"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford.
Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn. As disheartening as it may be to fall short of our goals, it's important to realise your abilities have not gone wasted. Continue to improve yourself, and do not lose sight of the target, whatever that may look like for you.
Let your ambitions drive you to overcome your challenges, and the insight to view any negatives that may arise. Expect the worst, and prepare accordingly, so next time you'll know how to adapt when you're struggling.
Master your mountains - and then begin training for the next one.
There comes a day when you realise that turning the page is the best feeling in the world - because you realise there's so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
Learning to change and improve is a valuable gift. Mistakes happen, and the way you handle the aftermath defines you so much more than whatever went wrong - through your kindness, empathy, and ability to evolve and grow. 📸: Sean Blocksidge
It's easy to get caught up in the rituals of everyday life - going to work, studying, taking care of loved ones, striving to create a better future. It's easy to forget to take care of yourself, too.
The life you lead is not defined by the job title you hold, or the number of people on your social media. Don't let the little things overshadow what's really important - work so you can do the things you love, and seek what excites you.
Inhale. Exhale. Stay wild.
Macpac Ambassador and Kiwi Multisport Legend @braden_currie has arrived in Hawaii in the lead up to this weekend’s @ironmantri World Championship in Kona.
Braden has been training for this race of a lifetime for the last eight months, with his most recent training block in Boulder, Colorado over the last month.
We’ll be following this weekend’s race with great interest, getting behind Braden as he takes on his toughest race yet, alongside some of the world’s best triathletes.
If you think you've peaked, find a new mountain. 🗻
@johnpricephotography with the @nzalpineteam , facing constant challenges and adapting to their landscape - as if climbing literal mountains wasn't tough enough. If you're not learning, you're not evolving and growing. Do not allow yourself to grow complacent.
"A local guy took us around the point, spent ten minutes telling us the grand old Maori tale about how the gods built this place. As we drifted there listening to him, the sand flies zoned in and we began to engage in the "Milford Wave" (aka swat all flies!). He told us that each god gifted something beautiful: the mountains, the birds, the water, the rains... and then the miserable god, whose only power was to gift terrible things, gave it sand flies to deter anyone from staying too long and destroying it." - @stephgoesglobal
A mindful message to consider when heading out on your adventures this weekend 👣
When darkness is falling, find the light. ✨
Too often, the barriers that prevent us from being where we'd like to be are all in our mind. "It's too hard", "I can't do it", "I'm scared". You can do it. It's never as scary as it seems, and it's only as hard as you make it.
Once you start believing you can make it to the other side, you'll find the mountains that stood in your way have crumbled to molehills.
And if your mountains are physical alps instead of mental barriers - you can find the light as @thorpscott did, in their peaks reflecting the setting sun 🏔
Until they can spread their wings and take their first shaky steps, you will carry them with you. In your arms, on your back, in a child carrier. Introduce them to the outdoors and foster a love of nature that will endure for their entire lives.
When they're older and having adventures with their own children, you will carry them still, in your wisdom, in your kindness, and in your heart 🌏
"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home."
- Gary Snyder
Let us know what makes you feel at home in nature.
Whether that might mean bringing along some little indulgences (who doesn't love a coffee from the comfort of their sleeping bag?), or just relishing the moment and the chance to completely unplug and be one with your thoughts and the world around you.
Great Barrier island is just 100km north-east of Auckland, but it feels a world away from the city!
The island is famous for its breath-taking beauty and its status as one of the worlds Dark Sky Sanctuaries. It's also home to the Aotea track - a 25km 2-3 day track that takes trailers through some of Great Barrier Island's most spectacular areas - from the forests to the mountain tops.