Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman’s Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia (Paperback)
When I tell people I traveled to Mongolia to photograph a horse race there is often confusion. Even my friends and family struggled to understand.
I was a mother of three struggling to build a business for myself. But when I had the opportunity to travel across the world for several weeks away from everything and everyone I loved, I jumped at the chance and left it all behind for awhile.
The Gobi Desert Cup, an endurance horse race over 480 kilometers in six days, on Mongolian horses sought a writer and photographer to attend their event, and that was going to be me.
I don’t camp, I don’t normally take risks, and I don’t speak Mongolian. Yet, I never doubted for a second that I needed to be part of this experience. I knew from the very start this would be a journey of self-discovery.
I didn’t know it would change my life.
"Though a lover of horses, she was shy. Though a devoted of photography, she was timid. Though daily expressing herself on a blog she was timid. Though loving to travel she was an introvert. Putting it all together and we have a young mother, horse owner, blog writer who answers the call to travel to Mongolia for an endurance horse race as the photographer\news coordinator for the event. So she tells us the story and encourages us to try things outside our comfort zone and just do it."
"I enjoyed Heather Wallace’s honest view of being an adult rider who recognizes she doesn’t see riding the same way as she did in her younger years. This was a fun exploration of thoughts some mature riders have and that they try to chase away. The author discusses issues in a conversational way that had me both laughing with her and self-reflecting. I give her a lot of credit for putting herself out there in words, fighting doubt, and letting other riders know they may not be the only “timid rider.”"
"A lively but cautious Jersey girl accustomed to the comforts of home with her children and pets applies for the adventure of a lifetime--covering an endurance horse race in Mongolia for social media. Her story includes everything you wondered but were afraid to ask about her experiences on the steppes, especially as someone accustomed to First World comforts. How does she bring herself to, not only do her job but look forward to next year, and how the experience changes her along the way makes for a fascinating story."
I love adventure and travel books. Learning of other lands and their people has always been a reason to read for me. Heather Wallace goes a bit further, she adds in the experiences of growing confidence in herself and taking on challenges of the things she fears. The Gobi Desert in Mongolia is a true life experience, the weather, the food, the means of travel, and even the personal hygiene experiences you face, being in the middle of nowhere add to a lifetime of knowledge.
Excellent resource for every horse owner. Learn how to help your horse and journal progress. Highly recommend.
"This is the perfect book for a summer afternoon. It's a quick and easy read, with wonderful insights that easily translate into experiences everyone can relate to - not just riders. When I read Heather's story, it was surprising to me how similar her character was to my own, and how often I recognized myself in her pages. I loved the way she tied the theme of each chapter to a life lesson. While of course she does refer everything back to her experiences on horseback, her subtitled 'confessions' under each chapter heading in part two are easily extrapolated into every day living. If there is one criticism, it is that I would have enjoyed seeing more photos of the animals and people she talks about!
The final paragraph says it all and sums it up quite nicely, "face your fears and push through them however you can to follow your passion!"
"Coming for a timid rider, I felt everything in this book! It inspired me start taking lessons again and get over the “mommy fear” This book is a great, witty read!"
"I really enjoyed the behind the scenes trials, tribulations, and successes that Heather Wallace chronicles in her newest memoir. I felt like I was on the trip to Mongolia with her! As with all of her books, Heather's message of being bold and pushing through fear to find a deeper experience of life rings through. I enjoyed reading along as she recounted an adventure of a lifetime."
Exactly the book I needed to read ... Felt like I was in the barn listening to a friend share her adventures!
I enjoyed this book a lot and found it easy to read. I think many riders, especially those who are juggling family life, working or managing a business, will be able to relate to this book and have 'aha' moments as they read. I think this book is a must read for every rider, but especially riders who may lack confidence. This book helps to realise you aren't alone... and is a good reminder that it's a privilege to be at the stable (with horses), and to be proud of every accomplishment.