Monthly Archives: October 2016

9 miles

So on Friday I met with my lovely friend Kirsty. Hadn’t see her in a while as she is busy with her new job. She’s having an amazing time and I’m so proud of her. You may know a few years back we met at a community radio station and began to present a book club show for the station.

We had decided during the week to spend the day together and go and explore Rodley Nature Reserve, weather permitting. It got to Friday, the weather didn’t seem to bad and off I set to go meet Kirsty at the bus stop. We had a 40 minute bus ride through different towns in Leeds and I forgot how beautiful Yorkshire can be.

When we got there, we hit a snag. neither of us had checked the opening times and I assumed it would be open everyday, but it was not. So we decided to take the path along the canal towards Horsforth. Except we never ended up in Horsforth, we ended up in Bradford.

How did you manage that I hear you ask. Well, we were enjoying the chatting the wandering and picked a couple of wrong paths, forgot the changing weather and the it getting dark earlier, so we took routes we thought, attempted location on our phones and ended up coming out into a cul de sac to find we didn’t recognise the bus numbers. Hence we had wandered close to Bradford.

I highly recommend being spontaneous, just a few pointers:

  •  If you need any type of support on your limbs, be prepared and carry some. (I didn’t think we’d walk 9 miles so didn’t think to take it.)
  • On that note make sure you have the right footwear, the right clothing. Canvas shoes and jeans aren’t the greatest thing for comfort.
  • Remember to have a bottle of water and a few snacks, incase you can’t stop at a cafe or pub
  • get a regional ticket ( like a West Yorkshire day rider etc)
  • Let someone know where you are if its getting late.
  • Have a full battery on your phone, or carry one of those spare battery things.
  • But most of all have fun and stay safe.

The funniest bit of the whole day was sleep. I thought I would have had a great night sleep with all that exercise and fresh air. I had no coffee when I got home yet I was wide awake in 4 hours of falling asleep and I couldn’t go back to sleep. Complete madness!

Yet I got some fantastic photos along the way, had fantastic company and ate a pub called Moody Cow and although my sandwich didn’t look as epic as Kirsty’s it still tasted nice.

So go out there and explore. It’s a lot of fun. Just wear the proper shoes 😀

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I’m happy because…

I took a chance, it didn’t work out and I learned a valuable life lesson or two.  That being an adult isn’t always easy. Especially a single female one who just keeps having bad luck.

I haven’t blogged for a while because everything was going well, and when things like that happen I’m scared I might jinx it. Crazy I know, but it’s an old habit from childhood and if you have followed my blog you would know why.

Apparently standing up for yourself or trying to get people to see things from your point of view, is often not tolerated or liked. Or if you enter a well established pack, be aware breaking the ice isn’t always easy and you might just have to accept it wasn’t to be.

This year has seen a lot of changes, again. I have tried to improve myself by going to the gym and before July had started training again for the Leeds 10k. An event I wanted to do to get fit again and to raise money for charity. From August things went downhill and changes happened and I found myself doing something different and the fitness regime went out the window….again.

In recent weeks I managed a 5k run at Bramley and again the exercise dried up. Well apart from walking to and from the city centre on occasions. One day I clocked up 13 miles. Almost a dry run for next year’s Great North Run.

But now I find myself again with my life upside down and not knowing whether I’m coming or going, I found that I have some amazing support in both family, friends and four -legged furry friends. And that what I really need is to stop my mind telling me to sleep more and to instead jump out of bed and do a walk/run/crawl and get some bloody exercise woman!

So my advice to you, always learn new skills. READ books, anything, absorb information. Be polite to everyone. Although don’t expect it back. Enjoy the little things like someone fetching you a coffee or saying hello. Go out and volunteer. Whether to help marshal at an event on a sunny, cold October morning, or think of how you can help someone, a colleague, a friend achieve their goals. It’s the little things that count, that make the big things work. Most places forget about the little people, but they’re just as important to keep the cogs working.

Because a simple thing like a chat, a smile, a coffee or a meal could mean the world of difference, even if they have the world on their shoulders, they might just like the distraction and a friendly face.