Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery

Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery

by Steph Jagger


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062418111
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 517,201
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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

Postscript 277

Epilogue: Rocky Mountain High 279

Author Note: A Note about Guinness 285

Acknowledgments 287

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