Zing zing, I made it to twenty-three! This was the first time in many years I have been home in South Australia for my birthday. In previous years I have been overseas or working at the Australian Open. I decided this year I wanted to be in South Australia to spend time with friends and family, enjoy the ‘heat’ ( I think it’s finally arriving this week) and focus on my training.
22 was a big year for me in many aspects of my life. To end 2018, I wrote a blog on 20 things that altered my perspective throughout the year, so I won’t repeat them again. However, each year I am always intensely grateful for the incredible people that surround me. I celebrated my birthday with an amazing group of people who support, inspire, challenge and keep me accountable. Despite being away for so many months of the year, when I returned to Australia it was like no time had passed at all. That’s the value of having great friends. You just pick up where you left off and the time apart doesn’t seem to matter.
Sea Shepherd x Adventure Bag
To close the week, we teamed up with Sea Shepherd for a clean-up on one of South Australia’s best beaches, Port Noarlunga. To team up with such a big non-profit organisation was awesome and very insightful. Sea Shepherd, Jackson and I promoted the event throughout the week and on Sunday there were around 100 or so people that showed up. Personally, I really appreciated the organisation and structure Sea Shepherd brought to the event. They collected everyone’s names, handled sharps if necessary, and had an allocated space set up to sort the different kinds of rubbish we collected.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it always surprises me how much rubbish we collect. It always hides off the side of the path, in the bushes and the places where you have to take a couple extra steps to get to. Sea Shepherd said they expected to pick up around 50kg of rubbish.. Initially, I thought this was a crazy amount but in the end, we collected over 160kg!
From here we ventured down to Second Valley for a little adventure to bake in the sun rays and watch some cliff jumping. I still haven’t got my head around the whole idea of cliff jumping yet, so I just stick to taking photos and spectating the laws of physics in action.
Crush your week!
Those who show up day in, day out will eventually get to the top. Those who show up day in, day out doing what they love, they become icons. – Josh Lynott