Meet the Adventurer : Amy Windsor - MUMnificent
Amy Windsor is no regular mum, she’s a cool mum, or rather she’s MUMnificent. Organizing challenges, adventures, escapes, as well as a chance for freedom, Amy gives parents the encouragement and support to get out there and experience life. With an emphasis on giving individuals a goal or ambition outside of their parental duties and life responsibilities, Amy is encouraging others to to prioritise their needs for a short while. Getting out there in the open, socialising with a group and doing something physical or healthy, are at the top of her agenda. Amy will be joining us for the morning session of Float, speaking about her personal journey, her voyage to the Arctic, and her passion to help other parents find their sense of adventure.
What do you do and what makes it special?
I am what would be commonly referred to as a 'Stay At Home Mum', yet my ongoing aim is to escape from home whenever possible! I am endeavouring to take other parents (and anyone else who is willing) on adventures with me. I want to encourage parents to achieve goals that in no way relate to their parental responsibilities, give them a chance to prioritise themselves for a change and accomplish something new.
What made you be a part of Float?
A friend put me in touch with Daisy, co founder of Float, and suggested me getting involved in the festival. I am thrilled that she made the connection on my behalf.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Talkative, Energetic, Silly! (I'm sure there's more to me than those three traits but they came to mind immediately).
How did your trip to the arctic change your perspective on parenthood and inspire you to create adventures from other parents?
My Arctic trip didn't necessarily change my perspective on parenthood but it allowed me to focus on something beyond being a Mum. I hadn't realised that I had stopped doing that. Aside from treating myself to the occasional packet of Custard Creams, I had accidentally forgotten to think about myself. The benefits of having a trip to prepare for and a goal of absolutely needing to get fit were tenfold - I became more motivated, more organised, happier to be managing a family and doing something progressive for myself. I felt there must be a wealth of other parents in a similar situation to me, thinking they are doing the right thing by prioritising everyone else in their family but simultaneously losing their identity and real feeling of self purpose. Hence MUMnificent!
What does the word wellness mean to you?
Wellness to me is a mental state of contentment. Knowing you are achieving for yourself and those around you.
How important is it for parents to give themselves a goal or a passion outside of parenting?
I think for the vast majority of people it is vital!
How does your work help others to feel well?
MUMnificent has taken groups of parents up mountains, down zip wires, running for charity, stomping through the countryside, scrambling down streams and to recover in a wide range of pubs! On every trip friends have been made, stories shared, solidarity felt, adversity overcome, physical limits pushed and something along the lines of triumph well and truly experienced.
What is about your work that gives it the feel good factor?
I enjoy every aspect of planning an adventure, making all the preparations leading up to the event and sharing it with a group on the day. I have now developed an ongoing need to want to try new things and MUMnificent is the perfect outlet.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
You are unlikely to regret trying something new, but you will undoubtedly regret not trying anything.
What is happiness to you?
A combination of achieving new goals and savouring rare moments of family harmony.
Where would you next like to visit?
I'm genuinely not fussy, anywhere outdoors and green makes me smile. Having said that, the North Pole sits at the top of my wish list.
What adventures do you have in the pipeline?
I have begun training to take on the National 3 Peaks Challenge, I'm hoping to swim Windermere this summer (the width not the length, I'm a shocking swimmer) and I am currently compiling a list of 40 things to achieve before my 40th birthday in two years time...any suggestions welcome.
How do relax and unwind?
I am not someone who could ever be described as relaxed really - even in my sleep - but I find exercise really helps me unwind.
What are you reading/listening/watching right now?
I am currently reading a book called 'With The Sun On Our Right' by Tim Moss. He is an adventurer and it is an account of his trip cycling around the world with his wife.
Any pearls of wellness wisdom you can share with us?
Just remember to try and 'think forward'. Having something to aim towards, no matter how big or small, has revolutionised my daily outlook - particularly on the days when you've had minimal sleep, someone spills Ribena on a pale soft furnishing as you're trying to leave the house and you can't remember where you parked the car in Sainbury's carpark as the kids lose the plot with you!
Gran your tickets for Float here.