Attitude of Gratitude

A lot has happened in 2 years. If you know me then you know part of my story. 

But that is what life is, isn't it. A combination of short stories that can take you from being the happiest you've ever been in your life, the saddest moments of your life, the greatest moments of your life, the worst moments of your life, moments you want to hold on to forever and those you want to share with the world. 

Photo from Love Trails Festival and Salomon Festival Community panel 

Running has taken me to some amazing places, met the best people, created wonderful opportunities and experiences.  Lessons upon lessons. Day after day. Week after week. I am forever grateful for all of the above. I am just an ordinary woman who fell back in love with running hoping to inspire generations and women alike. If I can do it, you can you. My motto literally is... 'what is the worst thing that can happen?' To be completely honest, this motto only came to life in January 2020 when I suffered a loss. I felt like nothing can ever beat the feeling of watching your love one pass away so whatever it is I feel like doing, I am just going to do it, just because...

Photo from Love Trails Festival and Salomon Festival Community panel talk

Since then I have said yes to many opportunities and worked out how, later. I have applied for jobs out of my comfort zone and tried new things. Just because.. 

Photo from Camino Ultra London Greenways Challenge 

Running through grief.  What can I say??? Yes it helps. Everyday is different and everyday is a new day. One day at a time, one step at a time. Whatever helps you feel better in that moment,  do it because we are all different.  There is no right or wrong way to feel or deal with those emotions. "Our grief is as individual as our lives."
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

How does this all relate? Well when I did this interview with Paul Larkins, editor of Trail Running Mag a few months back, to me I just felt honoured to meet Paul and it was just a natural chat. Then I forgot all about it until someone mentioned to me that they had read my article in the magazine!  I was like wow... I need to see it. 

October/November 2022  issue

When I finally got my hands on a copy... WHSmiths Waterloo as my local newsagents don't sell many magazines anymore.  I get it. Not many people buy magazines anymore which is a shame and magazines are not cheap! So when you have to watch the coins (cost of living crisis and all that)..... priorities! 

I was so excited when I got a copy. I just thought it'll be a small article at the bottom of one of the pages. I almost cried ( I stood in the shop with my mouth wide open) for a few minutes. I wasn't expecting that! And the short heading on the 'Meet the Team' section.... TRINA DAWKINS Unstoppable force... wow! That's me! I pulled a face and nodded to myself, I like that tag line. Yes that's me. 

Felt grateful and blessed. Grateful for all the opportunities from Merrell over the last 12 months. Blessed to chat to Paul as I've been reading this magazine for sometime now and never in a million years did I expect a feature. I'm just an ordinary woman who loves to run and just hope to inspire generations and support and encourage women to move. 

I also stumbled across other photographs from the Merrell shoot in the magazine. Very grateful and feeling blessed.

Forestry England Forest Runner series which is sponsored by Merrell is happening in forests around the UK. The forest Runner is for all abilities and you have the option of 5km or 10km race. The profits from Forest Runner sales helps to  care for your local forest, now and for future generations.

1. Westoning Forest Runner,
September 11
2. Cannock Chase Forest Runner,
September 18
3. Budgetary Forest Runner,
September 25
4. Salary Forest Runner,
October 9
5. Sherwood Pines Forest Runner,
October 16
6. Hamsterley Forest Runner,
October 23
7. High Lodge Forest Runner,
October 30
8. Haldon Park Forest Runner,
November 6
9. Forest of Dean Forest Runner,
November 20
10. Delamere Forest Runner,
March 5, 2023
11. Dalby Forest Runner,
March 12, 2023
12. Alice Holt Forest Runner

This photo from the Isle of Sark. What a view! Taken from the October/November 2022 Trail Running Mag. Sark is 100% trail, featuring mostly compact paths through the hill and very little technical terrain.

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you’ll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” - Elisabeth Hubler-Ross and David Kessler. 

The point I want to make is just do whatever makes your soul happy because what is the worst thing that can happen. Say yes... just because. Be grateful... just because...

Photo by James Carnegie in the Isle of Sark

Life will never be an easy road but we will make it through. Just because.... 

Gratitude allows me to be happy ❤
Always have an attitude of gratitude." ✌🏿


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