Rising from the ashes to build a new life…

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The Phoenix is a mythical bird with a tail of crimson gold which, according to legend, ignites at the end of its life-cycle and is reborn from its own ashes to live again.

This is a helpful analogy for my present life.  Having recently experienced a number of major life changes, I feel as if everything I have known in my life has disintegrated and I am needing to build anew. I have reached the end of one major cycle in my life and am stepping into a brand new cycle at age 38.

I do not yet know what this new life looks like. All I know is that right now things feel pretty shaky. I am grieving what has passed and am afraid of making mistakes in what I choose for my future. I stand at a crossroads with many possible destinations.

Whilst I do not know where I am headed, I am being open to my new life unfolding, one step at a time… It is uncomfortable, but it has become apparent that this process cannot be rushed. It has raised many questions. Who am I now? How do I want to contribute to the world? What kind of life do I want to live? What are my hopes, goals and dreams?

Lao Tsu said ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. My first step is to improve my health and well-being. I began this journey being 40 kg overweight and I know this impacts heavily on the way I live my life (or more to the point, the way I DON’T live my life!).

With this in mind, I have joined Michelle Bridges 12 week challenge to lose this weight and find confidence and myself again.  I lost 9.5 kg in my first round (even though I was sick for the last half of the challenge).  I am now enthusiastically entering my next round (beginning August 27th, 2012).

Weight loss is not just about nutrition and exercise, it also relates to our emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. This blog, therefore, focuses on all of these aspects of my journey.

I hope you will enjoy walking this path together, sharing laughter and tears, challenges and successes and of course new ideas…

xxx

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