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 let go of worrying about outcomes Realising that I needed 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 we all had a...
#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...
#Adventure Series No. 3

#Adventure Series No. 3

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 3 with Brianna Wiens from ‘A brit and a brood’. A Brit and a Broad is a travel video blog bringing people and places to you. Innovative and unique, A Brit and a Broad is unlike any other blog out there at the moment. It is essentially three travel blogs in one with a strong emphasis on video content. The presenters, A Brit and a Broad, show us some truly remarkable sights around the world and aim to inspire us to do something different on our travels. They do this by being curious, fun and inspirational!  Meet the team… Macca Sherifi… the Brit, is an author, blogger and photographer from London. Macca writes about the alternative side of travelling. Brianna Wiens, the Broad, (because she’s a broad – get it?) is an actor, director and photographer from Vancouver, Canada. Brianna writes about everything all girls need to know about while on the road. Finally, completing A Brit and a Broad is Brian Ceci. An award-winning cinematographer and videographer from Vancouver, Canada, Brian is the man behind the camera cutting everything together, whose videos will make you want to pack your bags, hit the road and do something different immediately. Photos from top left: Sunset beach hut, the beautiful people of Cuba, the Scottish Southern upland way, high fives on a hillside, Cadillac in Havana, beautiful people of Bandung What does adventure mean to you? Its my passion for travel. I travel because it scare me… because it wakes me up. There is always more  than what surrounds you and travelling to a new place gives me one more angle to see...
#AdventureSeries No. 2

#AdventureSeries No. 2

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 2 with Richard Rothwell Introducing Richard Rothwell, director at Cycling Generation. One day he just left his day job to set up a cycle holiday company. He is a wonderful example of someone who is unafraid to step out of the career box and earn his living doing something that he loves. Richard is also a sporting adventurer. As a passionate cyclist, he has take part in and has won many competitive enduring events. The weekend prior to this interview, Richard took part in (and won) a 24hr solo bike race called the kielder chiller 24 in Northumberland in extreme winter conditions. This is a 24 hour mountain bike event certain be the ultimate test of man and machine. Photo’s from top left 24h of Finale ligure, MT ZOOM- Wiggle Exposure Elite mixed Team, heading off to grab victory at Montane Kielder 100, having fun on the ropes, Nevis range Fort William, High Fell Events What does adventure mean to you? Adventure to me is putting myself into precarious situations and I enjoy that uncertainty! Doing things that I might (or might not) be able to complete or where failure is possible, whether that is in my sporting life or working life. What sort of adventures do you love to have? I guess I am a risk taker and enjoy the adrenaline of adventurous activities. An adventure can go smoothly and be a wonderful pleasant experience or it can be gruelling, difficult and stressful; both are valid and valuable experiences. How has life changed for the better because you make time for activities you love? It hasn’t...
#Adventure Series No. 1

#Adventure Series No. 1

Welcome to #AdventureSeries No.1 with Matt Prior Introducing Matt Prior – World Record Holder for the Highest Altitude Reached by a Taxi – 17,143ft. Matt prior created his Adventure Academy from his passion for adventure and his desire to have a positive impact on people’s lives. The aim is “to be the best in the world at what we do”. Matt has lived and worked across three continents. After completing his degree, he served for six years in the Royal Air Force flying Tucanos and Hawks. Since his teenage years he has travelled to over one hundred countries. He is the Director of the Explorers Club (Hong Kong Chapter) and over the years has been sponsored by big brands such as GoPro. He is an Adventure Consultant for Red Bull, a pioneer for the Adventurists, a qualified Wilderness First Responder, Commercial and Paramotor Pilot Photo’s from top left Circumnavigating Lake Baikal, Siberia, driving a $200 one-litre jeep from the UK to Mongolia, practicing paramotoring, chilling out on an active volcano, Sri Lanka by rickshaw, Circumnavigating the world in a London taxi   What does adventure mean to you? “The pursuit of curiosity and willingness to embrace uncertainty or the unknown.” I think as long as whatever you’re doing aligns with that, it will be an adventure! Tell me what sort of adventures are you currently enjoying? I’m cutting back a tad on the so called “traditional forms” of adventure and focussing more on the adventures in the business world and how I can use my background to have a positive impact on other people’s lives. What have you learned...

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries

Hello everybody! Welcome to #AdventureSeries. I’m Polly Brennan, Life Coach at Adventurous Coaching and  I’m going to be interviewing all sorts of adventurous people, who do all sorts of fun and adventurous things, from all walks of life. I’ve been connecting up with some amazing people –  travellers, entrepreneurs, digital nomads, veterans, Paralympians… and some mystery guests too. People leaping out of their box and having new adventures.  I’m really excited to share their stories with you as part of my #AdventureSeries. I’ll be learning more about what adventure means to them and what inspires them to lead an adventurous lifestyle. We will discover their top tips about how to create adventures, and the difference that this makes to their lives. This project will be ongoing for the next year. On the first day of every month, check in to discover who I’ll be showcasing.  I hope you find it useful, I hope you find it inspiring, but most importantly I hope you enjoy it. #AdventureSeries is all about encouraging us all to have more, to be more, to do more. My best hope is that you’ll be encouraged to try new things, perhaps do something you keep talking about and to tap into that audacious and adventurous streak that we all have. I think that is completely possible, don’t you? As a life coach I love helping people to get inspired, get clear on what they want from life, and discover ways to adopt an adventurous approach to life. Adventurous Coaching is life coaching for lifes’ adventure. The big question is “what does adventure mean to you?” Enjoy!   *** Watch Polly’s #AdventureSeries welcome video here *** Check this out… #AdventureSeries No.1 Launched 1/6/17 Introducing Matt Prior –...
Gifts that keep on giving

Gifts that keep on giving

It’s a given that people love receiving gifts. Some people get as much pleasure from giving. My favourite, are those gifts that keep on giving. It could be the gift of an experience that gives joy when opened and then creates memories. Perhaps an item that can be enjoyed more than once. Certain gifts when passed on, offer value to each new owner like a good book with well worn pages. Some gifts just have that capacity to give pleasure more than once and I have numerous examples of these. Alas for now I will share only one; the adventure voucher. The adventure voucher was a gift that I gave this Christmas. Struggling with inspiration for a meaningful and inexpensive present, I stumbled upon this idea online. Put simply I delivered a certificate offering a whole year of adventure, for my partner in crime Rob to enjoy for 365 days. This involved an adventure envelope being delivered on the first day of each month for a whole year. The contents describe the escapade that will unfold at some point over that month with no effort on the part of the recipient. So far, the adventures enjoyed have involved things like  a train trip to a new location, a month dedicated to sleeping under the stars, a beach fire, a day of fishing in the North Sea, a bike trip to Holland and a few more surprises yet to come. This gift is continuous. The added bonus, I get to participate in these adventures too, win-win! Giving this gift has been so much fun that I am considering extending it...
Choose wise words

Choose wise words

Our words have immense capacity for good if used wisely.  For a moment, I invite you to consider the power of your words. You may wonder why this subject matters such that I have taken the time to write my words about your words. It is my belief that your words if used well could enable you to create your own success, help you to express yourself, share a point of view or influence important decisions that affect your life. Do your words help you to attract the things that you want more of in your life or do they pay attention to your struggles and your pain points? I invite you all to pay more attention to the words that you use day to day. Notice if they are limiting you or helping you be a solution focussed individual. Use your words to attract the outcomes that you want and need in life and to help you communicate what you want to share with the world! With only a little ‘tweak’ it is possible to frame your sentences in a way that generates curiosity and creates a mindset that allows more possibility into your world.  For example, I’m struggling could become I am in the process of working out how to manage this differently.  I never have enough to money might instead be I am working out how to generate more money. Furthermore, what if your words could change the course of someone’s day, give hope and motivate others to create a life that they love or even to aim high. When was the last time that you...
Passions rekindled

Passions rekindled

This year, I was given two gifts that delivered way beyond their point of receipt and rekindled passions that have been missing from my life. This year my dear friend Charlotte gifted me a map and poem about travelling. It reconnected me with my passion for travel. The map fills my wall with a world view. It also prompted me to find my old travel diary and reminisce, that then turned me into a storyteller. Her gift helped me to keep past travel adventures in my heart and future voyages in my vision. It inspired me to hatch plans to visit some of the new places on my bucket list and to re-visit the places that I adore. The second gift was a pair of walking boots.  18 months ago having learned that I have osteoarthritis of both knees, I gave up running.  As well as missing the act of running, I also stopped enjoying other elements of this activity; being outdoors and that invaluable headspace that comes with blasting along leaving all your worries behind you. For some reason I had forgotten to apply my ‘adapt and overcome’ mindset to this challenge till, much to my surprise, I was presented with my walking boots. To say that these are now my most favourite possession would be an understatement. These shoes have taken me on numerous twilight and sunset walks since I acquired them. In one week alone they stomped over 65 miles. I have discovered a new hobby, enjoyed a more sustainable way to exercise, and maintained my sanity and equilibrium. I have also enjoyed wildlife watching including foxes, otter,...