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Today Life Feels Hard: Navigating a Bumpy Road

A couple of days ago I shared that I was in a space I haven't been in for a long, long time. With working too much lately (I let myself slip back into some old habits) and having a virus (with a nice big cold sore on my lip to boot), I was actually feeling in a very negative space.

I knew I would get through it, but to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t see a way out.

If there’s one thing I want to be, both here on my blog, and on social media—it’s real.


Because it's easy to show up when I feel good.

It's not so easy to show up today.

In the last 48 hours here’s what I’ve come to know and understand, yet again.

Isn't it interesting how quickly our emotional state can shift when we do the work?

Even though it's been 35 years since I started my personal development journey, I still get a sense of 'surprise and delight' when I shift something within myself.

Yesterday, I talked about how I had a virus, had been working too hard, and as a result, was physically exhausted and had slipped into a very negative mindset.

Knowing deep down (even though it certainly wasn't forefront of my mind the last few days) that I have the skills, resources, and wherewithal to get myself out of this state, I did two things.

I allowed myself to rest.

I allowed myself to be where I was.

All of the feelings came—the sadness, the anger, the helplessness, and in desperation, I reached out to my mentor. And, as soon as I did that, I saw a way through.

I watched a Zoom session I had with my mentor back in August 2021. I noticed that some similar (not exactly the same) issues were resurfacing for me these past few weeks. But, what I also noticed was how the exact issue I was having in 2021, is well and truly cleared. I no longer carry that in my heart and knowing that was uplifting in itself.

I did the EFT tapping in the session recording, and I came to some new realisations about my perfectionism and overdoing and putting others first.

I journaled.

I rested some more.

And, within a few minutes, I started to feel lighter. I got up. I cooked dinner. I did my jigsaw puzzle.

When we do the work, everything changes.

This is something I talk about in my book, Flourish.

Remembering that I know what to do, and that this time on the planet is like no other there has ever been. Things are changing rapidly, many are exhausted, stretched and stressed and that in itself causes a ripple effect of anxiety, whether you are consciously aware of it or not.

Taking care of ourselves first and foremost is the most important thing we can do right now.

With love,

Kathryn x


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