Diana Nyad Makes History Completing Dream Swim At 64 Years Of Age

Diana Nyad completes her dream swim from Cuba To Florida on her 5th attempt at 64 years of age. Never give up, says Nyad, and you're never too old to chase your dreams. The open water swimming world is abuzz with the news that Diana Nyad has completed her epic marathon swim from Cuba to Key West on the coast of Florida today. The 64 year old endurance marathon open water swimmer completed the swim, covering 110 miles (approximately 177 kms) in just over 53 hours, and made history as the first person to complete the swim without a shark cage. This was Nyad's fifth attempt to complete the approximately 177-kilometre swim. She tried three times in 2011 and 2012, with her first being … [Read more...]

Is Being Kinder A Life Goal For You?

In a survey carried out with Society's gentlemen in their 80's and 90's; they were asked what they regretted most in their lives... Not one of the gentlemen said "I wish I'd spent more time in the office!" Surprise Surprise... NOT!!!! It's been 42 years since the best-selling New York Times short story author, George Saunders was at school. This year he returned, delivering the convocation speech of Syracuse University 2013 and stated that failures of kindness, was the biggest regret of his life. "What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded … sensibly. Reservedly. … [Read more...]

Important – Your First Wealth Is Your Health

Woke to the news today of James Gandolfini's death of a heart attack aged 51yrs... Same age as me ...yikes! I'm grateful for my health. I'm grateful for my heart. And all the years of "Bubble Bubble Breathe" up and down that black line that has held me in good stead. Your First Wealth Is Your Health! As you know I love to motivate and inspire people to become their own Champions and help them to achieve goals they never believed were possible. There is one critical ingredient however that we all need to focus on daily for any Champion performance and that is our health! Without good health it is hard to accomplish anything in life and in some cases it is just a … [Read more...]

Walk Your Talk!

Have you ever felt like a failure?... not able to fulfil commitments, worried about letting others down... Well today I came to the realisation that due to my current health I will be withdrawing from this Sunday's HBF Run for a Reason. As one of the ambassadors for the 2013 event; my role is raising funds for Heart Research as supporter of the Heart Foundation. So as you can imagine I had immense feelings of guilt. However… After a chat with my coach Sherree Rylands Blackley  and… Then turning up the volume of my Inner Winner... hearing her say... "You know the drill Shell-Belle, respect your body and walk your talk".... I know it was the best decision. So ask … [Read more...]

How to Love the Skin You’re In!

I am still gutted by the tragic death of Australia's youngest female to suicide at 13yrs young on 25th April in New South Wales. And with rumours circulating that bullying by fellow teenage girls at the "all girls high school" played a major part... I felt compelled to source role models for all women of all ages... To encourage us to support each other and our unique differences. How can we develop to find our inner strength and learn to be comfortable within ourselves and love ourselves in return? Alanis Morissette show's us what it is to love ourselves! She's an inspiration and role model for all women. Follow her lead and love yourself fully today :lol: [Read the full … [Read more...]

High Self-esteem vs. “Fragile” High Self-esteem

Everybody has moments where in their confidence is not at it's peak. However, here is an interesting article regarding indications on healthy Self-esteem vs. "Fragile" High Self-esteem.Beware That Some Self - esteem Is Not Self - esteem At AllAthens, Ga. - Oscar Levant, a mid-century pianist, film star and wit, once watched noted keyboardist and composer George Gershwin spend an evening playing his own music at a party and clearly having a great time."Tell me, George," Levant said, somewhat jealously, "if you have it to do all over again would you still fall in love with yourself?"Increasingly, psychologists are looking at such behavior and saying out loud what may go against the grain of … [Read more...]

Is Self-Esteem A Path To Success?

It is the opinion of many, that through research, more and more students think they are something special. High self-esteem is considered to be a good thing, but will too much of it be still good to be a success? Does Confidence Breed Success? About nine million young people have filled out the American Freshman Survey, since it began in 1966. It asks students to rate how they measure up to their peers in a number of basic skills areas - and over the past four decades, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being "above average" for academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability and self-confidence. This was revealed in a new … [Read more...]

Little Miss Goodie Two Shoes

If there's one thing I learned from my ten year career as Honorary Secretary for the FINA TOWSC (Technical Open Water Swimming Committee) it's that being a good girl isn't good enough. Your inner good girl is thoughtful, always considers others' needs first, works hard at the office and at home, is extremely responsible, and never, ever wants to hurt anyone's feelings. These seem like admirable qualities, but what often happens is that in the process of doing all these "good" things, you too often sacrifice your own needs. You can't say no, you place others' needs higher than our own, and you feel guilty for not doing it all and doing it well. You hide your feelings and let others walk … [Read more...]

What’s In Your Refrigerator

I was asked a great question recently which I'd love to share ... "If you could be anything in a refrigerator what would it be and why?" Would you be lettuce because you're the girl who always is trying to wrap things up? Or, maybe right now you're a jar of pickles because things are a bit stressed and tricky to manage. Or maybe you're an egg, who is fragile and afraid of breaking! Me, I'd be prosciutto because I want to live more like the Italians who slow down and savour life. (I'll need to grab the wine out of the fridge as well!) This is a funny question, but one that makes you think and reveal a different part of yourself, which is why I love it. Consider this … [Read more...]

Trolling Takes It’s Toll

Online harrassment and abuse targeted at specific users of Twitter has taken it's toll in recent weeks, and a number of well-known entities have copped this trolling or 'virtual abuse'. As more and more incidents of the practice or abusive behaviour on social media come to light, calls have been made by the NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and from NSW Police Minister Michael Gallacher for a review of commonwealth telecommunications laws, and the closing of any loopholes that prevent legal action against online harassment. In a press conference earlier this week, Gallacher claimed the police need to be more empowered to arrest perpetrators of trolling. Trolls Viciously Spread Hate On … [Read more...]