I was a successful 25 year old woman, leading my own large team in the corporate business world. That’s when I experienced my first anxiety attack. The life I was leading was coming at a price. I may not have realised it back then, but eventually I would have to make a choice.
Fast forward ten years and the choice was made. I’d decided to work for myself.
I took with me a wealth of experience in change and communications. I chose a new lifestyle; one in which I could focus consistently on what I had to offer others. My service.
Choosing so early and with such conviction to dedicate myself to this lifestyle – a lifestyle which is undoubtedly built on my experiences at the corporations – has truly made me the person I am today. I just wish that I had been shown ways to manage my stress and anxiety earlier.
Then, in 2016, after 10 years of working for myself, a bomb hit my life. I lost five significant people over 12 months, including my brother. It was way too early. My emotions had been shot to pieces.
Multiple loss is significantly hard and after a while I learned the art of ‘autopilot’.
I decided to take a year off. It was the right thing to take a break from trying to serve others when it became clear I couldn’t even serve myself. I had to learn how to find the tools to look after myself first.
Mindfulness helped me to show myself some compassion. To allow myself some time. To ease my struggle.
After everything I’ve been through I am proud of myself. I will never be the same as I was, but that’s okay. I think I’m a better version of myself now. 2020 has seen to that. The year felt strangely freeing. Living with such simplicity and knowing I had the battle wounds from before set me ready to serve again.
So, to 2021…
It is time once again, to serve. And the thing I want to serve is Mindfulness, because it can help you, the same way it helped me.
Mindfulness and communicating to connection…
And even more so, to see so much magic in the painful moments. It is to be savoured. It gives you strength and I believe it gives you the story to love.
Give yourself the gift of mindfulness, so you can truly give your presence to others.
I want people to love their story… it’s that simple.