About Us

Learn more about the women behind the community of adventurous spirits creating Thriving Humans

Polly Mertens


Polly Mertens Founder Thrive Outdoor Adventures

Polly Mertens is the Founder of Thrive Outdoor Adventures and GetBusyThriving.  She has been a habit and mindset coach serving women from around the world to personal breakthroughs in health, addiction, relationships, and her favorite…self-love.


She’s had a variety of businesses and careers from real estate investing, online marketing, print production and fulfillment, but nothing she loves more than inspiring others to be their best.

She’s given generously to women’s entrepreneur communities as a counselor, consultant and board member for the Central Coast’s Women’s Business Center for 10+ years and animal rescue causes from volunteering in a hands-on way as a wildlife rehabber, animal foster home, and assistant vet tech for nearly 20 years.


She is a life-long athlete having played volleyball competitively for 25 years, a competitive trail runner for 10+ years, and her newest passions of obstacle and adventure racing have led her to numerous podium finishes in California, Colorado and Hawaii. She loves the nomadic lifestyle and has the heart of a wanderer and can often be found on the open road exploring the beautiful western US with her boyfriend and kitty cats in her wild and wacky #GetBusyThrivingRV bus.

Samantha Pruitt

Sponsor and Marketing Badass
Samantha Pruitt FounderSamantha Pruitt is the Founder and CEO of RaceSLO (SLO marathon, SLO Ultra, GranFondo and others) owning several other businesses prior, and loves the energy of working hard on values-driven mission projects like Thrive.


She’s a consistent risk-taking entrepreneur, a fully-engaged person of service and untimely lover of human badassery.  


She’s an ultra endurance athlete and has competed for decades in a variety of sports including trail running, triathlons, obstacle and adventure races.

She’s also a mom, a wife and enjoys tiny house living.

Kelly Fauth

Dream Builder

Kelly FauthKelly Fauth is a California girl with a passion for empowering women. She developed a love for camping and water sports at a young age, spending most summers at Lake Shasta and Lake San Antonio.

Her other passion is music. Kelly has traveled the world performing, in places like Europe, Japan, and Australia to name a few. She continues to write inspiring anthems and play live around the Central Coast.

The love of her life is her 5 year old rescue Spaniel, Penny, who she took in after finding her wandering the streets of Los Angeles. 

Laura Vetsch

Community Creator

Laura Vetsch is all about getting outside and getting after it. Mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, surfing, snowboarding, and mountaineering are her main passions that she practices and makes a priority in her life.

The past two years Laura has moved around quite a bit, living in towns like Bozeman Montana, Bend Oregon, and Jackson Wyoming. In these places she encountered various communities of people who were focused on the outdoors like her, but she noticed most of them were men. She believes that many women shy away from these outdoor communities due to intimidation.

Part of her work with Thrive is joining women together in order to create a healthy environment for them to try new things and push their limits.

Zoe Doucette

Content Creator

Zoe Doucette Cal Poly Business Thrive Outdoor Adventures Content CreatorZoe Doucette  is a business student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, who has a passion for women helping women and the beautiful planet we share.  She grew up backpacking, hiking, playing soccer and spending as much time as she could outside. Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Zoe sees so much potential in this community and knows this team of women can do so much for other women in it!