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UP #30: Redefining Activism And Living An Inspired Life With Roz Savage

UP #30: Redefining Activism and Living an Inspired Life with Roz Savage

Imagine a world where an indescribably powerful beam of universal higher consciousness has completely altered the minds of humanity. This beam of higher consciousness has roused the pure potential of love, connection, and compassion previously dormant in the hearts of the masses.

People around the globe shake off the slumber from centuries of separation. Conformity, judgement, fear, selfishness, apathy, and indifference are replaced with authentic expression, acceptance, love, selflessness, passion, and inspiration. Kindness and community are restored.

Animals are no longer treated as commodities. Rather, they’re remembered as the fellow earthlings that they’ve been all along. The mere thought of exploiting, oppressing, and consuming the bodies of innocent sentient beings triggers revulsion as this behavior finally makes its way to the history books of a primitive species that had lost its way.

A deep love for the natural world returns to the hearts of the masses. And the shocking planetary mess created by this once primitive species becomes the greatest priority for all to act on. Together – united as one team with the singular mission of healing planet earth.


Alright, now take a deep breath and let’s return to reality.

There hasn’t been a powerful beam of universal higher consciousness that has altered the minds of humanity, and separation is still the prevailing mindset, BUT, what if your thoughts, choices, and actions have a much greater impact on planetary healing than you could ever imagine? What if YOU are the powerful beam of universal higher consciousness that was imagined only a few moments ago?

What if everyone remembered that the powerful beam of universal higher consciousness already exists within their hearts?

If everyone remembered their essential nature and operated at their highest potential, what would the world look like?

When you turn up the volume on your own personal potential, how would your life change and how would the lives of everyone around you be impacted?

We often forget how inspiring we are when we operate from our core being. When we express ourselves authentically with our actions aligning with the truth of our essential nature, we really are the change that the world needs. Individual actions multiplied by many have the very real potential to heal this planet.

This is the topic of today’s Unplug podcast interview.

Today we speak about how the powerful beam of universal higher consciousness snapped a former British management consultant out of her consumptive ways into the inspiring role of adventurer/passionate environmental advocate.

Roz Savage is the first woman to row solo 3 oceans – the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.

As she states on her website:

“She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the world today.

Since embarking on her first ocean in 2005, she has braved 20-foot waves, been capsized 3 times in 24 hours, and faced death by dehydration when both her watermakers broke. She has encountered whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles, and admired the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled night skies. The ocean has forced her to develop courage, tenacity, perseverance, and the strength to transcend self-imposed limits.”

Roz is the author of two books : “Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean” and “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific”. I have to say, there are few books that leave me wanting more but “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing” was one of those books that could have easily continued on for a few more hundred pages.

Today Roz and I chat about:

• Living an inspired life that matters.
• How writing an imagined obituary changed the course of her life.
• How the ocean is regarded as a cross between a sewer and a garbage dump.
• The planetary scourge of plastic and how it has fundamentally altered the chemistry of the oceans.
• How we live in the ultimate closed-loop system on planet Earth. What goes around always comes around.
• The power of each individual action and how when multiplied by many, can heal the world.
• How we owe it to the collective evolution of humanity to live our lives as the best version of ourselves possible.
• How happiness and purpose go hand-in-hand.
• The important things in life aren’t things.
• Redefining activism.

As Roz herself states:

“I believe that if you don’t keep pushing the boundaries, keep expanding your comfort zone, your comfort zone actually gets smaller and smaller, until you’re shrink-wrapped in such a tiny comfort zone that you can’t move, you can’t achieve anything, you can’t grow. And so I keep pushing, keep developing, keep evolving. I keep showing what an ordinary person can do when they put their heart, mind and soul into it. I am proving that anybody can achieve the extraordinary, if only they have enough guts and determination and sheer bloody-mindedness to see it through.”

Roz Savage is a status quo crusher extraordinaire who I know will inspire you to reveal a better version of who you are at your core.

Roz Savage: Why I’m rowing across the Pacific TEDx talk

Roz Savage – Eco-Adventurer


Set aside some quality time with yourself and write two obituaries. The first obituary is the legacy you dream of leaving behind. The second obituary is the legacy you will leave if you continue your current life path. Compare, and ask yourself, “am I living a life that will leave the world a better place than I found it?”

For a more detailed description about this exercise, check out this link on Roz’ website.


• Roz Savage website.
“Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”, Roz’ amazing book on Amazon!
• Find Roz on Twitter.
• Find Roz on Facebook.

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Loooove this one! 😀 Roz is amazing! Not just her rowing feats but her passion for change and learning more about how to reach effectively people.
    I was really interested in your discussions about introverts. It’s so inspiring to hear that you are both introverts and a lot of your status quo crushing guests are introverts too. As a shy introvert myself I have often thought I have the worst personality to change the world. But recently I took the Myers Briggs personality test recently and discovered I share my personality type (INFJ) with some of the world’s greatest changemakers – Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa and Gandhi. So that totally blew my theory out of the water and made me realise not only do I have what it takes, I possibly have one of the best personalities out there to be a changemaker. I just need to believe in myself. 🙂
    I really loved what you were both saying about effective and compassionate activism too. I think it’s so important to look at what is working and what isn’t and know how to really reach people. This is one of the reasons I want to study Humane Education so that I know how to be most effective in creating change. I think it’s great there are organisations like Faunalytics who are now doing research on this important subject. It’s so crucial that we are compassionate changemakers too, that we let go of judgement and we try to understand what has shaped people and made them who they are. I found Marshal Rosenberg and Thich Nhat Hanh’s work really helped me to learn non-judgement and compassionate understanding.
    Thank you both for a great podcast! I really enjoyed it and I’m feeling all energised and inspired! Looking forward to listening to the one with Roz you just posted this week too.

    1. Thank you Hayley! The world is fortunate to have someone with your passion and drive for change – both personal and global! xo

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