Saturday, 19 January 2019

In 2018 My Body Has...


In 2018 my body has...

been taped up and powered through the pain
carried me on so many adventures
climbed to the tops of cliffs
felt the warmth of the sun
walked over 20,000 steps in a day
Laughed so much my cheeks and belly hurt
been in so much pain it's been hard to walk
needed days asleep to recharge
wrapped itself around my loved ones in warm hugs
run along train platforms to greet my family
paddled in the sea and felt the cold water lapping around my ankles
made incredible shapes as I danced in front of an audience
cartwheeled across the room
learnt to dive forwards roll
stretched as the sun rose
clicked everytime I tried to move my back
stood at the top of so many hills while I was in awe of the view
Needed to take medication to keep pain at bay
competed at a national cricket competition
carried luggage on journeys around the country to visit friends and family
raced loved ones along beaches
taken time to breathe deeply
demonstrated skills to help teach others
jumped off the top of sand dunes in fancy frocks
slipped on seaweed whilst climbing over rocks
cried
watched my best friend walk down the aisle
felt comfortable in a swimming costume
scrambled to the top of Dartmoor's tors
been battered and bruised by endless cricket balls and diving stops

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #94


Welcome to Wednesday and how are you doing? After getting my assignments in last week I've been free as a bird and it's been so good. I've been feeling really inspired and have so many thoughts racing around my brain. I'm going to attribute this partly to be outside more, moving more, but also to stumbling upon lots people doing some really wonderful things.

1. Walking. For someone who struggled through my Duke of Edinburgh award with gritted teeth, I've surprised myself with how much I've been enjoying walking. I guess it really helps if the views are good and Devon has not disappointed this week. From dense woodland to cliff top walks and finding deserted coves, walking has taken to me some absolutely stunning places. I'm particularly enjoying the physicality of it too. Whilst I'm getting better with my ankle I'm keen to push and challenge my body.

2. The sea. If ever I feel a bit cooped up I go to the sea. After days of studying I needed to look out to sea and see its vastness. In the past week I've managed to get to the coast a grand total of four times and I am very happy about that fact!

3. The first spotting of snowdrops. Ok it's official, Spring is on it's way now! Driving along (to the beach of course) I spotted some on the verge and actually stopped my car to get a better look. This makes me very excited for warmer days and more Spring flowers.

4. Paddling. When at the beach, one must paddle. When it's winter you should probably wear your wellies. I remember doing this as a child all the time and after Christmas I finally brought my wellies to uni with me. However, one step into the sea left me with a soaked foot! Obviously my wellies aren't quite as watertight as they once were. Not quite the calm paddle I'd hoped for, but a deserted beach and a beautiful sunset definitely made up for it.

5. CPD in a pub. On Saturday, a couple of coursemates and I headed to a teaching CPD event. I was nervous and sceptical to start with. Firstly at meeting lots of educational people, but also whether it would be worth giving up my Saturday for. I needn't have worried because I can't remember having so much fun at a work based event! Between laughter, quizzes, learning and some tasty pasties it was a brilliant day.

6. Painfree training. I was a little worried about how my ankle would hold up to the first training session of the year. Having had less than a week to recover from its injection I thought I might need to take it easy. As it happened my ankle was absolutely fine, which meant I got to enjoy moving my body and improving again. For ages I've really had to be mindful of my movements and hold back a bit so it felt good to be back training properly ready for our first game next week.

7. Parallel parking. I hadn't really considered how awful I am at parallel parking until I got to Plymouth. Back home I never really have to try. There's not much road parking at all, so whilst I can ace a bay park (even if I say so myself) my parallel parking skills leave something to be desired. Therefore when I got my car in a space in one go this week I did a little happy dance.

8. Finding jeans that fit. Does anyone else find shopping for jeans a real pain? I can never find ones that fit properly, but this week I may have stumbled upon a brilliant pair. Really good quality fabric and a comfortable fit. Thanks M&S.

9. Bats, Balls and Bradford girls. If any of you haven't watched this yet it's a documentary on BBC3 about an all Muslim, female cricket team. The girls in it show the real power of sport and how it can break down barriers and empower. For all of them cricket became their lifeline and it just showed me how much the life I've chosen is worthy. How I can hopefully bring that to as many children as possible.

10. Eat, Sweat, Play. A must read! This book has really affected me in such a profound way and has got me thinking again about the power of sport, but how it is so important in our lives. As women we face barriers to sport and physical activity throughout our lives. It also reminded me of how incredible our body is. It puts up with so much and still physically supports us. I want to use mine to its absolute maximum, but also keep it strong and healthy for my life.

Physical challenges and inspirations have really got me fired up this week. I've got so many thoughts racing and ideas for writing. Is this something you'd be interested in reading about? For more wonderful, head over to  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs or catch us on #wonderfulwednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Wonderful Wednesday #93


Hello and welcome to 2019. I hope you all had a wonderful, restful time over Christmas and New Year. I really enjoyed my time at home this year. Plenty of time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends and snuggles with Ben the sprocker spaniel. I definitely found it hard to leave on Saturday and drive the long journey back to Plymouth especially as I had so much work to do when I got back here.

1. Sunrises. I forgot how wonderful it was to have the above picture as the view from my bed. I have enjoyed a lovely couple of mornings slowly waking up as the sky changes colour. Every morning as I get up the very first thing I do is go to the window and just take a long look out to sea. It's just a wonderful way to start the day.

2. My family. Wow my goodness I may have cried when I had to leave these lovely people. I'm not sure if it's just me, but now I've left and moved a long way from my family I really appreciate the moments that I have with them. It's been absolutely lovely to get to do all those everyday things with them whilst I've been home and tell them how much they mean to me.

3. Chinese food. On the last evening before I drove back to Plymouth, my family and I enjoyed a Chinese. I hadn't had one for months and walking past the Chinese at the end of my road in Plymouth had me really fancying one.

4. The new year tidy. Motivation somehow hit because my mum and I spent a solid day tidying the dining room last week. We unearthed things that we hadn't seen for ages (Ice cream for Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams being a particular highlight) and managed to take a whole car boot full of stuff to the charity shop. We also never realise how fun shredding can be!

5. Last meals. I miss my friends so much when I'm in Plymouth and I've made sure to spend as much time as possible with them over Christmas. We've shared new year and Christmas eve together, been on day trips to the beach and celebrated new houses, but it was loving to go out for a meal last week. We can talk for hours and be completely honest with each other. These girls are amazing, and so was the pizza!

6. Popmaster. I think I'm getting old, because I have listened to a lot of radio two and really enjoyed it! I found myself dancing around the kitchen to Sounds of the Sixties on New Year's Eve! But my mum and I seemed to have a little routine over Christmas that at half ten in the morning we'd sit down with a drink (and usually a biscuit, it was Christmas) to listen to Popmaster. I think I got about one question right across the whole holiday, but it was a perfect excuse for a little break and we both got narked when someone decided to ring during that time.

7. Homemade soup. One Saturday night having done a nine hour drive down to the South West, I was in need of some comfort food. My cupboard had only tins, but I rustled up a warming, filling tomato, beany soup. Obviously there was oodles of it, so I've been eating it all week and I cannot thank my past self enough.

8. The first moment of being on my own again. Whilst I love visiting my family, I do love living on my own. Despite this it still felt quite strange to finally walk into my house and close the door knowing I was on my own again. I couldn't walk into the other room and have one of my family members there. The house was quiet and I could follow my routine again.

9. The point in between sleep and awake. The gentle dream state, where you're not sure if you're conscious and daydreaming or sleeping. You're so comfortable and sleeping and you can physically feel yourself falling into sleep.

10. Looking after myself through my injection. Monday was the day of my ankle injection and I'm so pleased with the recovery. I had a cortisone injection right into the ankle joint and I'd built it up to be very painful. As it was the procedure was a little uncomfortable, but I think even the doctors were confused with how pain free I was. I took their advice and kept my feet up all day yesterday and today it feels absolutely fine. Let's hope it continues this way!

11. Sending off my assignments. And finally, the reason this little wonderful Wednesday list is so late is that I finally sent off a mountain of assignments today. They've been hanging over since before Christmas and I'm so relieved they are finally finished. Now time for a week off!

That's all the wonderful from me this week. Please head over to these lovely ladies for more wonderful Wednesday goodness:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs or catch us on #wonderfulwednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx