#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. 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 people love giving gifts as much as they enjoy receiving them, and 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 would describe the escapade that would 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. A great example of a win-win! Giving this gift has...

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 focus on 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 ‘tweak’ it is possible to frame your sentences in a way that generates curiosity and creates a mindset that will allow 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 encouraged...
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. Having been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees 18 months ago, 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, horses,...
Relationships that thrive

Relationships that thrive

The quote ‘no man is an island’ infers that we all thrive through our connections with others. Where possible we want to create and choose relationships that bring out the best in us and add value to our lives. That said, sometimes the relationships in our lives require kit gloves, toleration and management to sustain them because they serve a vital purpose. I feel confident that we can all think of examples of this sort of relationship. Counterbalancing this are those wonderful relationships that we feel motivated to nurture because they bring out the best in us and add to the rich tapestry of our lives. The challenges of managing and improving relationships often presents in coaching conversations with my clients. What each of us value and need from our relationships will differ greatly. My curiosity about this matter led me to carry out a survey. I asked people from all walks of life about the qualities they would desire in an ideal relationships. This elicited a wide range of responses including; ‘someone whose company creates excitement, minds meeting, a good listener, similar values and interests, someone who restores my inner calm, hatching plans together, honesty, someone who just gets me, an adventure buddy, people who help me not take life too seriously’. Some of these descriptions struck a chord with me. They reminded me of the importance of being clear about what qualities your relationships need to increase in strength and continue to grow. Coaching conversations often address the subject of how to nurture and manage different sorts of relationships. Some of the themes that we might discuss could include: The qualities that a good relationships needs to...
A health adventure – are you in?

A health adventure – are you in?

My passion for the outdoors brings a smile to my face and allows me to keep fit and healthy. I get to explore all sorts of terrain including Scottish Islands, woodland hideaways and beautiful coastal routes. Health adventures can take all sorts of shapes and forms. I’ve eaten fresh fish on white sandy beaches and woke to the sound of the sea, or a nearby stream. I love indulging in the planning of a new adventure, and a trip to a new place. I haven’t always enjoyed getting outdoors and participating in activities that help me feel healthy and well.  I grew up in a city and in my teens I had no such interest in anything remotely healthy. It wasn’t till my late teens that I discovered exercise and sprint distance triathlons in my 20’s. Two decades later, I still compete. I enjoy that there are three disciplines which all require being in the outdoors (swim, cycling and running). I love being in the company of inspiring people who are all championing each other regardless of ability and age. Some take these events very seriously, with the top of the range kit and the hard core training plans. Others like me just rock up (often after a night of copious wine and dancing) and just enjoy the fresh air, the sunshine and the ‘I can’ feeling that is generated knowing that, regardless of your speed or position, you have lapped those people sitting on the couch watching television. I have always loved running. In particular running in the woods in all sorts of weather,  the more dramatic the weather, the better. One of...
Dont let fear in the driving seat

Dont let fear in the driving seat

Having given much thought to what is required to get out of our comfort zone of life, I felt compelled to write about fear. It struck me that in the face of change, even positive change, fear is inevitable. It can become a barrier and a driver for anxiety and it can hold us back. Maybe it is time to create a dialogue with fear, allowing it to be on your life’s journey but never letting it take the drivers seat. It is important to clarify that fear is as normal as breathing. It comes from our thoughts, creates unhelpful emotions and can impact our actions. For some it will manifest as fear of failing, fear of looking stupid or fear of making the wrong decision. Believe it or not there is also such a thing as fear of success! In my coaching sessions where we address fear, I have heard people say “what if I succeed, and then I cannot handle it”. This is a great example of how fear can inhibit us. How does fear hold you back? My research on this matter led me to a fabulous quote Elizabeth Gilbert ‘your mafia mind is a bully’. This was a reminder to me that people who achieve greatness are usually people who ditch their fears. Marie Forleo talks openly on this matter. She advises us “Don’t be held hostage by your fears”. My two most significant encounters with fear presented in the past two years. One related to leaping in and setting up my own business and the other came when my partner was diagnosed with cancer. In both situations, I noted that...
Words of wisdom ~ from the most surprising places

Words of wisdom ~ from the most surprising places

I was compelled to write about inner wisdom and advice to self having spend many coaching sessions supporting clever people to trust themselves to make good decisions. Sometimes we forget that we have great advice within us to give other people and because of this, we neglect to listen to our own ‘wise self’ as we face decisions and dilemmas in life. This leads us to look to other people in our lives to give us the right answers, when actually we often already know everything that we need to know. I would like to share advice with you from a diverse section of the population. In doing so invite you to become clear about those pieces of advice that struck a chord with you. I will invite you to tap into your wise words, and remember your own good advice that you can share with others or indeed take to heart yourself. I will begin with advice from an 80 year old man. You may had read something similar – a lovely list of great pearls of wisdom gathered over time. I selected the ones that I liked to share with you. He advises; Be the most enthusiastic person that you know. Always accept an outstretched hand. Be brave and if you don’t feel brave – fake it, usually people can’t tell the difference. Choose a life mate carefully – from this decision comes 90% of your happiness or misery. Keep a notebook by your bedside – the million dollar ideas usually come at 3am. Next we have advice from Andrea Mann, an author who wrote in the standard issue magazine....
Life lessons – On a bicycle

Life lessons – On a bicycle

One of the activities that I enjoy doing as a life coach is creating a weekly challenge for my clients. It is aimed at inspiring and encouraging people to get more of what they want from life. One of my recent challenges was called ‘follow your best advice’ and aimed at helping people to take their own good advice. A few weeks later I went on a bike adventure that spanned three days, and covered 120 miles of off road biking in the rain. It is known as the Sandstone way. I decided to put this challenge into practice and discovered that my light bulb moments from my journey were also transferable to my life in general. I felt compelled to share these lessons with you. The importance of being prepared: I found myself participating in a weekend of biking without making the time to organise my equipment. I discovered on route that my waterproof jacket zip was broken. This prompted me to reflect on the benefits of being prepared, given that it rained the whole weekend. This was a tough lesson to learn. Safety net planning: In advance of this event, given that it is notoriously difficult, worried that I might not be able to complete it.  Asking myself What is the worst thing that could happen here? What is worrying you the most? helped hugely. Once you work out what your worst fears are, you can create a contingency plan to manage should this situation arise…and then get busy doing it anyway. Take time to recharge and refuel: If you are planning to sustain yourself on any...
Cast off your shell and grow

Cast off your shell and grow

It is my belief that when we learn to become comfortable with discomfort, its is possible to get more out of life. We can experience more, we can create space to grow and we can become a better version of our current selves. I was recently told a story about how lobsters grow. The story teller described how lobsters become restricted in their shells over time. In order to thrive they then cast off their shell and seek safety underneath a rock while the new shell forms. This analogy reminded me that times of stress are also signals for growth and can be used to understand how humans grow. Like lobsters if we can learn to become comfortable with discomfort and take risks, it is possible to get more out of life. We can create space to stretch,  grow into it and become a better version of our current selves. If it was simple, we would already be doing this on a day to day basis. Yet at some point in life we have all opted out of something important on account of discomfort. For this reason, I felt compelled to address the importance of learning to manage stress in order to allow growth. If we approach adversity or change from a place of opportunity, we will believe that we can grow in the process and ultimately we can have more, be more, and do more. The question that must be asked, why is it that that we often experience anxiety in the face of a new challenge and why at these times, do we tend to stick with...
Micro adventuring  (Part 2 of 2)

Micro adventuring (Part 2 of 2)

Creating possiblities Let’s begin with the belief that it is possible to have more, to do more and to be more. What is it that you want? What gets you excited and what are you passionate about? If this is easy for you to answer, then now is the time to get doing these things. This blog is dedicated to the ‘here’s how’ part of enjoying your micro adventures. For many people the challenge of adventuring can be the uncertainty about what is possible. This may lead you to adopt an experimental approach; try new things in order to discover what you love and feel passionate about. It can begin with the simple act of getting some ideas down on paper and having a go. Me~ I want it all. I want to get busy enjoying the numerous activities that I already love and I want to try new things…and I want that for you too! The last blog addressed the joys of micro adventuring as a great way to get started; start small, build bigger and see where that takes you. Everything begins with an idea, then it takes shape and you get started. This can snowball. That one thing can lead to another. You grow wings, can get inspired and new ideas pop up. Cunning plans get hatched and before you know it you are going places, seeing things and loving that you are making it happen. I love writing my ideas down. It’s the best way for me to get started. My understanding of this is that the art of writing things down can symbolise the act of committing to action. It is well recorded in...