I could start with a statement about my mental health – but my latest goals are to see what I can do, and not to be defined by my struggles.
I am a trail runner and lover of a weekend run and coffee
I love being outdoors – even on the worst of days, I am learning to see the beauty in nature and the calm it bring my soul.
I am a mother of 2 active kids who see me move and support my journey – and love the exploration of nature with me
I am a wife to a man who challenges me to accept myself, laughs when I fall and helps to pick up the pieces
I am also someone who lives with anxiety and the journey continues to be windy and rocky at times. There are days when the waters of my life are calm, the sun is shining, my world is at peace. Then there are times that storms roll in, the rain feels like it never lets up, and you trudge through the puddles. But I am learning to look for the rainbows and find the beauty in the storm.
My adventures in nature and finding my love of exploration has been a journey – not just one event. With every journey outdoors, every new place I explore and each time I take myself off the beaten track, I find new experiences that help me to grow.
I found myself at my worst 5 years ago when I was confined indoors by heat, young children and a loss of myself who has always had horses and spent hours outdoors. I didn’t see the cause of the trouble, I just felt the struggle.
I started to bring movement back to my life. I need to move – it frees my mind and it gives me back control – I choose the pain.
In 2017 we started hiking and exploring as a family, and I found a new love of exploring. We hiked Mt Koschioscko with our 3.5 and 5.5 year old children – the most amazing memory. I decided to do the M4MH hike with Kylianne in 2018 – so I started to head out on weekends and was “training”. When really I discovered that by emersing myself, I found my joy, peace and acceptance of me.
MY ADVENTURE ESSENTIALS ARE
Music or a podcast is a must! I take lots of water – helps to detox my body of the toxins that fuel my anxiety (coffee).
I WANT TO GIFT YOU THIS PIECE OF ADVICE
Get outdoors and try something new, take the time be aware and find peace in the rhythm of movement however that looks for you. Most importantly LAUGH and make a fool of yourself any chance you get.