3. Process/Play, Resilience - The Bounce Back, Travel

Travel Diaries: 4 Places to Visit in Munich (Munchen), Germany

What brings you most joy? 'What brings you most joy?' is a question I wrote and reflected on recently as I soaked tired and sore legs in a much-needed Epsom salt bath. Why that question? Well, I'm keen to get the most out of my life! I want to live life and live it abundantly… Continue reading Travel Diaries: 4 Places to Visit in Munich (Munchen), Germany

AMPLIFY, Resilience - The Bounce Back

Mastering Public Speaking & Social Anxiety

This week, I attended a Toastmasters club for the second time in a row. It’s a speaking club where you practice impromptu and rehearsed speeches!  Here’s the format - at  the beginning of the meeting, following introductions, we dive straight into ‘table topics’ - an opportunity to practise impromptu public speaking based on an unknown… Continue reading Mastering Public Speaking & Social Anxiety

7. Your WHY - Purpose, AMPLIFY, Resilience - The Bounce Back

2022 Part 3 (Finale): A little secret…

I'm going to let you in on a little secret... But before that, let me remind you of the first two parts in this series - In Part 1 of my 2022 season debrief, I remind myself and you guys of the victories I’ve achieved in this second wind of my athletics’ career, culminating in… Continue reading 2022 Part 3 (Finale): A little secret…

2. Mindfulness/Meditation, 7. Your WHY - Purpose, AMPLIFY, Failure, Resilience - The Bounce Back

2022 Part 2: Three Questions to ask for a better shot next time!

I've been in the room for a fair few memorable team captain speeches. But, perhaps for the pure simplicity of it, Jodie Williams' 2021 European Indoor Champs speech is the stickiest. Two words: Back yourself. It sticks all the more because of what I know (who really knows what someone has or is going through?)… Continue reading 2022 Part 2: Three Questions to ask for a better shot next time!

AMPLIFY, Resilience - The Bounce Back

2022 Part 1: Disappointment and Shame

This second wind of my athletics career was supposed to be smooth sailing, but 2022 has proven that expected truth to be a complete fallacy. In 2018 (my first comeback year post-achilles tendon rupture and mini retirement) I jumped 6.60m+ to qualify by distance for the European Championships in Berlin that year. Unfortunately, at the… Continue reading 2022 Part 1: Disappointment and Shame

AMPLIFY, Olympic Games, Resilience - The Bounce Back, Success

14 Years Later… I’m Going to The Commonwealth Games!

I first competed at the Commonwealth Games (albeit the youth version) in 2008. Fourteen years later, I've been selected to represent Team England at my first (real) Commonwealth Games (the Commonwealth Youth Games doesn't count at the Senior performance level). If I'm honest, this one has taken longer to achieve than my Olympic dream. In… Continue reading 14 Years Later… I’m Going to The Commonwealth Games!

4. Letting go, 4D Wellness, Olympic Games, Resilience - The Bounce Back

Acceptance – ‘Achieving’ Post-Traumatic Growth

“People with PTSD have their floodgates wide open. Lacking a filter, they are on constant sensory overload. In order to cope, they try to shut themselves down and develop tunnel vision and hyper-focus. If they can’t shut down naturally, they may enlist drugs or alcohol to block out the world. The tragedy is that the… Continue reading Acceptance – ‘Achieving’ Post-Traumatic Growth

4D Wellness, Reading - Book Reviews, Resilience - The Bounce Back

YES To Life, In Spite of Everything!

“But there have been people who have said yes [to life and the responsibility within it] despite all difficulties. And when the inmates in the Buchenwald concentration camp sang in their song, ‘We still want to say yes to life’, they did not only sing about it, but also achieved it many times - they… Continue reading YES To Life, In Spite of Everything!

5. Inspire, Academic Education, AMPLIFY, Resilience - The Bounce Back

Weydon School Visit with British Champion on Excellence, Resilience & Jumping!

My school visit to Weydon School, Surrey will undoubtedly be my last one for a while. It's a shame to write that, but until we stem the spread of this COVID19 coronavirus, there's a new normal. Anyway, it was a fun day of mental and physical exertion. We started with a workshop discussing the talent… Continue reading Weydon School Visit with British Champion on Excellence, Resilience & Jumping!

Olympic Games, Resilience - The Bounce Back

Reflecting on Indoor Comp 1: Meeting Karlsruhe inspired by Famous Short Quotes

Reflection of my first indoor competition in Karlsruhe following some timely Readwise quotes from my favourite book, The Alchemist and a popular GCSE read, A Christmas Carol!