I remember a month or so before I had a stroke thinking to myself “I wish I could just lay in bed and not have to be anywhere, do anything, think about anything or worry about anyone else.” I was exhausted, overwhelmed and totally anxious in my day to day life.
I was questioning whether at my age if this was all life was about, how I thought I’d have everything all sorted by now and frankly the reality was I was still dealing with a lot of the same old shit (challenges, triggers, blocks) I had been for most of my adult life.
My big 50th birthday (midlife!) was only a few short years away and that only compounded the issues in my mind. I’d lost some pretty special people in my life to the dreaded “C” and life still confused me – what is life all about, why am I here, who am I really, what is the point in all this? So much for wisdom coming with age!
Well, be careful what you wish for! I found myself in exactly that situation but not as I had envisioned it, instead I was in hospital where I would spend my 45th birthday and many weeks after. Almost 2 years since the fateful day of my stroke and I’ve certainly come a long way. I am known to refer to this major health crisis as my ‘stroke of luck’. In hindsight, I now see how the healthy life I thought I was living was clearly not so healthy at all. I’ve certainly done a LOT of inner reflection and sought the wisdom and experience from a wide range of friends, mentors and teachers. What I’ve learnt has transformed my life in every possible way, I’m a completely new version of me that has inner peace, happiness and true health.
So why am I telling you all this, and why would you care? Well, I don’t think I’m alone in this, most of the things I was doing that I believed were healthy and my ‘normal’ were in fact the exact opposite of healthy yet it is exactly what I see most of my friends doing and most of the 35-50+ year old women I come across. All our attention is outward, we expend all our energy meeting the demands and needs of everyone around us from family to work life, we rank ourselves last and have lost the true essence of who we truly are. We’re tired, stressed, frustrated and physically, emotionally and mentally drained. We’ve lost the “i’ in life and seem stuck on this treadmill of blah, blah, blah!
I’m no spiritual guru nor wisdom warrior but I’ve listened to, read, trained and been mentored by some people who are. What I’ve gleaned I need to share, I have a strong desire to pass this stuff on, to help women just like me get out of their personal ‘ground hog day’, get back to enjoying life, to find true health, happiness and fulfilment. To truly discover how to care for themselves, to discover self-love from the inside out and outside in.
So, if any of this is sounding like you, please take some time to reflect on how you are living your life, could you be a few moments away from a major health or life crisis too? Come learn from my mistakes and take a short break with long term benefits to start living a life full of fun, love, oneness and wellbeing or what I like to call F.L.O.W.
Give yourself this gift, join me and a small intimate group of like-minded women just like you, here in the tranquillity of world-renowned Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland where nature nurtures, friendships are formed and fun is had.
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