TORI WEST

002 – Wellness & Opening the Athletics Season

It’s 5:23am. I have started writing this memo at the airport on the way to Sydney. It marks the beginning of a jam packed 2023 season of travel. The transient nature of my life is at times wild. It doesn’t bother me last minute bookings or packing up my life in an instant to go to the next place. I love the adventure.

This trip is short and sweet. One night on the Central Coast for a Hen’s night. I am competing in a week, so I am avoiding alcohol and a late night. This isn’t hard. To be honest, it feels good to feel good. A late night with alcohol usually has me feeling average the next day. I don’t desire it… Doesn’t mean I don’t indulge in my off season from time to time.

I hate following trends, but I do love wellness

‘Wellness’ is trending topic at the moment. Actually it has been for the last 2 years. Usually when things are trending, I steer away. I have a mildly contrarian (rebel) aspect to my personality that rejects ideas that are in the mainstream forum of information.

If everyone is thinking it, I’m not always convinced it’s the best thing to think or consider true. Not always the case, but the last few years more-so yes than no. Mass consensus on a topic does not equal truth.

The google definition of ‘wellness’ is:

Wellness — the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

Google definition

Wellness is a subjective experience and state of being. What it is for each individual is different and achieved in different ways.

I find a good way to learn or understand topics through imagery and abstractions of concepts.

The root word of wellness is well.

‘I am well’ is a common statement. Means of good health and being. It’s the easy response when someone asks ‘how you are’.

The word ‘well’ also means a depression made to hold liquid or a hole in the ground to hold water.

So in a way, you could see ‘wellness’ as the filling of wells in your life and being. We all have our pits and depressions. The deeper they go, the more capacity for water there is. And the more you can store for yourself, and also give to others when needed.

So to say I am well, is to say I am doing the work to fill and maintain my wells. And that’s almost completely subjective.

The deeper the depths of the well, the more capacity you have to fill. What feels like a deeply painful time, can turn around and be the capacity for something good to the same extent and more with the right perspective and process.

I think that’s a nice way to look at it.

Impulsively buying books I don’t have time to read

I am a sucker for buying books. This week, I impulsively bought the book ‘Lighter’ by Yung Publo. Then gave the book away after reading just one chapter…

The first chapter was enough for me get what I wanted from the book. The chapter gave some alternate perspectives into topics I had been contemplating the last year or so. It made me feel I was on the right path. And so after this feeling of satisfaction, I gave it away.

The first chapter delves into Deep Foundations & Self Love. The author breaks down Self Love as:

  • Radical Honesty
  • Positive Habit Building
  • Unconditional Self Acceptance

Doing what you need to do to know & heal yourself

Yung Publo

This follows on nicely from my view on wellness earlier. Doing the work to maintain and fill my well. My store of water.

I’ll read the book properly in another season in life. Maybe.

Opening my Athletics Season

On the 14th January, I finally open my athletics Season with a Heptathlon in Canberra. I am soooo excited. I haven’t felt this excited about a competition in over 2 years.

The last good competition I had was February 2020. Wow. That’s almost 3 years ago now. This was my Personal Best performance. Then Covid hit and blah blah blah.

The dry seasons of athletics the past few years made me realise many things. The main on was that athletics doesn’t matter. It can be taken away fairly quickly for reasons outside your control. And in that instance, you have to know who you are outside of performance or the label ‘athlete’.

The experience and journey is what matters. Staying present. The people there with you.

It’s been an incredibly rewarding journey walking this out. Quite frankly, looking back now, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

How do I travel so much and balance sport & work?

As long as I have my laptop, internet and a cafe, I can work anywhere I please.

Often people ask what I do. Because the work I do is so varied, it’s hard to put it in a box.

‘Digital Developer & Designer’ is the label I currently use.

I design & developer digital apps, websites & strategies for health, wellness & sport organisations. My job involves understanding problems, solving these problems with technology and making things look aesthetically pleasing.

Anyways that’s the memo this week.

Focus time. It’s competition week.

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About Me

I’m a digital developer, heptathlete and creator. I like writing about wellness, perichoresis, web3.0 and athletics.

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