What an extraordinarily wonderful way to start the oh-so-very-flourishy year of 2014! I spent the 1st day of the year in the sparkly sunshiny Atlantic Ocean, which isn't a bad start, but, since focusing on intentional purposeful action, visualising hard and devoting a lot of time to practising gratitude, I have found myself with even more to be grateful about. In fact, I can hardly believe what's happened since and is still yet to come. January baby yeah!
Auld Lang Syne was still echoing in my ears when the first bit of good stuff occurred...
"I had read about flourishing, and The Flourish Handbook, in Psychologies magazine, and it definitely struck a chord. When I suffered, apparently out of nowhere, an anxiety attack over Christmas, I bought the book - and instantly felt comforted. The chapter on sourcing engagement and enjoyment, positive thinking and stopping spirals of negativity could have been written for me. My job, though stressful, is actually with a charity I feel extremely passionate about - in the stress I had almost forgotten that, and how lucky I am to already have passion and purpose in my working life. I have remembered that now, and also remembered to adjust my thinking - to be positive and grateful, rather than ranting and bitter. I have made time for reading, baths and yoga. I have walked my beautiful dog in a mindful way, whether through glorious winter sunshine or driving rain. It has only been a couple of weeks of course, and there have been bad moments in those two weeks as well - but honestly, just re-reading your words in those moments has reminded me that I already have the tools to tackle them - and always have had. I know this will be a long-term shift in my life and I wanted to say a big big thank you for that, Rachel x"
So. All in all a pretty flippin' breathtaking and flourishing start to the year. A joyful January indeed - a Joynuary, if you will :-)
Let's do this. Let's flourish. Spread the word and join the fun.
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