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Writer | From Northern Ireland, based in New Zealand | Coming at you with a laidback attitude & positive vibes.

Deemed as one of the best day hikes in New Zealand

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” — Joshua J. Marine

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand is a must for adventure seekers wishing to test their mental and physical strengths. It’s a challenge rife with reward.

Leaving The Shire

Standing in Mangatepopo’s gravel car park with Mount Ngauruhoe looming in the distance — Mount Doom for all you Lord of the Rings fans — myself and Jeff (friend) performed the final checks to our backpacks to ensure we had everything we needed;

  • Plenty of water
  • Food/snacks to keep us going
  • Warm and wet weather…

And overcome your primal brain.

It’s a horrible feeling.

With each breath, a fiery stream ignites your lungs. A lactic acid build-up floods your muscles causing each limb to feel as heavy as lead and to top it all off there’s an energetic, sweaty guy standing in front of you with focus pads strapped to his hands, smashing them together like cymbals and urging you to do more.


There’s no clock or timer to tell you how longs left. At this moment, time does not exist. The world around you is a blur. You have tunnel vision. It’s just you…

By learning to say no.

Deciding to get back on track with your goals or change your life for the better is an energizing feeling.

You're pumped. Invigorated. Inspired. Full of determination, ready to take on the world.

And this time it’s gonna be different, right?

No more giving up like on previous occasions. No slacking off when you know you should be working. No, this time it’s full focus, zero distractions and 100% commitment.

This is gonna be epic!

“Motivation gets you started. Good habits keep you going.” — Jim Ryun

As we all know, that honeymoon period of motivation experienced at the beginning…

As we enter into the fifth month of the year with hopes of building on past momentum, it’s time to take a minute to envision what you expect to achieve over the next four weeks.

For me, April was kind of a turning point after a few months of stop, start progress and inconsistency.

It was a period where I finally figured out what I wanted, or at least, what I wanted to work towards in the near future.

And although it took me until almost halfway through the month to get going again, I’m happy with how things have…

Here’s what to do.

Stop reading the damn things!

We’ve all heard the complaints of there being too many writers writing about writing. Hell, you’ve probably even had a rant or two on the subject yourself.

But here’s the thing, it’s not that difficult to change the content you’re presented with on a daily basis.

Now, I’m not gonna sit here and pretend to know how an algorithm works. In fact, just spelling the word algorithm came as somewhat of a challenge, — thank God for Google — so that goes to show the height of my knowledge.

However, from what I’m led to…

For the past few weeks, my favourite type of content to consume has been short, to the point articles with little fluff or filler.

I don’t know why, but lately, I just don’t seem to have the patience — or attention span — to delve too deep into a piece nor do I want to.

As mentioned in ‘Just get to the damn point’, if you can give me exactly what I came for, in as least time possible, then there’s a good chance I’m gonna be coming back for more.

I want my information clean, clear, concise and I…

Excuses are a lazy person's way of justifying why they are yet to achieve their goals.

Finger-pointing, criticizing and false claims are just some of the shrewd games imposed upon one's self to relinquish responsibility for success and to ease the pain that comes from a myriad of shortcomings.

It’s easy to go down that route, to cultivate reasons why you’re not where you want to be in life, but if you’re genuine about making a change for the better, and aren’t just talking shit to sound ambitious in front of your friends, then the first step to take is…

As soon as you wake up in the morning, you have one of two choices.

You can either decide to attack the day with vigour or allow temptation to poke holes in all your hard-earned progress.

All week I’ve been plagued with pesky voices inside my head — no, not the crazy ones — telling me things like; “Take a day off”, “Do the bare minimum” or “It’s ok to start again tomorrow” and at times, I’ve almost been seduced by their charm — those sneaky little bastards can be quite convincing when they want to be.

However, I’m happy…

When it comes to writing, everyone has their own go-to style, voice, and technique. A format they like to stick to and feel most comfortable with during the development stages of a piece.

For some, it’s a formal approach, while others opt for a more conversational tone. There are creators who believe you should publish based on what’s trending and those who think it’s better to get to know your audience first, then accommodate to their needs.

Which is all great advice, depending on your objective.

However, I do think it’s important to break the mold every once in a…

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