Tag: Adventure

#MHAW17 What more can be done? Part 1

"The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories."—Mary Catherine Bateson. When it comes to improving how we maintain our mental wellbeing, first we have to get a clearer picture of what that really means. Are stories the answer?

Bright lights, dark faces

Bright lights, dark faces, a theatrical stage or an interrogation; which response will this be, paranoia or exhilaration? Tracing my thoughts back to the steep, winding climbs of the Berriedale Braes, the heady heights of the cliffs of Caithness, the storm into the harbour at John O'Groats where even the island of Stroma was hidden in ...

Rolling South

I started this blog post less than a week ago and I'm so very glad I didn't post it. If there's something I'm learning (intermittently), it's that I cannot always rely on my own advice and judgement. Much to my own dismay. My opinions, my feelings, my emotions are not merely clouded, they are cloaked in ...

Running up those hills

With less than two weeks to go until this running adventure begins, I thought it time that I put something together from the many videos I'd curated during this recent back-to-running journey. As Kate Bush says it: "If I could, I'd be running up that hill." I am blessed with the chance to explore and run ...

Brain Training Part 2

Following on from Brain Training Part 1, I've put together some techniques that I personally use to a greater or lesser degree (depending on variables such as intensity of project and current mental episode). Some people naturally focus while others need a little nudge to know where to begin. I admit that when I first ...

Just a wee bit of running

It has been twelve years since I started running, again. Over the past twelve years, a silent little (mostly) woman's issue has been swimming about in my thoughts before, after and during running. Predominantly, when I run fast, run uphill, or run downhill. Sometimes I am caught out because I genuinely forget I'm female. Sometimes ...

Pledge for Parity

Once a year (I'm pretty sure it is only once) there comes a time when it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to stop and think about how women have made a difference to society since (for some, long perhaps before) their emancipation. "International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, ...

Brain Training Part 1

Brain Training for going into the Unknown Recently I was asked to come up with some words about how I am training my brain for my challenge to run 1680 miles across the UK and back again, when the furthest I've ever completed is (just) 32 miles in one day. My first thought was: am ...

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Just get out of the tent, she said.

Memories and minds are turbulent and terribly torturous things, or they're terrifically tantalising and tenacious. Just a spoonful of alliteration for breakfast, now let's talk tents. One of my previous posts (Mindful Adventures) introduced some new characters to this adventure story, all of whom are significantly inspirational women who do things because they can, and/or because they ...

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Cartwheeling off the Cliff

A post of two parts, feel free to jump to the end where it's definitely more positive, but if you love gloom, guts and gore, read on, my friend. As luck would have it, my little friend smashed the same day as my iMac crashed during a bulk design download, and the boiler has been ...