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Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

We have a short motto in our office at Activate: “Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong”.

I was thinking about how much this simple statement can improve our relationships and our overall positivity day to day and realised it may not always be as easy as it sounds.

Life tends to come at us hard and fast, without regard for our own readiness. It doesn’t make the slightest attempt at setting up convenient appointment times to bring problems for us to work through. Problems and dilemmas just happen.

It’s part of life and over time, as we work through each day, we gain more wisdom and patience, and the ability to handle more, or simply make better decisions to help avoid more problems in the future.

While we’re dealing with the obstacles we have in front of us, we have the ability to choose not just to work through the problem, but what our attitude will be during those issues. “Train Hard, Have Fun, Belong” embodies more than keeping your nose down and smiling at people, from my perspective it also challenges us to maintain a positive attitude through the work.


BECOMING MORE RESILIENT

Changing the way we view difficulties from seeing and dreading something uncomfortable or painful to seeing each situation as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become more resilient can help shift our mindset from one of frustration or anger to one that cultivates thankfulness and an appreciation, even while uncomfortable.

Because of the things we fight through and learn from, we will have more wisdom and know how to handle things better in the future. We can share our experiences with others and help them get through their own struggles. Empathy and understanding we previously did not have can be used to encourage and relate to others as well.

The hard things we go through allow us to “Be Nice To People”. Our personal understanding of life, and being willing to be open with others on what was hard for us gives us a unique ability to be a huge help to those around us. We can also share the joy and excitement with others as they get to the other side of their obstacles.

If we didn’t have to deal with the things in life that are uncomfortable or downright painful, we would never have the opportunity to use what we’ve learned, felt, and grown through to help others and ultimately live fuller lives ourselves.

Training isn’t just for the body, it really is for the mind too. Belonging to a group of like-minded individuals also helps to gently push you along in your personal journey.

If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with us today visit www.activate.ie/free-intro.

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Photos from Kerry Ladies Football team homecoming at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday night

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Danny Healy-Ray, Patrick Connor-Scarteen, Minister of education Norma Foley and Francis Flynn pictured at the Kerry Ladies homecoming on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Senior Football managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long pictured with Elaine Kinsella Radio Kerry at the Fitzgerald stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGogh
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo : Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kerry Ladies Homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Faces in the crowd. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Faces in the Crowd. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Cllr Donal Grady and John Francis Flynn at the Kerry Ladies homecoming. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Kayleigh Cronin (2nd from left) pictured with her teammates at the Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming at the Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
Selina Looney Kerry Ladies Chairperson (front centre) pictured with Kerry players at the Kerry Senior Ladies Homecoming at the Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday. Photo: Tatyana McGough
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
31 July 2022; Kerry supporters during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Final match between Kerry and Meath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Photos from Kerry Ladies Football team homecoming at Fitzgerald Stadium on Monday night
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Keep indoor plants out of full sun

By Debby Looney, gardening expert I was sitting in the dining room looking out at the garden through sheets of rain, when something caught my eye; a dead plant. I […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

I was sitting in the dining room looking out at the garden through sheets of rain, when something caught my eye; a dead plant.

I shifted my focus, looked around me, and observed quite a few plants close to the point of no return! Indoor plants are easy to forget about, especially when the weather is fine. It is hard to believe but several spider plants, an orchid and a Saintpaulia ended up on a certain compost heap this week.

Houseplants do not need a huge amount of care during the summer months, but there are a few things we must not forget! For example, the most obvious is watering. This is the main growing season for houseplants, so watering is essential as is adding some fertiliser. I use specific feeds for my plants, as the balance of nutrients needed can vary hugely depending on the type. As you can imagine, a large, leafy plant will have different requirements to, say, a cactus, or a gerbera. Most plants prefer to dry out slightly between watering, though not as much as I had let them dry out.

Most indoor plants prefer to be out of full sun as they scorch easily. In particular, leafy plants are susceptible to this. Cacti and succulents are ideal for south facing windows during the summer months. Move any leafy plants to a spot away from south facing windows where they can enjoy a more stable temperature and a slightly shaded light.

Often when plants are under stress, both indoors or outdoors, they become prone to disease, a bit like ourselves. For example, plants which dry out frequently are a prime target for whitefly. They often go unnoticed until there is an infestation, at which point you will see woolly cocoon like clusters, as well as clouds of tiny white flies. Blackfly and greenfly are also common pests indoors. The best course of action, after prevention, is to spray the plant at regular intervals with a pesticide. As it is indoors, I would strongly recommend the use of organic spray, or even soapy water. Alternatively, use a pesticide which can be watered onto the soil, such as ‘bugclear ultra’, as this will have a systemic effect.

This time of year is also suitable for repotting your houseplants, if not done in spring, as they will still get a few months of benefit and strong growth. I mix my own compost as I generally have quite a few to repot. I mix four parts good quality compost, one part sharp sand, one part perlite and one part vermiculite by volume. When repotting cacti and succulents I reduce the compost to two parts, and when repotting orchids, I substitute the vermiculite and perlite with two parts fine bark mulch. I never use homemade compost, as I find there are a lot of insects and ‘other creatures’ in it which is fine used outdoors, but I don’t want to invite too much wildlife inside! It is possible to sterilise homemade compost by steaming it, but this is quite an operation, one which I have never undertaken. Alternatively, there are specialist composts available for every type of houseplant. When repotting, use a pot which is about two sizes bigger, unless the plant is a very vigorous one.

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