A Huntress in Heels.
That seems like a bit of an oxymoron doesn’t it?
Heels bring images of the fast paced life of city dwellers to mind. Thoughts of office environments, fashion, and style all pop into my head. Heels are elegant and beautiful, and while they are of course uncomfortable, they make you feel “better” at the same time. More feminine, more professional, and more polished. Christian Dior once described them as a woman’s “painful pleasure”. I tend to agree with him.
The image of a huntress on the other hand is more rural by nature, and makes me think of a simpler life. There are no skyscrapers in the world of a huntress. Practicality presides over fashion, and effectiveness presides over style. It is a world where a slower pace is appreciated, and where the journey is far more important than the destination.
So different. And yet, so very much the same.
Both the city and the wilderness can bestow great adventures. Corporate America is full of predators and prey, and I think most hunters would describe the act of getting up hours before daybreak, hiking across miles of rough terrain, or sitting in a tree stand for days on end in freezing or wet weather as the epitome of a “painful pleasure”.
So, while a Huntress in Heels may appear on the surface to be a contradictory description. It is what defines me.
I love what I do for a living. An accountant by trade, I’ve spent the past 25+ years in boardrooms and ballrooms, living in three different major metropolitan areas across the US. I’ve spent more days and nights than I care to remember squinting over spreadsheets, and digging through thousands of lines of data in search of the answer to the question “where did that $50,000.00 go?” and hope I can keep doing it for another 25 years (did I mention that I REALLY love what I do for a living?)
I love living in the city and all of the opportunities and experiences it provides. Professional sporting events, the theater, unique restaurants, and the ever important corporate ladder that gets to be climbed are all part of what makes it wonderful for me.
But I have never forgotten where I come from, and I have never let my roots escape me. Heels may help define and describe what I do, but a huntress is who I am.
I was born in rural Mississippi, and lived in a small town in Arkansas through my early teen years. It wasn’t until my middle teens when we moved to Memphis, TN that I realized what city life was really all about. I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad, and still cherish the occasional opportunity I get to do that with him today. My childhood is what made me appreciate and value the outdoors, helped me learn to love nature, and shaped the woman I have become as an adult.
Unlike others who have made the conscious decision to live life one way or the other, to pursue their careers and give up outdoor dreams, or to chase their dreams and give up their careers, I have decided I WANT BOTH, and I am determined to make it happen.
I believe it’s possible to have a passion for the outdoors and also be feminine at the same time, and to have both a love for the city while still retaining country values. These things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. It’s often challenging trying to balance the two, but it is so worth it.
The mission of this website is to bring together people with similar passions, to champion conservation, provide outdoor advocacy, and encourage others to find their inner country girl while continuing to pursue their dreams. Welcome to the place where the city and the wilderness collide!
– Huntress in Heels