Hi everyone, my name is Marion Russell. I’m 39 years old and I’m from Glengarriff in West Cork. I live here with my three crazy and brilliant children, and our dog Miley. A primary school teacher by profession, I am currently on a career break, and work a few days a week in schools locally.
Why did you sign up to Marathon Mind?
2020 was a tough year for so many people- but it was a particularly difficult year for our family.
In April 2020, my beloved husband Barry passed away. He had lived with cancer for three and a half years, and he passed away peacefully at home on April 23rd. Before he died, Bar made me promise to get back into exercising. He knew how beneficial it was for my mental health... I started back walking the day after his funeral and have kept it up since.
In January I stumbled upon Niall’s “31 Days of Mindfulness” on Spotify and decided to give it a go. It was a challenging month of learning about myself, and it was my first taste of mindfulness...but I really enjoyed it, and I wanted more!
What do you want to achieve on this journey?
A few things!! I want to start and finish a marathon, hopefully on the same day! I want to develop the skill of practising mindfulness- and learn more about mindfulness.
And I want to get a little bit of Marion, the person, back. I know how to be Marion the mother. I knew how to be Marion, wife and best friend of Barry. But I have kind of forgotten how to be Marion, the individual. And I’d like a little bit of focus to get that back. I think, and hope, that Marathon Mind will help me start to achieve that 😊