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Discover, Explore, Live…

In September, I completed the amazingly tough Haute Route bike race across the Pyrenees from Barcelona to Biarritz (one of the highest, and toughest cyclosportives in the world across 20 cols, 800km, and 20,000m of climbing).

After the race I took 3 days to go surfing and to get over my chest infection.  Salt water has an amazing healing effect! Then, with girlfriends, enjoyed some excellent pinchos, great conversation, and fun times, at the fantastic Atari Gastroteka in Donostia – San Sebastiàn.

Atari Gastroteka, where we were locked in on our last visit :-P!

Atari Gastroteka, where we were locked in on our last visit :-P!

Returned home to a stunning Autumn in Chamonix, did some running, mountain biking, and yoga.  Attended the Summer Charity Ball organised by the wonderful Neverest Girls who are raising money for Chacun son Everest who do amazing work in Chamonix helping children and women recover from cancer.

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I also managed to pack up my lovely place in Les Nants, and place my European belongings into storage, and put my car into long term car parking this month.

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So for the next months…?

In the middle of that crazy bike ride, I was offered an opportunity to train as a Yin Yoga and Yoga Alliance Teacher Teacher in Costa Rica at the well known Nosara Yoga Institute in October to November.  I have been doing yoga since 1999 and love the counter balance to my triathlon, cycling, running, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, diving and surfing adventures.  I am a great believer in Yin Yoga for recuperating injured athletes and for those who push the limits in work, play and life.

50 hours a week of yoga teacher training over 5 weeks will stretch me :-)!

Costa Rica is also a great place to surf, see amazing wildlife both topside and underwater and maybe even learn a little Spanish.

On top of this, I was invited to go to the Seychelles for week. As I love islands and the marine environment…and easily persuaded to explore new places, it seemed that this trip and some work meetings in the Middle East would fit together nicely.

I have a week of theory on my RYA sailing ‘Day Skipper’ course, to fit in somewhere this month, too.

That sums up my current plans until the end of November.

They say you regret the things you fail to do rather than the things you do…so remember to make the most of your opportunities, have the courage to be who you are, speak and hold to your own truth, love others, and keep your heart full of childlike wonder.

Living life to the fullest, now. Looking for base to call home, in the future…

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Updates will be through my Facebook sites and this blog.

Happy Autumn :).

With love, Kathleen xxxx

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Oslo, Norway…

Hei to friends in Norway. I began trawling through my Iphone for video yesterday and started sorting images from an unexpected trip to Oslo in February which brought me closer to some very special people.

I started experimenting with different techniques today, and I came across the image of the Opera house in Oslo. When I started playing with it, I noticed on the top left hand side of the roof two Muslim women looking down across Oslo. Coincidence? Or design?

Peace and Courage.

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A new way of seeing things…

“One’s journey is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” Henry Miller.

Last 7 weeks:

Travel: Norway, Sweden, Oman, Emirates, France, Italy, Switzerland

Sport: Ice skating (Oslo), Kite Surfing (Dubai), Nordic, Off-piste and Rando skiing (Norway/Chamonix), Diving (Musandam, Oman), Running, Yoga.

Training: Off Piste Skiing, Avalanche Foundation and Progression Courses with The Avalanche Academy Planning Off-Piste Skiing, Crevasse Rescue Refresher.

In my photography and film I am often looking for new ways of seeing things. The reason images and film fascinate me is they offer people an opportunity to see things differently.

I guess that is what I love about sport, exploration and nature…it leaves you with a fresh perspective, and it can lead a new way of being – if you let it.

I have always been interested in the capacity to inspire, and empower, so this year I have chosen to train as an international coach with The Coaches Training Institute. Our group comprises people from 19 different nations, with a wealth of professional, business, and life experience to share.

I have started coaching a few people as an intern coach and the results are pretty damn amazing. It’s a great way to shift perspective, and not only that of your clients ;).

Otherwise, I am still in the pretzel business, and have decided to stop fighting the challenges of yoga and flow with the whole thing.

So to close with some photography ;)… here are a few images I have taken recently in Chamonix…

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Aquanimity Day 30: Is there always another fish in the sea?

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Aquanimity Day 8: Inside the Snow Globe

Perspective is an amazing thing. I feel like I could just fall into this magical fairy world…then I realize I am in it.

Looking into the Snow Globe on 365 Project

The moment is now and we create beauty. Each and everyone of us. Be kind, thoughtful and loving. Create a little magic in the worlds of those that you touch.

Namaste. (Hee hee – I am becoming a yogini ;-))

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Aquanimity Day 7: Angsana, the Thai Elephant

Zenning out again…

Angsana: The Thai Elephant on 365 Project

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Aquanimity Day 5: Berry Suspect

A little visitor ran off with my Christmas Holly.

It’s challenging for the animals to find food and water in the winter so they come closer to the village.

I have seen deer prints on my morning walk as I put out the recycling. Last year working after midnight I saw a young deer pass by my windows, she was very shy as she stopped to look straight at me from the quiet of the midnight snow I felt the magic of winter touch me.

Berry Suspect on 365 Project

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Aquanimity Day 4: Snow Lift – Brevent Chamonix

Snow Lift on 365 Project

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Weekend in Normandy…

Weekend in Normandy…

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Ramadam Kareem….

Just back from an amazing trip to United Arab Emirates with some diving in Dibba, and Fujairah, sailing on a small Laser..and generally enjoying the joys of being in a hot dusty climate (I am Australian I do Like it hot) in close proximity to salty water and sea creatures.

Enjoyed wonderful fresh food from a variety of nations and the friendly hospitality of the Emirate culture which continues even when people are fasting…no sugar lows or grumpy faces, just smiles and good natured generosity…Thanks.

Flying away from my salt water friends was a little hard, so thanks to Etihad for upgrading me to a gorgeous business class seat and a wonderful end to a good flight over what felt like the entire Swiss/Italian & French alps at sunrise including a close up of Mont Blanc.

To start here are a few images of some dive friends and a simple video of some of the fun.

Best Regards
Kathleen

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