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Winding down to Winter

Last Wednesday was my first Winding down to Winter Yin Class.

It was a blissfully warm, comfy and cosy practice on a wild and wet morning. With blankets and bolsters to support body and dimmed lights and soft music to ease the mind. It felt like a safe space to let go of daily life and the perfect beginning to Winding down to winter.

For me it is such a pleasure to see clients step off the mat relaxed and calm but what happens once they are back home or at work? How can they continue to find that calm?

So I thought I would use this month’s blog to give examples and ideas of ways to find that peace in other areas of life at this time of year.

Maybe your reading this and thinking I don’t have time, I’m too busy but trust me I know life is busy. I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. I work and have worked all my life and there were times in my life where self care, even for just one minute a day, felt impossible. I can also tell you what burnout feels like, exhaustion and depression at trying to cope with everything especially at this time of year. So please be gentle with yourself and just a couple of minutes a day is all you need to start.

Journaling – with the longer darker nights I like to get wrapped up on my sofa and Journal. Writing about my hopes and dreams helps me plan and set intentions for the coming new year Writing about what has caused me stress or worry allows me to work through and let go of those things.

I also like to write about what is happening in nature, describing changes in the landscape and weather. This helps me connect with outdoors when I can’t be outdoors. Which leads beautifully to the next topic.

Outdoors- I love being outdoors at this time of year, sunrise and sunset are at the perfect time. Not too late or too early. Whether its walking, yoga or sitting watching the stars or moon on a clear night. I love getting cold and/or wet in the rain and then coming into the warm to dry off, to eat and drink something cosy and then settle in for the rest of the day. My favourite drink at the moment is Oat Milk Chai which you can make from scratch or buy many of the delicious varieties of chai teabags available.

Food – Did someone say food. Definitely one of my favourite ways to enjoy winter is to embrace comfort foods such as hot-pots, casseroles, roasts and soups, using seasonal veg. Not only are they nourishing and warming they can be easier to prepare especially with a slow cooker or tagine. I just chuck everything in to my slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready for teatime. Right now here at Inverdovat we have broccoli, carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes etc etc perfect to field forage for a hearty winter dinner.

Music – what we listen to can be a perfect way to wind down or warm up in Winter. There is no point in the year where I don’t throw myself wildly around the living room to my favourite tunes (I even have a disco light and ball for these moments!) Its great for the heart rate, warming up and the kids love to join in.

This mad flailing is also so good for working through stress.

And at the other end of the scale creating a slow gentle playlist can calm body and mind whatever you are doing.

Reading- Winter is a great time to read that pile of books you have been building up throughout the year. ( or is that just me?) The nights are longer, darker and colder so it’s good to use a bit of that time to settle down and read. Whether your passion is fiction or fact, why not create a cosy reading space. All you need is a quiet corner with a blanket, a cushion, a reading light and somewhere to put a hot drink.

Meditation- Ok, so you knew this one was going to come up. It is the perfect way to set you up for your day or wind down. With so many free apps and videos the selection and style to choose from is vast but I promise there will be a perfect one for you. I am currently using Balance for shorter meditations and when I have time I enjoy listening to Darius Bashar at The Artist Morning but I would recommend the app Insight Timer for a wide selection of styles.

Breathing- Definitely linked to the above but if listening to someone else telling you what to do is not your thing then try connecting with your own breath. Start small. Anytime you have a minute just listen to your own breathe. If you have more time then maybe play with longer slower breaths or counting with your breath or pausing in between breaths. Never allow yourself to feel faint but notice how you feel after fully focusing on your breath.

Movement- I have already recommended dancing as a way to let off steam but any kind of movement can be beautiful. Dancing, yoga, qigong, tai-chi, walking (videos for all of these can be found on YouTube) It’s doesn’t need to be fast and furious or even be for long. Just taking 10 minutes a day to connect mind and body can be life changing.

Bathing – this is my final offering and my favourite. I love water, everything from the rain to the sea or shower to a bath. Water has the amazing ability to wash away dirt but also helps clear stress, anger and upset. Now I’m not suggesting you run out and start wild swimming in mid winter (although I do recommend trying it at some point in your life) but I will recommend a warm bath(or shower). Thinking about self care and supporting the senses with gentle fragrance, soft music and candlelight. Bring a warm cinnamon tea to sip. Take your time and imagine the warm water washing everything away. When your ready dry off and pamper yourself with scented oils or creams. My favourite is coconut oil with a drop of rose oil in it. Get yourself wrapped up warm and find a good book.

Hopefully in amongst all of this you will find something that resonates. You only need to start with one moment of self care on your path to winding down for winter.

And remember you are worthy of self care and self love. Not because of what you do or what you have, you are worthy simply because you exist ♡

Yoga and Autumn

How do you respond to the seasonal changes?
This year we had a very long hot dry Summer. Even up to and beyond the Autumn equinox we had temperatures over 20° (if your not from Scotland, thats roasting for us)
For me being very Scottish it was a little intense and I am grateful for the turn into Autumn weather over the last few weeks.



Today I woke up to the sound of rain battering on glass and it was blissful. Opening the curtains to see trees blowing and branches swirling, leaves falling through a haze of torrential rain actually made me smile.




I know it’s not everyone’s favourite but for me the rain washes away what I don’t need. The wind clears the cobwebs of the mind. Combined It gives permission for rest and to go inwards a little.



In fact that’s what Autumn is for.



Autumn is a time for nature to step out of the heat and prepare for the cold and dark. Plants die back, trees lose their leaves, many creatures gather food and make dens safer and warmer so that when Winter comes they are ready to rest and almost stop completely.



Despite the natural cycles of the year showing us that this is the time to slow down and rest more, our human selves don’t tend to respect those natural cycles. Mostly we continue working, exercising and socialising at full throttle throughout the year.



I used to be like that thinking that I had to keep going no matter what 365 days a year but then wondered why my own mental and physical health struggled to keep up especially at this time of year. It got to the point where I used to dread Autumn not understanding why I would become more tired, anxious and stressed.



Only once I learned more about working with natures cycles did I realise that is not how the world is supposed to work.



As much as we have separated ourselves from nature we are still part of nature and should be following the example of trees, plants and creatures at this time.
Over the last few years I have made a point of changing my lifestyle to suit the seasons. Not in any radical way, just little things like more rest and reading, earlier bedtimes and changing my diet towards slow-cooked, nourishing foods like soups and stews.


I also changed my yoga practice. While I still enjoy Hatha and gentle flows, I bring in more Yin Yoga. Finding strength in the stillness of this practice. Going inwards and listening deeply to what my body needs at this time of year.



Yin Yoga is slow-paced style of yoga using the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. While not restorative it is deeply restful with mostly floor based poses that are held for longer periods of time than in other Yoga styles.



As part of this change of seasons I am looking forward to bringing you some ‘Winding down to Winter’ Yin Classes.
These will be an opportunity for you to slow down and take a breath just for you. ♡



So if your interested please follow on Facebook and/or Instagram for class updates ♡

Yoga and the Womens Circle

Last night was the second meeting of Honouring the Sacred Space of Creativity-Womens Circle.

There is nothing complicated or outstanding about what we do but the simplicity is what makes it comfortable.

It was a truly lovely experience sharing space and time with others.

We have a cup of tea and take 5 mins each to talk about how we are, how our week has been, how we have been since the last circle.

With the group meetings working with the new moon we set our individual intentions for the next 4 weeks. Last night setting intentions around self confidence and relationship with self.

We meditate, then move. Last night to honour the transition of Summer to Autumn we moved through a sweet Hatha flow to a cooling Yin practice, Yang to Yin.

Our Savasana is a Yoga Nidra different each week focusing on opening to creativity.

Then we close with something creative. Last night we played with clay. It’s never about the finished product it’s about playing, seeing where the mind goes. Enjoying creativity with no expectation.

Then sadly we all have to go home!

Despite all my planning I was nervous about starting this group however it already brings me joy. Seeing women come together with no agenda or pressure just finding time for themselves and a moment or two of self-care.

While my original plans to create a safe space for meditation, movement and creativity have stayed, working with and honouring others within the space has allowed the group to find its own flow. There has been an element of natural digression as we each share space with other humans and adapt to needs in that moment. What it really becomes is a listening space over and above anything else.

Listening to others, listening to oneself, listening to intuition in a safe unjudgemental space can create magic and I look forward to seeing how that magic unfolds as the circle continues ♡

Honouring the Sacred Space of Creativity

I have had an idea for a while that I would like to start a womans circle. I didn’t really know what the group would be for or what it would focus on but the notion has continued to come forward regularly. I knew I wanted it to be a support group for women but in what shape or guise that would come in I didn’t know. So at the last New Moon I set the intention that I would have figured it out by the August Full Moon.

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about the female form since my last blog. The insecurities I held towards my own body for years were thankfully not something I projected onto others. In fact the female form and its function, the beauty of it, the power of it and the creativity of it is breath-taking. So why is it so hard to be a woman. Why are menstration, pregnancy, birth, perimenopause, menopause and all the natural body changes and experiences around those taboo. Why is the female life-cycle something to be whispered about or even condemned by women and men?

When I was at school (about 300yrs ago) we had a whole half an hour class dedicated to puberty, about 3 minutes of this was dedicated to periods. Three minutes in a hushed voice and no discussion after. There was no discussion about what a period was for, why and how it happened that everyone could be different. .As with most things in a woman’s life It was a one size fits all scenario left that class with the idea that I would have a lifetime of blood and pain.

I know since then the school curriculum has come a long way but even speaking with my beautiful daughters there is still a kind of loathing around periods.

And then as a cruel knock on there is the loathing that comes when that changes to perimenopause or menopause because there is a mindset that at least you had value in being fertile! Our wombs get a bad wrap no matter what they do.

But

What if we changed all of that on its head. What if we saw women as the original creators and our cycles were what gave us the power to create? and regardless of where you are in your period cycle or life cycle what if we saw the womb as a sacred space of creativity? and what if we honoured that space?

That is what I would like my group to be about. A space where we can Honour the Sacred Space of Creativity with gentle movement, yoga nidra, drumming, creativity and stories. A place to talk where the response is deep listening.

A place for all ages and stages in a woman’s life.

And that is as far as I have gotten. Does it sound good? Would you be interested? Well I am spurred on by my intentions this month and this beautiful Aquarius Full Moon so I am setting a date for Sunday 28th August at 7pm -9pm. I realise this is just a fortnight away but sometimes short notice is good.

Then each month on the following dates.

Sunday 25th September

Sunday 23rd October

Sunday 20th November.

Details -It will be a small group 8/10 people max.

Cost – £15 per session

Please get in touch if you are interested as this will be by booking only.

Love and Light ♡

Aquarius Full Moon over the Mediterranean ♡

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Body Shape Body Size

I have been thinking about this post for a long time.

Body Shape, Body size.


I think I have been avoiding it because it is so loaded. Talking about weight, shape and size is such a trigger for people, myself included. And once the surface is scratched it uncovers a vast mess of stories, opinions and ideas.

Why are we so obsessed.

So I will start with some questions.

Does someone’s shape and size affect their love, compassion, kindness and beauty?


Does someone’s shape and size make them less intelligent, less succesful, less professional?


Does someone’s shape and size make them less worthy?

So clearly my answer to all of the above questions is NO. That is not always the case for others though.

So what gives anyone the right to make comment on someone else’s shape and size?

I don’t think there is any justification in judging someones weight, shape or size.

It is quite simply rude.

So what if that judgement comes from the self?

From a young age I heard the words
‘nobody loves a fat person’ on a daily basis. I heard them because they were directed at me by my mother.

To be honest I have no memory if it affected me as a child but I know I was underweight and I know it confused me hearing my mother’s judgements and cruelty condemning anyone that she deemed to be overweight. I had never found anyone lacking because of their size. In fact all the bigger ladies within my family were (and are) abundant with love.

As I got older I questioned my own self worth as a human being because of my shape and size. Despite never being bigger than a size 10 (other than my 3 pregnancies) I spent my Teens, Twenties, Thirties and Forties listening to my mothers voice in my head thinking I was fat and therefore unlovable. This moved me in and out depression and anxiety. Stole my confidence and stopped me doing so many things.

It has taken me until in my Fifties to realise that my shape and size is irrelevant. My own Yoga practice and my work training as a Shamanic Practioner, working with other practitioners has helped me begin to heal that part of me, still a work in progress.

Also watching my three beautiful daughters growing into womanhood has been inspiring and they are my hope for the future.

My goal is to be fit healthy and love the body I have. I have made it part of my daily gratitude practice to say something nice about my body.

My feet are a little like hobbit feet but they keep me balanced and have kept me walking, dancing, running all my life.
My arms and hands are big and strong to hold all those that I love.
My belly is soft and has tiger markings from my 3 beautiful children.
My lap is big to bounce grandchildren, pet cats and keep me warm in winter.
My bottom wobbles but I no longer get sore sitting on walls watching sunsets.

Sometimes I’m just grateful my heart beats ♡

Our goal should be to be fit and strong and healthy, physically and emotionally in whatever shape that arrives in?

My mothers voice no longer echoes around my head and heart but there is sadness as I realise that this is the voice she still scolds herself with everyday.

Moving forward in my own life as a yoga teacher and a person that loves all things yoga I find it hard that a lot of the social media around Yoga and some of the classes are still based on the the idea of the perfect body and perfect pose. I hope to be one of the many teachers that are on a path to change that dynamic.

So if someone judges you on how you look, your shape, your size, tell them it’s none of their business.

If you hear yourself judging yourself, stop and try to be kind.


Ask yourself if this is your true voice? Is what you are saying true?
Really true?

Don’t spend your life feeling insecure about your shape and size because of someone else’s voice.

Find one (or two or three) beautiful things to say about yourself today. And then everyday. And learn to love your body.

I know it’s not easy but I also know whatever shape or size you are that you are an amazing human being ♡

Return to the yoga mat

Hello, how are you? Do you fancy a yoga class?

I do and here is why.

It has been too long since I have practiced with a group and I miss it. I miss the anticipation I feel before the class, I miss the nervousness of meeting new people, I miss the excitement of moving through breathwork and poses. I miss seeing the calm and relaxation in rested faces after savasana. I miss sharing my practice in a way that helps me and others

So as of the 24th of August I will be returning to teaching at The Scout Hut in Newport on Tay. On a Wednesday and a Friday morning.

Classes will start at 9 am and be 75 mins long.

Wednesdays class will be for complete beginners, no experience necessary. Slow and gentle movement introducing your body to yoga and breathwork.

Fridays class will also be suitable for beginners but will be slightly more active (really not much more as I love the slow pace) where options will be given for all abilities and body types.

Questions clients have asked in the past

What if I can’t do the pose?

If you read my blog you will know I am not a pose grabber. For me the pose is the least important part of the practice the real work is in the little movements and breath that prepares the body for the pose.

What if I get tired/sore during class?

This shouldn’t happen as classes will be slow and gentle but I have had clients in the past that come into a comfortable resting pose for a few minutes (and once for the whole class!) This is your safe place and there is no should or have to. It’s about listening to your body and doing what feels right.

Do you do touch or do adjustments in class ?

I do not do adjustments, your mat is your safe space. My own experience of being at a class and have someone try move my body into a position that I was not ready for was not a good one. (have I done a blog on this topic? If not I probably should!)

What do I wear?

Anything that is comfortable and easy to move in. Maybe a couple of layers so you can remove a layer if you get too hot. There is no need for anything fancy.

What do I need to bring?

I have most things that you will need blocks, bolsters, straps etc However if you have your own mat you are welcome to bring that but if not or you forget yours there are some spare.

Are the classes busy?

I like to keep my classes small 8/10 people max. The most important thing for me is the space I provide for clients to explore. Explore their own body and mind and emotions through breathwork and movement. To take a step away from hustle and bustle and look inward.

Do you still teach outdoors?

Occasionally classes will be held outdoors on the grass outside the Scout Hut (weather dependent) giving us a chance to connect to nature and the elements.

How much do classes cost and how do I pay?

Classes can be booked as a block of 4 for £36

Or Paid each week at £10 a class

Both by cash or PayPal

If you think this class might be for you but you still have questions send me a message.

or

If you think this class might be for you but are not sure, send me a message and we can chat it through.

or

If you think this class is not for you send me a message and tell me why.

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Morning Yoga

This mornings practice was a blissful reminder of why I practice yoga AND why I practice yoga outdoors.

Do you ever wake up and just feel bleugh. No reason just a little overwhelmed physically and emotionally? That was me today.

I wasn’t even considering practicing yoga as I sat at the kitchen table drinking coffee however the sun was shining and the birds were singing and I didn’t want to be in the house.

I took my coffee outside to the decking, a space we created during the first Summer of lockdown with scrap wood that we managed to source locally. A simple structure but a beautiful space made with love.

The decking looks North out over fields and trees, usually the first field is full of sheep but the sheep have been moved away to allow the field to grow and then be cut for silage. This has left the edge of the field in front of the decking to be a wilderness of Grasses, Nettles, Sticky Willy, Pink Campion, Borage, Teasel, Wild Poppy and Buttercups alive with Bees, Hoverflies, Butterflies and many more insects.

I finished my coffee and just allowed myself to sit within all of this. After years of practice it has become natural to relax on my yoga mat once I sit on it. Always a safe place. I gently closed my eyes and began to notice.

I noticed what I could hear, the soft thrum and buzz of all the creatures around me, I noticed what I could smell, sweet pollen on the air from all of the plants around me, I noticed what I could feel, the ground beneath me, the texture of my clothes, the warmth of the sun and the cool of the breeze, I noticed what I could taste, remnants of my morning coffee. I opened my eyes and it was as if everything in front of me had intensified, colour, light, shadow. A woodpecker screeched into the tree above me and I watched it do its strange hop and climb up the tree before it flew off again. The swallows arrived as a family, new fledglings fluttering and playing, excited to be out of the nest testing their wings. One lonely cloud floated across the bluest of blue sky.

Sitting still didn’t seem to be an option any more my body wanted to be part of this alive landscape. To connect on a physical and emotional level. I began to move.

A slow playful practice evolved inspired by natures energy around me, with many resting poses and playing with my breath. Bee Breath felt so right in amongst all the buzzies and Sitali Breath was perfect for cooling down as the sun got hotter.

This is the beauty of my practice outdoors, being aware of everything around me, more aware of my physical self, more trusting and more grateful. Following my senses and my heart for what I need, not what I think I should do.

As I lay back for Savasana I sank blissfully into a dreamscape, not quite asleep but not awake. If the woodpecker had not announced his re-arrival in the tree above with an extra loud screech I could of stayed there all day.

This rude awakening made me laugh out loud and as I sat up and opened my eyes I felt so much joy and gratitude to have the time, space and place for my practice. My earlier mood shifted, gone replaced with a softness and contentedness to carry with me through my day. ♡

pink campion, green fields and blue skie ♡

How quickly a year passes

My last blog was last May. How quickly a year passes. Its not been the best year if I’m honest. 2021 started with good health and the best of intentions… mainly a challenge to raise money for a different charity every month but also to live my best life regardless but also hoping to progress my Yoga training and restart Yoga classes. Everything was going swimmingly, I was using my health and fitness to raise money by cycling, walking, running etc and was preparing to head back into teaching…loving life despite the chaos of Covid. What changed? I got my first Covid vaccination.

My first vaccination hit me like a tonne of bricks. I was instantly ill. My temperature spiked, I had ringing in my ears and a head ache where I could barely move my head for pain and nausea. By nighttime I could hardly move with pain all over. I felt like I was on fire one minute and frozen the next and then there were hallucinations. This intensity lasted 5 days and then it gradually calmed, lulling into a string of headaches, temperature fluctuations, body pains, exhaustion and a chorus of other weird symptoms that continued for a further 6 months. Any boosters exasperated the symptoms so any slight recovery was sent backwards. In the last year I have hardly taught any classes. Barely managing my own yoga practice never mind the joy of teaching or any of my other loves like walking, cycling or swimming.

Each time I thought I was beginning to get back to some kind of reality I got ill again and this perpetual attack on my immunity left me open to get everything else going. At the same time my body was moving into Peri-menopause and where perhaps I could of coped with the changes I was going through (heavy bleeding, mood swings, bloating, hot flushes etc) on top of everything else my body gave up. Just before Christmas I ended up in hospital anemic and broken.

It has been a long path since then. If I led the kind of life where I could just re-cooperate perhaps it might of been easier but who has that! With a big family to love and feed and support and with normal family things that happen or go wrong…there is always drama or maybe that’s just my family? Don’t get me wrong though I have taken time to sit, watch the flowers grow and listen to the birds sing and here I am now writing this finally feeling like I’m coming out of the other side…a year later.

I am not rushing back to teach as there have been a few false starts where I have spoken too soon but I genuinely feel like there is a change in the air. Obviously I still have to traverse the minefield that is Peri-menopause but I am hopeful and my health and fitness are heading in the right direction. Where that takes me I don’t know. Nothing is set in stone. I am just so very grateful to have progressed this far.

N.B -I didn’t want this post to be about how ill I was it is more about how much can happen (or not happen) in a year. From being so happy, fit and energetic to days where I was really low because I truly did not feel like myself and did not like myself. Days where I wondered if there was ever going to be a change or if I could get my strength back physically and emotionally and now back to feeling stronger and ready for something new. Everything changes …sometimes quickly, sometimes it takes time. I recently watched a YouTube clip from an interview with Tom Hanks and several other actors.(watch it here) His was talking about his philosophy of ‘this too shall pass’. Nothing is permanent. It resonated with me and I have definitely learnt to enjoy the little moments more.

May _ Mental Health Month

I might of mentioned a few times that I’m going to be 50 this year and as part of those celebrations I have started a year of fundraising. Supporting 12 charities over 12 months. So far, I have run, walked, cycled and now I’m going to do what I’m good at…Yoga

May is Mental Health Month and charity I have chosen to support is Mental Health Foundation Scotland

What is Mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

MentalHealth.gov

Mental health impacts everyone. When our mental health is good life is easier. When our mental health is under strain /stress life can feel overwhelming in many different ways such as mood swings, Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression etc if left unaddressed it can manifest in more extreme ways.

I am not an expert so I’m not going to go into much detail however I am going to come at this from my own experiences of mental health as something that I used to feel uncomfortable speaking about but now hope that by sharing it may help someone else.

As a small child I used to take most things in my stride but as I started school I became anxious about daily life. School, friendships, games, going places, meeting people all became overwhelming. Home also changed at this time and became a place that I did not understand and where I could not talk or express how I felt. So I spent a lot of time alone as this was easier than dealing with feelings and emotions that arose. These feelings have traveled through life with me. There have been periods of time being ok and points where I really should of asked for help. It is only in the last 10 years that I have begun to address them, while still finding talking about myself and how I feel a difficult thing to do.

But talking about is what we need to do.

We need to take a big step away from the Victorian ideal that feeling insecure or scared is a weakness,that to ask for help, support, advice, love makes you less of a person.

If you are having feelings or emotions that overwhelm, if you are insecure or unsure, please talk to someone. If the first person doesn’t understand try again and again. If you cant talk to friends or family there are many groups you can contact online or in person. Really asking for help is the hardest part but there is someone out there who understands.

Over the next month I will post links to various groups, websites, resources etc if you have any questions please ask.

This years theme for Mental Health Awareness week (10th – 16th May) is ‘Nature’

I love this because nature and being outdoors has always been a safe place for me. It is so resilient it can be found everywhere even in the busiest city. Nature somehow makes us feel better. Whether we are bird watching, walking, gardening for veggies or flowers, hugging trees or simply sitting in the sun, nature has a way of soothing our emotions.

Over the week of 10th – 16th May I will do a live daily outdoors yoga practice to share via Instagram and Facebook. I will also be posting sessions on mindfulness and meditation. You are welcome to join me live or you will be able to access the videos later in your own time

All classes will be free however if you feel inspired please donate and help with research and fight the stigma of Mental Health.

It’s March already!

Time is flying fast this year. Snowdrops and daffodils are blooming, the sun is trying to shine but its still pretty cold out there. I have been outside most days for my yoga practice but there are still some days where I enjoy the comfort of the central heating! Plus I am spending a lot of other time outdoors.

As I mentioned in my last blog I am 50 this year and to celebrate I challenged myself to do 12 charity fundraisers over 12 months. In January I walked/ran 56 miles for Maggie’s Fife. In February I walked 10,000 steps a day for ‘Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs’. This month I am cycling 250 miles for Sands. The rest of the year is still in planning(excited).

All of these challenges have been brilliant so far. I have loved doing them.

Due to Covid-19 the last year has been hard for everyone, emotionally and spiritually, and I know I am not alone in saying I have felt a complete lack of focus and interest in my work and life. So to be able to put myself out there to support something else, something worthy has really helped get me through the beginning of this year and I am looking forward to seeing how the 12 months pans out.

The support and sponsorship I have had from family and friends has been amazing but I do realise not everyone is in position to give, especially not to 12 different charities over a year, when they are furloughed, on less pay, less hours or not working at all. Am mostly grateful of the awareness that is being brought to each of these worthy causes. Some smaller charities literally rely on 3 or 4 members of staff who are trying to do their work and fundraise which during Lockdown has been made impossible.

So whether you feel like sponsoring me or are just liking my posts both are amazing and I am very grateful for your encouragement and support.