Thoughts while watching #wellmania

Three things that bring me joy:

  • Walking through nature on a sunny day
  • Cooking food that tastes good
  • Attention from my dogs
  • Creating (art, poetry, digital content)


  1. 30min art therapy (real or digital)
  2. 20min of exercise every morning
  3. Cultivate existing relationships
  4. Learn something new every day
  5. Practice Duolingo every day
  6. Buy a house
  7. Stick to sleep schedule
  8. Earn passive income
  9. Travel more
  10. Find a career I’m passionate about

Showers are the ultimate escape

How do you unwind after a demanding day?

I like to end the day with a hot steamy shower. It’s like the water is trying to give you a warm hug. It’s an opportunity to step away from the people, pets, and the world, and enter into your own world. It’s the opportunity to free-think without prompts, to reflect on the day that has set and plan for the day to come. It’s the ultimate alone time.

Nerd Fitness Journal #17

Count to ten and start again, is how I manage to avoid the drama and go about my life. Although I realise a lot of my life has involved walking away and avoiding conflict. I tend to hide behind humour, sarcasm and make light of serious situations. Not the healthiest approach to life and it has cost me a number of relationships.

Ironically, I have a Master of Communications. Professionally, I am fine because I put on a persona. All the worlds a stage etc. We have our parts to act. Not to say I’m a fake. It’s just the professional world sees more of the consciously crafted extrovertism, where the rest of my life deals with my introvetness,

I’ve been reading a book recently where the author discussed making your inner voice a third person. So it’d like we’re talking to a friend rather than ourselves. So instead of using first person pronouns shift it into third.

When the little voice in my head starts to chime in; I will remember my mantra. WWLWHD? For example, this afternoon when I was out walking, my legs were weary and I was hungry. It would have been so easy to turn back towards the house at the half way mark. But I asked myself, what would Lady Witchazel do and of course I followed suit. After all, it’s Lady W, not Lazy W.

So I lifted my head, picked a spot in the distance, and took one step at a time towards the setting sun. 5km later my dogs were barking but it was worth it and Lady W knew it.

Sunset in Clyde, Victoria

Nerd Fitness Journal #16

Creating momentum is half the battle. I’ve said it before structure and consistency is the weapons needed to climb, crawl and well overcome the everyday interferences that deter us from our ultimate cosmic power.

Yes, I watched Aladdin again. It has always been my favourite Disney movie and has taught me so much about life. Not to mention, Robin Williams was really in his element.

Anyway, I digress. To create momentum in my goals. I follow a structure, the same structure everyday including weekends.

I roll out of bed between 5-5:30am and engage in a 30 minute Yoga session that makes my muscles wanna scream. I then shower and coffee. By 7am I am at this computer screen logged into work. At 8am I grab a yoggie from the fridge, and for lunch I have an omlette. I vamoose from work around 3.30pm and go for a 5km walk. Dinner to follow: Grill’d, Nandos, and/or Subway. One day I’ll learn how to cook, but these days are not those days.

I log my achievements of following the above structure through this blog and also through the Nerd Fitness Prime App. Having daily accountable and being able to tick them off is the ultimate motivation.

Plus look at my avatar, isn’t she cool?! The more daily tasks I battle, the more awesome weaponry I can equip her with.

Nerd Fitness Journal #15

My mother came home from the hospital this weekend. Keeping her to the couch has been interesting. She’s the mum that does things for everyone else and hates everyone doing things for her.

As the years progress, she relates herself to broken doll parts, often exclaiming “what a mess”. But she puts on a smile and a bright face and goes about her day one step at time.

This weekend she’s had me and my brother watching from a distance. Running for the tea, hovering behind her walking stick as she shuffles from one room to another. The puppies also help in running interference. As soon as she tries to move, the dogs move with her.

All three are asleep on the couch right now. So I can reflect on my mum, my somebody who gave me this life and raised me into the person I am.

She was the first person to teach me that happiness comes from giving joy to others. And the best things in life are free: kindness and love.

Nerd Fitness Journal #14

I’m two weeks into my 100 days of calorie counting and consistent exercising. I want to lose weight. But why? My phone is asking me. Well, it would be nice to lose the podge, fit into nice clothes, and feel strong and healthy. More importantly, I like the way I feel, I’m more confident and alive when I’m at my best form.

How my soul feels when I take care of myself

I am pretty lucky. I have the choice to feel this way or not feel this way. And lately I have been choosing to feel good.

Nerd Fitness Journal #13

Today, I want to take a moment and acknowledge the things I am grateful for.

  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. My puppies
  4. That I get to live in Australia
  5. That I was born and raised in England
  6. That I have a strong mixed ancestry
  7. Sunny days
  8. Long walks
  9. Pretty birds 🐦
  10. That I have a job
  11. That I am educated
  12. That I have a home
  13. That I have food and access to clean water
  14. That I have access to the internet
  15. Art and Literature
  16. Music
  17. Mountains
  18. Oceans
  19. Universe
  20. Miracle of humanity

Nerd Fitness Journal #12

The problem with not checking my daily notifications until 8pm is the challenges become cumbersome. For example, make your bed.

Having read the prompt. I jumped out of bed, straightened the pillows, and pulled the blanket tight over the mattress. After doing ten quick push ups (other challenge), I climbed back into bed and now we are exactly where we started.

I read my chapter for the day where I learned that our failures are just as important to our story as our successes.

Today’s fail was Nando’s including chips in my order by accident, and instead of giving them to someone else, I broke my rule. I inhaled everything but the paper bag.

Who can resist peri peri? It is another of my weaknesses and has probably set me back in my weight loss goals. But you only live with once, and whilst in lockdown; we must embrace life’s simple pleasures.

What would you try if you weren’t afraid of failing?

It would be nice to acquire some persuasive skills, and actually successfully form an argument or negotiation. That would make me slightly more competent in my day job methinks.

Outside of work I’d like to be able to speak different languages. Learning and speaking conversational Japanese preferably in Japan would be amazing. However my efforts so far haven’t really extended past an introduction and a few numbers.

I’d also like to be the person that can climb mountains and barely breaks a sweat. Or maybe run a marathon and keep up with my more agile friends.

I feel like failures and limitations are inevitable, it’s how we react that defines us. I could learn Japanese, train for a marathon, read a book on how to be persuasive… But the fear of failing holds me back. I think it’s like imposter syndrome where I get inside my own head. Part of me knows practicing consistently is the key to achieving the impossible goals,

Just need to tell the voices in my head that…

The noise in my head won’t go away

Nerd Fitness Journal #11

And just like that it was Monday again. I rose from my bed, shuffled into the study for 15 minutes of Yoga and 15 min of body attack. And the jumped into a very hot shower… next thing I know I’m climbing into my bed assessing the day that has passed.

Have you made yourself a lifelong project?

I don’t know how to answer that question. I’ve always dreamt of writing a book called ‘Being Human, as let’s face it there’s no real user guide. We just make it up as we go along and hope for the best.

I guess my life is a project. It’s filled with chapters, stories, triumphs and tragedies. In our younger years we’re defined by our schools and our identity is influenced by our need and want to be accepted. As adults, we take the best bits to produce the final product.

But even as we grow through adulthood, we change. We experience more triumphs and tragedies. So I wonder, if the project outcome is only realised on our death beds? Bit late.