SurfAid #MakeAWave 14 Day Update

I am proud to be an Ambassador for the SurfAid's #MakeAWave challenge. I had set out to be either surfing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming for 30 days in September however I'm based in Melbourne and current COVID restrictions have impacted this. For the first 7 days of the 30 day challenge I was either kayaking, training with waterfilled training equipment, getting creative or doing surf inspired workouts. Over the past week (days 8 - 14) I've been kayaking, taking out an old wave rider, training at home, and I even had a lay day. So far I've raised $186 towards my goal of raising over $1000 to help SurfAid deliver their programs. When you  support my fundraising  you give people in remote communities connected to us through surfing a hand up, rather than a handout.  SurfAid's geographical focus is on the heartlands of surfing where few visitors but surfers go, make their work unique. They specialise in working in very isolated villages where the maternal and chil

2020 The Year That Was Self-reflection Questions

I find that the end of the year is an excellent time to reflect on what you've learned about yourself and achieved. You can self-reflect on what occurred since last New Years. Self-reflection is a great starting point for a journey of self-acceptance and self-love, as well as being an excellent way to reset your self for the year ahead.

Questions can act as an excellent prompt for self-reflection. Depending on your social circles, they could be some great conversation starters too!

I recently asked the below three questions in my Instagram stories, and it was beautiful to read everyone's responses. Thank you to those who shared their insights with me. Here are my answers, along with some added reflection on the why.

  1. What's your proudest achievement for 2020? I don't know when it happened, but there was a moment during the past 12 months, where I found I switched my language to be more positive. An example of this would be rather than posting content that says "don't do these things" it was geared towards "things you could do". I felt that telling people what they shouldn't do wasn't equipping anyone with what to do instead and was leaving a void. Plus I believe that at times something is better than nothing because you can always improve. Part of the flow on with this is that I don't feel so uptight about things.

  2. What excites you about the future? I'm excited to be fostering more robust and more meaningful connections with those in my circle of friends. Throughout the COVID lockdowns (in Melbourne), I saw who the people I indeed hold near and dear and want in my life. Surrounding myself with people who intellectually challenge me, are upbeat, inspirational, can hold a conversation and who take the time out of their schedule to connect with me means so much. I also have found that I am a happier and am a more upbeat person too.

  3. What can you do today that you didn't think was possible a year ago? I believed at the start of 2020 that I would never be able to put my kayak away or get it down without help. During December, I discovered that this was a lie and that I can put my kayak away and bring it down all by myself. I feel that I may have put to much stake in what is such a simple task and overcomplicated it in the process. Or the other possibility is that going from never doing it to doing it by myself was too much of a leap. I needed to get comfortable doing it with assistance before I could do it by myself.
I believe that self-reflection is an essential part of personal growth. By working through these questions, I feel you gain great insights that help you see how far you've come and sets you up to achieve more in the future.

Sit down in a cosy spot, put on some music, and consider what this year has taught you about yourself.

Be kind to yourself!

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