An update on my performances over the last two competitions (both in Birmingham), the challenges and the successes, and a tip that’ll help you re-frame your perception of your unique gifts to find more enjoyment in your work. Continue reading Indoor Competition 3 & 4: Spar British Champs & Muller Grand Prix (Birmingham) – Feb 2019
Because everyday should fill you with joy and make you smile. And when you’re looking forward to at least one ‘big’ event each month – planning, reflecting, etc. – you’re sending signals to your brain to be happy, to be hopeful and to believe in better days. So here’s my list… Continue reading 12 Fun Things to Do in 2019
My first England vest since 2008! I won! And I jumped the European Indoor Champs standard! I am also currently ranked amongst the top-ten female long-jumpers in the world right now. So many good feelings right now! 🙂 I had a mediocre series, at best. By series, I mean the jumps I took in each of the six rounds. But thankfully, I kept improving through the rounds, culminating in my BEST jump in the final round six – 6.55m! Pray for me this weekend (10th Feb) as I compete at the British Champs. See the rest of my comps and … Continue reading Indoor Competition 2: Vienna International – Team England (Jan 2019)
I opened up with 6.29m and a medal. A gold one. I’m North of England 2019 Indoor Athletics Champion. Women’s Long Jump Northern Champ. And hilariously, I’m probably the number one female long jumper in the country right now (we’re … Continue reading Indoor Competition 1: Northern Champs, Sheffield (Jan 2019)
Keep updated on my 2019 indoor competition schedule here. Northern Athletics Championships, EIS Sheffield – Saturday 12th January 2019 England vs Other Nations, Vienna – Saturday 26th January 2019 Spar British Athletics Indoor Championships – Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th … Continue reading 2019 Indoor Competition Schedule
Fancy an insight into my winter training diary, 2019 competition schedule and some bits of business wisdom? There haven’t been any major developments in my athletics career since my last update because I’m in the depths of winter training, but … Continue reading Winter Training – Grinding for Results in 2019!
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull I’ve heard some people describe creativity as ‘unexpected connections between unrelated concepts or ideas.’ If that’s at all true, you have to be in a certain mindset to make those connections. So when I sense we’re getting nowhere, I just shut things down. We all go off to something else. Later, once the mood has shifted, I’ll attack the problem again.” (Location 2307) It’s okay to take a break, to go for a walk or move on to a different task. In fact, its positive effect is proven through scientific research and application in the … Continue reading Inspired by Creativity Inc. Pixar
Just had a good little chat with my postman. For the first time. Ever. And, it made me reflect for just a moment that we probably don’t do that enough. Take time. Stop. Have a conversation with a … stranger? But he’s not… Apparently he’s been walking my route for about 18 years. I’ve lived there for just over half that time. And the longest conversation we’ve had before today was, ‘hi!’ and ‘bye.’ I’m glad I stopped for a minute or two. Because here’s what else I learned about good ‘ole Postman Stuart… He’s near retirement (I won’t share … Continue reading Chatting with the MailMan
A few words with Andy Baker – Longcroft School & Sixth-Form College, East Riding ‘People at an elite level need information that goes above and beyond, and that’s what you bring.’ I truly appreciate that feedback! Thanks, Andy! At the start of July, I caught up with the Deputy Head of Longcroft School & Sixth-Form College in Yorkshire, a school I visited in December 2016 supporting their high-achieving sixth-formers ahead of their A-Level exams that year. The immediate response from that half-day session still puts a smile on my face. Every student scored the session at least a 9 out … Continue reading A few words with… Andy Baker
I’ve not posted in a while – my last post being at the very start of September and my last one before that being at the start of August. Apologies for those of you who care or follow my blog. ‘Why have you been absent?’ You ask. To which I respond: What do I even write about now that people want to hear or read about? What do people care about? So I guess, first and foremost, I should type from the heart – speak about my passions. Because that’s what I *emphasis added on I* care about. I am passionate … Continue reading Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.