Dales Cycles do a lot to encourage and support women’s cycling. It’s one of the reasons I love them. Having a female Managing Director shines through. Debbie Houston is passionate about women’s cycling and Dales Cycles host various events...
International Women’s Day Celebrating Women who Inspire [ilink url=”http://theadventuresyndicate.com” style=”note “]The Adventure Syndicate [/ilink] The Adventure Syndicate is a one stop website full of inspiration and encouragement from...
To celebrate International Women’s Day, I am sharing with you all this week, the WOMEN I find inspiring. First up I want to introduce you to a Mother and Daughter who TOMORROW are embarking on a world tour on their bicycles! You WILL want to follow their...
The history of women and cycling is a fascinating subject for all women who love riding their bikes. But it’s also essential in understanding why there are women in the world today fighting for their right to cycle. The greatest cycling movement for western...
I am a British Iranian woman and I’ve been cycling the world for 2 years. I’m currently pedalling across Brazil my 16th country by bicycle. On the 10th September 2016 the Supreme Leader of Iran issued a Fatwa against women cycling in public. Before...
I gave up everything before I began cycling around the world. Correction. I almost gave up everything. I was able to break the attachment to my home and I gave it up. I was able to break my attachment to the wonderful contents of this home and I gave them up...
Fuck it. These are the two words that have preceded the extraordinary things I've accomplished in my life. Fck it. I'm in Iran racing for the National Team. Fck it. I'm cycling the world solo. Fck it. I'm writing a book.
Now I'm saying it again. Fck it.
Sorry for the language, it's highly unusual on here, but it's been one of those days where I ended up in my MP's office, in tears, having had enough. Also, genuinely these are the words that come before I do anything big! lol
Those of you who've followed this page for some time, will likely have been waiting through all my silence last year ... wondering what would come next ... knowing something would come next ... because my heart is that of a warrior for those who have no voice, whether that be animal or human.
I lost my blogs for many months last year and with them, I lost my voice. I have them back but still, I haven't blogged. Why not?
Well, I have a boyfriend now and I was scared.
At first, I was scared he would see me differently, but he sees me for who I am ... Ishbel. He accepts me completely and is so supportive of me using my biography for social change.
Then I was scared I would be judged by the new people coming into my life through him; his friends; his family. Scared they'd think 'wow what's he doing going out with that fruit loop'.
But his family are amazing and the friends I've met are too.
So fck it. I'm over it now. This is way bigger than me. People are dying because of the system. I have to speak out. I have to connect with others and build a network because as individuals, our voice is a whisper but together our voices become a roar. We want equality. We need equality.
I am starting up my blog again and I am publishing everything about my mental health journey. I want to connect with others and hear your stories in confidence, not just about NHS health care, but also engagement with local councils, social work and the department for work and pensions. If you want to go one step further and contribute, I can offer a platform for you to share your experiences anonymously. I can give you the space and support to allow your voice to be heard in a safe way.
We have to stand up.
Things need to change.
Nothing will change if we don't find our voice and stand united.
Miss you all so much ... and miss our interaction ... I've not quite managed to get back on social media like I used to be and the way I'd like to.
Maria is doing fine and lapping up life as a home dog rather than a street dog. She's like my shadow ... or maybe my stalker lol She finally said goodbye to one of her last behaviours from the streets ... she is able to play with most dogs without turning on them. She really enjoys being chased by dogs lol It's great seeing her so free from her past ... wish I was able to do the same as my dog.
I have a meeting with my MSP this week regarding the atrocious healthcare I received last year from Forth Valley NHS. It's important to me to use my experiences to make the world a better place around me or what's the point of so much pain. I'm moving on with my life ... not the way it was before but in a new way. Happiness is a choice ... it's a mindset regardless of what is outside of me.
I want to say thank you to everyone on here who reached out and helped me last year and for waiting patiently for me to re-engage. We've shared so much over the last year's I may not be posting but I think of you all the time.
All my love
Always and forever
P.s ... Gareth and Elaine in Turkey ... I love you with all my heart and think of you every day ... thank you for everything XXX ... See MoreSee Less