I realised I was starting to drift about three years ago. I’d fallen out of love with a job I’d felt so passionately about and knew I was no longer feeling fulfilled. I knew I wanted to change my life; I just hadn’t got a clue what I wanted to do.
They often say change happens to you if you don’t make change happen yourself. It forces you to take action. I had major life changes: a baby, a death of a parent, a house move and yet still, I knew I needed to do more and I didn’t know what that was.
I bought every self-development book. I spent hours googling how to unlock your life’s purpose. I followed Instagram coaches and set intentions. I created vision boards, released energy and tried to create a lightbulb moment.
The more I wanted to change, the harder it seemed to become. I felt paralysed by my indecision and overwhelmed by the enormity of the decisions I was trying to make.
However, in the few months, life change has happened. It wasn’t a bolt in the blue but a series of tiny changes that grew into something bigger. I’ve refocused my job role to allow me to pursue my love of wellbeing professionally and open up a new career path. In turn, I now have a clearer understanding of my direction and what I want to do.
So how did it happen?
- I made small incremental changes, not always knowing why but because it made me feel good. I set up this blog to get serious about my own wellbeing, as well as to create content I wanted to write about and enjoy.
- I became braver about pushing myself out there. I still cringe a bit when I post a blog on Twitter because I feel I’m opening myself up for judgement. However, each time I do it, I become more comfortable.
- I moved away from right/wrong thinking. I had started to lose the ability to think clearly and became very black and white in my thinking. I have tried to retrain myself into understanding there is more than one path to happiness.
- I asked for what I wanted. This doesn’t come naturally to me – but I recognised I needed to become more open in asking for opportunities. I let myself be vulnerable and ask other people for help.
- I let myself just be. I can find it hard to settle and allow events to unfold. It means I often feel frustrated when things aren’t moving fast enough. For once, in my life, I’m trying to trust in the process and let things unfold.