World Oceans Day: Help Make A Mermaid’s Dream Come True

There was a time when putting my face underwater brought on panic attacks and the feeling I would die, which is why I decided to train as a scuba instructor. Go big right?!

As Mark Twain so elegantly put it…

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the one you did do. So, throw off the bowline. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

I certainly threw off my bowline and dug deep, and frankly, I scared the life out of myself for the next three years. With hypnotherapy, crying in my dive mask often, and more visualisations than an Olympic athlete would use, I showed myself and the world that we can do anything if we have the courage to try. Anything at all.

What did success look like?

This….

Kathryn Diving No Mask

That moment was when I knew I’d made it and it was worth every tear and moment of terror.

Fast forward two years, I herniated a disc in my back and found myself unexpectedly unemployed. Who knew sneezing was so dangerous? I needed a new challenge whilst recovering in bed, so started a marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks with my partner. We planned to give free talks to adults and children around the globe, making marine conservation accessible to all, and talking about the importance of sharks. All whilst raising money for two charities, without funding or an income for ourselves for 18 months. Small matters we’d deal with later, or so I hoped when I lay awake wondering what on earth we’d taken on. We spent the last of our savings on two round the world flights before we could back out.

We started off not knowing what Twitter was, let alone how to plan a world tour. I still don’t know what Twitter is but we finished having completed 87 talks, in 8 countries, and having presented to over 7000 people.

What did success look like?

A lot like this…

School talks in The Cook Islands.

School talks in The Cook Islands.

 

One of 60 events in New Zealand

One of 60 events in New Zealand

 

Working hard to get press coverage in each town

Working hard to get press coverage in each townWith plenty of this…

 

With plenty of this…

 

Teaching the next generation about sharks

Teaching the next generation about sharks

 

A little bit of this…

 

Getting engaged diver-style

Getting engaged diver-style

 

More of this than we’d like…

 

The fire that stopped our biggest event in Vancouver, four days after our first trip to A&E…on the day we arrived in Canada

The fire that stopped our biggest event in Vancouver, four days after our first trip to A&E…on the day we arrived in Canada

 

More hospital time in New Zealand

More hospital time in New Zealand

 

Exhausted in Thailand after 11 months on the road

Exhausted in Thailand after 11 months on the road

 

And finally, this!

 

 

 

We can do anything if we have the courage to try. Anything at all.

With that attitude in mind, I have entered the Miss Diving Specials 2017 competition to win a diving adventure. I would like to win so I can join that liveaboard, give shark conservation talks to new audiences, and show others what can be done with a pocket full of courage. I also want to win to take my husband on honeymoon, which is something we can’t afford to do and he dearly deserves some ocean time. That man, he’s amazing. Truly he is.

To win, I need the most likes of my photograph at this link. It’s that simple and the current leader has 600 or so votes.

Please will you vote for me? It will take less than 20 seconds to do and you might just make a mermaid’s dream come true.

Let’s dream big and make this happen!

 

Vote Here

 

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Kathryn

 

Place your vote at: https://premium.easypromosapp.com/voteme/811128/627152656

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