Feb 4, 2022
Jillian Brown is a Canadian-born adventure photographer. Diagnosed with PTSD, she has used this to fuel her drive to connect others to nature, adventure and themselves. She is particularly known for her niche of taking cameras to the extremes of paddling and remote expeditions accompanied by stories of her personal journeys along the way.
Within her documents, she has been able to achieve a World first, of paddling a Tandem sea kayak down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and becoming the first Canadian to paddle across America. Pushing herself both physically and mentally, she knows no boundaries with her goal to connect others to the natural world, to live a life of passion and showcase deep, and influential storytelling within her photography and writing.
In this podcast, Jillian starts off by sharing what inspired her to become an adventure photographer. Jillian also shares when she decided to combine her passion for adventure with her love of photography. She then talks about her big “Canoeing Journey” experience, sharing all of the highs and lows of the trip. When Jillian was thinking about throwing in the towel on this trip, she encountered a squirrel that taught her the meaning of life.
Jillian opens up about a toxic relationship with a previous partner from an earlier time in her life. After five challenging years, she had the courage to leave this relationship. She shares her “hockey puck” story of two people who supported her during this really hard time in her life. After this relationship, Jillian was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which she has redefined as Perseverance, Trust, Strength, and Determination. She talks about the mental fitness tools that she has incorporated into her lifestyle to heal and move forward with her life.
Through Jillian’s expeditions, she has met some incredible people such as Dayle “Gray Beard” Sanders. Jillian talks about the great life lessons that she has learned from spending time in nature. Lastly, Jillian provides her definition of greatness and what it means to her.
Host: Ben Mumme
Guest: Jillian Brown
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