Sanni McCandless

Key Takeaways:

One thing that’s surfaced during this is adaptability. Everyone struggled a lot upfront, but humans are adaptable by nature. We find ways to create a routine and comfort within whatever restrictions they have.

It’s really healthy to have periods of time where you do simply rest. We’re inclined to over-plan our schedules – we have work and social schedules, we have taking care of our health and trips. We’re looking ahead to the summer and fall. But now we all have to live in the moment.

When you lose at least 50% of your business for the year you have take stock and think through what you want to be connected to every day. When the big picture is taken away, you let go of the macro planning and focus on the micro moments.

We all had to learn really quickly to sit with ourselves. Removing social engagements and travel plans and – whether good or bad – distractions. When we remove all of that and we’re left alone in our homes, what do we see? And am I comfortable with that?

When a crisis hits and there are external forces acting on us (ie. quarantine), it’s natural to view it as something negative. But what if we could reframe it? What if this situation were the universe’s answer to something we were questioning or struggling with? What would that shift do for us?

The Gift:

An excerpt from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

“When have you been at your strongest?” asked the boy.
“When I have dared to show my weakness. Asking for help isn’t giving up,” said the horse. “It’s refusing to give up.”

We often think of courage as something you do on your own, but now more than ever it’s that reminder that it’s ok to ask for help and that sometimes that’s the most courageous thing you can do.


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Sanni McCandless has built a career around the intersection of life design and the outdoors. She works primarily as a transition coach for outdoor-focused individuals who want to create more tailored, intentional lifestyles and find agency in their own lives.

In her work, she helps people overcome the doubts and concerns that constantly get in the way of living fearlessly and feeling fulfilled. Sanni challenges clients to communicate more honestly with those around them and achieve goals that have been on the back burner for too long. Sanni is also the cofounder of Outwild, a community and event series which aims to provide people with the space and tools they need to create more outdoor, value-driven lifestyles.

Sanni currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where she enjoys year-round rock climbing and endless desert views.

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