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  • Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too! 
Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador 
Top @waveprojectuk - I’m raising money for them with #PaddleboardTheNorth in July πŸ’™
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  • Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

    We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

    Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

    If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too!
    Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

    There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

    Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

    Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador
    Top @waveprojectuk - I’m raising money for them with #PaddleboardTheNorth in July πŸ’™
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  • 116 9 18 May, 2019
  • β€œThe minute I put my wetsuit or swimsuit on I know I’m in for a treat! πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ Last October the wonderfully talented & thoughtful Danielle @finditfilm invited me to talk about what moving joyfully, in the sea & hills, brought to my life. πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸš² πŸ’›

This is a little clip about the joy of my wetsuit & swimsuit! 😊 
That feeling that I’m treating myself to something special - for my physical & perhaps for me even more importantly my mental & β€œheart” & β€œsoul” wellbeing. πŸ’› 
Sea swimming, paddleboarding, bodyboarding .... πŸ³πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Oh and I talk about running & Plogging too πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ™»οΈ We talk about my miscarriages, feeling broken & losing myself in my 40s and how tiny adventures in nature have helped heal & bring me back to joy & gratitude & purpose. πŸ’š

Danielle is such a kind & intelligent film maker - listening and creating a story I didn’t expect but felt very right too. πŸ’™

It’s part of their Finding Empowerment series. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I would really recommend you watch their portfolio of films about extraordinary women In Adventure - rowers, climbers, ultra runners.... I’ll pop a link in my bio too. The film is on her IGTV. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ What piece of clothing makes you feel joy? A particular dress, heels, something sparkly or trainers, hiking boots, yoga leggings maybe? πŸ’š I would love to know! Will you be wearing it this weekend? Jo xx πŸ’—

Leggings & rash vest for SUP  bought from @finisterreuk &  made from @econylbrand - recycled ghost net πŸ’™

Be Kind t shirt designed by my eldest son especially for me! It says Be Kind To The Oceans on the back πŸ³πŸ’— #filmmaker #femalefilmmakerfriday #fridayfeeling #mentalhealthawarenessweek #seaswimming #paddleboarding #standuppaddleboarding  #wellnessblogger #over50andfeelinggreat #menopause #wheelofwellbeing #paddleboardthenorth
  • β€œThe minute I put my wetsuit or swimsuit on I know I’m in for a treat! πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ Last October the wonderfully talented & thoughtful Danielle @finditfilm invited me to talk about what moving joyfully, in the sea & hills, brought to my life. πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸš² πŸ’›

    This is a little clip about the joy of my wetsuit & swimsuit! 😊
    That feeling that I’m treating myself to something special - for my physical & perhaps for me even more importantly my mental & β€œheart” & β€œsoul” wellbeing. πŸ’›
    Sea swimming, paddleboarding, bodyboarding .... πŸ³πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Oh and I talk about running & Plogging too πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ™»οΈ We talk about my miscarriages, feeling broken & losing myself in my 40s and how tiny adventures in nature have helped heal & bring me back to joy & gratitude & purpose. πŸ’š

    Danielle is such a kind & intelligent film maker - listening and creating a story I didn’t expect but felt very right too. πŸ’™

    It’s part of their Finding Empowerment series. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I would really recommend you watch their portfolio of films about extraordinary women In Adventure - rowers, climbers, ultra runners.... I’ll pop a link in my bio too. The film is on her IGTV. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ What piece of clothing makes you feel joy? A particular dress, heels, something sparkly or trainers, hiking boots, yoga leggings maybe? πŸ’š I would love to know! Will you be wearing it this weekend? Jo xx πŸ’—

    Leggings & rash vest for SUP bought from @finisterreuk & made from @econylbrand - recycled ghost net πŸ’™

    Be Kind t shirt designed by my eldest son especially for me! It says Be Kind To The Oceans on the back πŸ³πŸ’— #filmmaker #femalefilmmakerfriday #fridayfeeling #mentalhealthawarenessweek #seaswimming #paddleboarding #standuppaddleboarding #wellnessblogger #over50andfeelinggreat #menopause #wheelofwellbeing #paddleboardthenorth
  • 118 17 17 May, 2019

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  • β€œPay attention to ordinary things. It’s the key to an extraordinary life” Ruth Reichl πŸ’›β €
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I stayed at a hotel recently where the message on their notepads was Escape The Ordinary. πŸ“β €
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I realise that’s their branding,  hotels & holidays are a wonderful opportunity to nourish, recharge & replenish.... πŸ’›β €
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But in the long term, isn’t the greatest joy to be found in appreciating the every day & being grateful for those tiny moments that we can otherwise take for granted? πŸ’—β €
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A morning bike ride listening to the birds, the bubble of the river on our evening strolls, the plop of the rain into the canal as I moved quietly along on my paddleboard & then not so quietly as I got tangled up in a bush trying to prise out a polystyrene takeaway box! πŸŒΏπŸ˜Šβ €
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These tiny moments have filled my heart recently .... just like the bunting flapping in the breeze on Sunday at @eden_escape_fest on Sunday when I was so fortunate to speak with @wonderfulwildwomen. β˜€οΈβ €
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I read an interesting article by Brene Brown recently about the link between joy & gratitude and how her research into the link wasn’t quite as she expected... πŸ“

Google Brene Brown Joy and Gratitude and it will come up. A Global Leadership Network article. πŸ’›
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What are your thoughts on joy & gratitude? What are you grateful for recently? Jo xx β˜€οΈβ €
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Also, how much nicer is bunting than balloons & environmentally so much kinder! 🌿🐳 #bunting #escapeedenfest #blueskies #summersday #summerafternoon #brenebrown #sky #clouds #cloudlover #paddleboardthenorth #joy #gratitude #wellbeing #wellnessblogger #festivalbunting #festival #sundayafternoon #nothingisordinary #escapetheordinary #skyporn #skylover #lookupmore #inspiringquotes #ruthreichl #seeksimplicity #seekjoy #101thingsthatmakemesmile
  • β€œPay attention to ordinary things. It’s the key to an extraordinary life” Ruth Reichl πŸ’›β €
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    I stayed at a hotel recently where the message on their notepads was Escape The Ordinary. πŸ“β €
    β €
    I realise that’s their branding, hotels & holidays are a wonderful opportunity to nourish, recharge & replenish.... πŸ’›β €
    β €
    But in the long term, isn’t the greatest joy to be found in appreciating the every day & being grateful for those tiny moments that we can otherwise take for granted? πŸ’—β €
    β €
    A morning bike ride listening to the birds, the bubble of the river on our evening strolls, the plop of the rain into the canal as I moved quietly along on my paddleboard & then not so quietly as I got tangled up in a bush trying to prise out a polystyrene takeaway box! πŸŒΏπŸ˜Šβ €
    β €
    These tiny moments have filled my heart recently .... just like the bunting flapping in the breeze on Sunday at @eden_escape_fest on Sunday when I was so fortunate to speak with @wonderfulwildwomen. β˜€οΈβ €
    β €
    I read an interesting article by Brene Brown recently about the link between joy & gratitude and how her research into the link wasn’t quite as she expected... πŸ“

    Google Brene Brown Joy and Gratitude and it will come up. A Global Leadership Network article. πŸ’›
    β €
    What are your thoughts on joy & gratitude? What are you grateful for recently? Jo xx β˜€οΈβ €
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    Also, how much nicer is bunting than balloons & environmentally so much kinder! 🌿🐳 #bunting #escapeedenfest #blueskies #summersday #summerafternoon #brenebrown #sky #clouds #cloudlover #paddleboardthenorth #joy #gratitude #wellbeing #wellnessblogger #festivalbunting #festival #sundayafternoon #nothingisordinary #escapetheordinary #skyporn #skylover #lookupmore #inspiringquotes #ruthreichl #seeksimplicity #seekjoy #101thingsthatmakemesmile
  • 94 11 11 June, 2019
  • Be body kind.... πŸ’—

The theme of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Month is Be Body Kind. πŸ’—

According to @mentalhealthfoundation 1 in 5 people over 55 have felt anxious about their body image. πŸ’›

I’m now 54 & as someone who for many years (decades) struggled to like her body, I wrote two articles last year about learning to appreciate & be kind to my body - just as it is - right now. πŸ’› 
One for @henpickednet & one for @be_real_campaign - link in bio for both. πŸ’—

Exercising joyfully & with gratitude is key for me. A way to make friends with myself again after years of believing I needed to make my body smaller/leaner/sculpted to like it.πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸš² I still fall into the old traps of comparison & scrutiny (my sister called me out on it when we were filming Finding Joy & I said my thighs didn’t look good enough in a wetsuit shot!) πŸ˜²πŸ„β€β™€οΈ but I’m learning every day..... This pic was taken last August before I went sea swimming & shortly before my left shoulder froze & for months I couldn’t lift it or move it properly.πŸ’› Yesterday I paddleboarded in the sunshine & my healed shoulders helped move me through the water joyfully .... πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I am so grateful for that. πŸ’—πŸ’› I’d love to know your thoughts if you have chance to read the articles & what you feel about Being Body Kind... Jo xx πŸ’—πŸ’› Swimsuit @deakinandblue (bought myself) 
Paddleboard - @bluefinsups (Brand Ambassador πŸ’™) Rash vest @waveprojectuk - I’m raising funds for them with PaddleboardTheNorth πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ€™πŸ„πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ
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#bebodykind #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealth #bodypositive #bodyconfience #loveyourbody #deakinandblue #menopause #berealcampaign #henpicked #paddleboardthenorth #brandambassador
  • Be body kind.... πŸ’—

    The theme of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Month is Be Body Kind. πŸ’—

    According to @mentalhealthfoundation 1 in 5 people over 55 have felt anxious about their body image. πŸ’›

    I’m now 54 & as someone who for many years (decades) struggled to like her body, I wrote two articles last year about learning to appreciate & be kind to my body - just as it is - right now. πŸ’›
    One for @henpickednet & one for @be_real_campaign - link in bio for both. πŸ’—

    Exercising joyfully & with gratitude is key for me. A way to make friends with myself again after years of believing I needed to make my body smaller/leaner/sculpted to like it.πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸš² I still fall into the old traps of comparison & scrutiny (my sister called me out on it when we were filming Finding Joy & I said my thighs didn’t look good enough in a wetsuit shot!) πŸ˜²πŸ„β€β™€οΈ but I’m learning every day..... This pic was taken last August before I went sea swimming & shortly before my left shoulder froze & for months I couldn’t lift it or move it properly.πŸ’› Yesterday I paddleboarded in the sunshine & my healed shoulders helped move me through the water joyfully .... πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I am so grateful for that. πŸ’—πŸ’› I’d love to know your thoughts if you have chance to read the articles & what you feel about Being Body Kind... Jo xx πŸ’—πŸ’› Swimsuit @deakinandblue (bought myself)
    Paddleboard - @bluefinsups (Brand Ambassador πŸ’™) Rash vest @waveprojectuk - I’m raising funds for them with PaddleboardTheNorth πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ€™πŸ„πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ
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    #bebodykind #mentalhealthawarenessweek #mentalhealth #bodypositive #bodyconfience #loveyourbody #deakinandblue #menopause #berealcampaign #henpicked #paddleboardthenorth #brandambassador
  • 259 44 16 May, 2019

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  • One of my goals for #paddleboardthenorth is to make the training and preparation to the β€œstart line” part of the adventure. I really want to enjoy the training, learn new things & appreciate what my 54 year old body can do. 
My plan for #paddleboardthenorth training is: 1. Work hard, 2. Be kind to myself, 3. Appreciate the joy in the journey. β€œWhat sort of 54 year old woman gets herself into this kind of predicament”, I wondered, β€œand how am I going to get out of it?” And maybe that’s part of it too. Maybe it is not just my sons I need to convince that I will be OK when they fly the nest towards their own adventures; maybe this is about allaying my own lingering doubts about my abilities. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘¬πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Gym work, kettlebell classes, running , cycling and swimming are all activities I do regularly and help keep me fit and strong πŸ’ͺ @healthyhappy50 
#fitness #onthegrind #exercise #workout #paddleboardthenorth #mum #over50 #love #smile #laugh #pushyourself #paddleboarding #kettlebellclasses #gymwork #cycling #running #swimming #menopause
  • One of my goals for #paddleboardthenorth is to make the training and preparation to the β€œstart line” part of the adventure. I really want to enjoy the training, learn new things & appreciate what my 54 year old body can do.
    My plan for #paddleboardthenorth training is: 1. Work hard, 2. Be kind to myself, 3. Appreciate the joy in the journey. β€œWhat sort of 54 year old woman gets herself into this kind of predicament”, I wondered, β€œand how am I going to get out of it?” And maybe that’s part of it too. Maybe it is not just my sons I need to convince that I will be OK when they fly the nest towards their own adventures; maybe this is about allaying my own lingering doubts about my abilities. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘¬πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦ Gym work, kettlebell classes, running , cycling and swimming are all activities I do regularly and help keep me fit and strong πŸ’ͺ @healthyhappy50
    #fitness #onthegrind #exercise #workout #paddleboardthenorth #mum #over50 #love #smile #laugh #pushyourself #paddleboarding #kettlebellclasses #gymwork #cycling #running #swimming #menopause
  • 22 1 14 June, 2019

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  • Happy 1st birthday to my little jwatery business! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’¦ A year ago I qualified to teach Aqua Fitness with @waterfitnessuk & have been holding two classes each week alongside my day job. πŸ’™

I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to give my clients my very best so they can enjoy their time in the pool, moving their bodies, listening to music & switching off from the day.πŸ’¦ I tell them at the start of each class I love aqua fit so much I wanted to train & share that love. πŸ’—

That my goal is for them to leave feeling great & to get a fab night’s sleep before the weekend. πŸ’›

In a week when we have seen so much nastiness & flawed thinking written about the Nike @nike mannequins, it feels even more important to me that I continue to teach like this πŸ’š. Language matters. Kindness matters. I never talk about burning calories or toning bingo wings, I never mention muffin tops or what they may or may not have eaten at Christmas or Easter. πŸ’—

My goal is for them (women & men) of all ages to go away feeling good about themselves and the joy of moving their body (as hard or gently as they need) & clearing their minds. πŸ’›

I gotta walk the walk, not just talk the talk, on body positivity. Above all, I want to show that I care. πŸ’—

Once #PaddleboardTheNorth is over I shall share more about the huge benefits of aqua fit & the different things we do. πŸ’¦ I absolutely love it! 😊

Have you ever done aqua fit or hydro jog/deep water running? I really recommend you try it! It’s a joy! Jo xx πŸ’™

Pic : early morning after a sea swim in Seahouses, Northumberland! πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ .
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Swimsuit: @deakinandblue (bought by me!) .
#seaswim #wildswimming #deakinandblue #bodypositive #bopo #over50 #womenover50 #outdoorswimming #sidehustle #aquafit #midlifewomen #over50andfabulous #over50andfeelinggreat #over50fitness #bodyconfidence #ihaveembraced #wheelofwellbeing #wellnesscoach #mentalhealth #swimsuit #lovewhoyouare #embraceyourself #thisis54 #strongwomen #Lifeafter50 #waterfitness #waterfitnessinstructor
  • Happy 1st birthday to my little jwatery business! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’¦ A year ago I qualified to teach Aqua Fitness with @waterfitnessuk & have been holding two classes each week alongside my day job. πŸ’™

    I cannot tell you how fortunate I feel to give my clients my very best so they can enjoy their time in the pool, moving their bodies, listening to music & switching off from the day.πŸ’¦ I tell them at the start of each class I love aqua fit so much I wanted to train & share that love. πŸ’—

    That my goal is for them to leave feeling great & to get a fab night’s sleep before the weekend. πŸ’›

    In a week when we have seen so much nastiness & flawed thinking written about the Nike @nike mannequins, it feels even more important to me that I continue to teach like this πŸ’š. Language matters. Kindness matters. I never talk about burning calories or toning bingo wings, I never mention muffin tops or what they may or may not have eaten at Christmas or Easter. πŸ’—

    My goal is for them (women & men) of all ages to go away feeling good about themselves and the joy of moving their body (as hard or gently as they need) & clearing their minds. πŸ’›

    I gotta walk the walk, not just talk the talk, on body positivity. Above all, I want to show that I care. πŸ’—

    Once #PaddleboardTheNorth is over I shall share more about the huge benefits of aqua fit & the different things we do. πŸ’¦ I absolutely love it! 😊

    Have you ever done aqua fit or hydro jog/deep water running? I really recommend you try it! It’s a joy! Jo xx πŸ’™

    Pic : early morning after a sea swim in Seahouses, Northumberland! πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ .
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    Swimsuit: @deakinandblue (bought by me!) .
    #seaswim #wildswimming #deakinandblue #bodypositive #bopo #over50 #womenover50 #outdoorswimming #sidehustle #aquafit #midlifewomen #over50andfabulous #over50andfeelinggreat #over50fitness #bodyconfidence #ihaveembraced #wheelofwellbeing #wellnesscoach #mentalhealth #swimsuit #lovewhoyouare #embraceyourself #thisis54 #strongwomen #Lifeafter50 #waterfitness #waterfitnessinstructor
  • 169 39 14 June, 2019

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  • I can’t believe that six years ago I was having a really tough time and didn’t know what to do with myself. Who would have thought that I would be selected as a @british.canoeing Women’s Paddlesports Ambassador for 2019? There are 10 of us, across canoeing & kayaking, paddleboarding & SUP yoga. We’re all different ages, with me being the oldest at 54! πŸ„β€β™€ πŸ›Ά 🌊

Through my work as an ambassador I hope to share the joy of paddle boarding with others, and my appreciation for water and nature, as well as showing how accessible SUP is how it’s never too late to learn.

I’m also working on doing my bit for the planet - a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutelitterpick on the beach, in the sea, on a canal, river or reservoir is a great way to give back to the places that bring so much joy to us.

On July 27th I  will take on a personal challenge of #paddleboardthenorth - I aim to SUP 16 – 18 miles each day, 162 miles, coast to coast from Liverpool to Goole along the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, incorporating the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. I’ll encounter 105 locks and 57 swing bridges. The trail is a project run by the waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal and River Trust. I am fundraising for two important causes : The Wave Project & #2MinuteBeachClean.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead. It’s so exciting and I’m feeling healthier and happier than I have in years πŸ™πŸ» @healthyhappy50  #paddleboardthenorth #paddleboarding #paddleboard #fitness #menopause #summer #watersports #positive #smile #challenge #video
  • I can’t believe that six years ago I was having a really tough time and didn’t know what to do with myself. Who would have thought that I would be selected as a @british.canoeing Women’s Paddlesports Ambassador for 2019? There are 10 of us, across canoeing & kayaking, paddleboarding & SUP yoga. We’re all different ages, with me being the oldest at 54! πŸ„β€β™€ πŸ›Ά 🌊

    Through my work as an ambassador I hope to share the joy of paddle boarding with others, and my appreciation for water and nature, as well as showing how accessible SUP is how it’s never too late to learn.

    I’m also working on doing my bit for the planet - a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutelitterpick on the beach, in the sea, on a canal, river or reservoir is a great way to give back to the places that bring so much joy to us.

    On July 27th I will take on a personal challenge of #paddleboardthenorth - I aim to SUP 16 – 18 miles each day, 162 miles, coast to coast from Liverpool to Goole along the Desmond Family Canoe Trail, incorporating the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. I’ll encounter 105 locks and 57 swing bridges. The trail is a project run by the waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal and River Trust. I am fundraising for two important causes : The Wave Project & #2MinuteBeachClean .

    I’m looking forward to the year ahead. It’s so exciting and I’m feeling healthier and happier than I have in years πŸ™πŸ» @healthyhappy50 #paddleboardthenorth #paddleboarding #paddleboard #fitness #menopause #summer #watersports #positive #smile #challenge #video
  • 26 2 11 June, 2019
  • β€œPay attention to ordinary things. It’s the key to an extraordinary life” Ruth Reichl πŸ’›β €
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I stayed at a hotel recently where the message on their notepads was Escape The Ordinary. πŸ“β €
β €
I realise that’s their branding,  hotels & holidays are a wonderful opportunity to nourish, recharge & replenish.... πŸ’›β €
β €
But in the long term, isn’t the greatest joy to be found in appreciating the every day & being grateful for those tiny moments that we can otherwise take for granted? πŸ’—β €
β €
A morning bike ride listening to the birds, the bubble of the river on our evening strolls, the plop of the rain into the canal as I moved quietly along on my paddleboard & then not so quietly as I got tangled up in a bush trying to prise out a polystyrene takeaway box! πŸŒΏπŸ˜Šβ €
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These tiny moments have filled my heart recently .... just like the bunting flapping in the breeze on Sunday at @eden_escape_fest on Sunday when I was so fortunate to speak with @wonderfulwildwomen. β˜€οΈβ €
β €
I read an interesting article by Brene Brown recently about the link between joy & gratitude and how her research into the link wasn’t quite as she expected... πŸ“

Google Brene Brown Joy and Gratitude and it will come up. A Global Leadership Network article. πŸ’›
β €
What are your thoughts on joy & gratitude? What are you grateful for recently? Jo xx β˜€οΈβ €
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Also, how much nicer is bunting than balloons & environmentally so much kinder! 🌿🐳 #bunting #escapeedenfest #blueskies #summersday #summerafternoon #brenebrown #sky #clouds #cloudlover #paddleboardthenorth #joy #gratitude #wellbeing #wellnessblogger #festivalbunting #festival #sundayafternoon #nothingisordinary #escapetheordinary #skyporn #skylover #lookupmore #inspiringquotes #ruthreichl #seeksimplicity #seekjoy #101thingsthatmakemesmile
  • β€œPay attention to ordinary things. It’s the key to an extraordinary life” Ruth Reichl πŸ’›β €
    β €
    I stayed at a hotel recently where the message on their notepads was Escape The Ordinary. πŸ“β €
    β €
    I realise that’s their branding, hotels & holidays are a wonderful opportunity to nourish, recharge & replenish.... πŸ’›β €
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    But in the long term, isn’t the greatest joy to be found in appreciating the every day & being grateful for those tiny moments that we can otherwise take for granted? πŸ’—β €
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    A morning bike ride listening to the birds, the bubble of the river on our evening strolls, the plop of the rain into the canal as I moved quietly along on my paddleboard & then not so quietly as I got tangled up in a bush trying to prise out a polystyrene takeaway box! πŸŒΏπŸ˜Šβ €
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    I read an interesting article by Brene Brown recently about the link between joy & gratitude and how her research into the link wasn’t quite as she expected... πŸ“

    Google Brene Brown Joy and Gratitude and it will come up. A Global Leadership Network article. πŸ’›
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    What are your thoughts on joy & gratitude? What are you grateful for recently? Jo xx β˜€οΈβ €
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    Also, how much nicer is bunting than balloons & environmentally so much kinder! 🌿🐳 #bunting #escapeedenfest #blueskies #summersday #summerafternoon #brenebrown #sky #clouds #cloudlover #paddleboardthenorth #joy #gratitude #wellbeing #wellnessblogger #festivalbunting #festival #sundayafternoon #nothingisordinary #escapetheordinary #skyporn #skylover #lookupmore #inspiringquotes #ruthreichl #seeksimplicity #seekjoy #101thingsthatmakemesmile
  • 94 11 11 June, 2019

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  • Hello sunshine! β˜€οΈ Happy 1st June! β˜€οΈπŸ’› 8 weeks today I will set off on my #PaddleboardTheNorth adventure - from Liverpool to Goole. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I’ll be stand up paddleboarding 162 miles along the canals of the @desmondfamilycanoe raising money for the @waveprojectuk & @2minutebeachclean. 🐚🐳 My goal for the #2minutebeachclean element is to raise enough money to fund (at least) 3 boards (pic 2 & 4) πŸ’—πŸ’š. These are fabulous A frame boards which encourage anyone visiting a beach or park or just somewhere that needs a little more litter picking loving to take a bag & fill it with rubbish they may come across. πŸ’›β™»οΈ There are currently 700 in action & my dream is to make it 3 more. πŸ’š

I’ll also be doing my own #2minutelitterpick each day as paddleboard along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ›Ά Plogging & doing a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutestreetclean each day brings such a joy to my life, friendship & a sense of belonging. I can’t change the world, but I can change my little bit around me. πŸ’•πŸŒΏ If you’re out and about this weekend, it would be so wonderful if you could take just 2 minutes to pick up litter. If you could recycle what’s recyclable, that’d be even more brilliant! πŸ³πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ‘Š Have a fab weekend! What are you up to? Jo xx πŸ’•

Pic credit @friendsofglass πŸ’š

Top @waveprojectuk Surf Therapy 
Swimsuit @deakinandblue & yellow bag @wyattandjack (Bought by me) 
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  • Hello sunshine! β˜€οΈ Happy 1st June! β˜€οΈπŸ’› 8 weeks today I will set off on my #PaddleboardTheNorth adventure - from Liverpool to Goole. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I’ll be stand up paddleboarding 162 miles along the canals of the @desmondfamilycanoe raising money for the @waveprojectuk & @2minutebeachclean. 🐚🐳 My goal for the #2minutebeachclean element is to raise enough money to fund (at least) 3 boards (pic 2 & 4) πŸ’—πŸ’š. These are fabulous A frame boards which encourage anyone visiting a beach or park or just somewhere that needs a little more litter picking loving to take a bag & fill it with rubbish they may come across. πŸ’›β™»οΈ There are currently 700 in action & my dream is to make it 3 more. πŸ’š

    I’ll also be doing my own #2minutelitterpick each day as paddleboard along the Leeds Liverpool Canal and Aire & Calder Navigation. πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ›Ά Plogging & doing a #2minutebeachclean or #2minutestreetclean each day brings such a joy to my life, friendship & a sense of belonging. I can’t change the world, but I can change my little bit around me. πŸ’•πŸŒΏ If you’re out and about this weekend, it would be so wonderful if you could take just 2 minutes to pick up litter. If you could recycle what’s recyclable, that’d be even more brilliant! πŸ³πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ‘Š Have a fab weekend! What are you up to? Jo xx πŸ’•

    Pic credit @friendsofglass πŸ’š

    Top @waveprojectuk Surf Therapy
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  • 168 13 1 June, 2019

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  • Thanks to everyone who came to the Plastic Free Skipton meeting at @steepandfilter tonight, thanks Mike for having us. A summary of the meeting will be emailed out shortly. Particular thanks to @healthyhappy50 for sharing the news of her #paddleboardthenorth plans, and Elsa for the update on the great progress being made by Plastic Free SGHS πŸ‘Œ
If you want to be added to our mailing list please email plasticfreeskipton@gmail.com
  • Thanks to everyone who came to the Plastic Free Skipton meeting at @steepandfilter tonight, thanks Mike for having us. A summary of the meeting will be emailed out shortly. Particular thanks to @healthyhappy50 for sharing the news of her #paddleboardthenorth plans, and Elsa for the update on the great progress being made by Plastic Free SGHS πŸ‘Œ
    If you want to be added to our mailing list please email plasticfreeskipton@gmail.com
  • 16 1 23 May, 2019
  • FriendshipsΒ onlineΒ orΒ offlineΒ canΒ be everything πŸ’œ thank you for being a constant inspiration, Jo!
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Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too! 
Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador 
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    Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

    We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

    Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

    If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too!
    Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

    There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

    Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

    Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador
    Top @waveprojectuk - I’m raising money for them with #PaddleboardTheNorth in July πŸ’™
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  • Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too! 
Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador 
Top @waveprojectuk - I’m raising money for them with #PaddleboardTheNorth in July πŸ’™
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  • Oh the joy of social media friendships! πŸ’™β˜€οΈ Another Insta friendship blossoming IRL & now on the water.... β˜€οΈπŸ€™ This week Frit @fritstartingat30 was in the North and we met up on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for some paddleboarding, picnic & planning! πŸ’›

    We originally met on Insta, then at @waexpo - the Women’s Adventure Expo - back in October. πŸ’š

    Then chats over tea at @kendalmountainfestival in November when I was fortunate enough to speak about Everyday Adventures with @findraclothing & then this week on the canal in Yorkshire. πŸ˜Šβ˜€οΈ A beautifully sunny day pootling on the water, carrying our boards round the lock & chatting to passers by about the joy of paddleboarding! πŸ’›

    If you swipe you can also see a video of a family of tiny ducklings that came past! So beautiful! πŸ¦† πŸ₯ Listen to the birdsong too!
    Then a nice Yorkshire picnic on the grass.... 🍽πŸ₯— Frit made me smile as she said I was β€œproperly mothering” with nice plates & cutlery! πŸ’š No single use plastic obviously! 🐳

    There is such a joy making friends of different generations & sharing lots of ideas & plans. 24 years apart yet so much to talk about. So much so, we didn’t get a proper picture together! Next time @fritstartingat30 😊

    Have you met friendships online & then IRL? I’d love to know! Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? Jo xx πŸ’š

    Paddleboard: @bluefinsups - Proud to be a Brand Ambassador
    Top @waveprojectuk - I’m raising money for them with #PaddleboardTheNorth in July πŸ’™
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  • β€œThe minute I put my wetsuit or swimsuit on I know I’m in for a treat! πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ Last October the wonderfully talented & thoughtful Danielle @finditfilm invited me to talk about what moving joyfully, in the sea & hills, brought to my life. πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸš² πŸ’›

This is a little clip about the joy of my wetsuit & swimsuit! 😊 
That feeling that I’m treating myself to something special - for my physical & perhaps for me even more importantly my mental & β€œheart” & β€œsoul” wellbeing. πŸ’› 
Sea swimming, paddleboarding, bodyboarding .... πŸ³πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Oh and I talk about running & Plogging too πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ™»οΈ We talk about my miscarriages, feeling broken & losing myself in my 40s and how tiny adventures in nature have helped heal & bring me back to joy & gratitude & purpose. πŸ’š

Danielle is such a kind & intelligent film maker - listening and creating a story I didn’t expect but felt very right too. πŸ’™

It’s part of their Finding Empowerment series. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I would really recommend you watch their portfolio of films about extraordinary women In Adventure - rowers, climbers, ultra runners.... I’ll pop a link in my bio too. The film is on her IGTV. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ What piece of clothing makes you feel joy? A particular dress, heels, something sparkly or trainers, hiking boots, yoga leggings maybe? πŸ’š I would love to know! Will you be wearing it this weekend? Jo xx πŸ’—

Leggings & rash vest for SUP  bought from @finisterreuk &  made from @econylbrand - recycled ghost net πŸ’™

Be Kind t shirt designed by my eldest son especially for me! It says Be Kind To The Oceans on the back πŸ³πŸ’— #filmmaker #femalefilmmakerfriday #fridayfeeling #mentalhealthawarenessweek #seaswimming #paddleboarding #standuppaddleboarding  #wellnessblogger #over50andfeelinggreat #menopause #wheelofwellbeing #paddleboardthenorth
  • β€œThe minute I put my wetsuit or swimsuit on I know I’m in for a treat! πŸ’›β˜€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ Last October the wonderfully talented & thoughtful Danielle @finditfilm invited me to talk about what moving joyfully, in the sea & hills, brought to my life. πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸš² πŸ’›

    This is a little clip about the joy of my wetsuit & swimsuit! 😊
    That feeling that I’m treating myself to something special - for my physical & perhaps for me even more importantly my mental & β€œheart” & β€œsoul” wellbeing. πŸ’›
    Sea swimming, paddleboarding, bodyboarding .... πŸ³πŸ„β€β™€οΈ Oh and I talk about running & Plogging too πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ™»οΈ We talk about my miscarriages, feeling broken & losing myself in my 40s and how tiny adventures in nature have helped heal & bring me back to joy & gratitude & purpose. πŸ’š

    Danielle is such a kind & intelligent film maker - listening and creating a story I didn’t expect but felt very right too. πŸ’™

    It’s part of their Finding Empowerment series. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I would really recommend you watch their portfolio of films about extraordinary women In Adventure - rowers, climbers, ultra runners.... I’ll pop a link in my bio too. The film is on her IGTV. πŸ„β€β™€οΈ What piece of clothing makes you feel joy? A particular dress, heels, something sparkly or trainers, hiking boots, yoga leggings maybe? πŸ’š I would love to know! Will you be wearing it this weekend? Jo xx πŸ’—

    Leggings & rash vest for SUP bought from @finisterreuk & made from @econylbrand - recycled ghost net πŸ’™

    Be Kind t shirt designed by my eldest son especially for me! It says Be Kind To The Oceans on the back πŸ³πŸ’— #filmmaker #femalefilmmakerfriday #fridayfeeling #mentalhealthawarenessweek #seaswimming #paddleboarding #standuppaddleboarding #wellnessblogger #over50andfeelinggreat #menopause #wheelofwellbeing #paddleboardthenorth
  • 118 17 17 May, 2019
  • On the way up to the Lakes, I stopped by Skipton to visit @healthyhappy50. We had a paddle, a catch up and she even brought snacks!! πŸ’œ What a woman!
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  • On the way up to the Lakes, I stopped by Skipton to visit @healthyhappy50. We had a paddle, a catch up and she even brought snacks!! πŸ’œ What a woman!
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    Next time Jo, we'll stop having so much fun and actually get a pic together πŸ˜‰
  • 55 10 16 May, 2019
  • Be body kind.... πŸ’—

The theme of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Month is Be Body Kind. πŸ’—

According to @mentalhealthfoundation 1 in 5 people over 55 have felt anxious about their body image. πŸ’›

I’m now 54 & as someone who for many years (decades) struggled to like her body, I wrote two articles last year about learning to appreciate & be kind to my body - just as it is - right now. πŸ’› 
One for @henpickednet & one for @be_real_campaign - link in bio for both. πŸ’—

Exercising joyfully & with gratitude is key for me. A way to make friends with myself again after years of believing I needed to make my body smaller/leaner/sculpted to like it.πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸš² I still fall into the old traps of comparison & scrutiny (my sister called me out on it when we were filming Finding Joy & I said my thighs didn’t look good enough in a wetsuit shot!) πŸ˜²πŸ„β€β™€οΈ but I’m learning every day..... This pic was taken last August before I went sea swimming & shortly before my left shoulder froze & for months I couldn’t lift it or move it properly.πŸ’› Yesterday I paddleboarded in the sunshine & my healed shoulders helped move me through the water joyfully .... πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I am so grateful for that. πŸ’—πŸ’› I’d love to know your thoughts if you have chance to read the articles & what you feel about Being Body Kind... Jo xx πŸ’—πŸ’› Swimsuit @deakinandblue (bought myself) 
Paddleboard - @bluefinsups (Brand Ambassador πŸ’™) Rash vest @waveprojectuk - I’m raising funds for them with PaddleboardTheNorth πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ€™πŸ„πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ
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  • Be body kind.... πŸ’—

    The theme of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Month is Be Body Kind. πŸ’—

    According to @mentalhealthfoundation 1 in 5 people over 55 have felt anxious about their body image. πŸ’›

    I’m now 54 & as someone who for many years (decades) struggled to like her body, I wrote two articles last year about learning to appreciate & be kind to my body - just as it is - right now. πŸ’›
    One for @henpickednet & one for @be_real_campaign - link in bio for both. πŸ’—

    Exercising joyfully & with gratitude is key for me. A way to make friends with myself again after years of believing I needed to make my body smaller/leaner/sculpted to like it.πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸš² I still fall into the old traps of comparison & scrutiny (my sister called me out on it when we were filming Finding Joy & I said my thighs didn’t look good enough in a wetsuit shot!) πŸ˜²πŸ„β€β™€οΈ but I’m learning every day..... This pic was taken last August before I went sea swimming & shortly before my left shoulder froze & for months I couldn’t lift it or move it properly.πŸ’› Yesterday I paddleboarded in the sunshine & my healed shoulders helped move me through the water joyfully .... πŸ„β€β™€οΈ I am so grateful for that. πŸ’—πŸ’› I’d love to know your thoughts if you have chance to read the articles & what you feel about Being Body Kind... Jo xx πŸ’—πŸ’› Swimsuit @deakinandblue (bought myself)
    Paddleboard - @bluefinsups (Brand Ambassador πŸ’™) Rash vest @waveprojectuk - I’m raising funds for them with PaddleboardTheNorth πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ€™πŸ„πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ
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  • 259 44 16 May, 2019
  • #tbt 5 years to May 2014 when I began my million metres & marathon indoor rowing challenge for @macmillancancer in memory of my Mum, who had died at Christmas the year before. πŸ’šπŸ’— I had started rowing to help me sleep in May 2013 & when Mum died I found returning to the erg (rowing machine) soothing. πŸ’š

After her death, I was broken. My soul, my heart. Everything. πŸ’—

I told the bereavement counsellor that I felt alone & adrift, on a wild lake unable to reach the safety & security of normal life without her. I was trying to support my Dad & boys, but was drowning in sadness. πŸ’š

3 weeks later with very little planning I started rowing 10,000 metres every other night for 200 days to reach the million, rowed two half marathons & a marathon on 21 Dec 2014 - the anniversary of Mum’s death & 5 days before my 50th. πŸ’—

We raised over £10,000 with Gift Aid & I have absolutely no idea looking back how I did it! 😲

I had the most amazing support from Yorkshire & the rowing community. Kindness & encouragement that I shall never ever forget. πŸ’š

I wrote about β€œRowing Back to the Shore” for the wonderful @sportingheads - link in bio. πŸ’šπŸ’— Sam has created an amazing platform of stories about exercise & mental health. I am honoured to be part of it. πŸ’—

Have you ever done something that you look back on and think β€œhow on earth did I do that?!” I’d love to know! Jo xx πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š Ps I rowed & my friend’s baked a lot of cakes for me - swipe for pics! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸ§πŸ«πŸͺ🍩
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  • #tbt 5 years to May 2014 when I began my million metres & marathon indoor rowing challenge for @macmillancancer in memory of my Mum, who had died at Christmas the year before. πŸ’šπŸ’— I had started rowing to help me sleep in May 2013 & when Mum died I found returning to the erg (rowing machine) soothing. πŸ’š

    After her death, I was broken. My soul, my heart. Everything. πŸ’—

    I told the bereavement counsellor that I felt alone & adrift, on a wild lake unable to reach the safety & security of normal life without her. I was trying to support my Dad & boys, but was drowning in sadness. πŸ’š

    3 weeks later with very little planning I started rowing 10,000 metres every other night for 200 days to reach the million, rowed two half marathons & a marathon on 21 Dec 2014 - the anniversary of Mum’s death & 5 days before my 50th. πŸ’—

    We raised over £10,000 with Gift Aid & I have absolutely no idea looking back how I did it! 😲

    I had the most amazing support from Yorkshire & the rowing community. Kindness & encouragement that I shall never ever forget. πŸ’š

    I wrote about β€œRowing Back to the Shore” for the wonderful @sportingheads - link in bio. πŸ’šπŸ’— Sam has created an amazing platform of stories about exercise & mental health. I am honoured to be part of it. πŸ’—

    Have you ever done something that you look back on and think β€œhow on earth did I do that?!” I’d love to know! Jo xx πŸ˜ŠπŸ’š Ps I rowed & my friend’s baked a lot of cakes for me - swipe for pics! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸ§πŸ«πŸͺ🍩
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I believe I can touch the sky!” πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡· The Biarritz technique + sunshine + more self belief = I surfed some waves! πŸ„β€β™€οΈβ›± After meeting the team & the most delicious dinner at @chez.albert.biarritz on Friday, we spent yesterday morning at the beach .... warm clear water, sun, laughter & waves! πŸ‡«πŸ‡· The teacher Tom from @jomoraizsurfschool was brilliant - a great warm up session, practising the moves on the beach & then into the sea! β˜€οΈπŸ’› Still so much to learn but I stood up from the start this time (this May have been one of the first couple of waves). 🐳

I am sure yoga, kettlebells & more paddleboarding have helped. πŸ’›πŸ’ͺπŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Swipe to see the gorgeous waves! 🐳

We had a film crew (7 people!) following us which made the experience even more surreal! πŸ’›

A wonderful way to start our @friendsofglass weekend. So grateful for this opportunity. Next up was lunch & then beach cleaning with @surfridereurope. πŸŒŠπŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈ Surfing in Biarritz? Who would love it? Jo xx πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Once thanks @2minutebeachclean for sharing the competition & @friendsofglass for an amazing morning. β›±
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#surfing #womenwhosurf #biarritz #surflessons  #womenover50 #surfboard #surfinglessons #jomoraiz #jomoraizsurfschool #over50andfabulous #over50andfit #surfingwomen #friendsofglass #cheerstotheocean #wellbeing
  • β€œI believe I can fly!
    I believe I can touch the sky!” πŸ„β€β™€οΈπŸ‡«πŸ‡· The Biarritz technique + sunshine + more self belief = I surfed some waves! πŸ„β€β™€οΈβ›± After meeting the team & the most delicious dinner at @chez.albert.biarritz on Friday, we spent yesterday morning at the beach .... warm clear water, sun, laughter & waves! πŸ‡«πŸ‡· The teacher Tom from @jomoraizsurfschool was brilliant - a great warm up session, practising the moves on the beach & then into the sea! β˜€οΈπŸ’› Still so much to learn but I stood up from the start this time (this May have been one of the first couple of waves). 🐳

    I am sure yoga, kettlebells & more paddleboarding have helped. πŸ’›πŸ’ͺπŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ Swipe to see the gorgeous waves! 🐳

    We had a film crew (7 people!) following us which made the experience even more surreal! πŸ’›

    A wonderful way to start our @friendsofglass weekend. So grateful for this opportunity. Next up was lunch & then beach cleaning with @surfridereurope. πŸŒŠπŸ„πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ„β€β™€οΈ Surfing in Biarritz? Who would love it? Jo xx πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Once thanks @2minutebeachclean for sharing the competition & @friendsofglass for an amazing morning. β›±
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    #Repost @healthyhappy50
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    #surfing #womenwhosurf #biarritz #surflessons #womenover50 #surfboard #surfinglessons #jomoraiz #jomoraizsurfschool #over50andfabulous #over50andfit #surfingwomen #friendsofglass #cheerstotheocean #wellbeing
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