Vision Board v2

I've been collecting magazine cut outs for the last couple of months and enjoyed putting together some vision boards for around the house for the next couple of months (until we move house again!). 

They help me to picture what I'd like to be doing more of, and by putting the images around me they seem to quite often manifest themselves. They give me clarity and focus on what I want my life to be like. 

Jack Canfield wrote on his blog about vision boards 'A tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life..... The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires.

Wouldn't it be cool if....

So, when I got invited to The Do Lectures in Costa Rica in July, one of the speakers, Eric James, encouraged us all to write a list "Wouldn't it be cool if..." and you just finish that sentence as many times as you like. 

The idea is to get you to imagine what the possibilities are, what excites you the most, what would be the coolest things you would do, without getting bogged down by the constraints of modern day life like time, money and everything else that stops us doing things. 

If you think about this for a second, it is easy to understand that when I got on the plane I scribbled four pages of wouldn't it be cool if's back to back, one after the other, they just kept coming. With no limitations it was a fun and free task to open up all the possibilities. 

I then closed the book and haven't looked at it for four months.

Until yesterday.

Eric had emailed me back and asked how many of them had already come true. 

Two of them had already happened and another is definitely in the pipeline. So that was pretty cool. It's like by putting pen to paper and initiating the idea it has secretly begin to manifest it's self. I'm sure if I had looked at the list more often, added photos and given it some more attention  maybe even more of those things would have also come true. 

So I've written the list out big and stuck it on the bedroom door so I'll see it every day. Some of the things on my list are far out like

Wouldn't it be cool I could go to space to look at planet earth.

Others are not so far out like

Wouldn't it be cool if I learnt to sing.

Have a go. See what things end up on your list! 

Here's a photo of mine 

Training program

We have been following a format a little bit like this (sometimes more // sometimes less) 

Day 1  - 90 minute Bike + 60 minutes Cross fit

Day 2  - 45 minute Swim + 60 minute Run 

Day 3 - Rest day 

Day 4 - 60 minutes Hot Yoga 

Day 5 - 60 minutes Cross Fit 

Day 6* - 5 hour bike (70 + miles)

Day 7* - 1 hour swim, 2 hour run 


* these started off much smaller distances and have been building over the last few months. 

We started training on July 19th with four months before the race. It feels like plenty of time. We feel like we've certainly been getting stronger. If we had had more time we mightn't have taken the training as seriously. 

I've not been really taking it that seriously to be honest with regards to making the goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based. I just sort of go out, try hard and try harder, faster or longer distances the next time. If I'd had a personal trainer keeping an eye on me I would imagine my training would have been worlds apart with specific things to work on in each session. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Chrissy Wellington's book A Life Without Limits. Totally awesome read for anyone and everyone. In it she talks about the training sessions being slow & steady (for distance training), race pace (faster but not total burn out) and faster than race pace (all out short, sharp training sessions). 

Given that you are on your own during the race with no music it is helpful to have a wild imagination and a memory bank full of ideas to help you keep going. Families, friends, places and faces, music, smells and sights you've seen. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how all of this training comes together on race day. November 29th. Less than 40 days from now. 


— Isra Garcia

Isra Garcia was a speaker at The Do Lectures Costa Rica. 

I watched his talk and was super inspired (this is not at all surprising given that's the whole point of the Do lectures)... so, I went up to him afterwards. 

"Isra, Hey, I'm Alice, thank you so much for the awesome talk. I've been thinking of doing an Ironman for a while now with my husband, it's been on our mind... I just wanted to let you know that I am all fired up after listening to your story" 

"When you do it?" With a very strong spanish accent. 

" I don't know" 

"Ironman Cozumel. November. Do it. Make it happen". Period. I was like what, that's it. No discussion as to whether we could do it in time, no background check, just do it. 

He suggested I go home and with in a week, buy two tickets, one for me and one for Ross to Ironman Cozumel. 

So that was it. I told everyone around me for the rest of the weekend about the conversation I'd had with Isra. Was he for real? Could I actually do it? 

This was my face when I shook hands with Isra and told him I was going to do it. 

And so that was it. I went home. Told Ross what had happened and with in a week we had signed up for Ironman Cozumel in Mexico on November 29th. 

Where does the time go?

When I set up my website and blog I made a non verbal promise to myself to keep it up to date with regular posts. Now three months have flown by and I haven't written a single post since I was at The Do Lectures in Wales.

It looks sloppy but also so so much has happened since my last entry that it's going to be a struggle to remember all the highlights. Here's a few for sure though. 

  • Cookery School in Padstow 
  • The DO Lectures Costa Rica 
  • Buying tickets to Ironman this November
  • The Build up of The DO Lectures USA
  • Producing DO Lectures USA // California holiday 
  • Housesitting // Caravan 
  • Leadership course
  • Future Plans bubbling away  
Thank you to Helena Price for this photo she took at The DO Lectures USA last week

Thank you to Helena Price for this photo she took at The DO Lectures USA last week

Now that The Do Lectures event planning is over I'm focusing entirely on the Ironman race which looms in Mexico. That plus full time work at The Scarlet, moving from our small touring caravan into a house and spending time with my wonderful hubby too of course. Life is always abundant and I roll with all the opportunities that come my way.

Over the next couple of months I'm going to do some things which I hope will help guide me to a more focused direction towards my future.

My friend is teaching me the Getting Things Done model to clear up some of my shit (I feel this will mostly be a digital and mental process), I have bought the Stuffocation book by James Wallman to physically clear out the spaces I am associated with and I'm vision boarding again with Ross about what our future looks like. 

We're also going to look back and do a timeline of all the things we've done together. That's going to be fun for sure. 

Hopefully a more regular stream of posts to follow. : - ) 

Sunset over the Atlantic from The Scarlet Hotel at work this week. Not a bad office... 

Sunset over the Atlantic from The Scarlet Hotel at work this week. Not a bad office... 

Vision Board

A dear friend called Anna Beuselinck suggested that I spent some time creating a Vision Board. By collecting pictures I could build up an actual picture of how I want my life to look in say five years time. 

It would hopefully put the vision into reality and things will begin to manifest themselves because I'd put the intention out there. 

Here's my five year Vision Board. 

If you fancy having a go then here's a website with some helpful tips:



Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo 

(Rice with Chicken - obvs). 

This is a hearty, traditional Costa Rican meal that I learnt to make from a friend when we were living on the Nicoya Peninsula. The little town we lived in was called Nosara. We rented a house, bought a motor bike and went surfing before and after work. 

One of my favourite things to order in the local restaurants was Arroz Con Pollo. 

Salsa Lizano is the Costa Rican equivalent to Ketchup in the UK. It's an emalgamation of spicy flavors and i t goes with pretty much everything. It's like a spicy brown ketchup. 

Salsa Lizano is the Costa Rican equivalent to Ketchup in the UK. It's an emalgamation of spicy flavors and it goes with pretty much everything. It's like a spicy brown ketchup. 

What you'll need:

  • a few chicken breasts/thighs/drumsticks or whatever chicken you can get your hands on
  • bell peppers x 2 
  • carrots x 2 ish
  • a big bunch of cilantro/coriander
  • peas x 2 cups
  • Salsa Lizano 1/3 bottle probably
  • rice - enough for 2-4 people
  • garlic - a whole bulb is good
  • salt, pepper
  • Hachiote to add colour

Seven Steps to Heaven: 

  1. Boil the chicken in a pot of salted garlic water 'til it's 3/4 cooked. 
  2. Pull the chicken out of the pot and leave to cool slightly. Save the water, you'll need it later.
  3. Fry the veggies in a frying pan
  4. Use the chicken-y water to boil your rice 
  5. Shred the chicken into thin strips 
  6. Once veg is cooked, rice is cooked and chicken is in a shredded heap mix it all together. Add your seasonings and Salsa Lizano. 
  7. Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro and enjoy with an ice-cold beer. 

Our Do Lecture

There's a few mentions of The Do Lectures elsewhere on my site, so I thought I'd share the talk that Ross and I gave at The Do Lectures USA in California in September 2013.

We had been on the road, cycling from Canada to Mexico for a few months already when we stopped in at the stunning winery Campovida in Mendocino County to volunteer at 'DO USA'. As I'd volunteered at DO Wales for every year previously, it felt right to come and help out over the pond, especially as our cycle plans forecast for us to be cycling through that area right around the time of the event.

No forecast could have predicted though, that on the first afternoon of the event we would be up on stage speaking ourselves. After all, the speakers we've met from The Do Lectures over the last 5 years have become our mentors, people we have a huge amount of admiration and respect for - so to be up on stage where they had stood sharing our own inspirational story was such an honor. 

At this point though, I must add, we were invited to speak just 2 hours before our slot on stage. There had been a last minute cancellation from an adventurous speaker whose journey had been significantly delayed. So we escaped from volunteering for the afternoon and using a whiteboard, started mapping out what the hell we were going to say, pulling photos off our Facebook walls and wherever else we could to illustrate the journey we'd been on. Where do we even start?!  Unlike the other speakers who had had months to prepare we frantically got to work to give the biggest talk of our lives to date. 

We rushed into the barn with 2 minutes to spare - enough time to catch our breath, compose ourselves and hear the most touching introduction from our friend and mentor Duke Stump.