We can all inspire. We just need to find our voice!

We can all inspire. We just need to find our voice!

“Inspiring” - it’s such a powerful word.

I feel chuffed and a little un-easy when words to that effect have come way over the last 12 months. I think it’s perhaps one of the greatest gifts - telling someone how they’ve inspired you.

But you know what… we can all inspire. We just need to find our voice!

As I reflect back on 2015, many people have inspired me in different forms this year, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share my 'Top 10'. These individuals have had a real impact on me this year...

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The power of human connection

The power of human connection

The New York City Marathon. For those who have had the privilege, you will have experienced it in your own way. For those who haven’t (yet!) or might not create the chance to, I wanted to share my experience and attempt to paint a picture of the day. For this truly is one of the most amazing examples of the power of human connection I have ever experienced.

It’s not just on ‘marathon day’- the hype and momentum build in the days leading up. Marathon enthusiasts occupied what felt like every second seat on the plane. I must have had race strategy conversations with at least 20 people on the epic 30-hour door-to-door journey to the Big Apple...

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Why does it take a farewell to find the words?

Why does it take a farewell to find the words?

People walk in and out of our lives all the time… they move house, they move jobs, they leave a town, they leave a country, and inevitability, they will, at some point - leave the world around us. 

Tomorrow, I will be farewelling my good friend Georgie, and over the past week there have fittingly been the most beautiful words and stories shared about her. We’ve reflected, we’ve cried, we’ve been inspired, we’ve laughed and we’ve been so very grateful for having her in our lives.

And it made me think...

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If you can run, then run!!

If you can run, then run!!

They were the words fellow racer Greg offered me at the 25km mark of the marathon, the 3rd and final leg of our Ironman.  With about 15km to go my legs were hurting, and the thought of walking with my friend up ahead, looked pretty appealing!  I slowed to a walk when I reached him. But he wasn’t having a bar of it – “If you can run, then run. That’s how you finish ahead of people.”

So on I pushed – firing the legs up again, Greg’s encouragement had helped me find a little more energy, another wind - perhaps a 10th wind for the long day…

Months on those words have stayed with me...

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"Plant the seed in your own mind. It's the most important thing you'll ever do"

"Plant the seed in your own mind. It's the most important thing you'll ever do"

Following my recent blog on 'Planting the seed' a wise man and friend - Bruce, kindly shared a link to Earl Nightingale's recording of The Strangest Secret. He recorded it in 1956.... nearly 60 years ago!

It goes for 40 minutes... with no visuals... just his voice and an old school mic. Well worth making the time to listen to. What a guy! 

You'll find different messages that resonate with you. For me - these were some of the stand outs...

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Planting the seed...

Planting the seed...

I recently reflected on where my life had taken me in recent years and had the realisation that I often find myself thanking people for ‘planting the seed’ in many of my life adventures. So I thought I’d write a list of those ‘seed planting’ moments… WOW!

For the risk of ‘too much information’ I wanted to share my list - in the hope it might inspire you to think about doing the same… (writing a list that is ;)

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Never under estimate the power of a 'High 5'

Never under estimate the power of a 'High 5'

Fresh back from the 37th Gold Coast Marathon and more inspired than ever - to keep running, to keep testing my limits... and to keep giving and receiving high 5's.

Not everyone loves running as much as I do, I get that, but I wanted to share a little insight into what it's like to be on course - receiving high 5's and on the sidelines giving them. Last weekend I did a lot of both!

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