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What Trail Running Taught Me About the Value of Play

I recently finished a series of trail runs with 300 other fanatics in the surrounds of Perth, Western Australia. Over five events I ran 54 kilometres of gravel and dust-covered hills, saw 1 venomous snake, and ate 1 fly (yep, gross). To top it all off, this is the...

To Succeed, Don’t Let Failure Define You

I believe all of us have the capacity to achieve our biggest, most ambitious dreams. Sometimes though, we forget that the path to success is not a straight line. So, when we hit a wall and fall down, a lot of us don't get back up. We throw in the towel, say our dream...

Why is Asking for Help so Hard?

Among my personal hang-ups, the one that is causing the most grief is my inability to ask for help. I am George Costanza in Seinfeld who receives a file on a client he knows nothing about, sets it down at his desk at 9:00 and leaves at 5:00, having done nothing all...

How I Found My Voice in Public Speaking

I recently delivered my 60th speech in two years - a big cause for celebration. Most of the time my speaking engagements are spread out, other times they are squished together which was especially true when, last week, I drove over 1000 kilometres to speak eight...

Why I Choose Recovery Over and Over Again

The first thing I notice when I'm beyond stressed is that I start shaking. Next, I have a 24-hour headache. Finally, my mind perks up and starts criticising me. My mind makes up ridiculous stories. They are mostly centred on my appearance, eating and exercise habits,...

The Science is In: Naps are Good for You

Sleep is as important as breathing and eating. We do it every night… at least we hope to. When sleep comes, it’s pure bliss. When it doesn’t come, it’s met with angst and frustration. Without sleep, we’re more likely to reach for carb-heavy foods, be more prone to...

Interview with a Mental Health Leader: Nicole Gibson

I feel like the word 'inspirational' is thrown around a lot. I've heard the label 'inspirational' applied to the following things: dogs running in shoes, a man eating 100 hot dogs in 20 minutes, and a woman finding a full outfit that matches her leopard-print handbag....

4 Reasons Why You Need to Share Your Mental Illness Story

My heart was pounding the first time I spoke to an audience about my experience with mental illness. My mouth went dry, words became choked, and emotions welled up. I knew I needed to continue though, because as scared as I was of telling the story I was more scared...