Does anyone know what day it is ? Anyone? Christmas was on a Sunday, OK so Monday, Tue- it’s Tuesday! Definitely Tuesday. Oh no hang on, has it been two days or three?
Every year we have this weird week of not knowing much for certain, other than our bank accounts have been well and truly drained and our tummies have been well and truly stuffed. In a Quality Street-induced sugar coma we bumble our way through the post-Christmas fog, trying to find homes for the mountain of ‘stuff’ that has appeared and wondering how long until we can start boxing up the baubles and getting the house back into some sort of order.
I like Christmas as much as the next person but as soon as Boxing Day arrives I’m done. Over it. My tolerance for Bublé and baubles has a limit and it’s been reached. It’s usually around this time, while rustling through the wrappers (throw them in the bin) for a good one, that my thoughts turn to the New Year. Aaah the promise of a fresh new start, full of dreams, life goals and as many half-price Boots gift sets as I can fit under my arms, chin(s) and between my knees.
Yep, come January 1st 2017 things are gonna change around here, ya here me?! I’m gonna climb the highest mountain, I’m gonna swim the deepest sea, I’m gonna, gonna…..ooh, mini Bounty – ha! Missed that one, suckers.
It took me over twenty years (from the age of 13!) to realise that ‘Lose Weight’ was neither a realistic nor necessary New Year’s Resolution given my aversion to anything remotely sport-related and the fact I was never really overweight. Now that I’m a (reluctant) grown up I actually enjoy the whole process of acknowledging successes of the year gone by: start a blog- tick, run 5k without stopping- err…pending; and goal setting: grow the blog, run 5k without stopping. New Year’s resolutions are less about the juice cleanse, more about the #lifegoals.
I do love a personal project and have been known to fill all sorts of notebooks, charts and spreadsheets (yes, spreadsheets) eagerly in the quest to *insert mission of the moment*. Last month I received a book called ‘The Elephant In The Mirror’ by Annette Earl. At first I assumed it was related to body confidence but I discovered it was about so much more than that (literally don’t judge a book by it’s cover – lesson learnt!). The author is a qualified life coach with with an interest in women’s well-being and the book looks at ways to identify and improve feelings of low-confidence or insecurity in all areas of life whether it be relationships, money, diet, career or something else.
Now I often wish I was the type of person who could get lost in a book for hours on end but for whatever reason I’ve never been able to manage it. This book is written in such a friendly and lighthearted manner however that you feel like Annette is just chatting to you personally and guiding you through the chapters. She covers the subjects of confidence, influences and authenticity and helps you identify areas where you need to make changes while holding your hand along the way. There are lots of little exercises to do as you work your way through each section (my copy is more like a workbook now, full of scribbles and highlights!) and it was such a worthwhile read. I identified where I was holding back or at least not helping myself to move forward- surprisingly in relation to areas of my life where I thought I was ‘sorted’. Who knew?
Sometimes it can be uncomfortable to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror (literally and metaphorically) but if you’re feeling in need of a little post Christmas sort- your-life-out inspiration this is a great place to start. It’s the kind of book you can revisit again and again because let’s face it, there’s always room for improvement- think of it as a little life-coach in your pocket but without the appointment fees. Oh, and for those of you who can’t bring yourself to deface your shiny new copy you can even download the worksheets separately here so no excuses – go sort your life out!
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I was sent a copy of The Elephant In The Mirror free of charge. This post is an honest review.