Yeah, I feel like Maccas too

Welcome to a blog on some of the annoying things being in lockdown and having your life turned upside down means. Ok, I understand that our problems are little in the grand scheme of things (but they are still problems) no matter how big or small we like to coerce ourselves into thinking or saying during this Level 3 lockdown. Lovely buggers in New Zealand on Level 4. However, I have to admit I have had the most conversations with you lot in a long time thank you.

1. Well, well, well…lovely Maccas, I seeeeee you. Driving past my local Maccas, KFC, Hungry Jacks. You look so appetising. What will it matter when the world is falling to an end? Reality hits in. PROFESSIONAL Footballer, PROFESSIONAL Footballer with now no work still classified as professionals (oh the poor athletes who play for free really :P).

2. Now, let us talk about something incredibly serious. Work, yeah, I am looking for some more work. Thank my lucky stars, I am now a lead on Chinese TV. Who would have known that there were 1000’s of roles for explaining what was in the kitchen. There is some truth to these statements, but you will really see. Man, an education degree, Masters, and a whole load of experience wrapped into a good time, but it doesn’t matter. I do not know about you, but anything that gives me a chance at survival is now an essential be it work. Thank God we still need teachers.

3. How good does an apple taste right now? Like seriously, it took me hours to lug them into the house, let alone put it in the fridge. That fruity goodness is a winner.

4. Does anyone else feel disgusting 24/7? I go for my exercise breaks and then make my way back to my lumbar, that room where all the goodness happens. The job searching, the gymnastics classes on the wall, the good times of being in isolation. Then wake up really thinking “this is such a great time to self-learn” “yipee, thumbs up everyone”, some truth to it but right now I have to say I am really just enjoying that Netflix “Unorthodox” – the one where she runs and lives the good life you know?

5. Let us call this last because I will add some other things when the time comes….LAST

Goodnight world. I see you, literally on all the digital platforms we are now using to track one another.

Chow

10 Ways to Deal with the Boring Times Ahead

Stuck in Quarantine? Home detention? Yes, I understand that we are the lucky few to have the option to be safe, more than hundreds of thousands in the world. We are lucky, we can work from home, we have paid holidays, or we just are scrambling to find ways to survive (like me) I may add to make yourself feel better; we have time. And now more than ever we have time alone.

Being a footballer, travelling the world and often being alone. Gives you time to obviously work on yourself and here are 10 ways to unbore boredom during this time.

1. Exercise! Are you shocked that this is my first one? Know more than ever you can see what works for you. My gym @performanceplayground has gone online and I watch the “gymnastics”, “sweat” and classes online and due to all this commotion on playback for the late nights. I get that it is so easy to crack open all that booze and yeah why not? Try gymnastics, try yoga online, just try what you like, you may decide that online is for you.

2. Update your LinkedIn. Yes, what a geek Aimee? Do you even know what LinkedIn is? Well, it is important and in times like these your “brand” and presence in cyberland will keep you floating. What was that job you did last year? Does it matter? Yes, and when you need a CV just take it off there. You have time to make time.

3. Create an Action Plan. I know a lot of people just go from day to day, yeah life is for living but if you are like me. Reflection and action plans are something to get excited about. What do you want in 5 years? Well go get it. Time now to figure out if you are actually doing what is right for you.

4. Reach out – An easy one you would think. Take the time now to see those beautiful faces. Appreciate them. Although, I ring my parents every day. It is not often that I take the time to really see them. I mean see them and breathe and realise that that moment may not last forever. Screenshot it, breathe it, dream it, live it. SKYPE, I use Facebook Messenger, make time to have a reunion, why not.

5, Write, this is my one. All these feelings and with work I didn’t write. I know it was my goal, it makes me happy but I guess I didn’t and I haven’t because I thought there was no need. There is so much to read these days, why would I need to blog? Well, for me, it is something I love to do and now we have time, so whatever, blog it away.

6. Take time to look at jobs that you never knew existed. I know that this may be pointless but seriously, due to this outbreak, what job has even been safe? What jobs have been created? And what will pay the bills? Take it as a time for adventure, trial things and get working.

7. Read. You hate reading. Well read something you like. Reading equals learning. Anything you read will enhance you in someway, let it build perspective, let it make you forget what is happening.

8. SLEEP – thank God for this one.

9. Go online, honestly it is time to go online. Surf whatever you want and do not feel guilty for it. Try dating, try memes, yeah a new Tiktok Revolution, do what you want, this is your time.

10. And 10, last but not least and dragging out a little. Believe, do something that makes you believe, makes you smile. Falling over in a hotel room the other day trying to do an online gymnastics handstand, yeah. Made me believe that everything is going to be ok.

The Darkness inside an Athlete’s Brain

Starting this post I am feeling an uneasy feeling, firstly because I know that getting inside of the brain of a high performance athlete is dangerous; secondly because every person is different, my experiences, my thoughts and my belief system is true to me and is to be taken solely from a personal view and not to be interpreted as the only way that an athlete’s brain works (you are all educated people so you will hopefully get it :P).

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” VINCENT VAN GOGH

Dealing with darkness…what does this mean? In any athlete’s life (any life) you will have to come up against yourself and your brain. Inside your brain will be some interesting things. Inside here will be self doubt, anxiety, procrastination, fear, fear, fear and maybe let us just throw in some crazy mood swings just for fun. You may be on edge, you may be so worked up that you under perform even when you DID EVERYTHING to make sure that you could perform. These experiences will either destroy you or create you but persistence is the key. The brain and psychology is one aspect that I wish athletes studied on par with their degrees to gain their best performance.

So how do we deal with the darkness? Sadly, some athletes and people never do, some people learn to live with it and others learn to conquer it. You have the choice: give up, let it destroy you, or fight, fight through to get to the better days of your athlete life.

“Ride the waves everyone told me, enjoy the journey, they told me, I don’t think they realised how fucking big the waves were going to be” – Aimee Phillips

The next post I am going to document 30 days of me trying to use HEADSPACE (a meditation app). I am a very strong, self aware person but have neglected my meditation practices and I feel that this will add to my game and who I am as a person, most importantly. So the next 30 days I am going to document using the app and if it actually changed anything. See my stories and Facebook updates.

Also a massive thanks to my FACEBOOK community. 1000+ likes a month ago, but most importantly, genuine connections and support from you during the last 5+ years. You have helped provide me with the opportunities I have today. Thank you for never leaving my side.

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Champions League Qualifiers

In an interesting build up, I decided to stay in Wales. Within a week of accepting to stay in Wales for the campaign, I had an offer to go to Spain. It is funny that when it rains it pours and in an opportunity retrospect, you may have little or no opportunities and then many at the same time. Murphy’s Law.

“Being in limbo is one of the most annoying positions to be in, but I guess that is the beauty of an adventure: you never know where it may lead you”.

The draw? Ukraine bound playing against; Malta, Ukraine and the Champions of Romania. Never in my life would I have thought that I would have played in the Champions League, let alone discover and meet people from these beautiful nations. Thank you for your adventures, I had a blast. Thank you for introducing me to Ukrainian Soup, a delicacy from your country, thank you for the free wine and the best coffee in the sun. 4 nations coming together to play the game and for women, a beautiful memory. Hopefully not my last experience in Champions League again but if it is thank you to all the Met girls for making it an enjoyable experience for me and congratulations on your recent campaign finishing second in your group.

There are many segments of my Adventures in Wales, the draw, the games, the celebrations, Luckily, Tom Guntrip (Our Media Guy) based his Masters Thesis on the build-up and experience of competing at a Champions League Qualifiers. See the link below. Thank you so much Tom for sharing this journey and using your skills to add to the game and promote the women’s’ game. ENJOY!

“THE REAL VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY CONSISTS NOT IN SEEKING NEW LANDSCAPES, BUT HAVING NEW EYES.”

Next Stop: Wales

After my stint in Serbia I traveled to Wales. Some of my best memories to date are the days that I spent in Wales.

The people, the people, the people what beautiful, caring souls. And how did I get here? They say the world is small after this experience I really believe it. Thanks to 2 of my good friends who I met during my time in Auckland, they organised this move for me sweetly. Their kindness I will never forget. Everyone knows someone and all it takes is a message from one and you could be bang smack into the UK. Either way I got there.

The Training: I think I was the fittest I had ever been in my career to date being in Wales. Being a part of the Cardiff University set-up and High Performance systems; I was able to become strong, focus on my sprinting technique, use explosion and strength as a massive part of my game. The programmes and build up to Champions League was done brilliantly, the team was supported by excellent coaches, staff and the University. It was so nice to be back into a Western Culture. Just with more of what I knew. Thank you to all the girls who took me out, made me feel welcome and gave me a home when they did not need to. Playing football and fighting for positions can make these relationships difficult but I really appreciate this effort and fr looking past this.

Champions League…To be continued. If you want to know more details about certain aspects of my adventures, just let me know. I am sure we will get back to it eventually.