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Life in Balance

Life in Balance

I’m sitting high on the hilltop, the sun warm on my face and the butterflies fluttering around my head as finger pitter patter on my laptop. It would be easy to romanticise my life – imagining that my newfound life as a digital nomad is epitomised by the beauty of this single moment. But like every generalisation there’s much more to it than meets the eye.

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Hazy shades of winter

Hazy shades of winter

This morning I made my way to yoga in darkness. Pulling my jacket around myself tightly, I fought down a moment of panic. . . Winter is here!

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How to shut down a bully

How to shut down a bully

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Who are we kidding? We are human, and words hurt. I don’t know about you, but far too often I value other people’s opinions much more than my own.

If I’m honest with myself, everything I have done in my life has been partly for me, but mostly to gain approval and acceptance from those around me. From my parents, to my teachers, to my peer group.

Saying that out loud makes it sound like they all must have been demanding, and that I have absolutely no mind of my own. Which isn’t true. It is just that I have a very strong ‘pleaser’ within me.

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Deciding to love yourself. And self love as a practice.

Deciding to love yourself. And self love as a practice.

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about how I came to find respect and compassion for my body. I may even have gone so far as to use the word love. A powerful statement for someone that has spent the majority of her life hiding and disparaging the cells that hold her spirit.

Of course a post like that – read or even written in isolation – is that it makes one think that the destination is reached. Like the end of a movie where everyone holds hands and skips off into the sunset. All is good in the world, and everyone lives happily ever after.

The trouble is that life doesn’t work that way.

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Why I signed up to Precision Nutrition. . . again!

Why I signed up to Precision Nutrition. . . again!

At the beginning of 2015 I had signed up to a 12 month coaching programme with Precision Nutrition with the express intention of coming out the end smoking hot and ripped. Hell, I even had fantasies of winning their $25k body transformation prize.

It’s now the beginning of 2016 and I’m here… by my own standards I am a failure. The thing is, I don’t feel like one. Because although I didn’t get what I thought I wanted out of my first year of PN, I got something that I really needed.

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Finding the strength to keep on going

Finding the strength to keep on going

So I post a lot about running. And what I share is usually the amazing stuff. The beauty of the places I am exploring or the freedom I feel when I hit my stride and everything is moving and flowing with ease. But not every run is easy. And I think it's important that...

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What makes you feelgood?

What makes you feelgood?

What makes you feelgood? This is a question that has been on my mind a lot lately. And like most good questions, it has taken several weeks of feeling like shit to make myself answer it honestly. From June through October I made my health, happiness and wellbeing an...

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My chi running story (so far)

My chi running story (so far)

In a few short months Gray Caws and Chi Running have literally changed my life. My technique (and the video!) are still far from perfect, but I'm starting to accept that life is better for the imperfections and I'm incredibly excited to continue making small...

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Feeling the fear and doing it anyway

Feeling the fear and doing it anyway

Us human beings are remarkable. In many ways we bury our head in the sand and resist change as much as possible. But when forced to adapt to a new situation, we do. Most of the time we do this admirably — emerging better, smarter, stronger than when we began. Yet...

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Pyjama days (and why we need to share the good and the bad)

Pyjama days (and why we need to share the good and the bad)

Life has been a bit crazy lately. Good crazy… in that I’ve achieved some massive personal and professional goals. And what’s more, I’ve been living the location independent lifestyle that I’ve always wanted - working from five different countries in as many weeks. But...

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Reach for the stars

Reach for the stars

I'm still processing the New York marathon and everything that came with it, but this article from Meb Keflezighi is something close to what I'm feeling. I particularly like this quote... "Reach for the stars; you might only get one or two or maybe 10, but you won’t...

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#NYMarathon #DoneAndDusted

#NYMarathon #DoneAndDusted

So it's all over. And what a day it was. I'm physically and mentally exhausted. To finish at 4:01:22 brought such mixed emotions. I mean seriously... ONE lousy minute! But as my friend Delina said - that is a 'stop and tie a shoe lace' amount of time. And when I...

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