My word for 2015

As I mentioned in my New Year post earlier this week, I embarked on Susannah Conway’s “Find your Word for 2015” 5 day email class.

Each year I make resolutions and by February, I’m wandering what they even are. One of my resolutions every year for the last 10 years has been to lose weight and clearly that hasn’t happened. I think the only resolution I’ve kept for the last 5 years or so is to never live with regrets. To believe everything happens exactly as it is meant to and move on. This is of course not always easy and is a constant practice. Life can throw us some real curveballs and it sometimes takes me a little time to get my head around things. But ultimately I do and move on convincing myself there’s a bigger plan for me that I’m just not seeing yet.

So roll around 2015 and when I got wind of Susannah Conway’s “Word of 2015” it suited me just right. The idea behind it is to focus on the year ahead and what you’d like to achieve, what you see your perfect day as and how you want to feel. She sends you 5 emails that help you gather your thoughts and narrow down one word for the year ahead. As humans we’re constantly evolving and developing, learning and growing and what I loved about this practice was that she made it very clear that nothing is set in stone and so while I may find my word now, my word could actually change by March. This was reassuring because narrowing down to one word was no easy task.

My word actually came to me before I started the practice…it kept reverberating in my mind but I went through the 5 days to make sure it really was the word I wanted. And it turns out I wanted lots of words!! They included Focus, Conscious, Love, Abundant, Independence, Determination, Shakti, Kindness, Nourish, Healing, Freedom, Clarity and Commitment. In the end I narrowed it down to Conscious, Abundant, Determination, Shakti and Freedom. On day 3, she asked us to write down what each of the 5 words meant to us and what it really meant. I began to notice a pattern. All my words linked to me and finding my inner strength, my drive and also being more present.

Can you guess what my word is yet??

In the end I went with CONSCIOUS. When I reflected back on 2014 and looked forward to 2015, one of the things that kept popping into my mind was my inability to focus. While I am able to do many things, all in the name of multitasking of course, I realised that I’d rather do one thing well than many things half heartedly. I also realised that I spend a lot of time on my phone and catch myself saying to S “Just one minute” when he needs my attention. I most certainly do not want to be that mom with her head down all the time. No one’s Facebook status is more important that the time I spend with S. I’ve decided to remove the Facebook app from my phone and make my time with S a FB free zone. Let’s be honest, we’re addicts and while I know this won’t always be easy, it needs to be done.

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The other thing I realised was that I often sit down to write a blog post or read a blog post and half way through I’ll get up to go get something to eat or get a glass of water. Totally unnecessary! So my word CONSCIOUS is really a reminder for me to FOCUS, be more AWARE, be PRESENT and to really NOTICE all around me.

Here’s to living a more conscious 2015!! 🙂 Do you have a word for 2015 or any new resolutions?

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 1st marks day 1 of the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Off the top of my head I can think of almost 10 people I know/knew affected by this crippling disease. More recently I heard of a little girl who was diagnosed with it and it really hit home. Not only because I’m a mom with a child the same age but also because the idea that a small helpless child, unable to properly communicate how they are even feeling, hurts my heart.

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And so this month I’d like to help spread awareness because (as I recently read and totally agree)…one child affected by cancer is one child too many! I hope you’ll all check out the website and make a small donation (Text ‘GOLD’ to 70030 to donate £3 to CLIC Sargent). You can organise your own fundraising event, sign up to take part in their big bucket challenge or get involved in one of their “Give Gold” stock appeals at a local CLIC Sargent Charity Shop.

Have a great September! 🙂

Breast Cancer Awareness Month…Think Pink!

I’m sure most of you have noticed from Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites, October is breast cancer awareness month. I’m also almost sure that everyone reading this knows at least one person who has been affected by it.

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The world over, women (and some men) run/walk/jog raising money for breast cancer and promoting awareness. Recently, someone very close to my heart was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a vivacious, fun, energetic and bubbly woman who I know is going to kick cancer’s ass!!

Women, please examine your breasts regularly. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t put off getting it checked because life gets busy. Take a day off work, take someone with you and go to a doctor. Here are some of the signs you should be looking out for:

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Breast cancer is the most common invasive female cancer in the world. Although the majority of breast cancers are not hereditary, genetics do play a role. Other causes are age, dense breast tissue, radiation exposure, estrogen exposure and obesity.

A few months ago I mentioned prostate cancer on a post and urged women to get their men talking and get checked. This time I’m urging all the men to get their women talking and if your woman is stubborn then check her yourself 😉

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To everyone out there battling breast cancer, this is dedicated to you xx

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