Only Pack What You Can Carry

Janice Holly Booth is a Speaker/Writer/Adventurista from North Carolina. Her entertaining keynotes and presentations focus on fear, risk-taking and the transformative power of embracing both. She is the author of Only Pack What You Can Carry (National Geographic), a guide to achieving personal growth through solo adventure travel.


Your personal journey starts today.
What do you want to be when you grow up? At some point, most of us will end up trading a calling for a career; swap building a life for making a living; exchange risk for responsibility. It's the all-too-common path of the dutiful adult. But then comes the day we're invited to reclaim our dream, but we've either forgotten it or never named it in the first place. Fear, ambiguity, discomfort... they are simply emotional obstacles blocking the horizon, beyond which waits the life we really want to live. How to get there when fear and confusion are doing such an excellent job of holding you back? << LEARN MORE



From the Blog, "Jan's Rants"...
Janice Booth has never been accused of not having an opinion. In her blog, "Jan's Rants," she takes you behind the scenes of what it's like to write a book for National Geographic, how it feels to deliberately scare yourself half to death (over and over); to take (and uphold) a vow of silence in the midst of chaos; explore the true meaning of courage, and more. Funny, thoughtful and provocative, Janice's blog strives at all times to be meaningful, worthy of her readers' time, but occasionally she blows her stack and has to vent. Sometimes, those "Detours" are the best blogs of all!



June 9, 2014: MY MOMENT WITH MAYA ANGELOU

Want to read this blog on a plain white background?  Click here for My Moment With Maya Angelou It was 2008, and it would be the last time I saw my Girl Scout colleagues as a group. Girl Scouts USA was embarking on a national merger, and by this time next year, half of the Girl << Read More



June 3, 2014: THE UPSIDE TO “OOPS!”

  Want to read this blog on a plain white background?  Click here for The Upside to OOPS The Upside to OOPS So what would you tell your 18-year-old self if you could go back in time with the wisdom of your current now? That’s the question that was posed recently to dozens of women who came to the << Read More



May 18, 2014: THE SOLUTION TO OUR MENTAL HEALTH CARE CRISIS? Put the mentally ill in jail.

(If you’d like to read this blog on a plain white background, click here: The Solution to our Mental Health Crisis) Almost 60 years ago, the United States embarked upon what has now been called one of “the great social experiments” in its history. The term “great” does not refer to something splendid, but rather << Read More