Looking back at the past year, I am glad that it is over in a sense that it was a busy and tough year for most of us, and to be honest, I was desperately craving some rest.
If I had to review my accomplishments and lessons learned from 2017, I think I could summarize it as self-learning year, as I’d had the opportunity to learn more about spiritualism (which is different from religion) and focus on developing new skills in order to improve myself. However, although it sounds beautiful in writing, it is a continuous and ongoing process that I would describe as painful and demands a burning desire for change.
Exactly, CHANGE. Coincidentally, I got the book “Change or Die” as a Christmas gift from someone who had no idea I was going through that very same process, and I feel it was a sign that I am in the right path. Ok, getting back to what I was saying, it is mandatory to have at least the wish to improve, change, or have a slight idea that something different needs to be done. And the amazing aspect is that anyone could benefit from this, from a successful person to someone who is broke, as long as there is an awareness of such situation.
As a life and career coach, I deal with a wide range of coachees who seek assistance to achieve personal and professional goals. All of them own a common quality: the desire to change their status quo regardless of their beliefs, profession, gender or age. Ironically, I realized I was neglecting my own life and procrastinating changes while I was helping my coachees, friends and colleagues.
Little did I know that something so simple ended up causing me to feel tired and unmotivated at times, until my body started to emit signs that I needed to slow down and take a rest. Unfortunately, it took me a few months to notice them until I hurt my leg and took months to recover, while it would have taken only a few weeks under normal conditions. Actually, that was only the trigger to the entire “self-learning” process, and I realized my body and mind wanted to tell me “Suzana: it’s time to rest, whether you want it or not.”
My aim here is to warn you to listen to what your body tells you. Gladly, I am healthy and nothing really serious had happened to me, but it could have if I kept ignoring my inner needs. I had always been a cheerful and energetic person but I felt exhausted for a couple months last year and even didn’t feel like myself at times. In addition, the most shocking part was when a friend said she was afraid I was getting depressed. After that, I decided I was going to review my life and agenda, and even my daily workouts had to be cut down for me to reach a more balanced life. Yeap, even healthy habits can cause stress if it becomes an addiction or when one surpasses his/her physical and mental conditions!
I apologize for not sounding so positive in this first post of 2018 and I am not saying it’s bad to help other people, but we gotta be feeling well before taking care of someone else for instance. I just wish I knew it before!
Anyhow, I hope I am able to help those out there who are in a similar situation, or struggling with something at the moment. You are not alone and I would love to hear your story!
Wish you a Happy New Year and soon I will announce some big news here!