For something different I have had a bit on recently. With the juggling act I have been doing I wanted to increase my knowledge to be able to do it better and more efficiently! In the past few weeks I have attended a 2 day Umpire Seminar, Website and Marketing workshop, Child Safe Seminar, plus the usual work and conference calls that go on.
Big thanks to the Warringah Chamber of Commerce who put together some great training sessions. Being part of the Chamber has certainly been worthwhile especially when it comes to growing knowledge for small businesses. It sometimes isn’t easy to find the money or funds to further your education so their support is very worthwhile!
It is great to stretch the mind and learn new things. The Child Safe Seminar was something I wanted to do with everything going on at the moment in my life. It certainly was an eye opener and we are lucky to have a government department taking such great care to do these seminars. It was emotionally draining as you can imagine but I am glad I have now done it. If you are in a position that is responsible for the care of children I highly recommend taking the time to do this.
Yesterday after the Child Safe Seminar I had a meeting in the city for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s Australian Committee. I decided after the slightly emotional morning that a ferry into the city would be the best option to destress and relax a little. How lucky are we in Sydney to have that option! Even though it was raining and South Head was barely visible as we came out of Manly it put me at ease. Being on the water does that.
Winter is certainly now here so this weekend I am going to try to relax and catch up on some cleaning and sorting myself out with work. As next weekend I will be heading to QLD for the Australian School Teams Racing Championships followed by Queensland Youth Week! Time to get a bit more organised so I can keep up with everything going on. Lots of opportunities that have been amazing have crossed my path this past year and despite getting busier I just could not say no to such moments.
When times get busy it can sometimes be hard to make time for some stress relief. Especially when there is so much to get done! Yesterday I forced myself to go on one of my walks. I know I have mentioned them before but yesterday truly was magic. I wasn’t feeling great, the joints were a little cranky and it had been a while since I had done the lap of the lake. So at first it was a little bit of slow going to convince myself to keep going. I think the lake must have known, check out what it turned on for me! Not great conditions for sailing but certainly stunning to look at.
Of course I knew I would feel better afterwards and I do. Some magnesium powder when I got home and the muscles now feel a little better but still not happy. Colder weather can certainly be harder on the Hyper Mobility. With everything that has been happening my Pilates routine has slipped down the priority list and it is showing. Time to get back on schedule. Pilates, Aqua, Walking and anything without impact to avoid cranky joints. Damn you I would love a good boxing session right now!
Next weekend will be spent indoors with an Umpire seminar on. There is always more to learn in our sport!
My physio a week ago told me I had to take it easy on the hills and try walking more flat trails. So here started the mission to find flat trails on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Preferably of course with water views hahaha. I have now done a couple and so far the new ones being put in by Warringah Council are hands down my favourites!
When working so much it truly is the little things like these moments that make the day great. Thank you Warringah Council!
So much is going on with the Sydney Sailboat Expo. The days are disappearing so fast as I count down to our very first day. It really is such an exciting time. Getting out for a quiet walk to regather my thoughts is so important to be able to start fresh the next day. Lots to do! If you are going to dream you may as well dream big. Someone once told me to reach for the biggest dream I could imagine, you never know it might just exceed your dreams when it happens!
How lucky am I. Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with Manly Dam on my doorstep almost! I take it for granted. I used to get out on it when I was a kid and realise I need to do something about that. The last few weeks I have started trying to get there at least once a week for a walk. Instead of hitting the gym for Body Combat, Aqua and Pilates. It gets me out in the fresh air with some pretty amazing scenery. This morning was no different.
If you have never done any of the trails around Manly Dam you are missing out. It certainly is a bit of hidden gem in the middle of the suburbs. There are different length trails with so much to see. I highly recommend it as a great way to recharge and get out and stretch those legs. What a great way to start the day.
This summer due to my Hyper Mobile I have not been sailing much. But to keep myself on the water which is like a drug for me, I have turned to jumping in a Rescue Boat or Start boat at the Local Club. In the mornings they coach the kids and some new adults wanting to get into the sport. Then in the afternoons the racing for the older ones and adults goes ahead. In the mornings you often have Sabots, Herons and Lasers. In the afternoon there is always a good fleet of Herons and Lasers.
Not being able to sail has been interesting but I have found that I have really enjoyed the opportunity I have had this season to help out with some coaching and course laying. Having not done a great deal of coaching I am happy to stand back and let the guys who have been doing it for years take control and help out where needed. I have noticed a few of the wives coming to me as I stand quietly aside. Realising I know a little they then start to ask questions. With husbands or children into the sport it is great to see them wanting to learn and get involved. It is even better when they start to ask even more questions as they start keeping up with the fleet.
There is nothing better then seeing a big smile on someones face as they simply enjoy their time on the water!
To those who started sailing this summer welcome to our awesome sport! See you on the water soon!
Georgia Sailing past with a big smile!