Paula is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she’s a trier. For thirty years Paula suffered crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, facing her fears head on and fighting her way back into the world.
Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy writing and speaking about the importance of allowing a little fear into each day. From flying a plane and wing-walking to becoming a triathlete when she couldn’t actually swim, Paula’s adventures demonstrate that even the most ordinary person can do extraordinary things when they give that little bit extra.
Paula is currently trying something new every day in 2020.
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Who is Paula
What she had done
Dream Jobs Challenge
Becoming an everyday adventurer
Being terrified of failure
Walking away from the Big Mad Swim around Great Britain
Dealing with post adventure blues
The Year of Fear
Becoming a different person
The process of dealing with loss
Writing a list of all her fears
Having a support team
Adventure as a full time job
Writing her second book
Trying something new everyday
The start of 2020
Starting with a beach clean
Trying to fit in the adventures/challenges around everyday life
Feeling exhausted in the first two weeks
Having a purpose
Dealing with Covid
Knowing her trigger points and keeping herself well
Getting use to the new ‘normal’
Quick Fire Questions
Book: Must Try Harder: Adventures in Anxiety
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