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  • Writer's pictureThe Running EP

Figure it out and make things happen!

I’ve always believed in my ability to Figure it out and Make things happen.

I remember back to when I signed up for my first running event, the Ciry2Surf (14km). The thrill of pushing the limits of the body and the euphoria at the finish. I was curious to see just how far I could go.

I moved up to the Half (21km), faced the Marathon (42km), then decided to go for an Ultra-Marathon. Yes, I’d completed a marathon before but this was different. I knew this would push me to my limits and it’d be the biggest physical and mental challenge I’d ever face at the time.

Sure, I had my doubts but I signed up anyway for the 50k Canberra Ultra, I read several books on Distance Running, wrote myself a training program, cleaned up my diet and committed.

I ran and became an Ultra-Marathoner.

. . .

I remember back to when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after I completed my Bachelor of Medical Science degree.

I found Exercise Physiology, it was the link between my passion for helping people and my love for exercise.

Sure, I had doubts but I put my ego aside, I enrolled, did multiple internships during university to make sure I put myself in the best position possible to succeed.

I graduated and became an Exercise Physiologist.

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I remember back to when I did my first in-service presentation on “The Subjective Ax” infront of colleagues in the clinic.

The feedback I got was that it seemed like I was shouting to a crowd of 100... in reality there were only 10 people.

Overtime, I volunteered to do more presentations, did speaking events in the community as well as attended conferences to learn from those more experienced and knowledgeable than me.

Then, I was fortunate enough to be chosen to present at Royal North Shore Hospital infront of other Health practitioners about Exercise & Chronic Pain... a huge passion of mine.

I spoke and became an Educator.

. . .

I remember back to when I took on my first university placement student under my supervision & guidance.

Sure, I thought I knew my stuff well enough but this was a greater opportunity to further my understanding, as well as be an impactful leader for those seeking the right questions and answers to the uncertainties of healthcare or just navigating through life in general.

Overtime, I took on more and more students in the clinic and decided to start a mentorship program to keep the ball rolling.

I opened up and became a Mentor.

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I remember back to when I first interviewed a Physio friend of mine on my IGTV because I thought it’d be a great idea to share ideas and information to my followers on Instagram. It’d be a shame if I dropped some truth bombs and no one else could hear them right?

Overtime, I interviewed more and more health practitioners in my network and finally decided to start my own podcast. Sure, I can have a causal chat with someone but this was different. I questioned whether I was a good enough communicator to host but I just needed to get one episode out of the way, and the rest was history...

I rocked the mic and became a Podcaster.

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This is not a success story... my story is really just beginning. I’m now at a point where I’m starting my own business. This is new territory. I'm both excited and terrified.

However when I look back, I know that if I continue to just trust myself enough to figure it out... I can make things happen!

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