Interview series: Unconventional Wisdoms

 Alternative lifestyle inspiration

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“Click this” Read an email I sent to my other-half.

“Stop sending me click-bait” was his curt reply.

“:-( But I wrote it?” Was my reply.

Adam: “Oh, ok I clicked it”.

It got me thinking, I don’t want to write click-bait.  I want to write informative, life-affirming pieces, like the kind I love to read.  If I am interested in a subject, my patience lasts longer than 800 words.

So, the idea to put together a series of four interviews came to mind.

Two live in Malta, two are Americans, two are men, two are women.  There’s one grandmother, one father, one working/ sailing mother and the other one, well he defies categorisation.

They are four humans who appear to get more out of their days than the average Joe.

I’ve been working long and hard on this series to try and showcase ordinary people who do extra-ordinary things.

They appear to ask more of life than seems normal.  Are they rewarded, or are they simply nuts?  Let’s see.

I selected these interviewees, as they are people who seek to inspire others to live the life of their dreams.  Far from making a big deal of themselves, they share in common kind, passionate, humble and charismatic personas.  Their collective stories inspired me to showcase their lifestyles here for others to read about.

Part 1 is with Maria Walton: an ultra-running and ultra-inspiring grandmother (!).  However, I asked to talk to Maria not about either of those things, but after after hearing that the race she is director of: the 2015 Ultra Marathon Caballo Blanco, had been cancelled.  This iconic race inspired a bestselling book, which can be credited as spring-boarding the modern “barefoot-running” phenomenon.  Maria and I discussed the future for the message of this race, the legacy of it’s founder(s) and she shared with me quotes that have been ringing in my head ever since we sat down together back in April.

This is my one of my favourite inspiring quotes to come from that chat, which could have come from any interviewee of this series really, the rest are in this article:
To breathe is to live – and the more you breathe, like on a long mountain run, the more you live. That sounds cosmic, but it’s really a simple statement: when you’re up in beautiful country, breathing all that clean air, there’s no better way to live.” Micah True, Run Free – The True Story of Caballo Blanco

I hope you enjoy this one.

Part 2: Nathan Farrugia should be ready in a few days.

Entrepreneur, father, husband, Maltese Ultra-athlete and soon-to-be Spartathlete, Nathan Farrugia, has much to offer by way of inspiration: personally, professionally and sporting-wise.  Even Adam (my resident couch potato, who dismisses “boring” running as ‘literally putting one foot in front of the other”) I think will benefit from reading this one, and be surprised by how much they have in common.

Please check back or ‘like’ the Facebook page for notification of when the next in the series are up.  Thanks!

* Nathan Farrugia (image 1) credit Matthew Mirabelli

Maria Walton (image 3) photo credit: Louis Escobar.

Hannah-Marie

I'm a Yoga teacher and mother to 5-year old twins, with an interest in health, wellness and movement. In addition to articles on here, my work can be found by searching on Elephant Journal for my name, which will bring up recipes and mindful living articles. Thanks for reading :-)

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