Wow, December already.

And with that comes another birthday for me. This one is a remember and reflect birthday because for me it is a significant number in years.

December is also the time that begins decorations for the festive season, reflecting on family and friends and what to buy as gifts that they will love, and a time to consider holidays and good times ahead. Joy! My word of 2019.

What does December mean to you?

Do you look forward to celebrations with friends and family, or start to dread the hustle of shopping in overcrowded stores trying to find that something just right for your significant purchases? Or just a parking spot?

As 2019 nears drawing to a close I seem to reflect more on the highlights and not so highs of the past year and think about what I can take forward into the new year, and this time new decade.

Undertaking study as a life coach and taking on coaching for myself as a self-discovery and self-reflection program has been so very rewarding personally and spiritually and given me the chance to meet so many incredible and wonderful people who have expanded my world and my perspective on my life and my influence in this world.

I have valued the opportunity to reflect on and appreciate all my many complex life experiences and gain lessons that I know passing on to others through coaching will enrich their personal perspective. Living life so fully focused on the best I can be for myself has brought the highs and also the not so highs, as perfectionism and hyper- achievement are huge saboteurs for me.

How will you reflect on yourself and your impact in the world in 2019?

Will you take the best of your learnings and plan for even better for 2020?

Time is running out quickly as December starts it’s race to the finish, so take some time to reflect.

What is your dream for 2020? What does the reflection of you look like in the mirror? Make that reflection a happy one, one that looks back at you proud of what you have achieved, and purposeful for what you know you can achieve in 2020.

If you want to uncover what that purpose is, book my Complimentary Discovery Call and we can start your discovery today.

What is your word of the year?

2019. My word is Joy.

It has served me well for many of the projects, tasks and actions that I have involved myself with in my efforts to study, become a life coach, build my website and then promote this coaching business to the world hoping as a result to make a difference in people’s lives.

I have experienced the joy of learning. Learning something new is one of the real joys that I experience when I put my mind to a decision. I have experienced the joy of success in completing the Beautiful You Coaching Academy course that I undertook from February until end of July.

And connecting with Merryn Padgett at Brand Nirvana was a real joy, to experience her grounded, practical and creative influence in our collaboration to build this website, and also through her encouragement for me to design the logo and colour palette that feels right for me.

According to the word joy means a feeling of great pleasure, rest of mind and happiness, while defines joy as a state of mind and an orientating of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. And something or someone that provides a source of happiness.

How do you define joy, and what has brought you joy during 2019?

Danielle Laporte believes this:

“Joy is what happens when you
make contact with your Soul.”

Happiness can be transient, but joy can be felt even in the most grievous situation as the possible light that will reconnect you to your safe haven and truth.

2019 has been a year of personal reflection for me as I have devoted many hours in evaluating internal and external situations and impacts during my transformation from corporate executive to life coach.

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement
and the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D Roosevelt

Engaging in coaching sessions and being a member of a creative collective of women, each on their individual but shared paths towards creative growth projects, has also been joy on a deep personal level where self-development and self-compassion have equally accelerated. Contentment, confidence and hope = Joy.

Will you choose a word to guide 2020?
Leave a comment to let me know.

What motivates you?

What is your story?

Motivation drives you to choose a goal, to get up in the morning, to keep working on a task, determined to succeed when things get tough.

A story of determination.

At the time I had two small grandsons. Patrick three and Joseph just a few months old. I had always been relatively healthy, having attended gyms and pursued jogging as my go to exercise regimen.

Now I could hardly bend down and then get up again and the pain that caused was constant and growing worse. It now took me an extra thirty minutes to dress for work in the mornings. Yikes! What was going on.

I had already recovered from two hand ops to remove worn bone constantly rubbing, pinching nerves and causing endless pain, and thought I was on the road to a wellness life like I used to be.

Not yet.

Diagnosis #1 Hashimoto’s disease.
Diagnosis #2 Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Transforming into rheumatoid arthritis so they say.

But more was coming. Some symptoms were atypical and the doc said call your husband now to pick you up, go straight to the hospital, do not drive, just go. Emergency surgery and a temporal arterial biopsy followed and thankfully cleared the threat of blindness! Double yikes!! Feeling traumatised.

Running and chasing my grandsons was and is my motivation for wellness.
Determined to get there.

Three years on. Toxic medications with terrible side-effects have been reduced from very high doses to 1mg daily. I am determined to beat this, and the medications.

And I am running and chasing Patrick and Joe.

How can you become motivated for success?

What is your story?
Focus on the positive things that will happen when you take action.

Find your purpose in attaining your goals, and when you get there – celebrate of course!

Leave a comment in the space below. I would truly love to know.


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