#Adventure Series No. 7

#Adventure Series No. 7

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 7 with Kate Mackay. Introducing Kate,  a Certified Professional and Performance Coach based in the North of England. An NHS Management Consultant and a guest lecturer in the Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford, in her twenty-year career she has trained more than a thousand health professionals from across the UK. She is the author of www.mummysnowboarder.com, the only UK blog to focus on snowboarding for women and families. Kate rode a camel in the Sahara, an elephant in Rajasthan and a horse in The Rockies before she ever rode a snowboard. She has been riding for more than 15 years in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Andora. Kate recently completed her first book, Take It All On Board www.takeitallonboard.com combining her passion for snowboarding with her coaching and change management skills to help the reader achieve their goals. She exhibited at the national Ski and Snowboard Show in London in October as a pre-launch for her book. Kate lives with her husband, Gordon, her pre-teen daughter, an aged cat and her beloved, shaggy-haired dog. When not, walking on the deserted, quiet, sandy beaches she enjoys coffee and cocktails with friends and fantasises about long lie-ins. Most days she sits at her computer watching the sea whilst working, but occasionally dreams of the mountains and riding that perfect turn.     Photos from top left Mint Girls camp – Damian McArthur and MINT snowboarding, Aosta Valley off piste, St Anton Valley, above the clouds – view from cable car in Aosta, Aosta Valley view, exhibiting at the national Ski and snowboard show...
#Adventure Series No.6

#Adventure Series No.6

Welcome to #AdventureSeries No.6 with Cheryl Maas Introducing the amazing Cheryl Maas; Professional snowboarder and fun seeker, X Games gold medallist, twice world champion, Best female rider of the year 2010 (Snowboarder magazine). Cheryl, originally from Holland, combines being a fabulous mum to her two children with being an adventurist, an athlete and a lover of many sports. Cheryl Maas is considered by many to be the greatest female snowboarder of all time.    Photos from top left Modelling for breast cancer awareness, competing at Air + Style at Beijing, X-Games Olso womens-big-air-snowboarding-podium-2016, ‘sweet ass’ rock climbing in new zealand, flying through the air – “focused and peaceful, board in hand and ready for anything”, motorbike love, best summer ever, skate boarding day, boxing season is over   What does adventure mean to you? I really love all kinds of active and fitness adventures, from a surfing to golf, cars, motors, hiking to skydiving. I love sliding down mountains and  climbing them too. I love all kinds of sports. Just so long as I can stay active, I feel very satisfied. Adventure for me is to experience all sorts of new activities, to visit new locations, meeting interesting fun people, experiencing different tastes, sights and smells. I just love it all. My motto – Go out there and discover! What have you learned from having an adventurous lifestyle? That life needs to be lived! You can’t sit around and hope that something will happen, you have to go after it. You also need to let go of fear of things going wrong. Its not in our control. You could...
Live your legacy

Live your legacy

You don’t have to be a billionaire or a genius to make a difference. People make their mark and are remembered for their contributions for all sorts of reasons. One year ago, a dear friend David Charlton died. He had lived a full and fabulous life but it was cut short prematurely . He served his country, he impacted people’s lives. David Charlton was an adventurer, a confidant, a triathlete, a doting father, a loving husband, a mischief maker and so much more. What a legacy to leave behind! His mark on this earth was purposeful and intentional. He chose to become all these things, he took time to reflect on his contributions and he lived as well as left his legacy. When discussing legacies, and best ways to make your mark, a wonderful person called Tim McNamara advised me to “CHARLIE” it. He later elaborated and shared the meaning of this acronym; Climb Higher And Reach Life’s Inner Expectations”. This brought a smile to my face and left me pondering how I might do such a thing. After some coaching and soul searching, I decided that for me, Charlie it could involve several things: Choosing to let go of the illusion of perfection Deciding on my new mantra for living life – Go forward fearlessly with the confidence to thrive Giving myself permission to trust the process and not being attached to the outcomes (otherwise known as going NATO) Realising that I need to say YES to more and then work on feeling ready for it later This led me to imagine what difference it would make, if...
#AdventureSeries No. 5

#AdventureSeries No. 5

Welcome to #AdventureSeries No.5 with Andrew Whitehouse Introducing Andrew Whitehouse otherwise known as Alphawhisky71, an avid adventurer, traveller and former commando with a thirst for the outdoors. Amongst many things, Andrew is a volunteer for a local search and rescue team. He is dedicated to using his passion for adventure to fundraise for good causes and is gets involved in epic adventures to keep his spirits soaring. Photos from top left: The DMHF Freedom trail team (Alphawhisky71, Kier group, KMF metal, and TheRealBerghouse) who collectively raised over £40,000 for charity, An epic journey across northern Sweden, Challenge – no mans fort in Solent, Trekking in Nepal, Shooting the weirs at the Annual River dove paddle, triumphant having successfully completed the Dart 10K open water event for the second time What does adventure mean to you? An adventure for me is anything which gets you off the hamster wheel of life breaking the daily monotony we all experience. Step outside your front door and set your compass for the opposite direction. Try something regularly in an unfamiliar environment. Something simple like spending the evening under the stars in your bivvy bag with a tasty beverage in hand,  or an open water swim in your local lake. Enjoy simple experiences such as seeing the sunrise or sunset,  listen to the dawn chorus rouse you from a restful sleep under the stars. These do not have to be grand or expensive adventures, just make it happen. What have you learned from having an adventurous lifestyle? For me travelling on foot is the only way to truly explore and appreciate different places, people...
#AdventureSeries No. 4

#AdventureSeries No. 4

Welcome to #AdventureSeries No.4 with Natalie Sisson Introducing Natalie Sisson, Chief Adventurer of The Suitcase Entrepreneur. Natalie is a global adventurer and digital nomad, bestselling author, TEDx speaker and so much more.  Natalie takes entrepreneurs on an exciting quest to discover how to have more personal, financial, relationship, health and business freedom in life. Unlike most successful entrepreneurs, Natalie advocates for designing the sort of business that supports your lifestyle and not the other way around. Natalie believes that you can have a profitable business that you love, run it from anywhere and live your dream lifestyle.  In one way or another we are all on a quest for freedom and happiness.  After 7 years of growing a successful business, and being obsessed with freedom, Natalie Sisson invited us to follow her on the journey. Earlier this year, Natalie took a three month business sabbatical to experiment with a new facet of freedom with herself as the guinea pig. Read more. What does adventure mean to you? Satisfying your curiosity, scratching an itch, being intrigued and then going on an adventure to peak your curiosity and seeing what its all about. What sort of adventures to do you like to have? The types of adventures that I like are two fold. Lots of fun and probably some daring too. I need something that will push me a little, make me scared and give me an adrenalin rush like an epic outdoor hike with some paragliding at the end. I also love something cultural like going on a three or four day trek with natives, doing what they do and experiencing life their way. Alternatively adventure can mean meeting...