How to survive a bloody long walk! #5TTT

Hi all,

On Sunday David and I participated in The Bloody Long Walk – Perth. Oh boy was it something!

Our 35km challenge (which in reality was 37.5km (23 miles) due to the nature of the course) took us a little over 8 hours to complete. Starting with a loop around the city and following the river through to the ocean, we saw so many sights Perth had to offer. It was a glorious day!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

But what a challenge it was! By the end our legs were toast, our feet throbbed, our minds were fried and we just wanted to sleep! But I feel so proud for achieving what we did.

For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I want to bring you 5 tips on how to survive a bloody long walk. Whether this be the 37km walk I did, trekking, hiking or just a days ramble in the countryside, be prepared for your walk!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Don’t underestimate the challenge of a walk

I knew it was going to be a long walk. But I don’t think I fully understood just how long and how it would impact me. I walk all the time, everywhere, everyday and I have done lots of hikes in my time. But 8 hours straight walking? Up and down hills. From pavements to grass to roads to sand. This challenge takes it’s toll physically but also mentally. You have to want to go on. You have to want to finish. But this is what makes this challenge all the more rewarding at the end.

Do it with someone you actually like

A physical and mental challenge. Folks you are going to go through all the emotions and strains. Because of this you must do the challenge with folk you like and can be honest with. You have to be on the same page pacing wise and when you want to take breaks. You need to talk about how you feel throughout – both the highs and the lows. 8 hours is a long time.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Be prepared for the elements

37km is a long distance and you are going to hit various types of weather. For us it stayed dry the whole time (but I still brought my waterproof just in case). The menace for us was the sun. The temperature said one thing but having the sun beating down on you directly for 8 hours kept us very hot. We drank water during and at every checkpoint we met. We reapplied sun cream and wore the very stylish hats they provided us with. Actually I think my hat was my saviour of the day – a wide brim protects your face and eyes from direct and harsh sunlight.

Know your shoes – can you trust them?

You may think you have the comfiest pair of trainers, but are they 37km comfortable? I’m not suggesting you do a test run to find out! No, simply be prepared for the worst. Plasters, thicker socks, padding, even a spare pair of shoes might be handy. I took my Birkenstocks with me to change into at the finish line – best decision ever.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Hand sanitizer

One I had to end on! This was the one thing I wish I had with me on the day. Port-a-loos, public toilets, lots of drinking water… yup you get the idea. Hand sanitizer will be your best friend, trust me.

And on that bum note (ha!) I will end by saying a massive well done to everyone who has completed the walk and a big good luck to those in the other Australian cites who are yet to walk!

What was the longest walk you have ever done?

Do you like to walk or do you prefer a run or cycle?

Have you ever underestimated a challenge before?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

The mental challenges of moving home #5TTT

Hi all,

This weekend I am moving apartments. Phew.

It’s such a demanding time, stressful and everything just seems like it’s never going to come together.

We all know how physically demanding moving can be. Packing, lifting, sorting, up and down stairs, cleaning, lack of sleep etc. But have you ever thought about the mental challenges of moving home?

For this weeks 5 top tips I want to share 5 ways in which moving can affect your mental game. Take care and don’t let it stress you out. (I am telling myself this right now!).moving home - chase the red grape

Letting go of a safe space

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you feel safe and calm. Moving, no matter what the circumstances, means that you have to break free from this space – it’s why most of us take so long to make the big leap of moving in the first place. Embrace what this space has given you – a home, cosiness, memories and let go. Holding on makes it very difficult for your new home to provide this sense of comfort.

Reviewing your belongings

Moving means packing. Packing means arranging and sorting, viewing and making decisions on all the belongings you have of old and new. Do I need this? Do I want this? What memory does this evoke? So many questions for what is already a stressful time. My go to question is ‘would someone else get more use out of this?’ – donating always makes me feel good. For more sentimental belongings I ask myself ‘would future Jen potentially regret letting go of this?’ If the answer is yes or there is a doubt I keep it.

Overwhelm of cost

For some of us, like me, moving becomes a source of anxiety because of the financial cost. Never mind the general cost of paying different rents, deposits, transferring letting agencies and the like, it’s the hidden/ forgetful costs that pile up for me. Transferring utilities and internet, van hire, cost of packing materials, mail redirection, even down to the endless coffees and take out meals that are inevitable over moving days. Big deep breath. For most of us, this is not a frequent occurrence. Sure your savings are going to take a hit, but make the best choices, source out the best deals and be happy in the notion that although inevitable, you did the best you could money wise.

Creating a new home

You’re in a blank space. Your whole world surrounds you in boxes and bags. What do you do now? How do you create that safe space? Oh, did you notice that when we first took a look around? I don’t know if I like that. Why didn’t I notice that? Sound familiar?

Another big breath. Safe, cosy, calm spaces come over time. They come when you find a home for all your little nick naks. Don’t rush it, let it develop.

Big changes and how they affect the rest of your world

Moving home is a big deal, whether it be moving down the road, to another city or to the other side of the world. When one big change happens you start to look at other aspects of your life in a different way. One big change spurs another. We become more confident, more pensive, more ambitious. Now whether or not other changes come to fruition or these thoughts just come and go, that’s up to you. But if you can move house, what else can you do if you want to?

And for me, all that is left is to move!

Due to this I will be taking some time off and will be back to let you know how we got on with a Friday Favourites on the 15th! Keep up to date with the move etc over on Instagram – yep I will be that person who insta-stories rather than packing!

And don’t forget to check out this weeks podcast which is released tomorrow (Wed 6th). The topic is body image and it’s one heck of a podcast episode. We both speak open and honestly about our experience and it’s definitely worth a listen if you want to feel great about who you are and how you can control how you view yourself. Or subscribe over on iTunes or Stitcher and you definitely won’t miss it!

When was the last time you moved home?

Do you find it easy to create a new safe space?

Have you ever made a change in another area of your life after moving home?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

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

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

How to navigate through all the health and wellness BS #5TTT

Hi all,

On a daily basis, I receive newsletters and update emails from many health and wellness websites and publications. For most of them, I simply hit ‘delete’. Why you may ask? Because of headlines such as these…

‘How to trick your body into feeling full’

‘One exercise for a perfect beach body’

‘Fruit is not your friend’

‘Eat this to look like X’.

Urgh… and some of these headlines come from HUGE publications… 

No wonder people out there are confused, scared, stumped, critical and so on and so forth. Everything seems to point to one way of thinking and then another… and then another.

So what do we do? We learn to navigate through all the BS. For this weeks 5 top tips I want to help you all break down the advice and tips we are all bombarded with on a daily basis, enabling you to truly figure out what works for you in terms of your health and wellness.health and wellness BS - chase the red grape

You are you

You are you, the only you, no one else is like you. What is right for one will always be wrong for another and vice versa. Your body is unique and you must treat it as much. Be inspired by tips and advice, let them get you thinking. But as for what is right for you? Only you know that.

Experiment

If in doubt, experiment! Don’t know if it will work for you? Give it a try. Allow at least 3 months for any experiment on yourself and know that if you don’t or can’t go in with a scientific mind set (all methods executed correctly and a ‘let’s just see what the results read’ attitude) then it probably isn’t healthy for you to experiment just yet. Aka if you ‘need’ the results to be one way or the other. Experiment, learn, move on, adapt.

Trust yourself

Don’t know if you should experiment or confused by something? Trust your gut. You know when something feels or sounds right or wrong for you. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by fancy titles or qualifications – unless they have met or spoken to you, how do they know it is the right advice for you? And one major tip on how to trust your gut? If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Listen to the signs

Learn to read your body. What are your hunger signals telling you? What do your hair, skin and nails tell you about your health? How well do you sleep? Take time to pay attention to what your body is already telling you that you need. If you do decide to experiment with some of the advice you have read/ heard then make sure you track your progress. What does my body tell me? How am I feeling both physically and mentally? Know when your body is craving more or asking you to stop/ slow down.

Educate yourself

Read the small print, look at sample sizes, look at who was funding the studies whose results are laid before you. Find out the aftermath of those who partook in the study – was there any follow up? If you really want to know how much you can trust the information you are being given or whether or not it even applies to you, you have to dig. Will eating sweet potatoes like the Okinawans really lead to a longer healthier life for you when the rest of your diet and lifestyle doesn’t resemble theirs at all? Question. Educate. Experiment. Learn. 

Take responsibility for finding out what is right for your health and wellbeing. After all, you know you best.

Do you tend to follow the health advice you read/ listen to/ watch?

What is one thing you do for your health that is deemed to be ‘wrong’?

Does your body give you warning signs of what it needs/ wants?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

After two years living abroad… #5TTT

Hi all,

Can you believe that it is two years to the day that David and I moved from Scotland to Perth Australia?

In some ways it feels like only yesterday but in others it feels like we have been here forever.

I remember writing the post to tell you all the good news. I remember confiding in you how excited and nervous I was at the same time. I remember the flight, our first Christmas here, my first birthday here and our first trip over east and down south. Lots of firsts, seconds and now normalities.

For this weeks five top tips, I thought I would share with you five things that have stood out the most to me after living abroad for two years – lessons, tips, advice etc. It’s a massive change to move to the other side of the world… and continues to be so, more than you may expect.abroad - chase the red grape

It never gets easier being away from your homeland

You may be able to deal with it better… but it never gets any easier. Being away from friends and family is very hard and not for the fainthearted. You miss birthdays, weddings, births and other major events that you previously would never have dreamed of missing. You figure out how to ‘cope’ rather than it being ok. Visits are very extra special though.

But home is also where you hang your hat

I have also realised that home can be whatever and wherever you want it to be. For me, home will always be where David and my favourite blanket is – as long as I am snuggled up with the two of them I am happy. What feels like home doesn’t always have to be the same as before or what you have always known. Change can feel like home too if you let it, embrace it and allow yourself to feel the warmth of your new surroundings.

You pick up the lingo

Yes no matter how much you try, you will pick up the lingo of where you live. I was happy simply understanding words and phrases for a while but now they are fully a part of my everyday language. You just can’t stop it! Culture is another aspect that you easily pick up and one I have been more accepting of. Christmas at the beach, weekend winery tours, watching the footie, walking around in your bare feet. Oh with the exception of one, avo toast. Why would you pay someone good money for a mashed avocado on toast when you could make 8 of them at home for the same cost? #thrifty.

You start to notice more, not less of the differences

So what has been the biggest impact between years one and two for me? Noticing more of the differences. The way people act and communicate. The politics and laws. Healthcare and food. They are starting to stand out more, rather than become the norm. Sometimes not always for the better.

You still need to seek adventure

When you move abroad you have this image of it being life’s adventure! For a while it is… and then it isn’t. When you feel settled and at ease it’s great but it also means that adventure spark slowly fades. Both David and I still need to seek our adventures, it is after all what we love to do! Whether that be at the weekend, trips away or bigger travel, we always want to have adventure on the agenda. As with anything in life, if you want it, go get it!

Would you like to live abroad? If so where would you go?

Are you good with picking up other cultures when you travel?

When was the first time you really felt away from home?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I am really really excited for the CrossFit Games!

It started on Thursday in the US… which was early morning in Australia… and finishes on Sunday… which is early Monday morning. Not exactly ideal for watching live.

Will be doing the best we can though watching replays, recaps and analysis videos… yup I completely geek out over this type of thing. (Check out episode 37 of the podcast for more thoughts!) One thing is for sure though, I will find out who wins before I can watch the final WODs. Damn time zones… why do they always make life complicated!Friday - chase the red grape

But that’s another rant for another day! Ha! Time for Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – My 8th wedding anniversaryanniversary - chase the red grape

David and I met from drinks after work and then headed to our favourite restaurant in Perth, Long Chim. Food was amazing, as always but the company is my favourite part. No matter where I am with this dude I am able to smile, laugh and be completely relaxed.

Favourite… Feeling – Intense!

On Saturday I went to see Dunkirk. I know the story, I know the outcome but boy oh boy did it keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The hype for this movie is real folks, go and see it!

Favourite… Purchase – Vasevase - chase the red grape

The store that produces my favourite planner of all time, Kikki K, sent me a $10 off voucher for my birthday! So I bought this cute little hygge inspired vase and I can’t wait to use it in my new apartment. I love simple and very rarely buy homegoods but this just caught my eye!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Whisky and Bacon Flightwhisky bacon - chase the red grape

You guys the whisky and bacon flight that I had on my birthday last Friday was absolute perfection. Four fantastic whiskies paired perfectly with various styles of bacon. I was literally in birthday heaven!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastmarriage - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 things I have learned about marriage. It was fun to take a different look at what, deep down, I have really taken from marriage.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 38 of the podcast was a fun update episode – looking at my birthday week, moving apartments, our favourite things and so much more! Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website. 

Favourite… Moment of training – Quiet classes

Is it bad that I always prefer when our CrossFit classes are no more than 8-10 of us? Ok we have a cap at 16 but I much prefer a smaller class. More room to move, breath, be able to speak to the coaches and I just feel more relaxed. We had a couple of them this week and it was lovely,

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Getting my nails done (OMG 3 times in a row, who am I!?), picking up a picnic lunch and then off to the hills for a walk. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, podcasting and cleaning… boo! But lots of CrossFit… yay!

Have a great weekend folks!

How do you pronounce it – vase like bra’s or vase like rays? (Always always vase like bras’!)

Do you like quiet vibes or a buzz when doing classes?

Where did you go the last time you went for a long walk?

5 things I have learned about marriage #5TTT

Hi all,

Today David and I celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary!

These past eight years have been filled to the brim with so much – buying and selling our first home, travelling, getting through a serious illness and oh yeah, moving to the other side of the world!

Every little experience we have had together make us the partnership we are today. The team we are today… and I love that.

So for this weeks 5 top tips I thought I would bring to you the 5 things I have learned about marriage from over the past eight years. Some of this may resonate with you, others maybe not. After all, each partnership is different. But as so many of you know David pretty much as well as you know me, I thought it fitting that I focus on the core of what makes us who we are, our marriage.marriage - chase the red grape

Communicate everything

Nothing is too big or too small to talk about. If it’s in your head then chances are your partner wants to know about it. I 100% believe in the principal of ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ and your partner is the ideal choice to confide in. They have chosen you, flaws and all and sometimes those little secrets you keep hidden are things they deserve to know. Treat your partner how you want to be treated. If you want to know what’s in their head you have to be an open book too.

You need laughter

Being married is serious business… but it is also the most fun you will ever have. Laughter, fun and smiles needs to be at the core of what you are all about, after all what first attracted you to them? Yes you need to make time for adulting but you also need to factor in specific time for fun. Make plans for a date night or a funny movie session. Go out for dinner or a big long walk every weekend. Make time to enjoy each others company and smile.

Find out who you are

Recently David and I have undertaken a few personality tests. The two that have been the most helpful are Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies and The Five Love Languages. The first focuses on why you make the choices you make, the habits you create and the way you think. The latter focuses on the type of love you give and the type of love you like to receive. Understanding ourselves via the Four Tendencies have enabled us to explore why we do what we do and react to the other person. The Five Love Languages helped us to have a conversation about what we need from the other, how we would like them to show their love – actions, presents, physical touch etc. Both definitely helped me understand myself more and as a result our relationship more.

Be open to growing together

You will change over time. I could tell you a million and one reasons why I am not the girl I was when I got married eight years ago. I have grown so much as a person but a lot of my growth has been as a result of David, impacted by David or instigated by David and vice versa. Many could say we are lucky that we have grown together, with the same goals, mindset and dreams, but I honestly think it was because we were always honest and open to changing our stance or view dependant on what the other needed. You may want or need different things to your partner but don’t be afraid to bring down your barrier.

Seek adventure

Marriage is one big adventure with lots of ups and downs and side to sides. Be open to this adventure and it can take you places you never dreamed of. You have someone by your side to help guide you, comfort you, drive you and support you. Let the love and trust you have for one and other be the only confidence you need. Whatever you want to do you can do it – because they always have your back.

If you are married, what are some of the things you have learned?

If you aren’t married, what would you want in a partner?

Has finding out about your personality helped any relationships in your life?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 37 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

It’s my birthday!

I turn the grand old age of 32 this year and I cannot wait for the working day to end so I can start to celebrate!

It’s always hard being away from friends and family on days like these but I know David will make my evening super fun!

So today I want to take some time to relax and chill, so will get straight to my Friday Favourites!Friday - chase the red grape

Favourite…Moment – Signing the lease to our new apartment

Sorry I was so cryptic on last weeks Friday Favourites post but we were applying for an apartment that we really wanted and knew the outcome was out of our hands. Well we got it! We don’t move in until the 7th of September but I can’t wait. It’s in our favourite area of town!

Favourite…Feeling – Birthday excitement

Tonight we are heading to a bar that we have been meaning to visit for a long time. They do a whiskey tasting flight – 4 American whiskeys paired with… wait for it… bacon. Forget wine and cheese, this is calling my name!

Favourite…Purchase – Mandarinsmandarins - chase the red grape

Fresh, local, seasonal, the best thing about winter is citrus. And it’s in abundance right now!

Favourite…Food/Drink – Flat whitecoffee - chase the red grape

I love black coffee, I love cappuccinos but recently I have been getting into a Flat White. An Aussie creation (did you know the Aussies are known around the world for having the best coffee? I can attest to that!), that is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk with small bubbles) over a double or single shot of espresso. It allows the coffee to shine first, milk coming in as a flavour to support it. So good!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 37 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastcreative mind - chase the red grape

This week we looked at creativity – what type of creative mind are you?crossfit - chase the red grape podcast

Episode 37 of the podcast is all about the CrossFit Games 2017 – location, athletes, movements, predictions… we discuss it all! Check it out now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the web.

Favourite… Moment of training – Helen time

I took 1 minute off my ‘Helen’ (3 rounds for time – 400m run, 21 kettle bell swings (American), 12 pull ups) time this week – pretty chuffed about that!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Food shop, lunch out then hopefully off to see Dunkirk! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee and podcasting!

Hope you have a fab weekend folks!

What one thing is not negotiable on your birthday?

When was the last time you moved house?

How do you like your coffee?

A weird but interesting beast – Being a creative mind #5TTT

Hi all,

I spotted this quote the other day in a coffee shop and it got me thinking.chase the red grape

As someone who identifies with being a creative mind I definitely agree with this quote. In fact it’s accuracy really made me laugh.

Weird because you see things where others don’t.

A beast because you can’t control inspiration.

Interesting for some strange reason – yes because often we can’t pin point why we are inspired by something but we are.

When I was younger, my imagination was my creative outlet. Yes I loved drama in school but I spent most of my time playing in the garden or at my local park. ‘on the open seas’ or ‘being adventurous in the jungle’. Even to this day I can see a story play out from next to nothing (and I know exactly which areas of the house would make amazing dens).

Now my outlet is in my writing. Although I do not write fiction I still seek inspiration from many sources. I watch how people interact. I read about what gets folk fired up… which in turn fires me up. I try to bring you back into your own mind, asking yourself the questions that you need in order to develop a sense of calm.

Being a creative makes my sparks fly.

Have you thought about where your creativity lies? For this weeks 5 top tips we are going to look at just that! And remember, there is a creative in all of us. Just because you don’t get paid to do these things doesn’t mean to say you aren’t a creative in your heart.creative mind - chase the red grape

Outgoing creative

These are the ones we all think of instantly. The singers, dancers, actors. They use their body as their creative art. We can hear them, see them, feel them. They live to entertain.

Internal creative

Internal creatives are where your writers are. From fiction to fact, songs to plays, TV shows to lyrics, internal creatives are inspired and driven by their gut. They feel drawn and compelled to produce because of their internal instincts.

Visual creative

Textbook visual creatives are, of course, artists but also craftsmen and women, engineers, architects, even David who creates maps from data. Cooks who can make their food look wonderful and inviting, designers who make homes, fashion and all manner of products look amazing. Ever landscaped your garden or produced a mood board for a project?

Developmental creative

Outgoing, internal and visual creatives can also be developmental creatives. This is where your inventors lie, your entrepreneurs and even chefs who are inspired by developing the palate. They are often inspired and driven by meeting the needs and desires of others.

Life creative

The life creatives envision the life they want to live and then go out there and live it. They may travel and explore but they also can take pleasure from creating their ideal home life. What they want in life they do their best to go out and grab. They create what they desire from the world.

Please let me know where you think you lie in the comments below or let me know if you have a different creative side that I may not have mentioned!

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