I don’t seem to be the only one saying, wow where did 2015 go???? Is it because I’m getting older or is it because so much happened? Its just really hard to believe that another year has started, my 39th!
I don’t really do New Years Resolutions rather preferring to look back on the year that has past with gratitude and let the year ahead of me unfold without planning to much ahead. Its really just my way of simplifying my life and removing stress. I like setting goals but if there is too much on the list it adds to the stress levels. I loath having an unfinished list of goals so I limit them to just a few, achievable, goals at a time.
There is one thing in my life that is considered a strength but it can also be a bit of a curse to me. I spend a lot of time future focusing, which means I tend to look into the future and forecast what I want to do and how to get there. It’s a good trait to have but only if you spend short amounts of time and energy focussing on it.
Actively venturing through the depths of my mind and reliving the past 12 months is really good for me. Therapeutic if you like.
Its been a wonderful year for me, full of some big high’s, coupled with some lows.
If it’s ok with you I’d like to relive some of those experiences and explain what I have learned along the way.
On Friday the 13th of November, in Fiji, while paddle boarding on a stunning coral reef, I asked my beautiful partner of 2 years to be my wife. If everything else in my life is shitty I’ve always got my Georgia to spread some love and light on what’s going on. She’s the most amazing person I’ve met with her beautiful nature and caring heart. To be her husband would mean the world to me. She said yes and we will get married in March this year.
On that same day I was told I was no longer needed in the Australian squad. My dream of going to Rio was terminated and 3 years of extremely hard work and sacrifice down the drain, my life as an elite sportsman came to an end.
Surprisingly though this news didn’t hit me like the blow you would expect. Sure I was disappointed and took a moment to gather myself but if you consider all the wonderful things in my life and if you could see the big picture this news was merely a speed hump.
I’ll put it into perspective. The 3 years of hard work did nothing but improve me as a person and an athlete, I won a World Championship, I travelled the world and got paid to do what I loved to do. Sure I came up short of my desired outcome but when you chase the Holy Grail it’s not reaching the top that is the biggest reward, it’s the journey to get there.
I was in Fiji, speaking at a 5 day business retreat, staying at a 5 star resort for free, I was with the person I love more than anything, we had just found out that we are going to add to our family with a baby due in July, I could now pursue the dreams and goals I’ve had on hold, I would no longer be sore, tired and grumpy from training so much and the bottom line was I’ve had a bloody good career. What more is there for me to do in my sport – I’m a Paralympic Gold medalist, a World Champion and in 2010 was voted best player in my classification. I just can’t be bitter about not going to Rio.
Yes that’s right, Georgia is pregnant.
What else happened in 2015? Well everything else is very dim in comparison….apart from diving with Whale Sharks at the Ningaloo Reef in May, my best mate Rob and his wife Karen giving birth to their son, Mason, in November, all my family moving to Melbourne from NZ, copious wheelchair rugby tournaments and successfully starting my own personal training business.
What does 2016 have in store for me? The transition from being an athlete to a regular contributing member of society doesn’t come without its challenges. So with this in mind I have a few courses I’m completing online, a few holidays planned, a wedding and a baby to prepare for and basically just enjoying life. Not being told what to do, how to do it, where to go and when, is going to be a big relief.
On my list of things I want to achieve this year is;
•I want to become a professional writer. I do this as a hobby now but I want to take my writing to another level and get paid to do it. I’m doing some courses to help me and the production of this simple blog is my starting point.
•I am going to nestle myself under the wing of Andrew Ellem from Pivotal Health & Fitness, build my knowledge base in a real setting and increase my client base. My goal is to improve the lives of people with and without a disability through movement and I’m so excited to be working out of such a wonderful space.
•I will move focus slightly in April when I start my level 1 certification with Precision Nutrition. I believe that if health and fitness isn’t approached holistically and in combination you won’t get the results you are after. I also believe that to get where you want to go you need to surround yourself with the best. PN are world leaders in delivering the results people want. I’m totally focused on helping people and sharing my knowledge. My ultimate goal is to take my business online 100%.
•I am going to work one on one with Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Chantel Gough to improve my body from the inside and Gareth Houley from OD on Movement to get my body working more fluently on the outside. My health has been neglected somewhat over the years and it’s time to repair and rejuvenate.
•Lastly I want to move from the need to rely on external things to make me happy. I’m terrible at wasting money on shit I don’t need in order to make me feel good. I want to eliminate ‘stuff’ from my life and get back to living simply.
So as you can see these aren’t resolutions they are just some things I want to work towards. No pressure. I’ll have a wife and a baby in 2016 so life will change enough as it is…I don’t need the pressure of new years resolutions rather I have some things that I know will make my life better and I know that I can achieve them. Simple.
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