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Q79 Top Trumps!

Q79 Top Trumps!

We hope you like our mock-up TOP TRUMPS card pack that will soon be available. We are gathering some of our favourite Quest 79 challenges that capture the diversity of ideas and creativity that is happening! We are so inspired by the participation of people around the world and the creativity of ideas emerging. The youngest participant so far is age 6 (producing 79 episodes of the Messy Rainbow podcast, by kids for kids), and the oldest age 79 (my dad, who rode 79 miles on his bike for 79 years and raised a big chunk of money for The Spinal Injuries Association). Please check out the list of inspirational challenges that we are aware of so far, although we are sure its not fully comprehensive. Thirty of these fabulous stories are being selected to join the deck of our Top Trumps card pack. Our vision is for our Q79 Top Trumps to be played in families around the world, inspiring and helping us all remember that we can really unleash our incredible talents, skills and creativity when we commit to stepping even just a fraction out of our typical comfort zone. When we reveal some of the shiny inner gold inside us this way, we are positively impacting the lives of many as well as our own. We are looking to find distributors for the cards now, and look forward to making the game available far and wide!

We are so grateful to the CEO and team at Winning Moves who produce Top Trumps. They have generously offered to create many thousands of packs of Quest 79 Top Trumps cards free of charge to help support our vision of spreading inspiration around the world.

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79 Podcasts

79 Podcasts

Welcome to the MESSY RAINBOWS podcast. Two incredible young sisters, ages 6 and 9 started a podcast during Covid-19 lockdown to help other kids with ‘messy heads’. They are interviewing a diverse range of people covering topics from how to love yourself and manage your emotions, to gardening, crafting, journaling and all sorts of topics connected to mental health and wellbeing particularly for children. They have decided to connect with Quest 79 and produce 79 podcasts throughout the pandemic to remind everyone that even though heads can get messy, there are always colourful rainbows inside.

There is a great exploration of what they are doing connected to Quest 79 in this podcast with The Entrepreneur’s Doctor. Well worth a listen and if this episode is too long for you, try some of the others that are around 5 to 10 minutes in length.

We things these girls are amazing!!!

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Quest 79 medal

Quest 79 medal

We hope you like our new virtual medal so that we can say thank you and recognise all of you that take part in Quest 79! Each and every one of you that participates are having a positive impact not only on your own life, but in spreading inspiration to those who you connect with. When we see others doing something over and above the ‘normal’, then it positively impacts everyone by begging the questions ‘What could I do?’ or ‘How could I contribute more?’ or ‘How can I make my world or the world around me a better place?’.

We are so grateful to the team and designers at Hi-Create in Inverness. Quest 79 began in Inverness, with a launch event at Eden Court Theatre  ‘coincidentally’ held on 7/9 ! Since then we have slowly and organically grown, spreading inspiration like a positive virus. We hope you will be inspired to join in.

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‘Iron-Monk’ 79 miles

‘Iron-Monk’ 79 miles

Jean-Pierre de Villiers was riding his bike across the UK, 1000 miles in 10 days and had a head on collision with a hit-and-run driver. He badly broke both his legs, had multiple surgeries, months in hospital and now has metal in the middle of his bones leg bones. J-P is a spiritual coach now nicknamed the ‘Iron-Monk’. Twenty months later he went beyond himself running 79 miles in just under 24 hours, inspiring people others in his community to do a Quest 79 and raising funds for his local animal sanctuary.

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79 Fantastic Futures

79 Fantastic Futures

Pete Cohen is obsessed with taking people from where they are to where they want to be, and does this via speaking, coaching and writing books. He is helping 79 people transform their lives via 79 days of a ‘Creating Your Fantastic Future’ room on Clubhouse, supporting people to transition into being even greater versions of themselves. Check out Pete on instagram at @petecohen_

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79 Swims

79 Swims

We have a couple of individuals putting in some impressive and unique swim challenges!

Elaine Mochrie challenged herself to 79 cold water swims between winter and summer solstice – with no wetsuit! That averages out at 3 swims a week – how brave! … or crazy?! Elaine has swum in all types of water from the North Sea to icy ponds. Cold water swimming has many benefits such as increasing your metabolism.

Ally Meredith is also on a Quest 79 to do 79 sea swims. 79 days in a row. For a minimum distance of 79 meters: and on the day we post this the sea was 7.9 degrees! Ally is being super disciplined throughout his challenge, constantly showing up to take on the cold water.

The coldest sea temp Ally faced was 7.1°C! No doubt Ally and Elaine will feel truly revitalised and accomplished after completing his Quest 79.

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79 Summits

79 Summits

Helena Bellini from Mallorca ran up the local mountain over the village of Port de Pollensa 79 times within 6 weeks – each run around 90 minutes of steep, rocky slopes, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day. Many women of all ages joined her in her Quest, and school children were inspired by the story shared via Mallorcan TV and radio. Her 79 photos of sunrises and sunsets from the summit and a 79 day community litter pick continue to have lasting impact.

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79 Energy Healings

79 Energy Healings

In the spirit of Quest 79, Rachel Earing of www.live4energy.co.uk is stepping beyond her usual work and going for it! If you are interested in receiving an energy healing, Rachel is offering 79 energy healings to 79 people, within 79 hours, on the 79th day of this year: 20th March 2021. She will offer the healing in small groups to make it all the more powerful, and is raising funds for Derian House www.derianhouse.co.uk , a children’s hospice offering respite and end of life care to children across the northwest of England. We love the love that Rachel is putting out there with this, and hope that you do too. She is also planning a future event where 79 healers will group together to offer healing even further and wider. Please contact Rachel via her website if you are interested.

 

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79 Peaks in 79 Weeks

79 Peaks in 79 Weeks

Rowan Purrett set himself a unique Quest that really stretched him. He decided to climb 79 peaks in 79 weeks: a big job for an 11-year old who had never done much mountain climbing! He was inspired by the landscape surrounding his home in the Isle of Skye, and in the process learned to scramble, tackle snow and ice, and involved friends and family in his challenge. He also raised funds for children in Africa less fortunate than himself.  

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ICE

ICE

WARNING: This blog is written to bring light and and positivity, but the subject matter begins quite tough.

A few weeks ago, Corey, the 16 year old son of some friends, took his own life: a shocking, sad and unforeseen event. His family are certain that if it weren’t for coronavirus and the associated challenges of this year, it would never have happened. I am sure there are many other not dissimilar stories that send shockwaves of sadness through families and communities.

We live in uncertain times, an era that for many brings unprecedented suffering and adversity. Many are being pushed out of comfort zones, confronted with challenges, forced to change habits and to look within; to ask questions about survival and resilience, about values and priorities. We are wading in a sea of uncertainty. Many face fear, anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions as a result.

These difficult emotions are rarely experienced on such a large scale as induced by this pandemic. However, when difficult events occur at a global level like now, there is a bizarre duality within it: certain aspects that we really struggle with like fear and uncertainty and lack of human physical connection, but also a sense of relief in the slower pace and reduced pressure to always be doing and moving. I am a firm believer that in the ‘darker’ side of the duality, in that difficult stuff of life, lies an opportunity. If we can face the bleakness with a brave courage, and share our vulnerability, then it strengthens our connections: both with our own emotions and with others. I experienced first-hand through my own spinal cord injury and paralysis, how friends, strangers and communities rally to bring light, strength and support. The great gift in the challenges of life is that human spirit shines through. Even in trauma, there is light, and the story of my friends and their son Corey is another great example of this https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/12/it-could-be-any-child-amid-their-grief-a-family-reach-out Corey is devastatingly gone, but how many more lives is the family and community’s traumatic loss going to save? Good emerges from bad.

It is now more than ever we must dig deep within, and work to focus our attention on the emotions that can lift us, and on how we can lift those around us. We are connected as humans like waves on an ocean. Our thoughts, feelings and actions ripple out, affecting somebody, somewhere. As practices of mindfulness teach us, we can notice and observe these feelings but we do not have to embody them. We can strip back the apparent complexity to the simplicity of being alive, being grateful, and being kind.

In my coaching work the theme that constantly arises is how unkind we can be to ourselves. We tell ourselves things and put ourselves through suffering that we would never wish on anyone. So if you do one thing differently as a result of reading this, start by being kinder to yourself, and know that will spread like a wave into the world around you.

I’d like to share my word for the year with you too. ICE. ICE is a great remedy for physical injuries, and this version of ICE is a tonic for our emotional strains.

Remember to remember the ICE in you.

INNER GOLD – you are strong, special and capable, with unique gifts and abilities

CONNECTION – being you can affect & inspire those around you

ENVIRONMENT – respect and enjoy nature to make the world a better place

ICE emerged as the core values of our team as we plan to create the POLE OF POSSIBILITY at 79 degrees latitude and longitude in Antarctica. 79 being the atomic number of gold and a number that’s become special to me through winning the 79th medal and gold in the Rio Paralympics and the Quest 79 project. More at https://www.thepopchallenge.com  

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