Just keep swimming

From about the 15th, December was a write off for me.  I was struck down with a stomach bug, (I think that was my third one in 2014!) I blame the nursery and its little rug rats filled with all sorts of lovely germs.  I managed to hold it together for Christmas Day and Boxing Day only to wake up on the 27th with yet another stomach bug!  WTF?  And I had a cold / cough on / off throughout this time as well.  Of course I didn’t have much get-up-and-go so the last thing I felt like doing was exercise, which made me even more grumpy.  December was not a good month.  But its over, yay!

I woke up on New Years Day feeling tired from a late night, but generally OK… We all got up and got out the house for a lake walk and some lunch and I started to feel better. In the evening I dug out my trusty yoga DVD and did a 30mins session.  It was difficult but great to get moving!  The next day I met up with some friends and we hit the local pool for some laps.  I’ve been to the pool since then busting out 30mins of solid laps and it feels amazing to feel my muscles ache again after not using them for a while!  My goal through the winter is to swim twice a week and do yoga once a week, so far so good. 

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that its never great being ill, but once you feel your body has recovered, down’t let yourself stay in that horrible slump, its a downward spiral.  Force yourself to do some gentle exercise to get those endorphins going and you’ll feel so much better for it.  Now I wake up in the morning hungry again and ready to get up rather than peeling myself off the mattress wishing for just 10 more minutes.  Its a new year, get moving xx

Our post swim endorphin smile filled faces 🙂 

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Well 2014 has been an eventful year to say the least.  Here are a few snaps!

Ethan’s first birthday…


… and my 30th Birthday with a look back over the last decade.  It seems I haven’t changed much, hopefully I’m a bit wiser though.  

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I went surfing with the girls, we worked out that we hadn’t been to the coast together in something ridiculous like, four years. 

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The fam headed to Portugal for yet another surf trip. 

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Wakeboarding season started – which is always a winner. 


Summer vibes with one of the best summers I can remember (weather wise). 

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Twigdens’ go golfing.

IMG_6251A lot of fitness, workouts and bootcamps.

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A summer filled with Girls Days and Ladies Mornings around the country 🙂

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A family trip to the coast where Ethan had his first surf.  As did his trusty green spade.

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I hosted and coached the Kids Clubs over at BEP for the first summer!

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Coaching and assisting on the British Team Development Camps with British Waterski and Wakeboard which were held at various lakes around the country…


Nationals at JB was a fun event as always…


Plastic Playground…  Photo Credit: I Love Wake 


Surfing Storm…


Shooting with Mike from Mac Mac Photography is always fun 🙂


Celebrated our five year wedding anniversary.  Snap from our honeymoon in Bali Bali Baliiiii!  Those cocktails were lethal.  We have to go back. 


I coached over at Heron Lake with the Battle Back guys which was amazing.

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Filming the 2014 edit with the WSW Team – always a good time to be had. 


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I learnt how to sell a property abroad!  A trip to sunny Spain where I had to say goodbye to my folks gorgeous apartment.  I’ll miss that place. 

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I won the Rail Royal over at BEP which was pretty cool.

SONY DSCSONY DSCAnd the Clothes for Kids comp at JB was a great way to round off the season…

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Of course another surf trip to Portugal but this time with some of our best buds which was amazing!


We were there to witness a tow-in session at Nazare – which was insane!  Spot the ant…


Ethan had his first snowboard with the Burton guys…


My Dad finishing Chemo, whoooohooooooo!!!!!!!!!  We found out in April that my Dad had bowel cancer.  Within six weeks he had an operation to remove the tumour and then swiftly started chemo.  I’m very pleased to say he has just completed his eighth and last round and is still beating us all at golf. 

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New Years…. now just gotta work out some New Years Resolutions.  Not that I ever stick to them.  However, I’m going to start swimming as theres a brand new pool right near me so thats one thing.  I think its time to get Ethan on a wakeboard..  I’m heading to Florida in February which I’m super excited about!  There are more wake and surf trips in the pipeline as well, just finalising some destinations.  More coaching, more fitness, more shoots, just more of everything!  

2014 you have been one crazy year and I have a feeling 2015 will be even more so. 

Happy New Year everyone xx