I used to have a really negative outlook on life. My life was so very different than it is today.
About 16 months ago, I was so negative. I mean, life really wasn’t working out for me, and it was reflected in my relationships (personal and professional) and in my body. Physiologically, I was having stress-related gut problems and migraines. I was completely off kilter. I stopped exercising. I wasn’t happy at work or at at home. I felt like I was robbing Peter to pay Paul. I felt like my relationships were suffering in both regards, and because I was so stressed at work, I wasn’t very fun to be around.
I brought that stress home with me and didn’t leave it at the front door. No, instead I brought it into the house. I was so short-tempered and irritable that I would snap at the kids only to then feel like a bad mom.
Thankfully, all of that has changed, and 16 months later I’m in a very good spot. I now have a plan for my life, and I’m steadily working towards it. I’m spending more time with the kids. I’m working a lot on my own personal development and how I can help others in the process.
Cleaning up life
I’m spending more time cleaning my up life. In terms of diet, I’m eating a lot of super-foods, and I’m back in the kitchen cooking and juicing. Cleaning up your life isn’t just about cleaning up your diet…it’s about cleaning up all of it: the relationships, the financial issues, the spiritual issues, etc.
I have been sweeping out my closets. Don’t get me wrong, I still have cobwebs in there! This is an ongoing process, and it doesn’t just happen overnight. But I have cleaned up my life, and I feel great!
I’m a third of the way through my studies to become a certified health counselor, and I love it. Taking the step of going back to school has resulted in huge changes in my outlook. When I look back, I see the old Allison who used to dread getting up for work, and when she did get up, she was tired as if she’d never slept. Now, I get up at 4:30 in the morning, even on the weekends, and I don’t even set an alarm.
I’m waking up because I’m fired up about having that time to do the things I like to do before I do the things I have to do!
Some of the things I’m doing at the moment are self-development based. For example, I read, exercise and spend quiet time doing things to get me to where I need to be. In the process of pulling myself up and seeking out the life I most want, I know that there are lessons to be learned. This process will ultimately impact and influence my dream of helping others to make lasting changes in their lives.
The Small Things Matter
I’ve come to realize that it’s the small steps and decisions we make daily that have the biggest impact on our lives. This is certainly true of the changes I’ve made in my life.
I really look forward to what 2014 has to offer. It is going to be my year. I’ve put my self-limiting talk to the side. I’ve gotten myself a coach. I’ve made commitments to my family, to myself and to you…my readers… that I’m going to be more open in this journey. I’m going to share, and I’m going to be here for you…to help you clean out some of your cobwebs.
I thank you for continuing to read this blog, for being a part of our growing community and for helping to spread the word of creating health and happiness through life changes. By getting to know myself better, and getting back in touch with who I am, who I really want to be and what I really want to do, I have made improvements in all areas of my life: physical, mental, spiritual and financial.
Improving life through our choices and dedication is such a huge part of what my journey is about …and I’m having a blast! Thanks so much for coming with me. I hope that you’ll allow me to guide you along and help you discover who you really are and how you want to contribute to family, friends and the world!
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