“How do you feel?” My Guide asked as I sat hunched in the darkness panting heavily.
“Absolutely …. exhausted.” I gasped back at him between pants.
“Are you sick or do you have a headache?”
“No… Just…. exhausted.”
We were sitting at a moment of truth high up on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. If my Guide told me to go down, I’d turn round. If he asked me if I think I should go down I’d turn round and start heading down. “No headache, no sick, you can still go on.” He said. “We are so close to Stella Point…
There are few in literature whose lives are celebrated as readily and as globally as that of Scotland’s Bard Robert Burns. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, think back to New Year’s Eve when you sang Auld Lang Syne to herald in this year. Robert Burns was the man who wrote it.
The village of Alloway where Burns was born and raised is now a part of the present-day town of Ayr, situated about 2 miles south of the town center. I walked out through town and then skirting a…
In 2010 I found myself in unmanageable debt of over £250,000, yet within four years, during which time I still had more than enough money to live on, I was completely debt-free and have been in full control of my finances ever since.
There was no new job, lottery win, or significant pay rise involved. In fact, I lost my job. It was all about changing my mental approach to the problem. Here is some of the thinking I adopted which helped me clear my debts and keep my finances in control for life.
Perhaps one of the most limiting…
I looked across at the summit of Everest glowing in the newly risen sun and caught my breath. From my vantage point, just over 6,000 meters above sea level, high on the Mera Glacier, I was seeing the world as only gods and elite mountaineers tend to see it.
I am neither god nor an elite mountaineer. In fact, I am quite overweight. But I have long since learned that the realms of adventure and incredible achievement are there for anyone regardless of your weight, but you have to know how to carry yourself into them.
This article is for anyone who has been trying to lose weight but hasn’t been successful. It provides a framework you can work within that enables you to achieve incredible goals and to feel amazing even if you never lose another pound.
I say this as someone who has been obese all my adult life and whose life changed dramatically for the better the moment I decided to climb Everest. I haven’t yet summited Everest but I have now been to the Himalayas three times and, on a trip to a mountain called Mera Peak, reached the highest altitude of…