Ben and Mare (@thismessyhappy) — Finding our happy in this messy life & helping you find yours
40 challenges ~ 1 year💥
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Mind The Gap!
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It’s always a bitter sweet day for me (Ben) as I break up for
Mind The Gap! . . It’s always a bitter sweet day for me (Ben) as I break up for the Christmas holidays but have to always say goodbye to some friends... . . Our Aussie gap students fly home over the next few days only for some newbies to head on over. But it’s not the end, even though it’s only been a year we make some strong friendships that stand the test of time. . . Hopefully I’ll get to meet up with them when I head over to Aus. This must be what it feels like when you raise guide dog puppies then have to let them go 😂 obviously only slightly like that! . . See you soon, legends. Thanks for the good times. And to all the other gappies that follow us on here, gimme a shout and say hi. . . #gappies#aussiesofinstagram#teachersofinstagram#schoolholidays#gapstudents#friends
13.12.2018 20:36:34
Oh no! We’re all illage in the village 🦠🤧🤒
Mary is worst, Ben is holding on for
Oh no! We’re all illage in the village 🦠🤧🤒 Mary is worst, Ben is holding on for grim life (no doubt it will hit the moment term finishes) and Winnie is just joining the party by having a snooze 😴 . . What do you do when you’re ill? For us it’s early nights, lemsip, good food and plenty of water. It’s so rare we get a bug but when we do it’s a doozy.... . . Rest up and be stronger tomorrow 💪🏻 Have a good evening, beauts x . . #illness#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#bordercolliegram#bordercollies#dogs#dogsofinstagram
10.12.2018 19:24:35
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Treemendous 🌟
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Soaking up some quality time today after a very disjointed cou
Treemendous 🌟 . . Soaking up some quality time today after a very disjointed couple of weeks. It’s been hard to find time together so this was very much needed. Happy. . . When do you put your tree up? . . #christmas#christmastree#christmastreedecorating#sunday#sundayfunday#sundayvibes#nosmallcreator
09.12.2018 18:22:43
Oh deer 🦌
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I (Ben) went out for a monster run this morning with @799adam in p
Oh deer 🦌 . . I (Ben) went out for a monster run this morning with @799adam in prep for our seasons ahead. 3 hours in the low zones and 31km knocked off. The legs were sore but spirits were high. I honestly don’t think I’d have been able to do that without one of my training partners! . . We saw this inquisitive little so and so in Knole Park so I took the “rest” to take the photo (any excuse to not run for a minute or so 😂) . . Now we’re home, sorting the house out and hopefully putting up the tree tonight. If you ever need motivation for training get yourself a training partner to hold you accountable and motivate you. It works! . . Have a superb evening y’all. Feet up. That’s an order! . . #ukrunchat#running#training#triathlon#ultrarunning#fitfam#tritraining#swimbikerun#deer#wildlife#wildlifephotography
08.12.2018 18:29:26
WEEKEND VIBES
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Time to do your thing. For me and Winnie that’s as much time i
WEEKEND VIBES . . Time to do your thing. For me and Winnie that’s as much time in bed as possible!! Still recovering from feeling pretty rubbish this week and saving it up for the Christmas parties next weekend!! . . Enjoy your thing this weekend ✨ . . . . . #bed#weekend#weekendvibes#friday#friyay#sleep#letmesleep#chill#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#dog#nosmallcreator
07.12.2018 18:57:11
~ PARADISE ~
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As it’s Thursday and as I’m feeling massively under the weather
~ PARADISE ~ . . As it’s Thursday and as I’m feeling massively under the weather, I’m taking the opportunity to throw it back to a moment when I felt AMAZING! Wading into the ocean in Napili Bay on my birthday this summer. While I dose myself up tonight I’ll be dreaming of this moment and let’s hope I wake up tomorrow feeling better! . . Hope your Thursday is full of some actual great moments today! Here’s to the upcoming weekend 🙌🏼 . . . . . #throwbackthursday#throwback#tbt#paradise#hawaii#maui#napili#napilibay#napilikai#napilikaicontest#beach#nosmallcreator
06.12.2018 19:49:45
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Time IS on your side ⏱
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Tonight I applied the 10 minute rule and it worked a tr
Time IS on your side ⏱ . Tonight I applied the 10 minute rule and it worked a treat! I was not in the mood to run and was close to not going but I knew I’d feel better for going and, 10 minutes in, I was so glad I’d started and it was a brilliant run! Apparently 70% of people don’t do the workout when they’re not feeling it but if they start and do the first 10 mins then only 2% quit at that point! How cool is that?! . . . . . #running#runningtraining#motivation#training#exercise#justdoit#time#timeisonyourside#postrun#thisgirlruns#nosmallcreator
04.12.2018 19:51:12
Embracing more small victories - like having a laugh with your mates!
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Ben’s
Embracing more small victories - like having a laugh with your mates! . . Ben’s vlog this week explores tips and tricks to get through the dark winter months with a smile on your face and motivation in your mind. One of those is to surround yourself with positive people. I’m not sure his colleague Ian agrees 👆🏼🤣 what do you do to get yourself through the months or days you find the toughest? . . Link to vlog in bio 👆🏼 . . Happy Monday one and all - here’s to an utterly brilliant week 🤟🏼 . . . . . #mondaymotivation#monday#stayhappy#staymotivated#laugh#mates#positivepeople#winter#vlog#newvlog#nosmallcreator#peteachers
03.12.2018 18:19:32
Be patient ...
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Achieving goals can take a lot of time, hard work and patienc
Be patient ... . . Achieving goals can take a lot of time, hard work and patience. Stick with it because the feeling once you get there will be like nothing else! Winnie got a small sense of that when I finally put my camera away and threw her ball! . . . . . #patience#bepatient#goals#hardwork#time#waiting#dogwalk#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#nosmallcreator#ball#dog#dogsofinstagram
02.12.2018 18:00:48
Real life happy messy Saturday 👍🏼
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Since we made the decision to make our ins
Real life happy messy Saturday 👍🏼 . . Since we made the decision to make our instagram page more ‘real’, as in on the go, day to day stuff, it has proven pretty hard to get an image that feels worth sharing! On grey winters day in England when you’re running from one chore to the next there aren’t many bright, colourful, heart eyes moments. But, this is what we want to be about - finding the happy in amongst all the messy of real life. My happy today is that I’ve been mega productive and achieved everything I set out to and that’s a WIN! Oh and I’m going for a curry tonight too!! . . I hope you’re all winning at Saturday too 🙌🏼 . . . . . #saturday#saturdayvibes#rainy#rainydays#rainydogwalk#dogwalking#dogwalk#productiveday#reallife#justanormalday#nosmallcreator
01.12.2018 17:47:55
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Celebrating the small victories ✨
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It’s been a flippin’ hard working week and
Celebrating the small victories ✨ . . It’s been a flippin’ hard working week and we’re feeling the effects of the short days with lots of grey skies and rain. So, our goal this winter to really make the most of things that could go unnoticed and make the most of them. Today the sun shone and it was GORGEOUS! It’s Friday and therefore the weekend - and wine time. My back issues of @thehappynewspaper arrived ☀️and .... Winnie hugs (and kisses - see stories 😂). Oh and we got a new nephew too 💙 so, these great things will be what we remember when we fall into a looooong sleep tonight ☺️ . . Have a wonderful weekend 🙌🏼 . . . . . #friday#friyay#weekend#weekendvibes#thehappynewspaper#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#happy#nosmallcreator#smallvictories
30.11.2018 20:15:42
Ohhhh it’s on again!! #tbt to 2016 when I raced at the European Middle Distance
Ohhhh it’s on again!! #tbt to 2016 when I raced at the European Middle Distance Champs in Austria. Injured and ill I did what I could but I was left with unfinished business . . Imagine how excited I was to find out I’ve requalified for the 2019 Euro’s in Transylvania, Romania! 🧛‍♂️ . . At least I’m pretty sure I have. I have the required qualification criteria and now I’m just waiting for my email! Woop woop 🙌🏼 . . For all out there aiming for a goal big or small the difference between those that achieve it and those who don’t is the belief! Never ever quit, you legends 🤟🏼 . . #throwbackthursday#triathlon#triathlete#swimbikerun#training#tritraining#middledistancetriathlon#teamgb
29.11.2018 19:39:41
DOG TIRED 🐾
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Rest and recovery are just as important as training and all thre
DOG TIRED 🐾 . . Rest and recovery are just as important as training and all three of us are embracing this position tonight 👆🏼 after a lovely long run yesterday it’s time for us all to embrace the chill! . . Hope you’re all having a brilliant start to your week - let’s make a good one 🙌🏼 . . . . . #rest#recovery#relax#tired#dogtired#postrun#postrunning#bordercollie#bordercolliesofinstagram#dog#dogsofinstagram#monday#mondaymood#nosmallcreator
26.11.2018 18:56:21
On top of the world 🌎
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A little different from the blue skies of Brighton jus
On top of the world 🌎 . . A little different from the blue skies of Brighton just a week ago but a great feeling non the less! Today we ran part of the North Downs Way as training for Ben’s ultra marathon in February. I dropped him off and then drove to the finish where I started running towards him with Winnie until we met. I forgot my watch and do you know what, it was a good thing! I had nothing to check so I just relaxed and ran. It was rainy, grey, hilly and even more hilly!! Hard work but I ended up running 17km which is my furthest yet and have spent the rest of the day feeling pretty awesome (on top of the world!!). The coffee and caramel shortbread we ate on the way home was INSANELY good - everything tastes even much better after a run! Love it 🙌🏼 . . Here’s to Sundays and spending time doing things you love with people you love. What’ve you been up to? . . . . . #running#runningtraining#sundayrunday#runday#exercise#northdownsway#northdownsrun#sunday#weekend#training#nosmallcreator#thisgirlruns
25.11.2018 18:28:41
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When you’re feeling grey, get in amongst the most positive and inspiring people
When you’re feeling grey, get in amongst the most positive and inspiring people you can find 💥 . . We enjoyed a flippin’ good coffee today at one of our all time favourite spots, @realkellyholmes1500 place @cafe1809 ☕️ it’s such an inspiring environment and, as you can probably see, I’ve (actually both of us have) been feeling pretty run down. So, what is a sure fire way to get some mojo back? Get in amongst people who hugely inspire you! We had a little chat with Kelly and enjoyed some great food whilst the coffee worked its magic. Feeling much more energised now and thinking about how we can inspire others just like we needed from Kelly today. Ben’s working on a new vlog for tomorrow all about our journey and the 40 challenges we’re undertaking. I’m firing up all fairy lights I can lay my hands on in a bid to get cosy and calm ✨ oh and a glass of wine too. We’d love you to be part of our journey and, as one of our 40 challenges is to get 100 other people to take on a challenges, let us know if you can help by being involved 🙌🏼 . . Happy Saturday people! Whatever you’re doing I hope it makes you smile x . . . . . #coffee#cafe#cafe1809#hildenborough#weekend#weekendvibes#saturday#coffeeshop#nosmallcreator
24.11.2018 18:47:41
#tbt to that time I was roller skating on top of a mountain feeling as free as a
#tbt to that time I was roller skating on top of a mountain feeling as free as a bird! On a cold and dark Thursday night, feeling exhausted, I need to check back on these moments and plan some more ... . . Where to next year? . . Anyway, HAPPY THURSDAY wonderful people! Who’s excited about this weekend? . . . . . #rollerskate#throwbackthursday#throwback#thursday#thursdaymotivation#memory#travel#laketahoe#squawvalley#nosmallcreator
22.11.2018 20:58:29
Pace yourself 👣
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This 👆🏼 is me in pain! Head down just trying to keep one foo
Pace yourself 👣 . . This 👆🏼 is me in pain! Head down just trying to keep one foot in front of the other to the finish line! I set myself a goal and it was only through having a plan that I think I managed it. Ben helped me out massively and he’s made a vlog about how to develop and run to a pace, whatever that may be. So, if you interested in running why don’t you give it a watch. It’s short, sharp (pacey) and it really helped me. . . Hope you’re pacing your week well ... half way point tomorrow. Shall we go for a negative split and smash the second half?! 👊🏼 #letsdothis . . . . . #running#runningmotivation#runningtraining#10k#10krunning#10krunner#running10k#brighton10k#thisgirlruns#nosmallcreator#brighton#tuesday
20.11.2018 20:10:52
International Men’s Day ~ here’s to all the incredible men teaching boys that it
International Men’s Day ~ here’s to all the incredible men teaching boys that it’s important to be open, to be honest and to say and show how you feel. . . Ben is a emotional soul and those who know him well know that he felt broken earlier this year when he lost his dog brother Billy. The next day he went into school and spoke to his pupils about the grief he was feeling. It was such a hard time for Ben but hopefully those boys that saw him cry and struggle will feel ok to do the same when they’re not ok. . . To all men challenging the stigmas ~ you rock 🤟🏼 . . . . . #internationalmensday#internationalmensday2018#mensday#mensday2018#mentalhealth#itsoktonotbeok#mondaymotivation#monday#nosmallcreator
19.11.2018 18:43:26
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