It’s at this time of year we look forward to being with friends and family and enjoying some well-earned time off…well most of us…It’s also a time to look back and reflect over the past year and also to look forward to what next year might bring.
This time last year I was sunning myself on a beach in Sydney and watching some pretty awful England Cricket performances in Brisbane.
I had some great holidays in the UK, though had a rather better time in Scotland than in Cornwall that was rather wet and windy! I managed to pass my Mountain Bike Leaders assessment in July at a wet and windy Plas y Brenin and to continue the cycling theme had an inspirational weekend watching Le Tour breeze through stunning North Yorkshire…
Professionally my year was ok though next year I would like it to have a bit more… zest, I would like to have a bit more ZEST! Hence this blog…
I have been meaning to continue with my blog for most of the year but like most things just didn’t seem to get round to it, I do tend to consume a lot and not create much so thought it was about time to redress a bit of the balance. I’ve wanted to do something fun but also to help others so thought this a great platform to share my ideas.
I have followed Chris Guillebeau over the years on and off and I think he has launched some great projects, I have read a couple of his books that have proved motivational and have spurred me on to start my own projects. His end of year review tool is a cool way to take stock of where you are at and where you want to be, granted it is quite in depth and detailed though having worked in the outdoors for a number of years I believe reflective practice a great way to improve performance. To this end I aim to use this blog to document my own personal development journey through 2015 using the outdoor environment to motivate and inspire me to achieve my goals with the intention of reviewing at the end of the year any achievements and or disappointments!
I intend to write regular inspirational posts, equipment reviews and how-to skills articles on all manner of outdoor activities including mountain biking, climbing and canoeing. Starting off early next year with some personal goals and some ideas of how to shake off the post-Christmas blues and get motivated to get outdoors. I want to encourage you to participate as well, with your own stories and comments and together we can support each other.
So, have a great winter break (If you are having one!) and see you in 2015…
On top of Cairn Gorm
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year