The thing that has been missing for me is maintaining an empowering context for why I want to make these changes - what am I committed to for my long term future and why am I making these changes?
I had an amazing family reunion over the Christmas holidays and realised that I didn't spend enough time with my friends and family in 2016 and I’d missed the fun that I have with them all. When I came home, I stuck up photos of my family and friends all over one wall in my home and want to add as many as I can fit so that I am constantly reminded of the love that I have for them. This helped to inspire my first two resolutions and I have already made a list of the people to call for the next couple of months as well as planning dinner parties.
The next two goals are really all about scheduling and ensuring that I complete what is most important to me for my 3 month/ 1 year/ 3 year and lifetime goals. The game changer in the passion planner helped me to really focus on what I really want. When I looked at my 2016, I realised that whilst I worked on myself, helped lots of people and participated in some fun projects, I didn’t complete much that brought me nearer to my own short term and longterm goals. At times, I often neglected my own health and wellbeing in favour of trying to help others.
The next goal was more of a reminder - somehow between 2010 and 2015 I stopped trusting myself and my own thoughts. Part of that mistrust was based on my body letting me down - after surviving breast cancer, I didn’t expect to be wheelchair bound after an injury for 6 months. I didn’t trust it would look after me and I then stopped looking after it. My empowering context which helps me to get out of bed each day is “People are happy and healthy” but that needs to include me - not just others.
The last two goals fulfil on the promise of trusting myself and looking after myself and the environment. I love food but understand that it is more important to look after the environment and to be a conscious consumer. If we all ate less meat, dairy and fish, we could make a huge impact in helping to sustain the resources that our world provides us with. Eating more plants is a big focus of my upcoming book and I have been learning more about the foods that help to prevent cancer and creating dishes that encompass these foods.
Finally, moving more makes me feel good and creates an endorphin rush as well as helping to create some brain space. Living in London, it's easy to get out and about and get your steps up while taking in the beautiful architecture and stumbling across great cafes and restaurants at the same time.