Counting Down the Days
This Sunday, 7th April!
I'm feeling strong...
... yet I'm still very nervous ?
My VERY FIRST ocean swim race!
The swim will be at Balmoral Beach, one of Sydney's beautiful harbour beaches
If you're free on the day, come down, bring your family & friends, show support for me and others who will be swimming to raise money for cancer research
And if you're feeling generous, your donation would mean a lot to me:
Where Did I Do Wrong?
There were moment of doubts…
…where I didn’t trust in my own ability to swim it to the yellow triangle…
(which to me looks like floating in the middle of the ocean!)
Not to mention the murky water…
… adding to my biggest fear of sea creatures that shouldn’t be named ?
3 weeks into the ocean swim training,
I was struggling to swim straight…
… because there is no line in the sea to follow!
I veered here and there and almost caused ‘incidents’ with fellow swimmers by not knowingly switching to their “lane”
(I’m sure they were annoyed because of the look they gave me when we got back to the beach! Sorry peeps! ??)
I felt discouraged…
… and disappointed at myself
And being the perfectionist that I am…
… my mind kept racking on “what did I do wrong?”
Was it my kick?
Was it my catch?
How did I not realise I was veering that far?! I thought I was doing ok ??
And endless questions that I still don’t know the answer to
I kept playing these ‘mistakes’ in my brain…
… and I couldn’t get it out of my mind!
For days after the swim I was still thinking about it
I searched and watched swimming videos online…
... hoping to find my answers,
and to correct my mistakes…?(sounds perfectionist right about now heh?!)
But one thing came to my realisation while I was consuming these videos and practising…
... that I HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW IT IS TO BE A ROOKIE!
That it is okay to not know everything,??
to be okay in making mistakes,
to look stupid and be the ‘little fish’
to be constantly ‘corrected’ and 'critized'…
… and feeling my heart pumping really fast because I was so anxious and scared!
It’s all OK though
Every paddle, every breath, every swim is getting me closer to the yellow triangle…
… and back!
I couldn’t be more proud of myself!
I am doing this for a selfish reason
I want to do something I have never been able to do,
... to finally BE in the vastness of the sea…
… in the middle of the ocean without the fear of being taken away by some mystical sea creatures!
(I’m picturing loch ness monster right about now!!)
And there’s no better way than to put my intention out there for all of you to witness…
… and to sweat for a great cause at the same time!
If this post resonates with you in any way, I would appreciate your support in donating to this great cause, just as these people have been supporting me and others in our journeys:??
Your donation is going to Can Too, an independent health promotion charity committed to funding cancer research
"At Can Too, we believe everyone can achieve goals they once thought impossible. We believe life is what you make of it, that anything is possible, and if you’re willing to take that first step, you CAN TOO!"
You can support by donating here. It would mean a lot to me?(100% of your fundraising money is spent on Can Too's charitable purposes):
I failed my bucket list!
I'm supporting cancer research and prevention with Can Too Foundation.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This means that potentially someone we love may have to battle cancer, and that’s a statistic that needs to change.
So I asked myself, “what can I do to help?” That’s where the Can Too Foundation came in! Can Too provide professionally coached training programs for participants – of any fitness level – to run, swim and cycle their way to a healthier lifestyle and a cancer-free world.
In return, I am raising valuable funds that go towards innovation in the prevention, care, and control of cancer. Since 2005, Can Too Foundation have trained over 15,000 participants, raised over $20,000,000 to invest in 158 one-year cancer research grants.
It would be fantastic if you could sponsor me, or even better join me in a program!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Brother & Mom
Your Lovely Sister ;d