Sydney Williams: Diabetes, Sexual Assault, And Other Reasons I’m Hiking My Feelings

Sydney Williams is a former competitive skydiver, author of the book Hiking My Feelings, and founder of a movement by the same name that she created to help others tap into the mind-body connection and healing power of nature.

The journey that led Sydney to Hiking My Feelings is full of ups and downs, including competitive skydiving, working her way up at a prestigious marketing agency, becoming CMO at a successful startup, and her diabetes diagnosis.

I invited Sydney on the podcast because she is the definition of resiliency in my mind. Life has thrown all sorts of twists and turns at her but she keeps getting back up and pushing forward.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Sydney found the strength to tell somebody about her sexual assault for the first time, over a decade after it happened
  • How the death of 23 of her friends in 4 years affected her
  • Why being diagnosed with Type II diabetes is the best thing that’s ever happened to her
  • The tools she used to cope with it all (ice cream being one of them)
  • How her two hikes on the Trans-Catalina Trail changed her life
  • Her reasons for setting boundaries with her family that have resulted in her not speaking with them for over a year