#Adventure Series No. 8

#Adventure Series No. 8

Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 8 with John Mew.   Introducing John Mew; father of 3, rugby coach, devoted husband, athlete, survivor, public speaker and so much more. John describes his wonderful wife Christine Mew as his ‘rock’. He joined the Royal Navy in 1974 and served his country for 11 years. He was a physical training instructor, ships diver and a member of the Portsmouth Command Crew that ran at Earls Court. John describes one of his defining moments on the bridge of the HMS Coventry, during the Falklands war, when she was bombed. The ship capsized within 20 minutes. After leaving the navy, John became a commercial diver. This role took him to exotic and faraway lands including the Middle East and West Africa. Photos from top left Portsmouth field Gun crew marching through Portsmouth with trophies won through breaking world records, John ready for a commercial dive, John relaxing, debating at the Great Veteran debate, John during a recent training session, a younger John in training   When John ended his diving career in 2005, the absence of a work role contributed to his difficulties with anxiety and depression unfolding. John described ending up in a ‘big black hole’. During this time, he believes that his whole family suffered. He was eventually diagnosed with PTSD and began to receive help to overcome his trauma. The help that has significantly aided John’s recovery came some time later in the form of a Veteran charity called Forward Assist who supported John with their innovative approach and access to  life coaching through Adventurous Coaching. Both interventions embrace a solution...
Happiness in 2018

Happiness in 2018

It is my belief that there is never a bad time to ask yourself ‘what does happiness mean to me and what will help me have more happy moments in my life?’ This curious question offers a chance to focus life’s lenses and then to become attracted to those things that make you smile, add more and create joy in your life. One response to the question of what does happiness mean to you, in a coaching session gave an interesting response. ‘Happiness sits on the periphery of your vision. It’s not tangible or easy to grasp and when you try to connect with it… puff it’s gone’. Whilst to me this view felt defeatist and fear fuelled, it helped me to clarify my feelings on this subject. The feisty character within me wanted to respond with…by boldly choosing to grab happiness by the horns, look it in eyes and demand its presence in my life every day. I was recently inspired by the author Elizabeth Gilbert. In her book Big Magic she describes ‘entering into a contract with creativity’. I decided that I wanted to create a relationship with happiness. I decided to give my full attention to discovering the mindset that I would need to adopt, the activities that I need to get involved in and the moments to cherish in order to nurture the presence of happiness. This has helped my happiness have the confidence to shine even in the face of worry, doubt, and fatigue. Since making this decision, happiness and I have began to collaborate, we co-created a plan and shook hands on it!...
#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...
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! (Part 2)

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! (Part 2)

Today is a particularly poignant day for me and my husband Rob. We celebrate a significant anniversary with a story of its own – Rob is two years cancer free today! Our story taught us the importance of adopting a solution focused mindset and of holding on to your best hopes when the future feels uncertain. We decided to share our ‘notes to self ‘ in the hope that you might gain in some way. Here goes … Our fabulous family of six Pursue positive thinking Assuming that the best outcome is possible and believing in silver linings is essential. This will carry you far and help you to dig deep into your reserves on tough days. Rob decided that he had a chance to change the family cancer story into a survival story. It created a ‘can do’ way of thinking for us and fed a positive mindset. Overcoming ‘a touch of cancer’ seemed like a positive re frame of what felt like a devastating story. Keep forward planning Choose to forward plan and imagine life beyond your treatment. Ask yourself what you want from your life once treatment is complete. Assume it to be possible and plan for it. Acquiring the map for a bike challenge and beginning the research into it’s viability was a mission that I delegated to Rob. He was also tasked with finding and planning a fabulous holiday in the sun as a post treatment reward. Focus on what’s possible Rather than assuming that treatment will wipe him out, Rob decided not to jump to conclusions and listen to his body. Where possible he would resume everyday routines...
Triumph in the face of adversity (Part 1)

Triumph in the face of adversity (Part 1)

Each of us has a story to tell. We all have a story in us. Life events, and how we view what happens in our world, will shape the stories that we tell ourselves and others. This is a story about choosing to view life through a positive lens and holding on to your best hopes when the future feels uncertain. This is a story about my wonderful husband Rob. Here is a narrative about life’s unexpected twists and turns … of joy, bravery, second chances and adversity. It is about attending to what’s possible even when that itself is uncertain. It is also a story about cancer. Cancer has visited Robs life on several occasions in his 40 years on planet earth. Rob grew up with three strong role models; his grandfather Joe, his mother Lynne and his sister Tara. Their influence taught him three key lessons; The importance of hard graft to create your own success, respect for others, and good morals maketh the man. Rob modelling oddballs underwear as part of a Movember campaign to raise awareness about testicular cancer Because of this, from a young age, Rob developed a strong work ethic. As a kid he could be found collecting sea coal on the beach to sell the locals. He learned his sales strategies selling perfumes to the beauty therapy department at a local college, usually for over treble their value, and always ensuring a tidy profit. He became a grafter and a salesman. Rob’s first experience with cancer began at the tender age of 20. His mother Lynne had learned that she had cancer. In what...
#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 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...