Dream big, explore, and dare to take the risk. The beauty you will find in accomplishing your dreams will help guide you towards a place of wholeness.  

Welcome to Lean In. A podcast that explores ordinary people’s extraordinary lives through honest storytelling. My guests share with me their journey of discovery, laughter, personal experiences and healing.

If you are going through a change or challenging period in life, Lean In is the space where we can surrender to the cycle together.

In this deeply inspiring episode, I speak with Joyce Azzam. Born during the Lebanese Civil War in Beirut, Lebanon, Joyce and her family had to flee their home multiple times in order to survive, often taking refuge underground. 

Originally taught to fear nature and all its potential dangers, a headstrong, teenage Joyce decided to accompany a friend on a hiking trip, which ultimately opened her eyes to a new world and fuelled the fire for exploration and mountain climbing. 

Armed with the catchy slogan, “mountains are my mentors,” she took travelling to a new level, striving to become the first Lebanese woman to have climbed 26 mountains around the world. 

Recently, Joyce successfully completed the 7 Summits Challenge, climbing seven of the world’s highest mountain peaks. On top of all this, she has studied hard for her three master’s degrees, in Interior Architecture, Governance Models & Management of Local Public System and Conservation of Historic Cities and Buildings. 

She has smashed her inherited cultural female stereotype, and laid out a clear message, that anyone can live out their dream coining #YESYOUCAN as an initiative to motivate others, particularly young women, in achieving their goals. 

Also featured within this episode:

  • Joyce’s journey through a devastating Civil War
  • How Joyce found a love for nature
  • Contending with Hypermobility Syndrome as a hiker
  • Facing your fears and why you must set goals
  • Smashing stereotypes, how Joyce is inspiring women
  • How the mind is more powerful than the deed at hand
  • Just try it – Life is fleeting
  • How to find the right ingredients for success
  • Why the mountains are Joyce’s mentors


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