At the moment, I’m really blessed to be part of a special coaching group with ‘Flourish’ headed up by the inspirational Jackie O’Carroll. It’s a 6 session coaching programme that is tailor made to you and your own personal challenging situations in areas of your life.
Jackie’s sessions are aimed at inspiring women to live more fulfilled, happy and meaningful lives. I went to an event she did back in June about ‘Being Your Best Self’ which was so good I just wanted to continue the learning and self-development outlined during the event. In becoming a parent I’d become so engrossed in being depended on and looking after everyone else that I realised during Jackie’s session that I had forgotten to look after myself. I really struggled to remember who I was at my best, so I made a little pact with myself to reassess many areas in my life and some of my patterns of behaviour.
Since that Being Your Best Self event, I have strived to take at least an hour a week for myself to do something that makes me feel like, well, ‘me’ again. It usually involves heading somewhere quiet and peaceful on my own to write, read something valuable that adds to my continued self-development or simply to get to the gym for a really gruelling but rewarding circuit training session. It’s funny how I always thought I didn’t have the time to think about me, but since doing this regularly, it’s funny how many things I’ve let go of and how much more time I seem to have.
QUALITY TIME AS A FAMILY
So, during our first group coaching session last week, Jackie encouraged us to make a pact with ourselves to do something that would be of benefit to us and our particular personal challenges. One of my personal challenges is that yes, I might be winning when it comes to taking time for myself, but due to circumstances beyond our control, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to spend quality time as a family of 3. With this in mind and with a promise to myself that I WOULD make this happen, (thanks to Jackie’s encouragement) today we made the most of the sunshine and headed to New Brighton – a place I’ve never visited before, and an old childhood haunt for Shaun.
We had such a lovely day. We visited a fort where there were lots of different nautical pieces of history, but also a full room dedicated to aviation remnants from WW2 which fascinated all of us. There was a battle re-enactment complete with guns, cannons and pirates which petrified the dog, a search for crabs in rock pools which petrified me as Blake near missed and slipped on countless occasions, and lots of running on the beach. We even managed to squeeze in a ride on a train at the funfair, and discovered that Marino Lounge at New Brighton lets dogs in a back area called ‘the snug’ which was just fantastic as we could all properly relax, dine and play as a family.
A truly wonderful day which filled me with love and joy. Where shall we go on our next adventure?