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Paula McGuire

Paula McGuire is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she’s a trier.

For thirty years Paula lived under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation, suffering crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, exposing her to constant fear and enabling her to fight her way back into the world.

Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy challenging herself to wild exploits and encouraging others to allow a little fear into their days. From skinny-dipping and flying a plane to going shopping on her own, Paula’s adventures have covered the bizarre and the banal, and demonstrate that living a happy, full life with anxiety really is possible.