EP004: Follow Your Dreams with Julia Wheeler – The No Xcuses

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 – Welcome back Grit Nation! It has been an amazing journey so far in the last 3 weeks that we have been doing Daily Grit Live. I am hoping that it has now become a weekly habit for all of you – Mondays at 4:00 PM.

In our 4th edition of DailyGrit Live, I had the privilege of interviewing a real-life mermaid! Nah, just kidding, although that isn’t exactly far off. My guest was Julia Wheeler, a freediver, wildlife photographer, conservationist and all around wonderful person.

Watch her full interview below as she shares her latest adventure and passion:

EP004: Follow Your Dreams with Julia Wheeler – The No Xcuses

Posted by Brant Garvey

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00:00 Today’s featured guest Julia Wheeler. Julia Wheeler is a good friend of mine. She took photos of our wedding, she also took photos of me when I first started out on my journey trying to get to Rio, she works all around the world on amazing project, but more recently she got into the world of freediving, currently ranked 12 in the world and can hold her breath for 4 and half minutes!

00:50 Now Julia if I missed any pieces can you fill in the gaps?

00:55 –  I came 12th overall in the recent freediving world championships which took place in the Caribbean in Roatan a few months ago… I accidentally fell into freediving when I went to photograph the Australian Championships last year in December 2016.

01:39 – When you are going down, how do you know how far you can go down and still come back up?

2:11In freediving you got two types of competition, you can have the pool competition where you swim laps underwater, and that has three disciplines… with depth competitions, the one that I just competed in the World Championships, we have a line that is from the platform, the top of the surface and then you nominate depths…

04:26 – What’s the farthest you have gone down so far?

04:32My deepest is…, my farthest depth is 50 meters…

05:45 – Share something with us that we don’t know about your sport that we probably should?

05:50Freediving is a sport that not only challenges you physically, but it challenges you mentally. It takes you places that you never thought you could go and it really unlocks a lot of barriers that you might hold like self-doubt. You learn how to work with your mind and your body at the same time.

06:20I just don’t do the sport just to hold my breath. I compete in the sport, I love the sport because it challenges me every time I get into the water.

07:24It has a real edge about it that I guess you learn once you start competing, once you start exploring the sport itself. It’s a real internal exploration of who you are.

07:49You are constantly breaking barriers. You are constantly facing your fears

08:04 – How do you train aside from holding your breath?

08:42There’s lots of different ways that we train, and with that comes the mental side of it as well. If I had a bad day, I’ve worked that day and done to the pool… I need to clear my mind, and I need to be completely driven and focused, I have to go to a certain place that allows me to hold my breath, and that’s all part why freediving is so amazing.

09:28You have to choose to train.

10:06 – How did you overcome your initial fears?

11:21I was so scared! I was petrified!… But at the end of the day I am really someone who gives 100% to what I commit to, and it’s a journey. And I love the journey. So as scary as it was… I don’t know life’s scary. Trying something new is always scary and I find that really fascinating. As a person that’s what drives me to keep going. How far can I go? What can I learn? What’s around the corner? Definitely I was petrified, but I just went for it!

11:59 – You were probably the only rookie there…

12:07I was one of the rookies for sure!

12:37I was definitely a rookie. It was very humbling watching their technique and watching them compete. I learned a lot from that experience, which gave me a lot of confidence as well.

13:07I wasn’t really there to prove anything to anyone. I was there for myself. I was there to compete for myself. Reach the goals that I wanted to reach for myself. It was very internal journey, and a very good one.

13:30 – What is your biggest setback or failure? What did you learn from it?

13:46I really, really want to hit 50 meters… my coach said you are not ready… I’m not gonna tell you what to do, but you are not ready to go 50 meters

16:01I learned then and there you just do not push yourself. When you are not ready, just listen to your body and listen to what your mind is telling you.

18:10 – What was your biggest win or breakthrough?

18:18My biggest breakthrough was when I was in the World Championships.

18:55I have achieved a personal journey of getting there and making it happen… I was just ecstatic. I was so happy. I’ve gone there, and it was magic!

19:26 – What is the one thing you are most passionate about today?

20:04I am definitely really passionate about my freediving. I am really passionate about raising awareness behind the amount of plastics that are in the ocean.

20:34We swam through about 2 tonnes of trash that just happened to float into the bay that we were training in. We went down and diving around, and it was disgusting! I surfaced with a plastic bag on my head which was very gross! I am really passionate about conservation in general, just protecting our planet.

21:00People don’t realise how bad the oceans are. They don’t realise how much pollution, like plastic water bottles, plastic bags, even coffee cup leads, and straws, how much of that is threatening our wildlife.

21:27I really like to inject as much information as I can about the plastics in our oceans.

21:49 – What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

21:57Grab the bull by the horns! Just go for it! Make every day count. Make every moment in life count.

22:27 – Share with us one personal habit that you have that contributes to your success?

22:35Fitness… constantly going to the gym, going for a walk. Having a daily routine of getting out of bed… just something to do with being active.

23:05 – Give us one key take away for the audience and what is the best way to connect with you?

23:13The best way they can connect with me is through my Instagram (@iamjuliawheeler)

23:28 – It is the most phenomenal Instagram I have ever seen. I am just blown away with such amazing photography display of excellence

23:58Just never give up! if you have a dream, or a goal, just work really really hard at it and never give up![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Do you want more?

Hey, I’m Brant Garvey. I’m determined to build a culture of No Excuses. My only question is, will it be yours?

About Brant Garvey

I am a father, husband, congenital amputee, Paralympian, motivational speaker and creator of the No Xcuses Mindset.

Born missing my right leg below the knee, I could have taken the easy route, curled up in a corner and given up.

Instead, I chose to take control of my life.

I chose to overcome barriers and rid myself of the excuses that were stopping me from reaching my full potential.

And thus, the No Xcuses Mindset was born.

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