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The devil in a handstand

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The devil in a handstand

Anyone who did a handstand at least once in his or her life, know how powerful and invigorating this experience is. For me handstands are the same as an espresso shoot, adrenaline goes up and even the dullest day becomes more exciting. 

First the entire idea of going upside down is frightening. So you start with tiny steps, slowly walking your feet up into a down dog against the wall. You linger here a wee bit as it is safe and familiar. But eventually, you are growing braver every day to play with different variations (maybe one leg up or maybe even handstand splits). This quickly becomes boring because once you mastered DD at the wall you crave more! Especially in the era of Instagram, Facebook and #handstand365. Of course you want more.  We always want MORE. So, you start your first kicks into a proper handstand against the wall. That's a bit wonky but through multiple DD, maybe forearm stands, dolphins and other yoga animals, you've conditioned your strength enough to start the proper kicks. And you are UP!

And then you are stuck... Handstand against the wall becomes boring again but away from it just leads to multiple concussions! I have been there, I'm still probably there. There are so many people there! Here you go then. This is an exercise that 

a) makes it exciting again

b) gets you stronger on a completely different level

Once this feels easy - try your handstand again and see what happens! 

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serious questions - serious answers

oh I haven’t been here for a while…because for the last 8 weeks I have been concentrating all my energy on developing a new business: DP Wellbeing, that I share with Philip McIntosh, my partner in crime and life. Every now and then life stops us from running blankly ahead and forces us to make some serious decisions. Two months ago I was forced to sit down and answer some of the questions that have been bothering me for a while: do I want to jump of the cliff, take a leap of faith and open my own business or do I want to play safe and work for other people? What are my true passions? Where do I want to be: Dundee, Asia, Oz, US, somewhere where 100mph wind doesn’t blow in your face every day? How the hell should I do it? Where to start? OMG it's so expensive! When? Now?! Well, I've just spent 3 months in Asia, spent all my savings on diving, yoga, boxing and a hell of a lot of other stuff, haven’t got a job, I may as well JUST DO IT! (I may also have a lawsuit from Nike coming my way for using their marketing strategy)

Making this decision was as hard as putting it into practice, two months later and this is the first Friday afternoon when I can genuinely admit that I am sitting on my sofa, with a cup of tea and home made raw, gf brownie and I am not worrying, stressing, doing ‘to do’ lists or terrorising Phil that ‘we have so much to do!'. It’s been as hard as rewarding time and there is much more to come! 

Sometimes you just need to sit down, create and then achieve your own unique, and very bold personal vision of your life and your career. And yes, you can turn something that used to be your hobby and passion into a business. Here’s to another adventure!

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