I've been reflecting this morning after a busy day yesterday moving all of the stock for my business Upcycled & Co. Lucky enough to find a wonderful local woman who was keen to take over the inwards and outwards goods tasks for me, she is now receiving all supplies and dispatching all orders. This is something I've wanted to put in place for some time, but it had to be the right time. And, it's been a process.
Over the last few years, I've had a number of stressful family situations arise, and of course, there's good old menopause that was thrown in on top. It's been a long time (about 2 years) since I've felt like I could focus on more than one thing at a time. Being super-careful about I navigated this past year or so has been key, but thankfully it's now all good news.
The day arrived. I'd been psyching myself up for this for some months. I was all fired up and set to clean out my wardrobe. You know how that feels don't you? I find it's always a big, big job, but this time, I cracked it!
Labelling myself a chocoholic many years ago, I have had a longstanding love affair with this delicacy. In recent years though I have taken more to dark varieties. With the health benefits touted in the last few years I decided this was a better choice to make, until my experience a couple of weeks ago.
It's taken tremendous courage to launch this personal brand, my Facebook page and blog. For years now I've been aware that there are people in my circle who do not approve of what I do.
Over the past seven years of being self-employed this time around I've become known as someone who is a real doer. So much so that my business coach has been constantly amazed at just how quickly I get things done. One minute I'm talking about a new idea and the next, I've implemented it. That is, until this year.
We all know what simple carbohydrates (cakes, donuts, lollies, sugary drinks, biscuits, chocolate and some breakfast cereals) do in our body, but what do they do to our mind. As a quick reminder, in the body they produce a spike in blood glucose giving a short burst of energy, then soon after plummeting energy levels. This explains that lethargic feeling we get following a meal or snack that contains refined sugar.
A friend of mine brought up self-compassion recently as something she wanted to start practising. She realised she'd been pretty hard on herself over the years and it was time to make a change. It was time to be more gentle, she said. At the time I engaged in the conversation and thought to myself, that's really nice idea, but afterwards thought nothing more of it. Until this morning.