Inspired by a true story – Leo Houlding

Leo Houlding at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, November 2013

I have been sick for quite a few days now, not lady-like symptoms so I won’t go into much detail. A while ago my friends and I had bought tickets for yesterday’s  presentation by the climber Leo Houlding. I was not 100% sure if I could make it till the very last moment but I decided to risk it and go anyway. And although it was a bit difficult to ignore my stomach-aches and other things, I am so glad I went to see him at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon. It was absolutely worth my effort.

For those who don’t know, Leo is a world-class UK climber and base-jumper who has achieved a lot in his young life. His slide show tour is about his latest adventures – from Amazon to Antarctica. Amazing stories with great photos and video clips (snapshots from the films available on DVDs). The tour is almost finished but if you’re in the UK and can make it, check out the dates. If not, try to watch the DVDs and you will be taken to the world of challenge, adventure and inspiration.

Leo Houlding at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, November 2013

Leo Houlding at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, November 2013

I started Somewhere It’s Raining wanting to share some stories with you. They are not as awesome as Leo’s but I wish I could inspire someone one day like he inspired me. Before preparing my blog to be published online and since then, I have listened to great podcasts by Pat Flynn and Natalie Sisson about having online businesses. I am far from being a business person yet but each podcast has been a lesson for me how to develop as a blogger but also as a person. Although Pat and Natalie approach things from a slightly different angle, they both believe that to be successful one needs to provide the unique value to their audience. And one needs to take action…

So yesterday I decided that “I need to move my freaking legs!” (This sentence is a politically correct version of an instruction I was given once when stuck climbing on the rock.) So I have just booked a full-day ski lesson (in the UK!) and I am planning to ski through a part of the Kungsleden trail in Sweden (which I hiked last year). Ok, I know it is quite a simple trail and mostly flat but I have never had skis on my feet before. So if I survive my lesson and I am able to move on skis for a few minutes without falling down and breaking my limbs, I will buy the gear and tickets. And I will have more stories to tell.

Backwards and forwards at Kungsleden trail, Sweden September 2012

Backwards and forwards at Kungsleden trail, Sweden September 2012

Last note to stress my point (and this can be only understood by a photographer’s girlfriend or wife – I have publicly (on social media) promised my boyfriend that I would never complain again if he asks me to turn around and do the same part of the route a few times to take hiking photos. I am not sure though if it is being inspired or just stupid on my part…

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