Meet the #GWHAmbassadors - Nicole Brown

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Hello! My name is Nicole Brown and I am twenty-four years old. I am one of the GWH Ohio Ambassadors for 2018. I grew up in Elyria, Ohio until I was about sixteen years old. I moved to Virginia with my parents until last year. I lived in Virginia for six years. Virginia was not the place for me and I always dreamed of returning to my home state. I met my now husband and I brought him to Ohio a couple times to meet my family and see the state. He loved it. We moved to Ohio together in 2016 and it was the best decision we could have made. I have a one-year old puppy named Kimber. She is a shih tzu / dachshund mix. She loves to hike with me but only up to three miles because she begins to get tired since she has such short legs.  

I joined GWHOH in November 2017. In 2017, I had a lot going on in my life. I graduated in March, bought a house with my then-fiance, got married, and adopted a puppy. By November, things were starting to slow down and I realized I needed to find a hobby that I would enjoy and maybe meet new friends. I hadn’t hiked for years but I was determined to find a hiking group on Facebook. I joined a couple but when I was scrolling through Girls Who Hike Ohio’s page, they were looking for ambassadors. I decided to read up on it and figured why not just apply. I had the time to blog, make monthly hiking meetups, and be interactive on the Facebook page. I honestly didn’t think they would give me the position since I had just joined the group and I was honest about being a beginner hiker. When I found out that I was offered one of the three ambassadors position, I was so excited. This gave me motivation and the commitment I needed to start hiking whenever I had a chance. I didn’t know the Akron area very well since we had just moved there last summer but I was determined to hike new trails. When I joined GWHOH in November, the group only had around 100 members. Since then, I’ve watched it grow to over 1000 members. THAT IS INSANE AND SO EXCITING. In four months, I saw the interaction in the group increase immensely. Women are constantly posting and communicating with each other. I have my second official hike in two days and I seriously cannot wait. I love meeting all the women and getting to know them. I love meeting all the beginner hikers to the professional ones. I love seeing how each woman is so different yet we all come together to do one thing and that is to hike. I feel like I have a found a true hobby in this group and I am so thankful. When I’m at work, all I can think about is where I am going to hike this weekend and that makes me so happy. I used to dread the weekend because I wouldn’t have much going on unless it was summer and then I would go fishing or kayaking but that was it. I am extremely grateful and amazed to be apart of this group. I cannot wait to explore more trails and meet more amazing women!! Happy Hiking.


Nicole is the Ambassador for our Ohio chapter. You can join her local meet ups and discussions through the Ohio chapter by clicking here. To become a member of Girls Who Hike, click here.

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