Women Wednesdays #2 Run Eat Repeat

I’m writing this one about a woman and blogger I have adored for a long time now. (I think I might actually be a little bit in love with her 😉 but that’s another post!). I’m sort of in shock as I write this because I’ve just read a very personal post by her about her private life, something which I, obviously, had no clue about. It just reminded me of how everyone can shock you with what they’re going through, you just never know till you ask – or on the internet of course until someone lets you know.

I was originally going to write this post without knowing anything about that sphere of Monica’s life though – just because she is damn fabulous. She is, of course, the wonderful, hilarious and motivational Run Eat Repeat, otherwise known as Monica.

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This woman is insanely motivational, incredibly funny, and she promotes one of the best traits you can ever exhibit as a person: she doesn’t take herself or life too seriously. Or in fact seriously at all in the case of herself, which is wonderfully refreshing and real. I have learnt a lot about running from Monica (mainly – just get off your butt and do it, then come back and eat a pizza) and a lot about not taking myself to seriously too. That’s something I find very hard by the way, I find it so difficult to laugh at my short-comings and my failures. She is also a great balancer in a blogosphere full of health obsession. I’m not saying being healthy or eating healthy is bad, but it can become such a heavy focus these days that we lose sight of other things – like our lives! Monica on the other hand, doesn’t really care. As long as she’s happy, full and replenished after her run that counts as a high-five-moment. Winner! I love that attitude – she reminds me never to become afraid of chips and never to lose my love of pizza.

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I also love her fearless attitude to races. I don’t believe any race would be too tough of too long for this woman, she never seems phased; she seems anti-phased. That, and the honest way she talks about running and her eating habits (which are glorious), make her my ultimate fitness and life role model. I am still stubbornly too scared to enter a running race, I’m not sure if it’s because of fear of failure, or being slow or fear of people watching me pull my running face but I am determined to overcome that this year! Even just an incy-wincy 5km; I have to do it. But reading Run Eat Repeat, I definitely feel like I am going to enter something … one day.

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Monica, I only have one thing to say to you – WHAT A BABE! Please keep posting your delightfully inspiring blog posts.

Follow Run Eat Repeat right here!

Don’t forget to search for Pile On The Miles on her site:

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All images from runeatrepeat.com

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Women Wednesdays #1 – Tara Stiles

I’m starting a new series of posts where I’d like to appreciate women. Women who inspire me, women who make me life, women who are my fashion icons, women who are my business inspiration; generally women who I may not personally know but all of whom I love in some way for what they do or who they are. There are many of them. So I’d like to introduce Women Wednesdays, exclusively for ‘love letters’ to these fabulous people.

I am starting with my favourite yoga teacher, or guru I suppose you can say, but I’m not into all the jargon around yoga. And that leads me to my favourite thing about Tara Stiles; she isn’t fussy about all the names for yogi related things, she doesn’t need you to know how to chant in Sanskrit in order to meditate and she doesn’t even care whether you know the ‘proper’ name for the poses, she just wants you to love yoga. I think it’s mostly down to Tara that I started practising yoga properly. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of yoga, one of my aunties is actually a yoga teacher, but I never really got into it until I stumbled upon Tara Stiles on youtube (I love youtube!).

Once you start to watch her videos you realise she is a completely infectious personality, she’s funny, she’s quirky, she’s different and her laugh is addictive. I think it really helps when you start practising yoga too, if you like your teacher’s voice because – trust me – you have to listen to it an awful lot. If you don’t like it you probably won’t get on with yoga because it will drive you mad, but if you do then suddenly things start to fall into place. The fact that I found Tara’s voice pleasant, relaxing, interesting and even almost soporific at times has really helped me get into my yoga practise, although I’m a long way from calling myself flexible or even zen yet!

And it’s not just her fabulous tall, flexible body, her vibrant sense of style and her awesome yoga that make me adore this woman. It’s her advice too. Her very attitude to life is open and chill, yet still excitable and curious; she seems to laugh her way through her newsletter and videos. She has started to be a model for how I’d like to look at the world too and I’m certainly making progress. Her notions of expansiveness and growth and her simple, yet bang on, pieces of advice like “you have to strap in your safety belt before you can help others” have really made logical, simple and easy sense to me. I find that very calming.

Something else I am grateful for is that she got me into knitting. I love knitting now and although my knitting is a bit skew-whiff and not very coordinated, I find it very relaxing and unwinding to do. Something you are creating is growing – it’s relaxing to watch and at the same time, fairly mindless. I don’t mean that good knitting doesn’t take skill, I just mean that you can switch off and get in touch with a different part of you while you knit; it’s essentially just very peaceful to me. And for introducing me to knitting as an idea of something that’s fun and enjoyable and beautiful, I have Tara to thank.

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So her yoga is wonderful, her body and mind are beautiful, her outlook on life may be a little out there and her clothes are eclectic but I think she is a beautiful, radiant person and she has been my inspiration for well over a year now.

Find Tara at: http://tarastiles.com/

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All Images from tarastiles.com.