285
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 one more page!!' 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.