Monday, August 12th, 2013
Age is but a number, so they say. When you’re a woman though, there’s a lot of pressure to keep that number low. We see it all around us. On TV, women tend to disappear once they get too far past 50 (with a few exceptions), whereas men can stay on there, aged, fat, greying, balding as they can be, seemingly until they literally keel over and die. I’m starting to get a little sick of the demonizing of the aging process. Listen, none of us are getting any younger, literally – so how’s about we just embrace this thing?
Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Three years ago I started running and it’s fair to say, it changed my life. Looking to take on a new challenge, since January I have been training for a bike race called the Etape du Tour – a 130km leg of the Tour de France through the French Alps. I didn’t take to cycling as easily as I thought I would and it’s been a tough six months for sure. The big race is on Sunday and I’ve been plagued these past few weeks with feelings of fear, stress, pressure, sleeplessness and nerves. It’s at times like this I try to look at how the training process has linked in with the rest of my life and how I can apply those lessons best to get me through not just the event, but life in general.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
I never believe people when they say they have no regrets. I mean, really, you’ve managed to make it through life making winning decisions every step of the way? I’m sure you’ll say you learned something from everything you went through and yeah, yeah, I hear you, absolutely, there is value in that. But surely, you can still wish that teachable moment happened without you having to make an ass out of yourself to get it. I for one can say I definitely regret a few things, one thing in particular in fact.
Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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!
Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Friendships are a funny old game. I don’t think I’ve ever really been very good at them to be honest. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine decided to ‘break up’ with me, if you will, citing my truly sucky friendship skills. She was right, to be fair – I have not been the greatest amigo. It’s a sad loss, but one that has been rather sobering for me. While there’s nothing I can really do about the loss of that friendship, there’s still time for me to learn some lessons and buck up my ideas, so what have I learned?
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
It’d be nice to think that school time playground antics can be left there, but it seems sometimes as we grow older, certain things remain. We so often associate peer pressure with being a teenager and falling in line, doing things we don’t want to do, just to impress our friends. This, of course, is written off as the ignorance of youth, us not yet having developed the skills to stand firm in our decisions. But now that we’re adults, we should be able to do that, right?
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Sometimes, we get swept away with life. Circumstances get out of our control and before we know it, we’re feeling out of our depth. New situations and experiences are great, but sometimes people find they lose their sense of self in amongst all the newness. Everyone must grow and evolve, but we all have an essence that makes us who we are. To lose that would be worrying. So if you’re feeling like you’ve lost yourself, here’s a few tips to get you on the road back to you.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Having lived both here in the UK and overseas in Canada and the United States of UhMerrCa, I think it’s fair to say that over here, we’re pretty much a nation of pessimists. That’s a huge sweeping statement, I know, but for the most part, it’s a fair one. We haven’t been sold the American dream. We’ve been sold the ‘get your head down and get on with it’ reality. Oh sure, we’re allowed to dream, just not too big. I feel encouraging people to have goals and strive to achieve is important, but what if someone’s dream has no chance of becoming a reality? Is it ever appropriate to tell someone to give up on it?
Friday, March 9th, 2012
I came across the picture on the left recently, of me after I finished my first half marathon in October 2010. That look on my face is my ‘I can’t quite believe I just did that’ face. The pic on the right is from a shoot I did for Nike a couple of weeks ago. I put the two shots side by side and it was quite literally right there in front of me how far I’ve come. Running has been the propeller component that kick started this particular journey in my life, but it’s become about so much more than the running.