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!



March 7, 2014: A LITTLE GOSSIP ANYONE? WHAT COULD IT HURT?

At the place where I practice yoga, there is a blackboard near the door with a phrase that changes weekly. Last week’s phrase “Be with what is,” got me thinking about how yoga is really a metaphor for self-awareness: it exposes inflexibility, rigidity, tightness, fear, but it also reveals fluidity, forgiveness, and the confidence that << Read More



January 19, 2014: SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY?

SHOULD WE CARE IF A RAPIST SUFFERS WHEN HE’S PUT TO DEATH? WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING JR SAY? When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech, I was just four years old; my Welsh grandmother and I watched him on a tiny television screen that was transmitting mostly << Read More



December 30, 2013: HAPPY ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S FAIL!

  HAPPY ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR’S FAIL! Failure:  It’s the most reviled f-word in our vocabulary. No one wants to acknowledge or experience it, yet failure is one of our greatest allies and best teachers. How much greater might our businesses and relationships be if we weren’t afraid to fail? What would our own personal world << Read More