Georgia Pellegrini, former Lehman Brothers investment banker turned modern-day "pioneer woman," said the "most special" part about what she does is helping other women "find their own path and their own journey, and feel empowered in their own way."
Pellegrini left a career in investment banking after realizing that the life didn't feed her soul, and wasn't what made her "tick."
"I felt empty. I was just looking for ways to feed my soul, and [it] didn't make me want to get up every morning," Pellegrini explained to TheBlaze TV's Dana Loesch on Friday. "I saw that it filled a purpose, in terms of the paradigm of our economic, Wall Street system, but it just wasn't what made me tick."
"I think there's sort of that natural human instinct, where we all want to get back in touch with what I call 'manual literacy,'" she said. "And so for me, as I watched the cafeteria dinner cart roll by night after night in the glow of my Excel spreadsheet, I just sort of felt that pulling on me still. And we're looking for ways to get back in touch with the things that were more real and lasting, more tangible."
Pellegrini found what made her tick by reconnecting with the earth through food and cooking, and doing what she could to live off the land.
"It's possible to do these things without a lot of land around you -- you don't have to have a big, rolling ranch," she said. "I have a great home in Austin, but it's still an urban environment. I go for walks in the neighborhood and pick dandelion greens and make a delicious salad. I grow plants in pots and vegetables in pots. I take my morning coffee grinds and turn it into a homemade body scrub that's just great for your skin."
After word of what she was doing began to spread, Pellegrini said she started getting emails from women across the country who had never hunted, never gone fishing, but wanted to feel "a bit more fearless" and "experience life more viscerally."
"So I started these adventure getaways, for women usually, all around the country," she said. "I take them on a long weekend of everything from clay shooting, I teach them how to hunt, I teach them how to clean the animals, how to cook them, they eat them. We do ATV rides 10,000 feet in the mountains, we do falconry, fly fishing. So it's sort of getting back in touch with your pioneer skills, your natural human instincts."
Pellegrini said the experience is incredibly special, and many of the women leave saying they feel "taller" than they were when they came. She works with women of all ages, but said it is "really special" when young girls are empowered.
"Young girls don't have role models these days," she said. "It's shocking what they have to look at as an example."
But choosing to look up to women who hunt and fish, rather than movie stars or pop stars, doesn't mean the girls have to sacrifice their femininity, Pellegrini says.
"I always say you should be distinctly feminine and female," she said. "You don't have to act like a guy or dress like a guy to be in that environment. ... I'm all about encouraging women to own their femininity and try new things with abandon."
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