It’s time for me to link up again with the lovely ladies over at The Well and this month they have asked us a really tough question…
What are you doing (now) to prepare for your future?
What do you think you should start doing to create a better future for yourself?
These questions made my mind start to race! I am always thinking about the future – almost to a fault. I am planning what will happen next and making sure I have everything as organised as possible. But what part of my life was I going to focus on?
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to be able to be a work at home Mum, I want to grow this blog into something (even more) amazing and I have a bunch of other ventures I’m exploring as well. I put processes into place on a daily basis to help prepare for the future of my blog and to help create a better future for myself and my family…
But everyone wants a better future for their family… and this seemed like the obvious choice for this post. However, I’ve started looking at things a little differently lately.
In order to be a better blogger, a better business owner, a better Paramedic (because I still have a day job), a better friend, a better fiancé, a better mother and a better person, there was one thing I had to focus on. Me.
Before I fell pregnant with my son I ate incredibly healthy and I was a self-confessed gym junkie. I was seeing a Doctor of Chinese Medicine to help balance out hormone issues I had and I was feeling really good. I loved my job and I was pretty much happy in all areas of my life.
During my pregnancy I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition affecting only 2% of pregnancies and was so debilitating there were days I could barely walk let alone exercise. I would eat whatever food I could keep down, which wasn’t very much, and lost over 7kg in my first trimester. After I had my son my healthy habits began to slip even further… which was understandable considering my son was in NICU for over two months and I was living away from home in Ronald McDonald House. My life revolved around the hospital and my son was my only priority.
Fast forward two years and I realised that I was still not making myself a priority. I had signed up for a gym membership with the intention of getting back into my gym junkie ways but more often found that I would prefer to play with my son at home than slog it out at the gym. I ate convenient foods that were easy to cook, chicken and salad, steak and veggies, which were far from unhealthy but still not completely balanced.
I found I was also getting sick more often. I was tired and worn down, moody and just exhausted. I didn’t feel good and I knew my body wasn’t happy. I even found I was less creative and was struggling to keep up with my blog.
So I made the decision to invest in ‘me’ to create a better future for myself.
– I now create meal plans for the week that are diverse, healthy and balanced. Being able to prepare like this means that I can spend less time worrying about what to cook and just getting on with it.
– I also make exercise a priority… with my son. I’ve realised I can’t exercise the way I used to – slogging it out for hours at a gym. Instead I go for walks, run around the backyard and play with him while doing my exercise routines.
– I’ve started looking at the types of foods I eat and focusing more on hormonal health. As a medical professional I have a good understanding of how the liver works and how important it is to our overall health. I’m starting to eat more liver loving foods to help my liver function.
– I am making a conscious decision to be happy. I’ve realised that happiness is a choice, it is our reaction to our everyday lives and we can choose what our reaction is. I am focusing on being kind to people and smiling more.
I know that if I can develop the above points and invest time and energy into myself, the results will spread through all other aspects of my life.
So I put it out to you… what are you doing to prepare for your future? Make sure you check out all of the awesome links below to see what others are doing to prepare for their future too.
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