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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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Flying away from the ones you love

Flying away from the ones you love

It’s a strange feeling. To fly away from your ‘home’, not knowing when you’ll return.

This afternoon I flew out of Canberra airport. My parents took the afternoon off work to take me to the airport and we enjoyed a relaxed cup of coffee and a lamington together before my flight had to leave. It was lovely. But it also made it hard to leave.

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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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How a break from Facebook led to some unplanned creativity

How a break from Facebook led to some unplanned creativity

Once upon a time walking to the fridge was a mindless habit. I wouldn’t even notice I was doing it until I felt the cold air from the refridgerator hit my face. And then I would be jolted into reality unsure of how I had even got here.

Recently my mindless habit has been Facebook. I would find myself staring into the Facebook app on my phone at the weirdess and most inappropriate times…. 6am in the morning, half way through a run – or worse! – halfway through a conversation with a real human being.

I decided it was time for a break.

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The danger of waiting until I am ready

The danger of waiting until I am ready

This afternoon I had my first ever surf lesson. I had come to Costa Rica with the intention to at least give surfing a go. But the very thought of it scared me silly, and so I procrastinated over it as long as I could.

So I know what you are thinking… I am Australian! Surely I know how to surf.

Nope. It may surprise you to know that I’m not that keen on the ocean, let alone the surf. The heat. The sunburn. The relentless pounding of waves. The power of the water. The ‘getting dunked’. The fear of getting dragged out into that big bad ocean.

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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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Fleeing the UK on foot

Fleeing the UK on foot

This Christmas I am doing what most of my friends are doing. . . fleeing London in search of friends and family. Except that unlike most of my friends, I won't be taking a train or a plane. On the 17th December 2015, I will embark on the longest run of my life - as I...

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Our responsibility to love

Our responsibility to love

Today I woke to the tragic news of yet another city in mourning. May we take from these ugly tragedies one thing.... that we each have the responsibility to put love out in to the world. We must smile at strangers. Lend a hand to people who don't look like us and...

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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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The Hollow Ponds

The Hollow Ponds

Very grateful for the opportunity for a late afternoon run around the Hollow Ponds. Not a very fast one given all the mud and all the beautiful photo opportunities. But a joyous one!...

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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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Amazing friends

Amazing friends

I'm fortunate enough to have some truly amazing friends, but today I want to celebrate this beautiful lady who flew all the way to New York to be by my side as I undertook this latest crazy challenge. I am incredibly grateful to have her in my...

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