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Whatever it takes



As the 4am alarm sounded and I sleepily pulled the covers over my head, my husband Ashley headed out into the dark to start a 150km ride and 15km run with his mates in preparation for Roth Challenge, a long course triathlon (3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42km run). Given that this work alarm sounds for him every week day, you could forgive him for skipping the ride for a well deserved Sunday sleep in. There was no chance of that.

Our lives are defined by what we are willing to work for; what we are willing to make time and space for. Whether we are chasing a dream, working towards being a more present parent, friend or partner, or making time to invest in a project that is close to our hearts, we are constantly faced with competing demands. We are forced to make space for what matters.

It’s easy is celebrate our achievements when we are done, but in truth, this is where the work happens. Our successes are built in mornings like today; the moments where we prioritise what matters and find a way.

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© 2017 Dr Jodie Bradnam

Dr Jodie Bradnam holds a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, First Class Honours in Psychology, and Bachelor of Social Sciences.