Noosa Trail Network…Walking again

The Noosa Trail network has 8 trails with over 100kms of dedicated walking, mountain-biking and horse riding trails throughout the Noosa Hinterland.  So now that I have recently discovered a deeper love for walking, plus I have a partner who LOVES walking, I have started walking again.

After climbing my favourite mountain, Cooroora Mt, on New Years Day with Ignasi, we have since walked the Cudgerie Trail, explored the trails just around Cudgerie and finally walked along trails 7 and 8 from my parents home in Cudgerie Estate to the top of Cooroora Mt and back.

There are some bigger walks over 22km and if you link trails 3, 4, 5 & 7 a massive 62km trail which I am far more inclined to attempt now that I have walked across Spain.  Amazing what walking nearly 800kms will do for your walking confidence.  I’m even tempted to complete the 40km Noosa Hinterland Circuit in one day at some point.  Tempted but not fully convinced as yet.

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Where are you walking today?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

December Challenge Month – COMPLETED!!

As 2013 comes to a close I can look back and say that I have had a very full on year.  Not to mention just the last month! At the start of December I set myself 4 goals:

•    No poo
•    3 litres of water per day
•    10,000 kettlebell swings
•    2000 words per day.

When I first wrote these goals I did feel a like some would be easy and some would be hard.  How right I was, I didn’t realise which ones would be the hardest! So confession time!!!

No poo method

Well after 31 days of not using shampoo and conditioner I must say my hair doesn’t appear to be better or worse.  Sure I had some oily days but my hair is always oily if I don’t wash it for 4 days!!  My hair however did look amazing after a night of coconut oil and then washed. In total I washed my hair 10 times with the no poo method.  I initially used a 1 tablespoon of bicarb to 1 cup of water.  I now am using 3 tablespoons of bicarb and think I am getting a better result.  You certainly do need to rinse it out very well or it leaves dandruff looking bits of white… now when you have dark hair that is not a pleasant look! I really don’t think I will be going back to shampoo or conditioner so for now the no poo method is my method!
Drink 3 litres of water per day 

I am a little disappointed in this challenge! The women’s face on the article I got the idea from had very noticeable results.  I haven’t noticed any differences in my face.  The wrinkles haven’t disappeared at all and the darker circles under my eyes haven’t changed one bit.  I have probably flushed out a lot of toxins from my system but in terms of tangible results I cannot see them.  I will however continue this as well because physically I did feel better drinking more water.  I have only had soft drink 3 times this month and I did still have a couple of redbulls over the past month.  There is an addiction worth kicking!!!

Kettlebells (fitness)

Well I did wimp out slightly and get a 12kg kettlebell as well as the 16kg one but I feared at one point my elbow would crack! I am very stoked to say I did 10135!! I did one massive day of 1000 just to see if I could and a few other over 500 days.  I certainly am much stronger given my PB of number consecutive swings is now 160 with the 12 kg and 102 with the 16 kg bell.   One thing I did discover though is doing kettlebells barefoot on the grass is better than wearing shoes and being on concrete.  My ankles felt much stronger when I worked out barefoot.
2000 words per day

I was completely unsuccessful at writing 2000 words per day.  I have no real good excuse but a combination of the silly season, helping to prepare my parents house to accommodate 6 adults and 3 boys under the age of 9 have somewhat taken priority over writing.  Slack I know! I did however manage to write almost 30000 words so I didn’t exactly to no writing.   I just didn’t focus enough to really write! My poor book!!! I did however make money from a couple of clients so that was a bonus.

So prior to 11am on the 31 Dec 2013 I have:
◦    Completed 10135 kettlebell swings
◦    Drunk 95.1 litres of water
◦    Written 28902 words
◦    Washed hair 10 times

When I look it all together its been a very successful month.  Yes I didn’t get my words but that is ok I strive for progress but not to be perfection.  Had I of realised I would be heading towards 100 litres of water I would have tried to drink just a few more litres… really don’t think I want to consume an additional 4.9 litres today however!

I haven’t yet looked at my goals for 2014 but one thing is for sure it will probably include less countries, more writing, more self-development (living with so many people working on your patience is a given!) and more fitness!

Wishing you all a fabulous New Years Eve.  For me it will be early to bed and then climbing my mountain with Ignasi! Can’t have him in Australia and not climbing my mountain!
Blessed Be
Robyn xox

2013 Year in Review

When this year started I could never imagined that I would be sitting in my old bedroom over trying to down scale all my belongings after just finishing dinner with my family.  The year started with me firm in my decision to resign from my job as soon as my lease on my apartment was up and head out into the world.  I didn’t expect that I would be back in Australia so soon and I certainly didn’t expect to be feeling like a fish out of water.

So many countries so many destinations

So many countries so many destinations

My Wanderlust Odyssey was cut short and that has left me not really knowing what 2014 will hold for me.  I am somewhat in limbo, do I stay in Australia with Ignasi and battle the immigration department to get him a visa or do we go to Spain.  Though I know without hesitation that 2013 was a year of growth and experiences I will never forget.

Before I commenced writing my list of experiences I was feeling a little empty and a little unsure of my decisions.  Coming back to Australia though a difficult choice, in reality I just wanted to continue traveling.  REALLY I wanted to keep traveling after a miscarriage!!!!! I know that was not a healthy and sane option given the circumstances but it still doesn’t take away from the fact sitting at home where it is comfortable and familiar and initially (and still a little now) I felt like I shouldn’t be here.  The beaches of Costa Rica and Machu Piccu still called me name loudly to come experience them.  As well as biking down the death road in Boliva.  Things I won’t get to do now for some time.

Giving myself a hug of love and compassion, I remember that despite any pain I have at being home after losing my beloved little angel I had a bloody fantastic year.  At the start of the year I kicked it off in style by running my first ever marathon with a pretty damn good time.  Helped facilitate a women’s weekend workshop and growing in the company of 30 amazing and beautiful women gave me a little glimmer of what direction I wanted my life to take.  With that in mind and my lust for traveling firmly in my heart I faced a very big fear of mine, I finally quit the job I no longer enjoyed and commenced traveling more of the world.

As a brief snap these are some of the great things that happened in 2013 for me:
Ran my first marathon in 4.23.24
Quit my job to travel the world
Walked the Camino de Santiago
Fell in love with a wonderful Catalonian man!
Visited my sponsor child in Senegal
Visited Cuba – decided its the last place I ever want to revisit
Jumped into Gran Cenote
Visited Chichen Itza Ruins
Swam between the two islands of Caye Caulker in Belize – I impressed myself here!
Qualified as an ESL teacher
Added 9 countries to my list – Spain, Portugal, Senegal, Andorra, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Hong Kong
Committed myself to writing more
Finally started my first e-book
Ran my first women’s self-esteem morning tea
Meet wonderful people from all over the world that have touched my heart
Learnt more than 5 Spanish words – ok I know more than 5 but I still have a long way to go!
Getting to spending time with my family (most whom I haven’t seen in over 2 years) and my beautiful dog!
Got published on a women’s travel website
There are many more amazing things that happened, like the day Ignasi bathed my feet in freezing waters on the Camino de Santiago or the little dogs all over the world that got their photos taken while I squealed ‘Why hello!’.  After looking at the good things I thought about the things I wished were different.  I say different because bad just seems like it was too big of a word to use.

So the things I wished were different:
Money issues with former company not being solved swiftly
Miscarriaged at 13 weeks
Didn’t get to volunteer due to pregnancy issues and subsequent miscarriage
Didn’t get to complete my year long travel plans
Removal of items from Dubai – hopefully resolved by new years
Family illness and tragedy (not my stories to share)

So when you actually weigh up the great things to the things I wished were different it’s 18 to 6.  Pretty damn good odds in favour of great things.

I am also finishing the year in style.  Christmas with family, my darling Ignasi arrives on my birthday!!!! The remainder of my family arrive around the same time and I will have finished my 10000 kettlebell challenge, done 30 days of the no poo challenge (I am thinking I will never by shampoo again as I have found no difference between shampoo and no poo aside from the cost). My 2000 words per day has been more than just a little difficult but the 3 liters of water a day has been surprisingly easy.  And I am pretty sure I have become addicted to PicFrame and posting photos with little comments on them on my Instragram account – aussiebutterfly76!

So to be fair this year has been bloody amazing! I am still grieving our angel and I think I will for awhile yet but I can see all the amazing people, experiences and a few too many ‘things’ in my life.  The list of things I am grateful for would take hours to write.  One thing is certain I learnt the value of faith and trust.  Trusting that everything would turn out the way it was meant to and not how I wanted it too took a lot of faith.
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12 days of the year left and still a few amazing things to come! I am a very lucky women!
What were the great things that happened for you in 2013?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox