This week’s FFN (Paving the way body language and breathing) will be a bit shorter than usual, as I seem to have ended up with a 2-day working week, but a fast game’s a good game!
Episode 42: Stacey Copeland has represented her country in both football and boxing and in 2018 she made history when she became the first ever British woman to win the Commonwealth title. As a footballer she represented England U18s, played in an FA cup final and has also played abroad in America and Sweden. As an amateur boxer Stacey won a European silver medal and National Championship and as a professional, she won the Commonwealth title.
Sid and I wanted to chat to her about breaking through in women’s sport, perceptions of the game and her drive to help others through Pave the Way.
Where I’ve Been Eating
It was Caryl’s birthday on Wednesday, so lunch at Hambleton Hall was the order of the day. I love that place, and as we’ve eaten out so little in the last 14 months, a dining outside experience as we emerge from Lockdown was truly amazing. The food, service and view are as good as it gets for miles around so if you get the chance to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. In her talk Your body language may shape who you are social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, argues that “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident – can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. It seems that, physically speaking, we can fake it before we make it!
What I’ve Been Reading
One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year is Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor. Given that breathing is such a fundamental part of our life, it is amazing we’ve got this far without any real thought to how we are doing it, or how we can do it better. It seems breathing through our mouths has a detrimental impact so many parts of our bodies, and is we can learn to breath more effectively, we can improve our physical and mental wellbeing in many different ways. Definitely worth a read.
Quote of the Week
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
Over the last 12 months we have seen examples of the importance of good financial planning in so many ways. If your investments were well diversified, they actually grew in 2020 despite the worst stock market crash in our lifetime. If you got sick but had the right protection in place then your plan wasn’t derailed, and if you’ve organised your estate plan, you could sleep more easily at night. As we return to more normal living, don’t forget to get a plan in place, if you haven’t already. If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.