The sun has his hat on. Put yours on too.

This weekend has seen some high temperatures across the UK, with South-East England reaching 36 degrees, the hottest August day in 17 years. What does that mean for our bodies? Anyone else noticed they are exhausted when they step inside from the garden? Have you lost your appetite? Can you just not stop sweating? When it heats up, our bodies have to work a lot harder to maintain a level of equilibrium – a neutral state (including a safe and comfortable temperature). This mea

It’s okay if it’s not all rainbows and butterflies

This has been a week of not being able to get into a groove with anything. Now in the eleventh week of lockdown, or at least the next phase of it (Is that right? Is it week 11?) I have gone through so many waves of over productivity, positivity, optimism, denial, frustration, realism, proactivity. For the most part I have felt good, happy and content, but every now and again I have a big dip as the days and weeks feel monotonous. The last couple of weeks have added more to th

What I learnt doing a 500 burpee workout

Don’t do it. But really: It’s like any other big task in life. You need to break it down into manageable chunks, make a plan and then stick to it. I planned to break it into sets of 20 and score it off on my sheet of paper. I stopped after 40, then got confused and overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Like so many things, the start and the end are easy. At the start you’re fresh, motivated and full of hope. At the end, there is light at the end of the tunnel, you can see how far you’

What I learnt doing a 500 burpee workout

Don’t do it. But really: It’s like any other big task in life. You need to break it down into manageable chunks, make a plan and then stick to it. I planned to break it into sets of 20 and score it off on my sheet of paper. I stopped after 40, then got confused and overwhelmed. Sound familiar? Like so many things, the start and the end are easy. At the start you’re fresh, motivated and full of hope. At the end, there is light at the end of the tunnel, you can see how far you’

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Take a risk and toot your horn about it

I don’t know about anyone else, but my best writing seems to come in periods of extreme change, stress and contemplation. At times where I have so many thoughts and it is the only way to get them out of my head – to put them on paper/laptop screen and the internet. This may not be the best logic, to write at a time of vulnerability and post it for the world to see and critique. But also, it might be the best time, because we all go through similar stresses and maybe by exposi

Take a risk and toot your horn about it

I don’t know about anyone else, but my best writing seems to come in periods of extreme change, stress and contemplation. At times where I have so many thoughts and it is the only way to get them out of my head – to put them on paper/laptop screen and the internet. This may not be the best logic, to write at a time of vulnerability and post it for the world to see and critique. But also, it might be the best time, because we all go through similar stresses and maybe by exposi

Take a risk and toot your horn about it

I don’t know about anyone else, but my best writing seems to come in periods of extreme change, stress and contemplation. At times where I have so many thoughts and it is the only way to get them out of my head – to put them on paper/laptop screen and the internet. This may not be the best logic, to write at a time of vulnerability and post it for the world to see and critique. But also, it might be the best time, because we all go through similar stresses and maybe by exposi

Take a risk and toot your horn about it

I don’t know about anyone else, but my best writing seems to come in periods of extreme change, stress and contemplation. At times where I have so many thoughts and it is the only way to get them out of my head – to put them on paper/laptop screen and the internet. This may not be the best logic, to write at a time of vulnerability and post it for the world to see and critique. But also, it might be the best time, because we all go through similar stresses and maybe by exposi

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Lent: Running for water.

Today marks the start of Lent.. 40 days and nights where Catholics reflect and prepare for Easter. Typically making a sacrifice during that period to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice in the desert. 40 days without food or water. Most of the time we give up sweets, chocolate, alcohol, meat. Arguably, the things people give up for Lent are increasingly a religious obligation to diet. Rather than reflect, or connect. Giving up carbs to lose 10lbs for summer. This year I hadn’t given i

Lent: Running for water.

Today marks the start of Lent.. 40 days and nights where Catholics reflect and prepare for Easter. Typically making a sacrifice during that period to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice in the desert. 40 days without food or water. Most of the time we give up sweets, chocolate, alcohol, meat. Arguably, the things people give up for Lent are increasingly a religious obligation to diet. Rather than reflect, or connect. Giving up carbs to lose 10lbs for summer. This year I hadn’t given i

Lent: Running for water.

Today marks the start of Lent.. 40 days and nights where Catholics reflect and prepare for Easter. Typically making a sacrifice during that period to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice in the desert. 40 days without food or water. Most of the time we give up sweets, chocolate, alcohol, meat. Arguably, the things people give up for Lent are increasingly a religious obligation to diet. Rather than reflect, or connect. Giving up carbs to lose 10lbs for summer. This year I hadn’t given i

Lent: Running for water.

Today marks the start of Lent.. 40 days and nights where Catholics reflect and prepare for Easter. Typically making a sacrifice during that period to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice in the desert. 40 days without food or water. Most of the time we give up sweets, chocolate, alcohol, meat. Arguably, the things people give up for Lent are increasingly a religious obligation to diet. Rather than reflect, or connect. Giving up carbs to lose 10lbs for summer. This year I hadn’t given i

Gratitude. Often overlooked in the madness of everyday life.

This week I travelled to East Africa with a supporter to visit three projects over two days. A lot of work for a few days of travel. But an incredibly valuable experience for everyone involved. Especially for me. All three had an element of water and agriculture involved. Two linked up closely with already established schools. Each in arid and semi-arid areas. Meaning they have a hostile climate, fairly inaccessible and have incredibly limited resources. Availability of food