Don’t worry, miracles do happen in the 21st Century!

Today has been an amazing day.

Not amazing in that I have done exotic and interesting things, but amazing because of the events that occurred. I have been in a pretty low place over the last few weeks- I have gradually been running out of money and getting more and more stressed out about the direction that my life was taking. I was overeating, sticking my head in the sand and feeling miserable. In particular yesterday I was blue, I was stressed out about stretching my comfort zone in my new temp role and not feeling motivated to do anything.

However over the last six weeks I have been seeing my fabulous life coach Shaline and her weekly sessions have been great in helping to motivate me and get my life moving forward. We’ve been focusing heavily on my career plans and also my health. My ‘homework’ due yesterday was to write down five of my qualities and evidence of them. I am committed to the coaching process and the decision to follow through with this homework made me feel much better. So much better that I decided to follow through with a job tip that Howard had given me. Earlier in the day I had looked at the job online but realised that the deadline had passed 4 days ago. I texted Howard and he suggested that I give them a call anyway. I did, and the chief exec said I should send over my CV and cover letter for future roles but in my mood, I decided to put it off. After doing my homework and feeling more positive about myself and my capabilities, I booted up the laptop and quickly put a cover letter together and sent it off. This was at 7pm.

I had a good coaching session (Shaline is a great coach) and I went to bed feeling much better about the coming day. Imagine my disbelief when I checked my emails in the morning to see an email from the chief exec in my inbox. Assuming it was the usual ‘thank you, we will keep your CV for future roles’ etc I was then completely flabbergasted to see an invite to interview for the role this weekend. It was an amazing start to the day and one I could never have foreseen. I felt so more empowered going to my new job, knowing that I have options. To me, getting that email was a miracle and I had to share this with you so that you know that good things do happen and at the most unexpected times.

If you have any  similar stories to share, hit me up in the comments section.



Starting a new goal: Health

Today is the start of a new beginning for me. Today is when I start working on my health goal which overall is to be more comfortable in my skin and a healthier, fitter person.  The goal I set for today was to walk from my home to Kings Cross – the carrot being that I would check out a street photography exhibition once I got there.

I had forgotten that today was the day because I have a cold and haven’t really been keeping check on my calendar. Imagine my surprise when after 5 hours sleep, I looked at my calendar and saw a 1pm appointment: Walk to Kings Cross.
Internally I struggled with myself: I’m ill, I’m coughing and sneezing, my chest hurts, I’m on my period, maybe I can do it tomorrow when I feel better, I haven’t slept loads, what if I make myself more ill, I don’t want to walk for an hour like this.. .and so on.

However, I have committed to walking and I know deep in my heart, if I put it off today, then it will be really easy to not do it tomorrow and even easier to not do it the day after. Letting yourself down can be damaging to your self esteem- if you cant keep your promises to yourself, then how do you expect to be able to view yourself with integrity and respect? You need to be able to look after yourself as well as your best friend would.
Plus my coach believes in me, she believes that I can do this and deep down I know I can too. So I am going on the walk- I have dosed myself up and will top up my oyster so if I feel really rough I can head back. And I have given myself  new incentives- I am now walking to the Camley Street nature reserve which I have always wanted to go to AND I have promised myself to go to the library and get part two of the trilogy I am currently reading. (I LOVE a trilogy).

Wish me luck and I will update this post when I get back!

So I completed the walk and feel really pleased with myself. I got 5 minutes up the road and felt knackered,  so at this point had a stop off at Gregg’s. I ended up walking through some Mangal family history, past my Grandma’s old flat and my cousin’s old hang out, the newly refurbished Paradise Park. I headed along Caledonian road, seeing some grandiose social housing and finally ended up in the industrial land that is the back of Kings Cross. Stumbling into St Pancras gardens was a pleasant surprise and then I finally got to my location and enjoyed my wander into the nature reserve. I took lots of pics, which you can see here