Four Mums in a Boat - Living Adventurously 29
'Yorkshire Rows' are four mums, friends, businesswomen who rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. The expedition resulted in an intriguing variety of outcomes: the same journey impacting on different personalities in very different ways. We talked about the perceived stigma of 'irresponsible mothers' swanning off on selfish adventures, about the struggle of life after huge adventures, and the differences in risk between running a business and rowing the Atlantic.
This was a wide-ranging, honest and really enjoyable chat. In the sunshine. With cake. 👍
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- Running business involves risk, but ocean rowing is a different sort of risk
- The difference in risk in business versus ocean rowing: losing your life, losing some cash
- I don't see myself as any sort of athlete, despite rowing the ocean and running a couple of marathons
- We shouldn't do this, but I always compare myself to other athletes.
- "You're a middle-aged woman with a proper job - what on earth is someone like you rowing an ocean for?"
- I felt a little bit of my soul was dying. The years were merging into one.
- Rowing it Alone - book by Debra Searle
- 4 Mums rowing an ocean - people often think that is selfish
- My aim was always not to regret what I've done in life
- NY Design Agency - closes 1 year in 7 - TED talk about the power of time off
- Squirrelled away £50 a month for years
- Follow your gut instinct
- The best part of rowing the ocean has been all the people we met through doing the project - all these can-do individuals
- I didn't plan for how I would feel AFTER getting off the boat. I struggle now with feeling content.
- It took me about 18 months to feel normal again
- Qualified as a performance life coach
- Jeannete - came home settled and fine. Except she decided she didn't want to work any more. She'd worked so hard all her life and missed too much with her kids. It was a chance to reassess
- Frances - the best thing about life on the boat was how simple it was
- Helen and Jeanette have started a business
- Simon Biltcliffe - business system
- say 'yes' (and then figure out how to make it happen)
- We made a good team because we are all so different
- Stop over-thinking and listen to your gut instinct
- If I could live life again I would not fear failure
- I like to say to people that I am busy when I am not busy so that I can stay at home and read a book
- Start with Why - TED talk
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