Wild Letters: a weekly newsletter about self-exploration and building a right-fit life

Hello, dear reader. I’m so delighted that you’re here!

I’m Nic Antoinette, and most folks know me as a writer and a long-distance hiker.

August 2021, thru-hiking the Colorado Trail

I’m also the author of two adventure memoirs: HOW TO BE ALONE (April 2023) and WHAT WE OWE TO OURSELVES (January 2024).

Here at Wild Letters, each week I sit down to write to you by reflecting on the same anchoring question: What am I exploring within myself right now? Whatever emerges as the answer is what I write about.

Often times I am exploring how to live in the flow of an ever-changing self, as well as how to close the gap between what I say I want and what I actually do (without being an asshole to myself along the way).

The stories you’ll read here each week are infused with my deepest beliefs: about the importance of learning to trust yourself, about the permission to explore a less traditional path, about the power of not rushing, and of allowing yourself to change however and whenever you want — letting go of who you used to be as often as needed in order to meet who you are becoming next.

I am so grateful for the fact that this newsletter is reader-supporter. Being a working writer is an absolute dream come true, and if you have the means and desire to support this space (and me as a writer!), I invite you to become a paid subscriber.


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  • What’s Working: monthly curated link round-up and community sharing space

  • Rose Thorn Bud: monthly reflections podcast series

  • {New for 2024} Tiny Biz Letters: monthly column that gives you a super transparent behind-the-scenes look at my experience of self-employment (covering earning, expenses, pricing decisions, marketing experiments, goals, wins, failures, and more)

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May this little corner of the internet be a place of digital togetherness for us all, a place of curiosity and self-compassion, and a place where we are willing to ask ourselves the most supportive questions (even when those questions are hard, or when we feel like we don't have any answers at all). 

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Nic Antoinette is a writer, long-distance hiker, and the author of two adventure memoirs: HOW TO BE ALONE and WHAT WE OWE TO OURSELVES