“My brother sent me here to earn for the family. He’s taking care of our fields back in my village, but we need the money so I’m driving a rickshaw here. At first, I was scared. I was a teenager who’d never seen a big city. I’d never seen such big hoardings, such fancy people and so much money. But this city... it does something to you.
This one time, I didn’t have a lot of money and was starving because people refused to help me. But this other time I got stuck under a flyover during the floods — the water level was so high, I felt like that was going to be the end of me. But just then a group of people, who were safe, risked their lives, jumped inside the water and pulled me and my rickshaw out. They didn’t have to do that, and we’ll probably never see each other again, but everyday I thank them in my prayers at least once.
I realised then that life is full of good and bad - one cannot exist without the other. So now, I don’t take the bad things to heart anymore — because I know that before I know it, the good times will come!
With that attitude, I’m earning so much that even if my brother chooses not to work, the house will still be up and running.
It’s called the city of dreams for a reason...sometimes it just drowns you in the crowd and you get lost amongst the lakhs of dreamers. But if you persist, if you keep trying — it also saves you, gives you the best it has to offer and makes your dreams become a reality.” ...
This weekend was the weekend we hand delivered our first 2020 LBD planner.
We run a competition each year on our pages and the winner gets their planner hand delivered no matter where they live in the world 🙌🏻. 2017 went to Karla in Newcastle.
2018 to Justine in Melbourne.
2019 to Jess in Perth and now
2020 to Sarah north of Brisbane.
Sarah is pregnant at the moment and I couldn’t help myself so I had a little romper made with a special ‘You’ve got this Mumma’ message on it ✨. ...
Apologies for more Kona Spam!! Can’t believe this was already a week ago 🤔
This race is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance where dreams are either achieved or crushed... one where you are guaranteed to find yourself in some really dark places... you want to quit, you don’t think you can take the pain anymore, the heat is unbearable, you are dehydrated, you have no energy as your stomach is in all sorts of pain and not able to take in calories, and the course can be soul destroying due to the isolation which forces you into your own head. This is where it can come unstuck very quickly if your mind is focused on the negatives and can easily end your race if you can’t rectify this.
This is what I love about these photos I’ve shared - as I’ve said my main goal for this race was just to finish.. but on top of that my second focus was to stay present in every moment, enjoy and embrace every moment (ok there are always moments that you can’t enjoy) but on the whole these photos show how much I enjoyed this race... yes I had unpleasant symptoms for the majority of the run, but I refused to allow that to dominate my thoughts. I remained positive, engaged with the crowd and each time the pain became overwhelming, I would remind myself that I was in KONA living the dream of every triathlete!! And how lucky I am to have this opportunity. I truly believe this had a massive impact on my race 🙏🙌
Follow your dreams, keep persisting and don’t ever give up 👊👊
Psst - do you want to know a secret? I don't particularly care for the word "growth." I think it's too linear - it only goes one way. Perspective needs room to breathe over the course of one's life - it expands and contracts, it's a breathing aspect of your soul.
Rather, I far prefer the word "metamorphosis" to represent change. And as a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, there is something beautiful waiting for you on the other side.
The process is often uncomfortable, messy, and full of feelings you weren't expecting - this has definitely been true for me as I continue working toward my dreams, I will always be learning, changing, expanding my horizons and it's so worth it.
I've overcome a lot of obstacles and have made a lot of sacrifices throughout my life, but by far the most challenging and difficult part has been the much-needed inner reflection and shift in perspective that I would not have been able to achieve on my own, without someone who truly cared to help me learn how to become my best self, who helped me to see that until I found inner harmony and made peace with myself, I'd never be strong enough to help others achieve great things in their own lives. ...