As the curtains close on 2017 I’m sure many of us will be mulling over the past year … reviewing what we have done, what we haven’t quite got round to, and what we might like more of in the coming year – for ourselves, our loved ones and the wider world. For me, 2017 was the year I became a blogger! For the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the benefits of blogging. In this, I hope to answer the question that has often been put to me this year.
When we were very little, my brother and I would curl up under a blanket, one at each end of the sofa, for afternoon ‘rest time’. There we would lie, quietly transfixed by the cosy glow of the gas fire, with the soaring strings of ‘Manuel and the Music of the Mountains’ washing over us. Not only has it stood the test of time as a much cherished childhood memory, but it also stands out as quite a potent early experience of relaxation and happiness.
Since August, I have completed four different challenges with two friends, and am now halfway through my fifth! My earlier experience of working with a life coach for three months had really shown me the benefits of being held to account. I didn’t have the budget to continue with the coaching but didn’t want to lose the momentum that had been built up by that regular 1-1 contact and support. These were the key factors, you see, in helping me to make more consistent progress with my goals: accountability and support.
Between June and August this year, I took a series of 1-1 sessions with a life coach. Since then – I’ll admit it – I’ve gone a bit accountability-bonkers! Accountability was my missing piece of the puzzle, you see.
I blame it on my relationship status. There is an incredible freedom in being single, oft-admired by our coupled counterparts – especially those with young kids. But there is a dark side to that freedom. I will call it ‘festering’ – I’m a sucker for alliteration.