It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and it’s been a really interesting and busy time over the last couple of months.
One of the concepts that I talk about, and teach, is about finding balance in your life. Balance between work and play, family and alone time, activity and rest – all are important and yet it is so easy to get caught up in one aspect of your life and create imbalance.
For me, one of my areas of imbalance has always been work. Too much work, and not enough rest or play – and for a perfectionist, workaholic, this hasn’t been an easy one to manage (all the perfectionist workaholics out there will understand!). Part of this has a positive aspect as well – I love what I do, so I don’t consider it work, however I can get caught up in it and that’s not healthy.
And that’s what has happened over the last few months for me. From September to November last year I ran four booked out retreats; in the middle of those I hurt my neck and was in a lot of pain for a long time and pretty much lost the use of my arms for about six weeks; in-between two retreats I broke up with my fiancee and moved house; then I had the David Wolfe Tour to organise and market; Christmas; then a January retreat, two weeks after that David arrived and we were on tour for nearly six weeks; then I had another retreat two weeks after I got back, and THEN I had the chance to slow down…
The only thing was, that by being so busy over the previous few months, I had neglected the other parts of my business, so I had to hit the ground running anyway, tying up all the tour finances, doing naturopath and testing reports, answering hundreds of emails every week, it’s been a bit crazy! I had to let go of a few things just to get by, and unfortunately the blog and my newsletters were something that I had a lot of trouble keeping up with – so I took a little break – as many of you noticed!
So, the good thing about being so busy was that it created a longing in me to find that balance again. To be able to have a day off and not be stressed about the things I haven’t done. To be able to take my health and fitness to another level because I have the time to really look after myself. To relax and rest a little more. To do something creative just for fun. To spend more time with my neice and nephew and play. To work smarter and not harder.
Even though it is still a work in progress, to allow that balance to come back in I’ve finally taken on staff – something I should have done a long time ago – and I’m setting up systems to streamline and support everything that I do. Rather than trying to do everything myself (I think the control freak can let go now!), I am really enjoying the collaboration and the support that comes from a team, and I can see already that I am going to be free to not only get that valuable balance back, but to do more of what I love, which is sharing health and wellness information with people that can change their lives.
Over the coming months you will see some fantastic changes. If you haven’t signed up for my free newsletter yet, I encourage you to do so now in the top right hand corner of this page. The amount of content and information I will be sharing with you in that newsletter is continually increasing and improving, and I know you are going to get a lot out of just that alone. My focus is becoming more defined, and as I keep developing Embracing Health, you will find more and more valuable information for you to learn and enjoy in my areas of expertise – raw food, detoxification, mind-body medicine, thyroid and adrenal fatigue, hormone health, the emotional aspects of healing and spirituality.
I’m back! It’s good to chat with you again.