Thursday, May 9th, 2013
We all have fears that hold us back. I call them ‘emotional fears’ – it’s not a fear of spiders or snakes or something tangible, it’s the big fears like public speaking, going to a networking event alone, that kind of thing – so many people struggle with them and in order to fully step in to your badassery, you’ve gotta get to grips with it. Easier said than done, right? How are you supposed to overcome something that genuinely scares you? Essentially these kind of fears lie in fear of being vulnerable or embarrassed. Overcoming them is all about baby steps. Here are my top five tips to getting back in the game.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
I spend a lot of time talking to people about blogging or fitness. I’m often told that my own blogging journey or fitness journey has inspired others. I’ve coached people about their blogs, talked them through how to start one and keep it going. A common theme I encounter from people time and time again in both blogging and fitness is the ‘when’. When I’ve done this, this and this, then I can do that. When I’ve gotten through this really difficult time at work, then I can start getting fit. There are a whole lot of people who live for putting things off. Whether I’m advising people about their blogs or how to get started with fitness, my advice invariably starts out with: JUST DO IT!
Monday, January 21st, 2013
Let’s talk a little about jealousy. It’s a bit of an uncomfortable topic. No one likes to admit they’re jealous. We’re all like to think we’re above it, that we have ourselves together and are far too mature to stoop to such lows, letting such a silly emotion as envy creep into our lives. But let us all collectively dismount our high horses for a second so we can have an honest discussion about it. Jealousy can rear its ugly head over the most trivial of things and can be such a toxic feeling. It’s important we acknowledge it and find a way we can manage it within ourselves.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
I get asked questions about running all the time, mainly about how to simply get started in it. I do what I can, answering emails and tweeting out 140 characters of advice here and there, but I figured it was about time I put all that info down in one place – an easy to follow beginner guide, if you will, to channeling your inner badass and hitting the streets. And so, over the Christmas break, I wrote a book!
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
I get asked so many running and fitness related questions these days, I figured I’d just make some YouTube videos to answer them. This is the first one and I hope you find it useful. I’m trying to answer three questions per video and don’t want the vids to be too long, so here are some additional notes that didn’t make the video cut:
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Dudes, remember the mad stress of A Levels and how you nearly lost all your hair revising? Of course you don’t, ’cause you just had a badass summer and are preparing to head off to university, a magical land of supreme awesomeness. And since I already know you’re gonna be all like ‘ZOMG, what will I wear? How will I make friends? When the hell do I get my student loan’, I figured it was only right for me to help you out. As someone who has been to university, and because I’m a giver, I thought I’d pen some advice for new university students.
Monday, September 10th, 2012
There are times in life where everything just goes a bit ‘blah’. We get stuck in the same old routine and it’s almost like we hit cruise control. We see the same people on the same bus at the same time, we know the order of the guy we see every day in Starbucks (mocha-choca-voulez-vous-couchez-avec-moi-ce-soir-latte) and we’re tired, so very tired. I reached a point recently where I noticed I was just letting things happen around me. I’d become disengaged and this spilled over into every aspect of life. I just felt unproductive. I had to make a change. I decided I needed to address how to be more productive and generally, just how to feel good again. So here’s what I did:
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Probably since the camera was first invented, there was some woman saying ‘Wait! Let me just retouch my lippy!’ before allowing the shot to be taken. And so, through the ages, women have shied away from the lens and a new study by Photobox confirms that the laydeez are just not fans of the snapshot. So, what are the underlying reasons why?
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
This coming November, this blog will be five years old. I didn’t know what it would become when I started it, but I knew I wanted it to be the driver behind a career shift for me. It has most definitely been that. I was very clueless to the ways of the blogging world five years ago and was figuring everything out as I went. On reflection, had I have known some bloggers at the time, some advice would’ve been useful. So if you’re just starting out blogging or are fairly new to the scene, here are some things I wish I’d known when I started:
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
You know what we don’t do enough of? Saying well done. Seriously, when’s the last time you just told someone they were awesome for no reason? Or told them they did a good job? Oh sure, feeling good comes from within and all that, self esteem can only come from self, naturally, but heck, show me a person whose face doesn’t light up when someone praises them a little and I’ll show you a person with no soul. In my experience, the root of a lot of people’s ambition lies with the desire to make someone proud or get just an iota of recognition for doing something decent. So you know what? We should all be offering that iota. We should be offering it up freely and willingly – let’s have ourselves a praise fest!