Over recent months, I’ve been doing a lot of changing.
I’ve touched on this a little bit in previous posts, but being a Mummy has already altered me in so many ways. Finding a different kind of happiness and feeling such complete love for this miniature human that I created gave me an inner strength that in turn, gave me the confidence to make some truly life altering decisions.
I’ve learned to surround myself with people who are kind, and true, and successful and inspiring. I’ve rid my life from any toxicity. If something doesn’t feel right to me, I now have the confidence to stand up for myself and I’m becoming much more in tune with my gut feelings. As my friend Boo will tell you – they’re very rarely wrong (I think she thinks I’m a witch really).
One of the biggest realisations I’ve come to in this time is that many of the most successful people I know do many of the same things with their day. All of them are active. All of them take “me” time, away from business and responsibility, to play, and enjoy, and relax. All of them plan, and hustle, and focus on their vision. All of them take care of their bodies, and their minds. All of them are constantly learning. And all of them, without exception, have faults and flaws and have bad days too – so I’ve learned that it’s OK to have blips too.
Recently, I’ve been gradually changing my routine, and I feel incredible for it. I am eating clean, all of the time (well, 97% of it). I am drinking smoothies and juices and water and less coffee (not no coffee. I love coffee.) I am making sure that every morning by 8.30am, I am dressed *properly* for the day and that breakfast is eaten, as if I were going to “real” work, rather than staying in my trackies for hours (the joys of freelance life). I am getting out of the house as often as possible; walking, playing, being as active as I can, doing incredible, interesting things and being there whole-heartedly. I’m arranging more meetings rather than simply sending emails. I’ve created vision boards, instead of carrying things in my head. I’m working in shorter chunks and getting more done. I am switching the TV off and podcasts on. I am reading every day again – proper, paper type books, rather than staring at a screen. I am practising mindfulness. I’m giving myself a break. And of course, I’m enjoying heaps of time with my beautiful, smart child, helping him learn and grow – but that’s always been my priority. These other shifts have just helped it be even more enjoyable.
On their own, these changes could be tiny, insignificant things, but when put together….BOOOM! Life changing. I feel healthy, and alive, and inspired, and GOOD. I feel like I am finally getting to a point where my plans will become reality, because finally, I’m learning to get rid of all those emotional blocks that tell me I can’t.
There’s still more to come though. I want to find a local yoga class I can attend that won’t interrupt quality time with the mini. I want to learn a new skill. I want to work with some mentors and coaches who can help take me to the next level. I want to schedule regular skype catch ups with my tribe, so we can check in on each others achievements and push each other on. And of course…I want to get to that magical dream point financially. I have faith it will all happen, I just have to apply some conscious effort.
If you feel like you are stuck in a bit of a rut and could do with a little kick up your ass, I highly recommend starting here, with Jo Gifford’s recent post: 50 Things I’ve Done in the Last Year to Ramp up my Life and my Biz. It will give you a little insight into the life of a woman who has expanded her business x10 in 12 months, despite having gorgeous twin girls andpesky health issues that I understand oh so well. It contains heaps of great ideas, some of which you may have dismissed as a waste of time or little luxuries, when in fact they’re super important. Actually, check out all of Jo’s work. She’s one of the smartest women I know and has helped me infinitely over the last couple of years – even though I haven’t officially ‘worked’ with her yet. Pretty impressive!
(While you’re clicking, also take a look at Gemma Went and Emma Ward, plus the brilliant Muireann Carey-Campbell, AKA Bangs and a Bun. These guys are my dream team who lift me up and make me smile while they’re doing it. A fantastic group of talented, freelance women.)
I’m honestly blown away but what a big difference little life changes can make. I’m sleeping more, and better. I feel sharper. I still have aches and pains and times I need to slow down, but I get that is totally OK and the world won’t stop if I do. I feel motivated and peaceful at the same time…and it’s brilliant.
Do you have any life hacks or tips and tricks that have helped you chill out, be more successful or just be a better version of you? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Have a great week, all of you, packed with energy, love and light!