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Coach Jeff Grant's Digest - Issue #8

Back with you for Issue #8 after spending a few fulfilling weeks in Africa, volunteering in Malawi wi

Coach Jeff Grant

March 18 · Issue #8 · View online
My digest is a collection of inspirational and instructional resources I find interesting and wish to share, including my latest content. To save you time, I pen a quick preview & highlight the key parts to check out.

Back with you for Issue #8 after spending a few fulfilling weeks in Africa, volunteering in Malawi with the Face-to-Face Project and sharing my book with hundreds of runners in South Africa. Feel free to check out my social media channels if you’d like to see photos and videos from this trip.
Inspiration and creativity are the central themes in this edition of the Digest. 
Please don’t hesitate to say hello and share with me the goals you’re chasing and obstacles you’re facing and working hard to overcome.

Curated Articles
Bored in your running? 9 ways to get inspired - Flow State Coaching
How Our Brains Work When We Are Creative: The Science of Great Ideas
10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline
Uncommon Genius: Stephen Jay Gould on Why Dot-Connecting Is the Key to Creativity – Brain Pickings
Personal Update
This was my fourth Malawi trip with F2F and I’m very excited to see the success of the Victory Garden campaign–we now have tangible results that show that sustainable change is happening in the most impoverished country in the world. 
In short, F2F provides training in permaculture gardening techniques, a new model for planting small family gardens right next to homes, and train-the-trainer education to enable villagers to train their neighbors. 
And it’s working: over 2,000 family gardens created in the past year. Our goal is a tenfold increase this year. Seeing firsthand how families in Malawi can support and feed themselves by embracing new ideas was truly inspirational. I’m excited about seeing the effort expand in Malawi and elsewhere. This trip inspired me as well to start my own small garden this spring (a container garden on our balcony).
My ultra marathon training continued in Africa, albeit with less structure, with a fantastic mountain hike in Malawi and a series of outstanding runs in Cape Town. 
I did my first 3-hour run of the year this week and look forward to running the Zürich Marathon in early April. I still haven’t returned to my speed from 8 years ago, but each week brings micro-victories, which when recognized, create fire to burn through the moments of struggle!

Interviewing role models with successful family gardens in Malawi
coaching session and book giveaway with teens in Cape Town
running in Stellenbosch, South Africa
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