Issue 4

Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson

Award-Winning Financial Advisor, Keynote Speaker, Ironman, World Championship Qualified Triathlete.

I have just returned home from my most recent race to three weeks of mail.  In amongst this was an invoice from Ambulance Victoria for the trip Olivia and I made on Mother’s Day (football concussion and a trip to the Children’s Hospital – she is fine now).

Yet again, I am reminded of how quickly time passes and yet how recent things seem.  In the space of a month, I went from the back of the ambulance to crossing the finish line into Olivia’s arms in Cairns.

The SeeSaw in the playground of my life – finding the balance.

The majority of my time in the corporate world came at a personal cost – the immense guilt I felt by failing as a mother.  I was always told by those closest to me that I needed to find the “balance” in my life between family and work.  Being so young (in corporate terms), I took on advice from my elders.  I suffered terrible “mother guilt”.  I felt guilty for pursing my love of my job and my want to succeed and would convince myself that by doing so I was not being a good mum.  When you ask me about the breakdown of my marriage, I will no doubt tell you my commitment (both time and passion) to my work overshadowed that of my husband. 

Many of you are reading this, nodding your head, in a sign of understanding exactly what I mean.  I am sure we have all experienced the confusion and deep desire to find the happy medium in all that we give in our lives.

During the recovery from my melanoma diagnosis (an added task to my already hectic life), I chose to engage in the sport of triathlon.  As you are beginning to realise (if you did not know already) through reading my story, the time commitment required to train for three sporting disciplines is quite simply, insane.  A training week for me can be anywhere from 9 hours (like this week which is a recovery week) to 20 hours which is the peak going into a half ironman race.  Are you still nodding?  Or are you now shaking your head silently saying “Why Amanda?  Why?” 

Most of us want to have time for family and friends and for the fun things in life.  Our children will need us, and we will be there for them.  It would be great if it were easy and always organised perfectly.  That we would not feel like we are letting people down and most of all and we would not be angry at ourselves.

Along with all of that, I have (huge) goals and dreams in both business and triathlon.  To achieve it all, often something must give.  I can’t have it all and at the same time and the reality is, some things have to wait.

Think of it as being on a seesaw as a kid, the fun part was definitely not sitting there opposite your sibling or friend and not moving.  The fun came from the rush of flying up and down – of chasing your goals and dreams.

Balance is a personal measure; it is different for everyone.  You most certainly do not find it by trying to make everyone else happy.  Then comes the next challenge, mastering the art of saying NO.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Eistein

Meanwhile in Lycra

Another race complete; Cairns Half Ironman.  I managed to take 7th in my Age Group and a PB on that course.  The highlight was having Livvy at the finish line and her arms around me.  Whilst my ride was great (I enjoyed it all, even the huge headwind), I am disappointed in my run, and it is difficult not to be consumed by “what could have been” if I had performed to what I know my capabilities are. 

Most of us want to have time for family and friends and for the fun things in life. Our children will need us, and we will be there for them. It would be great if it were easy and always organised perfectly. That we would not feel like we are letting people down and most of all and we would not be angry at ourselves.

After a few weeks of recovery (fun training), it all starts again with another half ironman booked for September and Ironman Western Australia entered for December.

I will also spend another week assessing what I have learnt from the lead up to and the race itself.  As simple as it may sound, I need to put a greater focus on rest and recovery.  My training schedule needs to be as compliant to Coach Matt’s direction as possible.   Yin Yoga, core strength and Hot/Cold recovery sessions will be a must and I need to fit these into my week if my body is going to adapt to the Ironman training program again.

Back to life with heels on and dry hair

I was fortunate to spend an extra week in Far North Queensland after my race.  As you would appreciate, my choices in life don’t often allow for much “down time”.  I am aware of this and purposely attempted to switch off and unwind for a week.  Palm Cove was the perfect location for me to do this.  Highlights were standing in embrace with my family at the very top of Australia (Cape York) and cycling, along the beach pub crawl.  It wasn’t until the flight home that I pulled out my computer and started to plan for the upcoming weeks.

The downside is the timing of the trip, coming into the end of June, means the next few weeks will be chaotic to say the least but I am prepared for this, as the “switch off” was necessary.   I am refreshed and ready to pursue many of the new goals that have been scaring me. 

For those of you who are interested in the Financial Planning and Strategy that I provide, NOW is the best time to act on your personal goals.  Instead of chasing the end of the financial year, look to the new year and what you can achieve.  I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you – just reach out.

xxAmanda

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