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Rock Climbing with West 1 @ The Seymour Leisure Centre

June 29, 2017

We have been saying to each other for about a year now how much we wanted to go rock climbing but never managed to get something in the diary. To our delight we were offered an opportunity to have a session at The West 1 Climbing Wall located in The Seymour Leisure centre.

Close to Edgware Road tube station and very easy to find, we were surprised how big the leisure centre is. A huge variety of activities are on offer to all ages; swimming, volley ball, badminton, squash, table tennis, as well as the gym facilities, the list goes on.

The climbing wall at Seymour has a total of 152 square metres of climbing surface; a higher wall of 13m and a smaller wall of 7m. Across the walls are a number of different routes to suit all abilities which are changed on a regular basis to keep it fresh for all climbers. There is also a dedicated bouldering area offering approximately 100 square metres of climbing surface, with straight, steep or overhanging routes. Yes overhanging, see picture below!

 

It wasn’t until we arrived at the wall and taking in the actual enormity of the climbing space did I (Beca) suddenly freak out, 13m is bloody high! I started to really doubt if I was actually going to be able to do this.

Our session was led by Mike who has been with the company for a long time. After grabbing a pair of climbing shoes, which are particularly narrow and uncomfortable, especially for us bigger footed ladies, we walked down to the bottom of the 7m wall to begin. The first step was to be taught how to put on our harnesses correctly, then came the attachment of the ropes. To overcome fear I (Beca) volunteered to go first, definitely a big step for me but I knew the longer I waited the anxiety would kick in. Slowly buy surely I managed to get to the top and walk myself back down triumphantly. Yana on the other hand bossed it up confidently and without hesitation… superwoman! We moved onto the 13m wall, the task was to only use the blue marks to climb up, definitely a challenge for the both of us but we succeeded! The feeling walking down after climbing to the top is incredible, the sense of achievement oozes out of you. Then we moved on to the bouldering wall…terrifying walking in there seeing people climbing up and with no ropes! Once again we smashed this, just shows you don’t let fear stop you just because it looks scary. Lesson Learnt.

Mike was incredible; he was so encouraging and clearly knew his stuff, which made us feel instantly in safe hands! The amount of passion Mike has for climbing and also for the company was wonderful too be around. When either of us looked nervous or hesitant to continue climbing he would shout up quoting, ‘This girl can’, the tagline of nationwide campaign which aims to encourage all women and girls moving eliminating all judgement. His support and belief in us to succeed was truly amazing, thank you Mike!

The majority of people climbing were male. Climbing is quite a male dominated industry,  but after sharing a few pics of our experience on social media we began receiving so many messages from women asking for more details and wanting to attend themselves. This response alone is exactly why we set up SeekNPlay.

There is no other sport that I (Beca) have felt so much achievement from doing. I really surprised myself with how well I did overcoming the initial fear of being off the ground and up a vertical wall. During the session neither of us realised how hard our bodies were working until after the class…wow! We felt every muscle tighten, muscles we didn’t know we had. That’s what we call a full body workout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone who suffers from confidence issues this would be a perfect sport to try out. You have to really trust and believe in yourself that you will make that next mark and be able to have the inner strength to pull yourself up. What’s stopping you? Try out the class with Mike immediately. If you have no one to go with, drop us a message and we would be happy to come along too! #thisgirlcan

For more details visit their website or call 0333 005 0416, option 4

Thank you for reading!

B & Y

Honest Series

A break does not mean that you’re quitting…

May 24, 2017

We’ve been a little quiet recently haven’t we?! Although a break was definitely needed for the both of us we have missed our SeekNPlay lovechild and can confirm that we are back to our usual blogging selves!

‘I deleted Instagram and Twitter off my phone… it felt great.’ Yana

The two of us have faced challenges in our professional and personal lives recently and when a balance couldn’t be achieved we knew a step back was 100% necessary. Being busy seems to be fashionable in the bogging community (or maybe just who we follow) the pressure of always appearing to have so much fun on a daily basis as well as having a variety of exciting projects on the go at once. The use of social media seems like it’s at an all time high, with everyone quick to share photos and videos of their ‘amazing’ lives at a click of a button. Trying not to compare your life to others has been a struggle that we have faced on numerous occasions and will probably continue to experience. We aren’t the only ones that find it all exhausting at times, right?!

‘When I’m feeling low, social media is a no go zone, it always makes me feel worse.’ Beca

A little break gave us time to focus on getting other things in order (interesting blog posts coming your way!) and to remind ourselves of why we started the blog in the first place. We started SeekNPlay because we wanted somewhere to share our findings, thoughts and ideas. A place also to practice our creativity and inspire others to try things out, without fear. Once we started our blog, it opened up a lot of opportunities for us, all of which we are still very grateful for; new friends were made, new memories created and more hilarious stories added to our ever growing Yana and Beca collection.

After we ignored our blogger’s fear of being forgotten about we embraced the time out. It’s allowed us to step back and view things from afar before re-entering with fresh ideas, a renewed energy and positive approach. So if you’re spinning numerous plates like us and want to feel some control again, whether that being in a creative project, a relationship or even in your job, we urge you to step back. And breathe. It works trust us. A break does not mean that you’re quitting it’s an active way in taking back control of your life.

Thank you for reading.

Beca & Yana

Fun

That’s a Wrap February

March 1, 2017
Photograph by Chloe Knott

It is safe to say that February has flown by and not because there are less days in the month. The year feels like it’s jumped into third gear and about to hit the fast lane. We are back with our round up of the past month; we think this is a great way to look back and see all the new memories created.

So here we go…

February Social Highlight/s…

Beca: I visited Borough Market for the very first time and went food crazy, especially at the fish counter when, ‘Half Price Fish!’ was being yelled; check out my Instagram to see our tasty fish dish.

This month I Visited the Royal Festival Hall to watch the Philharmonia Orchestra play all the music from the films directed by Steven Spielberg. Absolutely spectacular!

Lastly, SeekNPlay had some pictures taken by Chloe Knott which have been included in this post. Thank you Chloe!

Yana: I went speed dating with a group of friends which was a pretty interesting experience. Once the cocktails were flowing, everyone was relaxed and we had such a good time. Better than Tinder!

Favourite Film…

Yana: The film of the month for me was Fences, I went on a date and embarrassingly was a blubbering, snotty mess by the end! It’s utterly sublime, and harrowing at the same time!

Beca: Lion staring Dev Patel and the adorable Sunny Pawar. Based on a true story, the film is about a young boy who gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from everything that he knows. We see how he fights to survive. Such a beautiful story but tissues are needed when watching this film.

Giving up anything for Lent?

Beca: Chocolate! Including anything chocolate flavoured- there will be no cheating. I have never done this before and want the challenge. It really won’t be easy for me as I love chocolate so much, and eat it most days, I am feeling slightly addicted. Let’s see how long I can do, wish me luck.

Yana: I’m not giving up anything for lent as I’m halfway through a month of no sugar or alcohol. I’m not sure I can take much more.

Biggest challenge that you faced in February…

Yana: As I said, no sugar or alcohol has been a huge test for me. It’s showing me how much I rely on sugar when I’m feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Beca: I had an audition for a new writing project this month, a great opportunity and I really wanted it. Sadly I didn’t get it, which is fine as that’s life. But my biggest challenge was how nervous I suddenly felt whilst doing my monologue. Maybe as it was my first one for a while , I know for next time to prepare better and really know my sh**.

Which Blogger/ Youtuber have you been following and enjoying this month

Beca: Hello October by Suzie Bonaldi, a Blogger and Vlogger who comes across really charismatic and just overall lovely in her videos. She covers everything from beauty and fashion, to travelling and special events.

Yana: I’m absolutely obsessed with Grace Victory, she’s so relatable and I think that’s what we miss from the YouTube world. Her honesty is hilarious and inspires me to just do whatever I want.

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Funniest moment witnessed 

Yana: I can’t think of one!

Beca: I can…Pancake day! Yana taking the role of chef for pancake day was flipping her pancake which shot up so quickly that it hit her in the face, shocked Yana who then did a chest pump and then the pancake landed back on to the frying pan. Priceless!

Best buy?

Beca: Needed a new jumper but went for something brighter, I bough bright yellow jumper from Topshop (seen in our picture above) and also tie up choker which I can’t stop wearing.

Yana: This month I’ve been pretty frugal about spending. In fact, I decided to take control of my finances this year and had a meeting at my bank last week. It was more a chat about how to save wisely and budgeting. When I arrived I felt like an irresponsible child with a horrendous spending habit. I feel really uncomfortable talking about money, but sitting down and talking to a professional about my finances made me feel more in control.

Goals for March…

Yana: This month I’ll be packing up my life to go on tour in a show for 7 months. So I’ll be trying to not have a nervous breakdown whilst putting my belongings into storage perhaps?! 

Beca: 1) Attend an acting class 2) Attend the gym at least 4 times a week, as I want to feel great in my body for summer 3) More blogging!

 

We would love to hear your answers to the questions, comment below.

Thank you for reading.

B & Y

 

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What self-love means to us.

February 15, 2017

We’ve both been learning a lot about self-love recently, of rediscovering the importance of ‘me time’. Everyone has different ways of relaxing and giving themselves a break so we thought we would share our ideas with you!

Beca

Self-love to me is not something that you can buy, like treating yourself to a new top, it is more than that. I believe that there are many different factors that help assist you appreciating you. This is not always giving yourself want you want, instead giving yourself want you need; good food to nourish your body, enough sleep to re-charge your batteries and exercise, the power of exercise is endless!

Mindfulness also plays a big part of self love, like we have found out recently- read our blog on our experiences attending a Mindfulness Class.

Something that I need to do more of is acknowledging and accepting how I am feeling, whether that being from something that has affected me or just on a daily basis. We live in a busy world which can move quite quickly distracting us from taking time out for ourselves to stop and check in. On many occasions in the past I have ignored how I have been feeling up until  the point where my body says no more and shuts down.

Some people set their goals to saying yes to things more, I am the opposite, I need to say no to things that I know will stretch me thin and not to feel guilty in saying no.  This leads to my next ingredient to self-love, forgiveness;  if a mistake is made or if I get something wrong not to be too hard on myself. Shit happens!

I need to continue practicing the points that I have made above and not to let them slide. Self-love is one of the most important things that you can do in life. Once you appreciate you, everything will fall into place; you attract better people around and your overall well-being improves circulating back round to a better way of life.

Yana

Self-love to  to me, means listening to exactly what I need in that moment. It took me a long time to listen to that voice, and I learnt the hard way that looking after your mind is just as crucial as looking after your body. Some days, it could could be a quick 15 minute dance around my room. Others, I need to pop on a face mask and meditate, or head to the pub with some friends. I’m also trying to get into the habit of buying myself flowers! Not even expensive ones, Sainsburys have Daffodils for £1.20 right now and they really brighten up the day.

Practicing daily affirmations has changed my mindset hugely. It’s a useful reminder of all the things to be grateful for, which repels unnecessary negative thoughts that are so easy to let in. For example; on days I feel bloated and unattractive, I give thanks for a body that is strong and able to carry me through the world.  Beca said it perfectly, the effort you put into self love really will come back to you in lots of brilliant ways.

What’s your favourite way of practicing self-love?