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Tight Lines and Straight Arrows With Laurel Monaghan

Some would call it a dream job for sure. Waking up knowing what you need to do, how to do it, and falling in love all over again for the outdoors and the sport you have grown to know so well. Laurel Monaghan is a Team Watershed member and an avid angler, travel connoisseur, & archery addict. Founder of Outdoors with Her, Laurel thrives on new experiences and showing others how to merge travel and work into a fun and cohesive unit. We took to the trail to get some inside details and more fun FAQs from the huntress herself. Plus, check out our Instagram page from this week to get some more awesome shots during her takeover!


Laurel Monaghan holding a fish on a boat in the water with a dog in the background

Q: First, tell us a little bit about yourself and your journey.

A: For the last 7 years I’ve been balancing work, travel, and a longing desire to be outdoors, traveling more, and experiencing life, not just wasting it away in a cubical. Three years ago, my eyes were opened to the value of time. I was in a career I felt trapped in, in a town that was smothering, and overwhelmed with what if emotions. I constantly asked myself, “Why am I working so hard to please those around me?” “Why do I work a job that will always be just a job, not a career?” and, “What does settled look like?” These thoughts brewed and brewed some more, before I finally fell “on to the path“. It was then that I decided to pursue a career in the outdoor industry full time. I called it my “going for broke dream“. I planned, saved, and planned some more. And finally in April 2016 I left corporate America full time and have been pursuing this crazy dream ever since.

Q: How Did you Learn to Hunt?

A: It all started with online dating! I went on date after date with guys who told me I would never be able to hunt or fly fish.  Now, I am not the type of person to ever back down from a challenge, so I found myself wanting to know more about everything; fly fishing, hunting, hiking – you name it! I wanted to do it, and do it better than the men who told me I couldn’t. Not having any outdoor role models to look up to, I did the only thing I could think of. I walked into my local outfitters (French Creek Outfitters) and started taking archery lessons! Two lessons later, I placed an order for my first Hoyt hunting bow. While waiting for my bow to be tuned one evening, I wandered over to the fly fishing department. Not sure if it was the allure of the shinny reels or the ornate flies, I felt like a kid in a candy store! I just couldn’t keep my hands off anything. I went home that night, dug out all my dusty outdoor gear, renewed my fishing license, and within a week was back on the water! It has the most exciting journey re-discovering this long lost love of everything outdoors. Looking back, I couldn’t picture doing anything else with my life. Being outdoors is my passion and it is what feeds my soul. And I guess I owe a thank you to all the people who said I couldn’t do this.

 

Q: What makes you a great ambassador? 

A: Simply; I am outside living out my passions for the outdoors every single day. With my combined passion for hunting and fly fishing matched with my eye for photography and design, I am able to bring a creative approach to capturing my time in the outdoors.

Q: Most Challenging Experience? 

A: To date, it would have to be finding my niche in the outdoors industry. As an avid outdoorsman with multiple passions (hunting & fishing) it would be finding the balance between the two and putting priority on the fishing side to build a client base.

Laurel looking in her Yukon

Q: Who is your hero?  

A: My father. He is and will forever be my greatest inspiration and his values, handwork, and dedication to life are at the foundation of who I am today. His work ethic has continued to be a source of inspiration to me day after day.

Q: What is your Greatest Accomplishment? 

A: Leaving corporate America in 2016 to fully pursue my passions in the outdoors. It has been the most exciting journey re-discovering, learning, and growing as an outdoors women. Looking back, I couldn’t picture doing anything else with my life. Being outdoors is my passion and it is what feeds my soul.

Laurel Monaghan Founder of Outdoors with Her fishing in the water

Q: Biggest Fear? 

A: Not getting the most out of life! And snakes. 🙂

Q: Coolest Place on Earth You have Visited?

A: Australia! In 2011 I packed up and moved to Cairns, Australia to study on the Great Barrier Reef. Scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, traveling to inland Australia and days spent exploring local culture; Australia is the coolest place on Earth!

Q: What is Your Favorite Watershed Bag and Why?  

Q: Hands down, the Yukon! Need one bag to pack all? This will do it! For me, most of my trips are days long and I need to maximize space and limit the number of bags on the boat. The Yukon does just that. Pack it all in one and get going!

Yukon Watershed Drybag and Laurel Monaghan packing for a trip

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