A.I.P – Taking New Steps

Here’s the first blog post we’ve written in quite a while! Between building hospitals, building our own home, training, running this company – we’ve learned how to squeeze 36 hrs into 24 it seems (and we’re getting good at building!).

First up – there’s changes here at Assume It’s Possible – Big Changes!

What’s Going On?

We’re now a fully running Fitness and Lifestyle business.  Probably more accurately, we’ve hit the point where this wonderful concept of helping others with their dreams, building plans to achieve them, and then going for it, can be a full-time job!  That means that for founder Pete, he’s parked the engineering career and is chasing the passion of helping people achieve their own dreams of functional fitness for life.

 

 

What’s Coming?

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It’s been a 2 year process and it’s exciting – for both us and for what we are hoping to offer you guys too.  See, fitness services have this stigma attached to them of being horrendously expensive, requiring face-to-face commitments and your time.  Well we’ve got a way around that and in the next few days, will be opening up a multi-tiered system of affordable training options that you can absolutely do at your own pad.  Live in Antarctica? No worries! A submarine? (*crap did we plan for a submarine? And do they even get wifi?*),  And the best bit, is that it’s going to be refreshing each week so that you constantly have new material to work with – being bored sucks and doing the same stuff over and over walks right that path of suckatash.

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If you’re just part of A.I.P cos’ we share our passion of learning, exploration and positivity – then none of that is going anywhere either.  We’ll keep chasing new ideas, getting the inspiration for positive change and getting it out in the Digital Void.

See You Soon

So keep watching this space, because we’re going to be bringing those options, and how we’re delivering it, to you soon.

Otherwise keep on keeping on in the best way you know how.  There aren’t enough people willing to help others, to put themselves out to make this place a wonderful one for us all.  Together we start that change – little by little we bRunring light to ALL.

Yours in big goofy smiles – Pete.

Fitting It all In – Being Busy is Grand

 

Man it’s hard to get everything done nowadays – work, training, social life, business enterprises, ideas, hobbies and everything else that springs up.

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Shiva – Lord of the Multi-task

 

Today is Thursday – that means the following things need to be ticked off.  Wake up, and get the days posts and updates for the Assume It’s Possible Facebook ready. Eat breakkie whilst that’s all happening and pack the bag for the gym class I’ll be teaching later this evening (crap I’ve just realised I’ve forgotten my mic belt and will need to shoot home to get it – thanks Internet for the reminder! phew).  Then it’s into the shower to get ready for the 10hr work day as a Project Engineer on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.  During that day I’ll figure out my choreography for the hour long cardio class that evening – teach said class once work is done at 5.30pm and THEN….then I might think about looking into business ideas, ventures where I want to go next, answering emails, writing blogs and settle down to read a book before bed. AND I LOVE IT.

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Sunshine Coast Hospital – This thing is MASSIVE

 

 

Being busy is something that we, by and large, choose.  I could very easily NOT be working the job that I do and have shorter hours.  I could choose not to teach several different gym classes a week that require memorising an hour’s worth of Choreography – and certainly could dump the effort that comes with maintaining a start-up business across multiple media platforms and also requires physical presence.  But I don’t want to stop 🙂  I like being busy, I like having to push my mind in continually changing ways – from figuring out loadings of steel and financial cost, to how many rhythmic counts there are between a tuck jump and a high knee run.  It keeps my brain fresh, pliable and you can almost feel that neural network expanding (the brain is an incredible thing t30 young.jpghe more you think about it).  I feel younger now at 29 (almost 30 actually) than I did at 25.  There is a stigma that as we get older we need to slow down and I’m really against that.  “OOOHHH the big 30 is coming, you’re getting old now” is a phrase I’m hearing a lot.  What the hell?  I plan on accelerating my time, my efforts and the results being achieved – not slowing down. If that means putting my headphones in and learning choreography to the advanced instructor course this weekend whilst having lunch……so be it (puts headphones on starts headbanging to latest techno intensity training track).  To achieve what we want, we need to put the effort in.  Instead of hitting up the Playstation tonight, and believe me I just downloaded “No Man’s Sky” and LOVE that game, I’m going to put together my video submission for Australian Ninja Warrior (yes seriously – I have wanted to try that obstacle course for EVER) – and then I might sneak a cheeky half hour of space captaining in (so much hyperspace goodness).

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Being busy is grand (obviously in balanced measure) – to me it represents undertaking all the things we’re required to do and then pushing for the things we WANT to do. So to that end – I’m going to finish my financial reports, go for a walk onsite to check progress, learn my class choreography, inhale lunch, smash through the rest of this quick (and all over the place) blog post, do the video editing and spend some quality time with my beautiful other half before going to sleep with a smile on the face.

 

**This is one of the most eclectic posts I’ve written in a while.

Go for your dreams – do what you need to do to fuel that passion and small steps lead to massive forward jumps and tuck and rolls (protect those knees).

Go for it Team – Pete.

When you and your partner are two very different people

 

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What’s this? Relationship advice from AIP? Don’t panic, we’re not trying to be your counsellors nor psychologists, we’re just two very genuine people who love to share our insights and epiphanies. We’re both very passionate about continual improvement and positive adaption to change in life, and what part of our lives do we need that more than ever? In our relationship with our significant other.

We have reached that point in our relationship (at 18 months) where we’re beginning to notice how unalike we can be. Undeniably we’ve all heard the saying “opposites attract”, but over time those differences can cause frustration, misapprehensions and disagreements. I’m sure we can all agree that what may have drawn you to someone at first can somehow turn and be the thing that grates you like nails on a chalkboard. No epiphanies there I know, but stay with me.

 

Pete and I share very similar viewpoints on life and common values. We are exceedingly compatible and have a good understanding of each other’s love language, life goals and the things that empower, and equally disempower, each other. We have well and truly established and promised to always be a team and will at all times be there to support the other person, even if we disagree on their choices or actions. This, above all else, is what makes me certain that I have found my life partner. So what’s the big deal you ask? We don’t sound that dissimilar, do we?

 

Well, did you know that a lot of the things Pete seeks out and revels in actually petrifies me? Pete is a triathlete and thrives on the energy, competition and challenge that comes with the first leg of a triathlon: the swim. I on the other hand, before my last triathlon, was standing on the shoreline trembling and felt like I was going to lose my breakfast. Likewise, Pete has earned his solo skydiving licence, however I am quite certain I’d faint if I even sat with my legs hanging out of the plane.Yin Yeah.. so.. we don’t have to do those things together, do we? They’re not everyday life things. Well how about something a little more day-to-day? I’m the kind of lady who runs on a strict schedule and can prioritise, organise and execute my day with impeccable timing. Pete, although very much like this at work, will leave a substantial amount of the rest of his free time to open design. Nothing pleases him quite like the ability to have a day where he can do whatever he likes, whenever he likes and however he feels like it. I thrive on the feeling of everything being in order, while Pete loves that bit of “chaos” in his life. I match all of my socks, he likes to mix and match. I have identical coat hangers, his are from every possible shop known to man. I have my budget down to a dollar, he’s a little more liberal. Neither of us are right, nor are either of us wrong. We are just different. Black and white. Yin and Yang.

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One thing that we have agreed upon is that we will always be open and honest with each other. Not callously nor bluntly, but authentic and always empathetic: empathy being the key term here. It is the ability to put yourself into someone else’s shoes and understand things from their point of view. I am constantly needing to remind myself of that every time I note something unalike about us. Why is it that Pete does things like that? What does it mean to him? Let me give you an example: yesterday, out of interest, I asked Pete why he rarely wears matching socks, and you know what his answer was? Because it’s something that he doesn’t have to do: because unlike needing to have things impeccable within his Engineering occupation it doesn’t matter if he freestyles his sock combo. I had to ruminate on this for a while so that I could fully appreciate it.. and you know what? Underneath the fact that I couldn’t “free-range” my socks even if I wanted to, I absolutely LOVE the reason why he does. He’s free. He’s not unyielding and stuck in rigid ways. Life is supposed to be delighted in and lived to its fullest: nothing stifles that like inflexible schedules and unrealistic time restraints. Thank you Peter for reminding me of this every time I look at your mismatched feet coverings.

 

We can so easily fall into that snare of trying to transform our partner to be more like us. Whether we realise it or not, we subconsciously want them to suit our preferences and habits. But in doing so we dilute and alter the qualities that make that person who they are. We need to accept, respect and allow that person to be themselves. After my ruminating and realisation of how much I appreciated Pete’s ways I made sure to tell him that I do not want to change him, and that it’s important that he holds me accountable to that (and of course vice versa).

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He’s the wings that keeps my head in the clouds. I’m the anchor that keeps him grounded. We will at times pull against each other, but we know how healthy and beautiful it is to be perfectly different. I may be the world’s most nervous triathlete but nothing gives me greater fulfilment than emerging delightedly from the water and transitioning into my zones of strength (cycling and running). I would not have even dreamt of swimming into open water without observing Pete’s boldness and his gentle reminders that I am capable of so much more than I believed: I just had to start.

 

Can I encourage you to be mindful on a daily basis that your partner, as a unique individual, contains a spice that at one point was a delight for you: find that, value it, appreciate it and let your partner be free in their own breathtaking way. Love is a wonderful thing: it so beautifully enables us to be more than we can be alone.

 

Love the difference methods through which you achieve the same outcomes.

– Jodie

 

 

 

Beven Rashad -Pushing What’s Possible

We all have our dreams – where we’d like to go, what we would like to do.  Our post today is one man who chose to follow his dream and, with a lot of hard work, is now living it.

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Beven Rashad

 

 

Beven Rashad is an Australian Performance Artist who is currently working in the world renowned HOUSE OF DANCING WATER show as the lead role with his skills as an acrobat, aerialist and dancer.  He is also one of the most genuine, normal, honest and trust-worthy blokes around and I’m very honoured to call him friend.Macau-HouseofDancingWater-fountains

When I first met Beven, it was at a Queensland gymnastics, circus and acrobatics club “Super Performance Centre”.  Training for, and competing in “Sports Acrobatics” (which is partnered gymnastics featuring 2 minute choreographed routines to music), Bev excelled with his technique and control a

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A.I.P’s Pete with Bev, and Helena performing “Russian Bar”

nd quickly grew interested in all things acrobatic.  Our training interests overlapped and we regularly trained team performances which also included a third member, Helena Merten who we have also featured on A.I.P previously, and I bring up the personal connection for a specific reason which I’ll get into in a minute.  We became good mates and weekends regularly became a mix of training, surfing, coffee and hangouts.

 

Now there are points in each of lives where we are faced with the opportunities to make life-changing choices.  Big, scary ones that turn the world on it’s head. During this time of training, Beven was working a regular job and also as part-time as an instructor at the training facility.  His abilities had reached a point where the prospect of going professional was a real possibility.  The choice was to drop the security of a steady income and focus on putting in the effort to refine, grow and develop the skills and then apply for positions.  I’m sure you can appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult decision.

So here’s why I bring up the personal connection.  I’m not going to go into the specific details of the journey Beven went through, but as a friend who was there and witnessed it personally, day by day, I will testify that the man deserves every success. I’d like to detail a couple of key items here that may help briefly outline the structure:

  1. It took two years from making the choice, to being accepted in the House of Dancing Water.
  2. Training was a undertaking of 3-4 hours a day, 6 days a week.  Try holding a handstand for more than 30 seconds.  Grin….3 hours is a LONG time each day.
  3. This all had to be done whilst working in various other shows and coaching to support the basic living requirements.

There were some amazing successes and fantastic experiences that came out of that time, some of which I’m so very proud to have shared, and there were some incredibly hard times.  Beven never let himself believe, or be pushed into doubting that eventual success was anything other than absolute.  It is an outstanding example showing that hard-work and dedication is the precursor to achieving whatever it is that you want to put your mind to.

Check out Beven’s Aerial Straps Training Regime!

 

And below is a search link in Youtube and you can see the top 4 entries are Beven’s showreels each year. You’ll see the skill progression each year – testifying the work put in. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=beven+rashad

As part of the recent China Trip, team A.I.P visited Beven in Macau to see him in the lead role of the House of Dancing Water.  Thinking back five years ago to that young man, talking about his latest straps routine drills, sitting on a surfboard as the sun came up, joking about the latest episodes of whatever we were watching at the time – and seeing his dream come alive…is inspiration, pure and simple.

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2015 – Bev and Pete, Still got it! Never too old to muck around

 

People – dreams are a beautiful and wonderful thing.  They are also achievable.  Most big dreams require epic amount hard work and sacrifices to be made, which is definitely a scary proposition.  But if you want something badly enough, if you are scared that in the future you will look back and wish that had TRIED, then go for it!  Set yourself goals, break the challenge down into attackable pieces.  Even the greatest dreams are possible.

 

We (and I) thank Beven very much for letting me share his story (albeit it briefly)….*aside – Bev, there are SO many funny memories running through my head as I write this*.  The spray can to the head……grin.