What Happens in a ‘Year of Yes’?

A green tick in a green circle to indicate YES or correct

Earlier this year I made a rather extravagant statement about 2022 being my “Year of Yes”. I wanted to publicly and privately rebel against the endless ‘No’ and negativity of the last couple of Covid-impacted years.

If nothing else, my plan was to consciously change my mindset from one constantly limited by circumstances beyond my control, to one where I actively sought out things (read: travel adventures big and small) that brought me joy. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I am one of those people who thrive on experiencing new landscapes, cultures and challenges. Yes, I have my homebody moments too, but I always need to have something interesting sitting on the horizon or pencilled onto my calendar.

Sometimes I wish I was more content to take each day as it comes rather than forever looking forward, however, looking forward and being positive is exactly what my Year of Yes is all about.

So, what has the first six months delivered?

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The Great North Walk – Day 2 – Macquarie Park to Hornsby

The sun shone brightly and the thermometer topped out at 28°C. Autumn? What’s Autumn?

It was too hot for bushwalking for this happy wanderer, but once I commit to a path it is simply a matter of one foot in front of the other.

Fill up your water bottle, we are off on Day 2 of the Great North Walk.

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Dreaming of the Next Adventure – Introducing the Bibbulmun Track

I am just a wee bit excited. After being locked down and locked in Australia for the past +18 months, I finally have an epic adventure on the horizon.

And it’s BIG!

Grab your backpack, tent, sleeping bag, dehydrated meals, maps and muesli bars, we are off on the Bibbulmun Track.

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Packing for Everest Base Camp – Must-Haves vs Luxuries

A cartoon of a pig strapped to a backpack that it is about 10 times bigger than the pig
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In a few short weeks we will be taking our first few tentative steps on our way to Everest Base Camp in deepest, darkest Nepal. Or should that be, brightest, whitest Nepal?

The training regime is now rigorous and consistent (amazing what fear can do to motivation levels) and the waist line has been steadily shrinking.

Now it’s time to address the pile of gear that has been growing like a mushroom on the lounge room floor…

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Training for a Stroll to Everest Base Camp – Theory vs Practice

I am a fraud!

A cartoon of an overweight woman joggingI have these fantastic visions of me being a super-fit individual with a trim, taut physique, but needless to say there is a vast gap between imagining and reality. The pressure is on though as it is only a few short weeks before we will be donning the down jackets and trekking to Everest Base Camp deep in Nepal’s Himalayas.

I need to transform this middle-age spread into a more compact form and dramatically reduce the number of blubbery kilograms that I must haul up endless mountains.

Have I left it too late?

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