I had a vision the other day. I was perspiring while unicycling along a steeply inclined tightrope. It didn’t end there, oh no. My baby was balancing on my head while I juggled my laptop, mobile phone, a plate of organic food (beautifully prepared), a weighing scales and something symbolising a social life. Lapping against my back were flames which bellowed from the pit of darkness that I was pedaling away from, struggling to not slip backwards into it. In the distance ahead were beautiful meadows of serenity. I could hear the calm exuding from them. Â But as I pedaled I felt the wheel slipping on the rope. How will I ever get there?….. Â I was remembering where my life was at only a couple of years ago.
As a producer of tv commercials and digital advertising projects with my own production company, the arrival of my first son was something I decided I could balance with ease with my work commitments. For the most part I did just that. There was the odd last minute change of schedule which threw childcare arrangements into disarray. It wasn’t until days before a large digital media event I was running that my son was admitted to hospital with an unrecognised virus. He was there for five days, two of which were frightening. He got better quickly afterwards and is fine. But it was then that I realised nothing else matters than my family. Not that I didn’t already believe that, but really everything else paled into insignificance. I cancelled the event on day 2 of the hospital visit because we had no idea what was wrong or how long he’d be in for and nobody else could do the prep that I had to do. I felt helpless, and vulnerable and out of my depth. So that was the turning point of finding a career that I could balance successfully with having a family. There have been some major compromises, and I’m not there yet. Â But delving into my interest in nutrition, health and well being, and applying my management science background and my practical head, I returned to college to become a Health Coach.
Cut to today. And another baby. But life is good and calm, well, calmer anyway. It’s been a bit of a journey of self discovery to get here. And I feel like I’m on a positive runÂ of self improvement having addressed anxiety, diet, exercise, work, career and family. Â This is where this journal begins. If you’d like to join me on this escapade I could think of nobody I’d like to share it with more.
As an inherent planner and organiser I have some interesting challenges lined up for myself over the next year or so. I’ll document them and will be looking for your support along the way. Thanks for reading!