At first glance, the question may seem innocent enough. But most women of color have experienced these innocuous inquiries, questioning whether or not we belong. In my case, this came from an elderly gentlemen my family met while exploring the mountains near out new home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He couldn't quite wrap his head around the fact that we might be a family of Utahns who loved hiking, much like himself. He peppered us with questions until he got to an answer that made sense — that placed us in the right box.
How often have you felt that way as a high achieving women of color? Like you're trying to fit yourself into someone else's right box. I started Color Outside because I saw firsthand the power of outdoor adventures in helping entrepreneurial women of color create more expansive, whole, joy-filled lives.
I'm Nailah Blades Wylie, your adventure coach! I started Color Outside as a safe place for women of color to come together and create unapologetic, soul stirring lives through outdoor adventures.
I'm not just your run of the mill life coach. I'm a communications strategist and community builder who has worked with start-ups, fortune 500 companies, authors and individuals to create thriving, inclusive communities both online and off. My expertise is being able to parse through the muck and get to the heart of what make a person or brand special. I'm an expert of pulling out your secret sauce and teaching you how to best use it.
I 100% understand the frustration of feeling like you're spinning your wheels. I know how it is to feel completely disconnected from who you are at your core — to feel listless, bored and stuck. But I've also seen firsthand the power of finding community, adventure, and targeted value-filled education to help you create a purpose-filled and joyful life. If you're ready for a more colorful and carefree life, I'm ready to help you make it happen.
Capital 'R' Respect. We have the utmost respect for ourselves, for one another and for the natural world around us.
No apologies. We accept everyone exactly where they are. There's no need to apologize for being too slow or too fast or too "out of shape." Just be you.
Support. We're here for each other -- both on the trails and off. No one gets left behind. No one feels excluded.
A sense of adventure. Adventure means different things to different people. For us it means approaching life with an open mind, curiosity and a willingness to try.
WOC Centered. We're welcoming to all women from all backgrounds but the experiences, thoughts, concerns, and voices of women of color will always be at the forefront and will absolutely be centered.