44 days of Micro Adventures

Shrove Tuesday for plenty of folk, myself included, simply means Pancake Day. It's followed by Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten fast, which in these modern times implies giving something up, such as, let's say, chocolate, before arriving at Easter ready to gorge on chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and anything else chocolate. (Example given…

A for Anxiety

A poem about running away from anxiety, creating mindful adventures, fighting the stigma, and battling your inner demons.

I’d like to feel safer whilst road cycling

The road bike came out of the shed for a special appearance: my first commute in quite a while. Ok, so it was just a couple of miles to my destination, my rucksack full of clothes and notepaper, some snacks and water. I was heading to a workshop taster session with ION Leadership on what…

Fierce Bright Star

What I understood about my journey to diagnosis and beyond, after running 1800 miles across the UK, came out (unexpectedly, I must add) in the form of a poem. I meant to say this poem during my TEDx Holyhead talk in April, but I was too nervous and overly worried that I'd stumble over my own…

5 Life Lessons from the Womens Adventure Expo

Many of us have probably been there already: it's the morning after, you're quite sore all over, a few cuts and scrapes, a pulsing headache, you're nursing your third coffee (at least of the morning) and make an attempt to pick out, in order to share, just a few non-blurred images out of the hundreds…

Inktober

Greetings and welcome to October! (n): The month of magical changes in nature, when greens turn to reds, oranges and yellow. Ghosts, witches and ghouls come out to trick us for treats. Clocks are altered, pumpkins flourish, and skies darken more quickly than we'd like. It's also the month of the daily pen and ink…

What I wish my illness could do in my absence

Go for a run in the hills Climb a mountain Watch the sunrise from a hilltop Smell the wild flowers Camp under the stars Take a shower & wash my hair Brush my teeth Write a story Illustrate my thoughts & ideas Listen to music, sing & dance Do yoga Meditate Call somebody Step outside…

Eat Grubs

If you were ever wondering what the official term for 'fear of creepy crawlies (insects)' is, it's the endearingly-titled entomophobia. Specific crawler fear can be broken down into more particular descriptions: in the cases of bees it's apiphobia, or ants it's myrmecophobia, and perhaps our favourite, of the reigning creepy crawler, arachnophobia. Sticking with entomophobia…

Just a wee bit of running

Sorted: the active woman's guide to health

It has been thirteen years since I started running, again. Over the past thirteen years, a silent little (mostly) woman's issue has been swimming about in my thoughts before, after and during running. Predominantly, when I run fast, run uphill, or run downhill. Sometimes I am caught out because I genuinely forget I'm female. Sometimes I plan…

The GENIE Within

list: a series of items written together in a meaningful grouping. -ography: a writing about or a representation of a thing. I am a list-maker. I write lists that will easily fill up three-quarters of a side of A4 because I love the possibilities of what can be accomplished each day. I am a dreamer,…