I’ve had a busy few weeks networking with people. I met a fellow coach who recently started her own business for coffee and we exchanged marketing notes. I then met with Lee Peyton from Breaking Strain Events, and discussed the possibility of me joining their leader team for treks in the Arctic next year, which was very exciting! Stay tuned for more details. I also met with my coach Steve Quinn, who has been supporting me since I started my own business, and he introduced to me to the new director of a company called Coachmatch (who I have already done some work with) – we discussed some exciting possibilities of where my retreats and walking-coaching concept could be used in Scotland.
The weekend before last saw a trip to Kinloch Rannoch to reccy some walks for my upcoming Wellbeing Retreat. Matt came along for the weekend, and we met up with Lindsey, who I am co-hosting the retreat with. We were blessed with fresh snow, blue skies and sunshine and enjoyed a lovely weekend – one of those experiences that is really soul-enriching. If you’d like to experience some of the same, you can find out more about the wellbeing retreat at www.reachthepeak.co.uk/wellbeing-retreat. We stayed at the Red Brolly Inn, and sampled their restaurant, so that counted as a new establishment for the challenge.
Through advertising my retreat, I’ve also been offering free phone-coaching sessions to people that express an interest, so that they can find out more about what coaching is. I therefore did 2 free coaching sessions this week – one with a lady who wanted to start cycling more and getting outdoors more often, and one with a lady who was at a decision point about her life and career and wanted to explore her options.
My weight is still very slowly creeping down overall, although it has been following a pattern of loss during the week, then putting on over the weekend as I climb mountains, go walking and overcompensate with chocolate and pub meals!
I took a couple of opportunities in the last couple of weeks. One was to undertake a module of Master Practitioner for NLP – I am now a qualified Master Practitioner in Memory Re-solution. It was a really interesting 2-day topic, quite intense. Through doing that, I also met one of my ‘interesting people’ – Shirley Sharp, who has sped through her NLP Practitioner journey and onto doing Master Practitioner, and was a lovely supportive energy to learn with. She worked for Standard Life and was keen to introduce me to some of her colleagues who may also be interested in retreats and outdoors personal development.
Saw a new film during the week – The Big Short – all about the housing market crash in 2008 and the few lucky people who predicted it and profited a huge amount from it. It was a pretty interesting film, with an all-star cast.
Saturday night saw a trip to the Fort William Film Festival, for a fantastic night watching presentations of awards for Mountain Culture, and then a brilliant slideshow and film by the Wild Bunch, called the Adventures of Dodo. Basically, a 79-year Reverend and yacht captain, Bob Shepton, invited 4 young and slightly crazy Belgian climbers on a yachting/climbing trip to Greenland and Baffin Island. The 4 climbers are also musicians, and the resulting film is funny, beautiful, a bit crazy and thoroughly enjoyable. If you like comedy, folk music, sailing and climbing, or any combination of the above – I really recommend this film. It got several minutes of standing ovation.
Some learnings from the last 2 weeks are:
- Ask for help, and talk about what you want and need, and opportunities start to come your way. This follows the NLP principle of ‘where the attention goes, the energy flows’ – in that you start to attract and/or notice opportunities related to what you are thinking about, talking about and focusing on. Simple, but true.
- In the event of getting stuck out in winter in an emergency, walking out/down is almost certainly going to be quicker and less tiring that building an emergency shelter (particularly if you don’t have a shovel, which I normally don’t) – still a good skill to know, even if its just for fun on a shit weather day.
- Sunshine really makes a difference to my mood. Its like the sky is smiling at me, and it makes me smile back. Perhaps I need a winter sun holiday each year?