Author Archives: alisontheaker

64 degrees North

From 30 degrees and humid to 5 degrees and icy cold wind. Having experienced the bustle that is Hanoi, the calm that is Rekjavik could not have been more of a contrast. The capital of Iceland is the northernmost capital … Continue reading

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Walking away

I was horrified to see that by getting out of the habit, my last post here was in May! And things got rather crazy in the summer as we staged our art exhibition, The Magic Forest, in August, see https://www.facebook.com/The-House-Group-501302149898224/?ref=hlContinue reading

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Age is just a number, right?

My last post ended with the thought that Mount Ngauruhoe would prove impossible to resist. Well, that was true up to a point. We got to our hostel the night before, and were treated to the sight of the mountain … Continue reading

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Pushing the boundaries

We mostly prefer to stay in our comfort zone. Doing the things that we know how to do. Following the paths we know so well we don’t even need a map.  Every once in a while, though, we need to … Continue reading

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Tree Swimming

Research from Japan suggests that the practice of Shinrinyoku, or ‘forest bathing’, lowers stress levels and could even help fight cancer. I was reminded of this last week when we walked from Princetown on Dartmoor. The weather was fabulous, cold … Continue reading

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Walking up that hill

So, you set off on a walk and you come to a hill. It doesn’t look too challenging, maybe a little steep but it looks quite short. Then you turn the corner and the hill gets steeper, and longer. But … Continue reading

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Better Together

I love running my own business. I love being in control of my day, whether I am commuting across the landing to my office, coaching in person or by Skype, going to networking meetings, delivering training or teaching in Plymouth, … Continue reading

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Pleasure not pain!

Why is January nominated as the month where we have to give up everything? So many people posting about giving up alcohol for January, or not giving up alcohol for January and feeling guilty about it, going down the gym, … Continue reading

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For everything, there is a season

It’s really tempting at this time of the year to just hide under the duvet and turn up the central heating. But then my husband suggested going to see the sun rise from the top of Ripon Tor on Dartmoor … Continue reading

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If you go down to the woods today….

Two weeks ago today I was starting my experience of The Journey at Embercombe, wondering what on earth I had signed up for. What was I doing, swapping my comfortable bed and central heating for a temperamental wood fired stove … Continue reading

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