ACL/MCL Injury: Snowboarding into a Tree

So if you follow my instagram feed you will know that I got injured. View this post on Instagram Pretty bummed out MCL, possibly ACL 6weeks or surgery Will find out the verdict next week #accidentprone #sneakytree #kneeinjury #hopeful A post shared by Helen Read (@trektradewinds) on Jan 3, 2019 at 9:24pm PST On New…

The Countdown Begins

I’m excited and nervous all in the same breath. Yesterday was my last day of work so now it is countdown to leaving time. The main problem is that I ended up talking about my plans to so many people and there were basically 2 types of reaction. “Wow your so brave I could never…

Misunderstood

This week I have been on a mental health first aid course. It was really interesting and while I had a reasonable understanding of the conditions before, I definitely know more about it now. Having suffered with anxiety and depression before, I can empathise completely with the helplessness a person feels when afflicted and it…

First Trip Down Swildon’s Hole

Over the course of the past year, I have slowly been persuaded into caving. It started with a small trip down Goatchurch cavern in the Mendips a few times and it actually got easier each time. I wasn’t convinced that I wasn’t claustrophobic, but having stuck myself down the smarty tube a couple of times…

The Power of Positive Thinking: 7 Steps to Happy

At a recent training day we had a session where we each gave certain people post it notes with feedback on. To my suprise I received multiple notes saying how inspired they were by my positivity. I was so honoured, and it got me thinking about what effect that has on me, others and how…