Pushing Through

A year after I wrote about my first experience of outdoor swimming, I’m here writing about another swim which has been challenging for different reasons. After enjoying one swim race last summer (and nearly getting hypothermia on another in November…) I wanted another goal, something to really strive for. In January I signed up to … More Pushing Through

Dipping a Toe

For a while I’ve been wanting a new challenge. It’s 5 years since I hiked Kilimanjaro, and I’ve been itching to find something new to get stuck into. My brief stint of rowing at uni left me disappointed and in pain for too long, renovating a house and planning a wedding these last two years has impeded regular climbing, and my joints take a lot … More Dipping a Toe

The Art of Seeing

As someone who constantly rushes around, thinking of to-do lists, anxious about everything from global catastrophe to insignificant daily minutiae, I struggle to stop and engage with the moment. Swimming has helped, getting your head under water and having to focus on the breath otherwise you’ll drown is quite liberating for a serial over-thinker. But … More The Art of Seeing

Advice from the Fog

There’s a huge amount of help out there for people with various mental health issues, especially anxiety. There are countless blogs, self-help books, TED talks, meditation apps. I’m not competing with them, and know my little article is just a drop in the ocean of the internet. To be honest, it’s as much to be a reminder to myself as it … More Advice from the Fog

Remember to Breathe

This week has been a very strange one. Terrorism is not new, and I have memories as a young girl of the 9/11 attack. Not understanding what’s happened, and just crying on the stairs, confused but knowing it was bad. It’s something I’ve watched on TV, cried over, my heart has broken for the images … More Remember to Breathe

The Bee’s Knees

At the risk of sounding like I’m 24 going on 90, for around 18 months now I’ve been unable to go hiking without – at times severe – pain. Predominantly in my knees, that squishy, unstable sensation has wracked my legs on every downhill for over a year. As someone who loves hiking and the … More The Bee’s Knees