101 days came about approximately four years ago. I had recently left an unpleasant relationship. One evening I opened his computer and discovered the truth of who he was and what he had been doing for our entire relationship. One morning six weeks later, after yet another horrible dream, I knew that it was time to leave. I packed up the motor home, put in my two doggies and drove to a run-down old house that I owned in Spain.
When I arrived, I knew that I needed to focus on my first 100 days and I added 1 on for good measure. The first 100 days of a leaders life (to quote my Executive Coaching days) are critical. It seemed to me, that these were also critical days, and if I was going to live and work here successfully, I'd better focus on what I wanted and moving forward.
Journaling had saved my life before, so I figured it would save it again. But this time I wanted more from it.
To be honest it was difficult. At the same time of writing I did a daily video. Watching the rawness of the betrayal unravel was at times ugly, but also cathartic.
It helped me to keep to going forward.
Later I wrote a book - Rude Awakenings. A journey to self-love. I didn't want to publish, although I have the proof copy. I decided not yet. But I'm forever grateful for my 101 days journal and the healing writing experience.
Some time ago I destroyed the videos and journal. I watched that part of my life go up in cleansing flames. I do love a good journal burning ceremony, don't you?
Fast forward to January 2018, and in the first few days of this new year I gained 4 new book clients, and I was, as you can imagine delighted. By the end of January, my spine had fractured. I was unable to breathe and walk properly, and I was in intense pain. After a week of staring at the ceiling, I dragged myself out of bed to find a journal I had been saving for a special occasion. This was indeed a special occasion; my life depended on my recovery.
My three dogs went into the kennels and friends were doing my shopping. I made myself get up to cook, but it was hard. After 11 days I couldn’t bear not having my dogs with me, and they returned from the kennels, and a friend walked them daily for me. Their love and needs along with my journal and friends kept me going.
I learned from an unsympathetic and unlistening specialist that I had osteoporosis. She gave me a prescription and told me to go to the gym. I cried in her surgery and I cried in the street. However, I discovered a deep wisdom that said I could heal this naturally.
To be fair I am pretty bloody minded and focused.
Over 2018, I devoured books, blogs and research papers looking for answers. I wanted to know the root cause and treat that. It wasn’t easy, and I did have some other complications that affected my mental health. But I knew it was temporary and that if I carried on writing, I would get through this.
As well as journaling I wrote a book - Healing Osteoporosis Naturally. It’s currently in edit and will be released soon.
When I could, I started working again, going through old plans and content and bringing things up to date when I had the energy. It felt incredible to be a part of things again, but I soon realised I could not maintain the long days.
I found simplicity, and I trusted that all would be well. I also knew that like 2014, which at the time was life changing, 2018 had been the biggest period of personal growth I have ever experienced. While it hurt and I am still in some pain, I am celebrating finding me.
A voice said you need to do 101 days again. You need to go on a deep inner journey; you may have found you, but what about letting a bit more of the grunge go while focusing on what you want? What about your business, your goals, desires, intentions? What about your further healing? What about so many things?
In an instant, the contract was signed and a new journal placed by the side of my bed. 101 days of being me has once again emerged.
When you find yourself at the edge of the void, you can look down and let go free falling into who knows where. Or you can look within to your divine inner wisdom where the answers to what you desire lie.
You will get 101 days of insight
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