Friday Favourites + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast!

Hi all,

Today is a good day. The sun is shining, I’m sitting on my balcony while I write this and I can feel the warmth in the air.

As much as it always sucks coming back from holiday, it is always made infinitely better when a) the place you actually live is pretty awesome and b) summer is coming in!

Right now is the sweet spot, not too hot, not too cold and I know it will flip a switch at any time to ‘Oh my god this is so hot I never want to leave my air con’. So I intend to make the most of it!

As if I didn’t drink enough wine on my holiday, tomorrow we are off to the Beauvine Food and Drink Festival. We went last year and it was awesome. Collect your glass at the entrance and sample over 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries – all local business. Partner that with some entertainment, local food suppliers and stalls and you have a winning afternoon my friend.Friday - chase the red grape

So if you don’t already hate me enough right now, here are my Friday Favourites! And the past week has rocked!

Favourite… Moment – Sugarloaf Rockchase the red grape

I call our place we visit down south ‘Paradise’, because it truly is. David and I walked to Sugarloaf Rock and it was so beautiful. I know it’s going to sound kooky/corny/cheesy but I just felt so at ease and calm, like something had just waved over me. Kind of like a spiritual connection to myself, the nature around me and the view. It was breath-taking.

Favourite… Feeling – Holiday in Paradisechase the red grape

This really is an easy one. The entire time we were away we felt relaxed and calm. We got to know new people on a wine tour and visit new to us wineries. We explored new local producers and saw new sights along the Indian Ocean. I saw a snake, whales, dolphins, a blue wren and dozens of kookaburras and kangaroos (could do without the snake again though…). I spent time with David relaxing, talking, walking and collecting special moments.

Favourite… Purchase – Summer winechase the red grape

I only buy something if I really like it. Honestly, me parting with money is a mean feat. I knew we were going to get a few bottles of the above because it is the most amazing, small batch, cellar door only, summer wine. But what I didn’t expect was to pick up a few other bottles along the way. But I’m pretty happy to be stocked up, including picking up a special bottle to have on Christmas Day.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Rosemary infused G&Tchase the red grape

Ok yes more booze but this was really good. I don’t know if it was the company, atmosphere (the sun was setting) or this combo but this drink was amazing. I would never have thought to infuse my gin with rosemary but it worked so well and I actually loved the savoury nature about it. Obviously you have to be a big rosemary lover though!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 46 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

This weeks 5 top tips focused on why you should start thinking about the holiday season NOW. I guarantee even those who have their blinkers on about Christmas etc right now will agree with my points!chase the red grape podcast

There was no podcast this week due to our holiday but the one last week focussed on coming together. We got political and talked openly about how we feel right now, and how we can all make a difference if there are things we want to change. Download now on iTunes, Stitcher or listen here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – I’m going to switch this up…

Yes I train 4 times per week but this question always has me thinking too hard. Right now I think I have too many thoughts about different aspects of my training, so from next week onwards I will change this to an alternating favourite. It could be a podcast, recipe, piece of street art… just see what takes my fancy!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Beauvine! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and food prep!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Have you been to a food/ drink festival?

Have you been anywhere where you felt that spiritual connection?

Rosemary – are you a lover?

It’s easy being green! #5TTT

Hi all,

The environment is a topic that is more prominent than ever. We see what’s happening with regards climate change and it just adds to the level of fear that surrounds our lives. We look to those in power, people of authority and ask them (but lets face it we should demand them) to make changes to help protect our world.

But being green doesn’t begin and end with the policy makers. It starts with us at home and our everyday lives. The things that make us smile. The occurrences of everyday life.

I get it though. You recycle, you bring reusable bags to the store, you click the eco cycle on your washing machine etc… what else can we do?

Well for this weeks 5 top tips I bring to you 5 new and interesting ways it’s easy being green. Many of which you probably didn’t even realise helped the environment!chase the red grape

Vintage

I saw a group of teen girls walking down the street the other day. I swear they could have been me and my friends when were in the late nineties. It literally stopped me in my tracks! But fashions come round and round… how many ‘vintage’ pieces do you now have? You can also check out local vintage stores, charity/ thrift shops for so many good quality pieces of clothing at such good prices. I once saw a store devoted to vintage denim. Who wouldn’t want already worn in levis?!

Walk the walk

We all know that walking more is better for us and it’s better for the environment. But are you actually walking the walk? Look at your week, when could you fit in some extra walking or just leave the car at home? Could you walk the kids to school? Could you walk to get your lunch? How about combining a weekend date or coffee meet up with a walk?

Staycation

So many of us need a holiday right now. But jumping on a plane and dealing with airports is not a great idea when you can only fit in a short weekend getaway. Or, let’s face it, even if you have a week to spare who wants to go to an airport?! Why not try a staycation instead? You can visit local attractions and be a tourist in your own backyard if you want to come home to your own bed every night. Or travel a short distance in the car/ train/ bus to a neighbouring city/ state etc. and do something local but new to you. Most of us live near so many cool things we have never even visited. Where do folk flock to when they come to your neck of the woods? Looks like fun, right?!

Make do and mend

Ah, this quote always makes me smile. Partly because it appeared on a British World War Two poster in my History classroom, but also because it’s an awesome mantra to live by. And it has never been more relevant in my opinion! When you go clothes shopping, what do you really need? Another pair of jeans? Shoes that you don’t know if you will wear? What do you have at home that is perfectly fine? Have you even checked out your wardrobe/ closet recently to see what you have? I have a good sewing kit and have stitched up everything from training shoes to phone cases! Clothing is just an example but it can apply to everything from furniture (why not start a wee project?) to electronics if you can find someone who is handy with that type of thing.

Leftovers

To quote another British World War Two poster ‘Waste not. Want not’! Take a look each week at what food you throw away – cooked, uncooked, fruit, veg, things you didn’t eat off your plate and write them down. Instead of this food (that you paid for I must add!) going into your tummy, it goes to landfill… and you buy more. Why do you throw away this food? Do you need to buy less? Should you freeze what you know you wont eat? Could leftovers from meals be used to make another meal/ be used partly to make another meal? Look at what you have before you buy more.

And just a heads up, the next episode (46) of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast will be released tomorrow. David and I talk about coming together with all the madness that is going on in the world. Whether it be getting involved in your community or writing to your local representative, we can all make an impact on this world to help quash the sense of fear and helplessness. Be the person you want to be. Make an impact. Available on iTunes and Stitcher as of 11th October.

Do you find it easy being green?

What is your favourite way to be green?

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Friday Favourites + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?

If I had to use 3 words to describe this week it would be cold, damp and dark. Yup Perth is definitely making the most out of those ‘Spring showers’!

Yesterday was crazy though. I did a little Instagram story rant about how dark and cold it was at 11am… honestly you would have thought it was bedtime. Thunder rolling outside and I was snuggled up with a blanket permanently attached to me all day. It’s hard to be your cheery self when you are dealing with this kind of atmosphere.

Isn’t it amazing how the weather and the change of season can affect us on such a personal level? It really intrigues me and I’m fascinated on how my whole personality can change based on this one output. Going to chat about it on the podcast next week… should be a good topic to delve into!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Public holidaychase the red grape

Monday was a public holiday here in Perth and it was great to spend an extra day with David chilling out. We went for a short stroll to one of our local coffee shops, sat, chatted, read the papers and came home to an afternoon of napping and puzzles. It was super relaxing and just what we needed!

Favourite… Feeling – Puzzle timechase the red grape

So we started this 1000 piece puzzle on Sunday and finished it yesterday! We were totally into it and this whole week when David came home from work we cracked back into it. There was lots going on which made it a really do-able puzzle and I learnt all about The Wild West along the way 😉

Favourite… Purchase – Alter Eco Salted Almond Dark Chocolatechase the red grape

I don’t usually tend to go for almonds in chocolate. 1 – because hazelnuts and chocolate will always be my true love and 2 – because you never seem to taste the nut. But in this bar the almond shines, I think because of the ‘salted’ aspect. It’s a very welcomed punch of salt which makes the bar shine. Would definitely recommend.

Favourite… Food/ Drink – Greek food at Zeus!chase the red grape

I have wanted to try Zeus Street Greek ever since I found out they did GF pita… and oh boy was it incredible. This pita had lamb souvla, baba ghanoush, caramelised onions and crunchy red cabbage and my taste buds were alive. We also split some halloumi too which they cooked very well. (I am a bit of a halloumi snob… I have been eating it since I was a toddler as my parents lived in Cyprus years ago and I know how it is meant to be cooked and taste!)chase the red grape

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastless best - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 areas of your life where less often best. Stop the more more more, go go go mentality see how less in life can be so much more rewarding.chase the red grape

Episode 44 of the podcast was a mixed bag, catching you all up with the details of our move, how we feel in our new apartment and community, the bloody long walk and taking responsibility for ourselves during training. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen right here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – Doing something different.

Can I tell you what it wasn’t? Doing Karen (150 wall balls). I have never enjoyed it but then again I don’t know who would. But today we did a lot of overhead work which was great because my legs hurt from Karen and we haven’t done a lot of overhead work recently so it was good to awaken my shoulders a bit!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s that time of year again, off strawberry picking! Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Are you affected dramatically by the weather outside?

What do you like to do on a public holiday?

Do you go fruit/ berry picking during the season?

Friday Favourites!

Hi all,

How has your week been?

We are slowly starting to get into the swing of things at the new apartment. Slightly new routines but in the best possible way.

I think the area of Perth we have moved to is perfect for us. A small community, lots going on, has it’s own personality, a mix of ages, oh and a vast array of wonderful coffee shops!

Have you ever had the experience where you only realised you were missing something in your life when you actually gained it? This definitely happened to us. We never realised how much we needed a local ‘buzz’ and to feel a part of a community where we live. I can honestly say this is the first time, since my hometown, where I have felt this… and it feels good.Friday - chase the red grape

So let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Finishing The Bloody Long WalkThe bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Everything hurt. I was so tired… but I was still smiling! We had done it! 37.5km in the bag!

Favourite… Feeling – Cider, burger and sweet potato fry time!chase the red grape

After our walk (and gelato, see below) we headed to our favourite burger restaurant (now conveniently located around the corner from our house) to refuel and recover. This cool, crisp cider was music to my lips and made all those aches disappear.

Favourite… Purchase – New Bodum Cafetierechase the red grape

Bodum make the best French presses and they are the only ones I will buy – always worth the investment. So we got a new steel and racing car green one this week and I am in love. Note our wonderful fridge in the background – we buy a magnet from everywhere we visit!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Gelatochase the red grape

Finish line. Cross the road. Gelato. My only regret? Not getting a 3rd scoop!

Updates – 5TTT

This weeks 5 top tips was how to survive a bloody long walk! Whether that be a 37km walk, a hike, beach stroll or country ramble, be prepared!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

No new podcast this week but remember we have 43 episodes ready and waiting for you on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website.

Favourite… Moment of training – Partner WOD!

Love a good partner WOD! David and I teamed up for a killer on Thursday but that’s the great thing about teaming up with your husband for a WOD – you can tell them to move their butt (to put it nicely) throughout without having to be polite.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – little bit of shopping, little bit of lunch, lots of Saturday chill. Sunday – pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill. Monday – public holiday! Wahoo!

How do you make your coffee?

Last time you got ice cream – what did you get?

Do you like training/ working out with your partner?

We’re in! Updates on the move and more

Hi all,

How are you getting on?

What an eventful couple of weeks I have had! But I am so pleased to finally catch up with you all and say we are officially settled in our new home.

Last Thursday I picked up the keys and from then all the way through the weekend it was non stop packing, moving and cleaning.moving chase the red grape

Most of our things were moved over on Saturday morning which left the afternoon plus Sunday to fully clean our old apartment from top to bottom. You think you live in a clean home but that ‘deep clean so we get our rental deposit back’ is always a killer.

But we got there and Sunday night was the first night in our new home, nicknamed ‘The Treehouse’ because when you’re inside it feels like a house up in the trees. Can I just say how much I love being surrounded by trees? Brings such a comfort and cosiness – especially the massive lemon tree we have growing outside our kitchen window. Simply stunning.chase the red grape lemons

Most of our boxes are unpacked and everything is finding its place. I will show you pictures soon once we have sorted everything out fully. It’s such a lovely apartment though and simply perfect for the two of us. Definitely feels like home.

What else has been happening?

Well for the past 6 weeks I have been a part of a community choir learning how to sing! It has been so much fun and dare I say I have found a hidden hobby? Monday was the last lesson though and we had a concert to follow in which our friends and family were invited. It was great to sing with everyone and show our loved ones the 7 songs we had learned throughout our time. Did I also mention it was in our local library? The acoustics were incredible! I couldn’t stop smiling and the champagne reception afterwards certainly continued those smiles.chase the red grape

Other highlights included getting an obscene amount of Lindt chocolate from our newly opened Lindt store (we needed a moving treat) and also finding that they stocked my favourite Lindt bar! chase the red grape lindt

Getting these gorgeous flowers from my parents and brother.chase the red grape flowers

Trying new coffee shops in our area – such a lovely little community.chase the red grape coffee

Recording and sharing with you all one of my favourite podcast episodes to record – body image. Download on iTunes and Stitcher or listen via the website here.body image - chase the red grape podcast

And only training twice this week. We took a few days off after moving as our bodies needed it and we decided to go for a coffee and walk this morning instead of training – was definitely the better option for my health that’s for sure.

My weekend plans this week – Saturday – Walking (!) to our local farmers market, Ikea and food prepping. Sunday – The Bloody Long Walk! Yes David and I will be walking 35km (22 miles) on Sunday starting in central Perth and winding round the city and suburbs ending at the beach. I am totally looking forward to it – catch me on my insta-stories!

But time is precious on a Friday/ weekend so will let you go! Hope you have a fun fab weekend!

Tell me what you have been up to recently.

Do you like to sing?

Any tips on what to do with all those lemons, apart from the lemon hot water we have each morning?

Friday Favourites + Episode 42 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Happy first day of Spring to those in my hemisphere!

This past week I have just felt something in the air. A little more warmth, start of some balmy nights, the flowers starting to peak out from their hiding places… and I definitely think it’s time. I have had enough of winter!

Spring always brings a sense of new beginnings. I guess for David and I this will be in the form of moving to a new apartment – we get the keys on Thursday!

I’m not going to lie, I do feel a slight sense of anxiety that always comes with change. However we have been so lucky to get the apartment we have, in the area of town that we want, so I am thinking it was meant to be. Also we have nicknamed it ‘The Treehouse’ – small, but cosy and surrounded by trees and greens. And a lovely wooden balcony to sit on. Mmmm I can already feel myself relaxing.Friday - chase the red grape

But enough of Spring as I’m sure the majority of you are actually going the opposite way and I’m probably not your favourite person right now! Time for Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Puppies and Coffeepuppy - chase the red grape

This is Rufus. We met him on Sunday whilst having coffee. I have no words. He is as cute, as small and as well behaved as you can imagine. Heaven.

Favourite… Feeling – Beach air. Deep breath.beach - chase the red grape

We went for lunch near the beach on Saturday and the clouds in the sky were doing amazing things. It was so peaceful, the air felt so clear and fresh… it was just a lovely sensation.

Favourite… Purchase – Nothing.

Yup that’s right, nothing. Moving house is one big money hole, even more so here in Aus (the amount of ‘hidden fees’ companies charge you is insane), so we ain’t buying anything other than the necessities right now. Casing point – last thing I bought? Packing tape.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Pizzapizza - chase the red grape

So our lunch on Saturday was at our favourite stone baked pizza joint right by the beach. They do a fab GF pizza which we split along with a rocket and pear salad. Just what I needed.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 42 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastbody image - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at body image. Not a topic I hit here often but one that I have so many things that I want you to know. More on this subject on next weeks podcast! (And no, I don’t blame the media)burnout - chase the red grape

Episode 42 of the podcast looked at burnout. Both David and I feel so exhausted right now but how do we know it’s burnout? And more importantly, what are we doing about it. Download on iTunes and Stitcher or here on the website. 

Favourite… Moment of training – DU’s

After a really bad double under week (and we did a lot of them), I got 30 in a row today. After the week I had this felt really good.

Weekend Plans -Saturday – Back to get our windscreen replaced again (they installed one that was scratched), then pack, pack, clean, pack. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers for the last time in this apartment (!), podcasting and more cleaning/ packing. Urgh the thought… but I know it will be worth it.

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you feel the change of season in the air?

Pizza time – what you having on yours?

Do you like it when cafes and coffee shops allow dogs in?

Knowing that you’re not alone – body image #5TTT

Hi all,

Body image. It’s not a topic I tend to focus on a lot here on Chase the Red Grape but it’s one I am ready to deal with since it has become more prominent.

So here’s the deal. I’m not going to tell you to stay positive and keep smiling. That a smile will always make you look beautiful. That doing X,Y or Z programme will make you look in the mirror and see whatever it is that you want to see. Or that chanting ‘I’m beautiful’ to yourself over and over works (although kudos to you if it does).

I’m all about health and a healthy body. Whatever you believe a healthy body looks like is up to you – they all differ but yet are all strong and capeable. But there are a few things I really do want you all to take into account when addressing the issue of body image.

So for this weeks 5 top tips, I want to remind you all that you are not alone in this. Body image issues affect us all, and I want you to keep the following in mind.body image - chase the red grape

We all have insecurities

News flash! You are not alone. We all have things about us that we wish were different. Even the most confident and happy people occasionally wish ‘that bit would sit flatter’ or ‘my toes look really odd in these shoes’. Humans are programmed to compare, not by the media, but it’s how our brains function. Never think you are alone in feeling a certain way. Often the way we feel about ourselves is something we don’t talk enough about.

We all look at others and wish we had x,y or z

Another ‘we are all the same’ news flash! It’s normal to look at pictures and want to look like that. It’s normal to look at friends and wish you were the same. But you have to realise that someone is also looking at you and feeling the same way. Sometimes what we hated about ourselves we learn to love as it makes us stand out from the crowd. I hated being tall in school. Now I love it. And I know so many folk who have been flabbergasted that I ever wished to be anything but tall. It’s perception.

Lust but don’t obsess

The media and the blame we lay on it for feeling the way we feel – oh boy where do we begin! The media will always portray unrealistic images, it’s the sad truth, but how we respond to them is a different matter. Imagine it being like having a crush on Brad Pitt. You lust after him but you don’t obess after him. You are so happy and in love with your husband… but that doesn’t mean you can’t swoon at a pic of him occasionally. Same goes for posts on social media (or in real life). Look at that persons body/ hair/ makeup. Lust after it. But don’t let it become an obsession, you already have what you need.

Learning to love your body comes from the mind

If you struggle to love who you are and the body you are in, no amount of dieting or exercise is going to change that. The markers for ‘perfection’ are always going to change and evolve. If you want change it has to start with how you feel about yourself and view yourself.

Remember your strengths

When I am feeling glum about my body I always remember my strengths. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I’m always willing to give it a try. What can I do? What does my body do for me? What do I love about myself? Why can’t David let me past without giving my bum a little squeeze – is it because it is pretty or ugly? And so on and so forth. Being realistic about yourself doesn’t have to be negative! 

Next weeks podcast (episode 43) will be all about body image, addressing it from both the male and female perspective – yes folks men feel it too! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss it.

Do you suffer from body insecurities?

What do you love about the way you look?

What do you think could be done in the media to address this issue? Or do you think it’s the everyday comparisons that really make a dent?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 41 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Have you ever watched a TV series all the way through, from beginning to end, in one go?

I’m talking every season was available to you when you started watching and you just went for it?

That’s what I did every lunchtime for the past 4 months… I went through the entire collection of Gilmore Girls – including the ‘year in the life’ recent addition.

I never had the chance to watch Gilmore Girls originally as it wasn’t shown in the UK. But after months of seeing everyone and their left arm talking about it, I thought I would give it a go.

Now it’s over I feel this sense of loss. Crazy I know! But if I am honest I think it’s probably to do with the end leading to a disruption in my lunchtime routine… which I had down to an art. I hate disruptions but I guess they only show me where I am comfortable, leading me on to the question ‘now change has to happen, what do I want to do’? I feel like once we move in 2 weeks time to another apartment and my routine is displaced again, I will find out.

This disruption will be good. I’m not going to let that nervous niggle of change stop me. So long Gilmore Girls, you were good but now I’m choosing change!

(On another note… what the hell was with that ending? Surely it has to come back…?).Friday - chase the red grape

But now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Book Sale!books - chase the red grape

On Saturday David and I went to a charity second hand book sale. I was in reading heaven! Every type of book you could think of, I didn’t know where to start! We spent almost 2 hours looking through them all, reading, laughing, reminiscing (I LOVED the children’s section), so much happiness!

Favourite… Feeling – Sunshine Walkchase the red grape perth

Sundays are for coffee walks in the sun and now Spring is approaching we are able to do just that. We had a walk down by the river, sun beaming on our faces… it was a lovely calm time.

Favourite… Purchase – Books of course!books - chase the red grape

I bought a few history books, Christmas books (I adore Christmas and it’s traditions), classics and even a couple of Famous Five books. I will be kept busy for sure.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Nitro Cold Brew from DiMattinanitro cold brew - chase the red grape

We had to go get our windscreen replaced (boo) so while we waited we went for a wonder to grab a coffee. Holy smokes I did not expect to find the most amazing coffee shop with the best on tap nitro cold brew. It was so smooth with the perfect head on it…. looked exactly like a Guinness – it even had the same velvety texture!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 41 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape podcast

All things podcast this week with my 5 top tips being 5 podcast episodes you should have listened to.chase the red grape podcast

And then when you are finished with those, check out the latest episode of the podcast all about the best and worst pieces of health advice we have heard. If you like a rant you’ll love this! Download on iTunes, Stitcher or listen on the website here. 

Favourite… Moment of training – Taking ownership

I am tired right now and my body is showing it. The beginning of the week was rough but then, the past two days, I decided to take ownership, back off on certain things and chose when and when not to push. I may still feel tired but my head feels in control and that makes a huge difference.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Massage (yes!), lunch out and then start to pack. Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk and podcasting!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan?

Have any recent changes made you rethink your routine?

Do you buy second hand books?

5 Chase the Red Grape Podcast episodes you should have listened to #5TTT

Hi all,

Last week David and I released the 40th episode of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast!

40 gone and here’s to the next 40!

It may seem like there are so many podcasts out there right now vying for your attention, and don’t get me wrong, I know our competition is awesome.

So why do we still record in this ever expanding market? Because we love it. It is my favourite platform to engage with you all and I love being able to truly express how I feel. Any writer will tell you that to do the same thing in words is extremely difficult!

So discussions turn heated and passionate, ideas are thrown, rants are ranted and raves are enlightened. Our goals, hidden talents, desires, flaws and true thoughts are revealed. We tell stories, relive moments that are key to us as individuals but also as a married couple and never edit out the awkward or confused. It’s just me Jen, joined by David, trying to help us all to be healthier, happier people.

So for this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday, I thought I would share with you all the 5 Chase the Red Grape Podcast episodes you should have listened to. Come find out what you have been missing!

(Find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or here on chasetheredgrape.com where you can listen though the web!)chase the red grape podcast

Episode 40 – Realities of your personality

I had to begin with the most recent one as it was incredible to record and brought up a lot of common issues. Knowing your personality and working with both the positive and negative traits of it can be rewarding in so many ways. Don’t let said ‘realities’ of who you are dictate which path you should proceed down

Episode 24 – Being a Brit living abroad

Many of you have joined us here as we made the big move from Scotland to Perth Australia. But what is it really like being an expat living abroad? In this hilarious episode we pick out the good, bad and the ugly of British culture and apply that to life here in Aus.

Episode 21 – The Open is over, what’s next

This may originally have been recorded in response to the CrossFit Open ending but it delivers an important message for any athlete looking at setting and achieving goals for the following year. Being honest with where you are at is hard but sometimes very necessary.

Episode 12 – Mental Illness – Relationships and recovery

This was a tough one to record but so wonderful to put out into the world. Many of us will be affected by mental illness either personally or regarding a friend or family member at some point in our lives. It’s good to know how you can help the process and talk about matters that need to be addressed.

Episode 35 – Comfort Zones – Are you happy in yours?

Rather than push you to break free from your comfort zone, we instead discuss how comfort zones can be bloody wonderful in this day and age. Going on the theory, if it makes you happy then do it, we show you how they can actually represent all what you want in life. On the other hand, if it doesn’t make you happy, we show you how you can break free from your zone to experience something new.

So head on over and give the podcast a listen! Please also share and tell your friends. And a big thank you to those who have been with us since the beginning – it makes us very happy!

The latest episode of the podcast will be released on Wednesday – Episode 41 – The best and worst pieces of advice we have been given – don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss it.

Enjoy!

Have you listened to the podcast yet?

What do you like to hear people talking about on podcasts – more personal or professional?

Has a podcast ever made an impact on your life?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 40 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?Friday - chase the red grape

Mine has been one tough cookie. Nothing big or annoying happened, it just rained a lot and I felt a bit pants. Hopefully I’m not coming down with something.

But enough of being on a downer. I can tell you what was one of the highlights of my week – meeting this little lady over Skype.

My Mum fosters guide dog puppies when their trainers need a break or go on holiday (so she can, therefore, continue their training). As a result I end up having many awesome skype dates with my beautiful mum and some adorable poochies!chase the red grape podcast

This is Kiki. She is a year old, loves mud and eating slippers. Look at those ears!

And on that note let’s kick off Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Bed time

Yup my favourite moment this week has been bed time. No shame in that. Lights out by 9pm always in order to achieve my needed 8 hours!

Favourite… Feeling – Satisfaction from my puzzlepuzzle - chase the red grape

Nope we haven’t finished it yet… this puzzle (no shame) is going to cost me to lose many hairs. But we did finish the outer rim which brought much satisfaction considering how hard it is going to be! (Note, David picked this puzzle… not me…)

Favourite… Purchase – The perfect flat white…coffee - chase the red grape

Yes I like coffee, you all know that. But I adore the flavours and textures of coffee so so much. Enter this beauty from Wednesday. A 2 shot flat white gives the perfect milk to coffee ratio. I literally savoured every sip!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Roll’dRolld - chase the red grape

Roll’d is a Vietnamese food chain here in Perth and it’s bloody brilliant. It never disappoints me whether I’m in the mood for pho or this tasty Vietnamese salad I had above. Love me some crunchy veg and pork!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 30 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcasthealth and wellness BS - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was an epic look at how to navigate through all the health and wellness BS out there -hint… not everything works for everyone.chase the red grape podcast

The podcast this week looked at the realities of your personality – how to take another look at those negative traits we all see within ourselves and how knowing your personality better can help you be happier. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – I survived…

I guess that says it all! Ha! It wasn’t all bad… just maybe not what I was expecting (or hoping) from deload week.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Heading to get our windscreen replaced (damn chip), podcasting in between food prep and then out for drinks for a friends birthday. Sunday – Pancakes and papers, a walk with coffee and chill.

Have a fab weekend everyone!

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