Welcome to my new website and I hope you enjoy the first of what will hopefully be many posts to come.  A huge thank you to my dear friend Tina for all her help with putting this site together, I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her!!

The Year That Was

When I was a little girl the year would drag on and on.  The week before Christmas would seem to take forever!  My mother used to say “just wait until you grow up, the year’s will fly by”. Oh how right she was.  I don’t know about any of you but this year seemed to go by even faster than ever.  Maybe it is because my year was jam packed with so many amazing things that I am kind of sad to see it just about over.

I think that the one thing I want to touch on in this post is my gratitude this year, but oh my goodness where do I start?  In every direction I look there is something that I can be sincerely thankful for.

Russ my husband and I

My husband

The one person who supports me without reservation, makes sure that our house is looked after, cooks my meals and although he may not say much is extremely proud of what I have accomplished this year.

My family


No matter where they are in the world, who sometimes think I’m nuts to continue to strive for goals that most others would think were beyond me, but who helped me celebrate in London and who have always believed in me.

My friends

From every part of my life whether it be through swimming, rowing, cycling, MS, social media or just people I have met along the journey we call life.  They are all amazing people who I am glad are in my life, no matter what part they have played in that journey.

My health

Yes I may have a chronic illness that can be progressive in nature, but having it has given me opportunities that I would never have had.  And to be honest I don’t think my health has been as good as it is right now, in a long time.

I have had the most amazing year and I don’t think there will ever be a year that could top it at this point.  From good health, a new trike built by Cycling Australia, winning 3 out of 5 races in June through France and Spain, being named on the Australian Paralympic Team, winning Gold in the Time Trial in London, coming 7th in the Road Race in London (yes had one of my best races ever!), sharing London with my sister, mom and aunt, being signed by a management company, Sharing the journey with studentshaving lunch with Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, being able to share my medal with hundreds of school children & adults alike, this new website, my first major sponsor – GIANT bikes and the love of family and friends what more could a girl ask for!

With an attitude of gratitude I realize that there is nothing more to have, everything I could ever desire is already there. I am so thankful for the life that I have, for the situations I have been in this year and the challenges I have been given.  Gratitude has also opened my eyes to the incredible abundance that is all around me!

Being grateful has opened my eyes to see how some problems I have encountered can change into opportunities and how by looking at challenges as stepping stones, can lead to amazing accomplishments.

So I am able to say goodbye to 2012 with positive hopes for another amazing year in 2013.  I have some goals mapped out but will leave them for the next post.  Best wishes to all for a happy and properous New Year in 2013.

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  1. Tina 26/12/2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    You have certainly lived no ordinary life and as a result, inspire everyone you meet. Your gold medal is a result of your tenacity, belief, community spirit, inner strength and resilience. The number of people who love and respect you as a friend are a result of you simply being you. Looking forward to the adventures of 2013 and beyond! x

    • Carol C 26/12/2012 at 7:11 am - Reply

      Thank you for your comments Tina, you have certainly inspired me to try and “lead no ordinary life!” Thank you for all you help in putting this website together!

  2. Marjorie Jenkins 27/12/2012 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Oh! Carol, Will you ever cease to amaze me. I doubt it.
    You will never believe who visited us the Sunday before Christmas. Crawf was out for his walk in the freezing weather & heard a pussy cat crying. He found a wee wee kitten half frozen. Well home he came with it. I know Marg-Rheta had a hand in this. He stayed the night & then we took him into Wpg. to lost & found. Well today on the way home from Karen & Sam’s home where we had a great Christmas, Crawf told me he phoned to tell the Lost & Found not to put the pussy to sleep. We would be in to pick him up tomorrow. Don’t you know Marg was on my shoulder this time. She rides your shoulder in your races but I think she decided to shake her Mum up. Now I have a new TIGER.
    How proud Crawf & I are, to say you are our very special niece that keeps us inspired to do more ,even though we are getting a bit long in the tooth. Not sure what that means, except we are getting older. Thank you for the beautiful book you sent for Christmas.. What a lot of planning & work went into it. I will teasure it, thank you.
    We love you, Aunt Marjorie & Crawford

    • CarolC 27/12/2012 at 4:48 am - Reply

      Aunt Marjorie, that was certainly Rig on your shoulder in regards to the kitten! I know that she has been along with me for sure!
      I am so glad you liked your book, I enjoyed every minute of putting it together, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when you all opened them!
      I am happy that I can keep you inspired to try new things, there is a quote from a woman by the name of Carren Smith, a survivor of the Bali Bombings, although severly injured “Our ives are in a constant state of transformation and when we are enlightened to the power that is within we can all be unstoppable”. How true that is no matter what age we are.
      I love you with all my heart…live, laugh, love!

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