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30 Days Wild – Days 29-30 and some Motorcycling

One of the reasons I love to ride a motorbike is that when I do, I feel very close to the world through which I travel. There is a very special bond between a biker and nature. I’ve mentioned this before, but I liken motorcycling to meditation in some ways – just you, your own

Inspiration Comes from Living

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. Anais Nin What inspires you? Perhaps it is seeing someone else – someone you love or just someone you’ve ‘met’ on twitter – accomplish something great. How about witnessing someone overcome adversity of some kind. Or maybe it’s the sheer beauty of

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Wishing

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz There is a well known song in the Disney

{ Sunday Soliloquy } Destination Addiction

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Today I just want to share with you this quotation I came across this week. Beware of destination addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is the in the next place, the next job, and

Life is all about the journey. The poem.

My Dad likes likes to write poetry in his spare time, and this week he presented me with this one he’s been working on for a little while. I just had to share it. This is my poem – he has captured my mantra and what it means for my life just perfectly. I love it. Thanks Dad x Now

{ Sunday Soliloquy } What is Adventure?

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Earlier in the week I read a very interesting blog post by Sean Conway on the Simply Hike website. It was particularly the last paragraph the caught my attention; I posted it on my facebook and

A Bucket List Re-Focus: My “To Try” List

There is something inspiring about a new year. We might be a couple of weeks in now, but the idea of setting goals and resolutions for the next 12 months is still at the forefront of my mind. I’m still considering carefully what that might mean for me; I want to set a series of

Lifedge. Go do.

It was at about mile eight or nine of the Spires and Steeples Challenge yesterday that I thought to myself: “If only I had a Lifedge phone case this time last year, I’d have lots more proof of the terrible conditions that lead me to abandon my hike half way through.” At that moment I realised that thanks

Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

How do you prepare for the trip of a lifetime? I may well have mentioned previously that I am very nearly (seven weeks seven weeks seven weeks) about to embark on my trip of a lifetime. Something I have been dreaming about for years and years. I am incredibly excited about it. It’s been booked for well over a

Some Goals and Challenges for 2014

Now that 2014 is well under way I thought it was about time that I gave some real thought to what my goals for the year should be. The reason I am doing this now is because I have been incredibly inspired by a few people I follow on twitter. Inspired to consider what my

My Ultimate Summer Driving Playlist

For me, an “ultimate” driving tune is one I want to turn up and sing along to. It causes involuntary warbling at the top of my lungs (enough to embarrass me should anyone overhear). They are melodious or catchy songs with great bass lines or guitar solos, wiggle-triggering rhythm, easy to remember lyrics, and work

An Easter Message

I noticed yesterday that we were inundated with Easter messages. I can understand the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope giving us some words to live by, but even David Cameron had one. I might be a day late but I thought I’d share something thoughtful with you. Yesterday I was reminded, again, that life