Overcoming Fear, Taking BIG Action and Expecting Failure with Astronaut Abby

I love a good documentary, so when I saw the trailer for The Mars Generation, a documentary about this group of young people hoping to be the first astronauts on Mars, I was hooked.

Within the interviewees was Abigail Harrison, or Astronaut Abby as the internet knows her. She may be young in years, but this woman has her head on straight and is focused on her goal – to get to Mars.

So while I spent my free time in my early twenties going for coffee, hanging out, or binge watching Gilmore Girls, Abby is spending her early twenties in college, getting her pilot’s license, learning Russian, keeping in peak physical shape (through dance, acro-yoga and rugby!), having a social life (yes, she has one of those, too), and did I mention she started a non-profit?

Yeah. She’s got drive, she knows what her goal is, but I ask her in this interview with so much being outside of her control with space travel, how does she stay focused? How does she keep moving forward sustainably without burning out? What does self-care look like when you do ALL THE THINGS?

And training to be an astronaut is not without moments of fear and doubt – hello, flying a plane solo across the country? So while my fellow listeners may not be facing the fear of launching into space, they will face other kinds of fear, so Abby breaks down how she overcomes moments of self-doubt or fear.

And finally, Abby shares how she’s not just about big dreams, but big actions, and we discuss how women can achieve this in their everyday lives.

It’s a good one!

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This podcast is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB. Check out the Tight Ends Podcast with Vanda. She’s the one who introduced me to Astronaut Abby! And if you want to decrease your local power bill, check out Park Power.

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