About Your Host

Shelby Stanger has sandboarded down desolate dunes in South Africa, standup paddled a remote portion of the Amazon river, spent a summer reporting about a traveling punk rock concert, and interviewed countless CEOs, entrepreneurs, and athletes on assignment. Aside from her work in journalism, she’s also worked with companies like Nike, Vans, Body Glove and prAna who have hired Shelby to help them tell their stories better, gaining them more customers, fans and sales. Over the years, Shelby’s learned how much a little adventure can cure. She’s also become an expert at taking her own wild ideas and turning them into reality, as well as empowering others to live out their passions. WIWL is her latest project.


Have you ever had a wild idea but were afraid to act on it? Or maybe you started, but then self-doubt crept in, someone told you that it wouldn’t work, or you talked yourself out of it.
It took me three years to quit my job in 2009 and pursue a life with more adventure, but as a journalist who was interviewing others who had taken their own ideas and made them a reality, I started getting the courage to act on my own.

This is the podcast I wish I had listened to when deciding to quit an AWESOME marketing job to pursue freelance journalism. Again when deciding to move to Costa Rica, surf and write from abroad. Again when I fell in love and moved to New Zealand. Again, when launching a new business.

This podcast aims to be fun, informative and helpful. It’s about building a tribe of people who want to make more positive decisions in their lives, from the food they eat to the people they surround themselves by. It’s about taking a wild leap of faith and having meaningful conversations with people who have made it happen. Thank you for subscribing. Thank you for listening. I am excited to embark on this wild journey with you!

I loved joining Shelby on Wild Ideas Worth Living! I can already tell that this is going to be a big hit–Shelby has a unique blend of professional experience and energy to make it a fun and engaging experience for her guests and her audience. I am a big fan, and look forward to listening along!

Pete Kostelnick

Guinness Record Breaker for running across the USA

Shelby has been such a gem to talk with and get to know. What’s nice about Shelby is that she has many real life experiences so she can relate to the ups and downs of pursuing a wild idea. Shelby is fun, curious but also extremely kind hearted. So stoked to have met her & honored to be a part of the WIWL tribe!

Gretchen Bayless & Taylor Hood

Owners, ROAMERICA - Campervan Adventure Rentals

Shelby’s life has been full of wild ideas lived with the same burning passion and dedication that she brings to her podcasts. This allows her to connect with her guests in a deeply personal way that puts them at ease and inspires them to open up and share their lives with raw enthusiasm. When you combine that dynamic with the quality of people she interviews you get one of the most powerful, insightful, entertaining, and downright fun podcasts I’ve ever heard. Wild Ideas Worth Living is a wild idea whose time has come!

Ryan Levinson