Yey!! It's gratitude day!!!
So today's step in my 365 day challenge is to shower everyone and everything with gratitude. It is such a simple but powerful lesson.
Here is today's entry into the course journal:
I love gratitude. It is something that is free to give and can have such a powerful and profound effect on my life as well as the lives of those I express gratitude to.
365 days of growth! I'm so loving this program. Shout if you'd like me to invite you to join so we can see each other's progress. It isn't compulsory to share your journal on the site or on a blog either by the way!!!
I've had such an awesome day today and I'm pretty sure the extra focus on gratitude has helped. 😍❤️
I am passionate about learning new things. I often learn things quickly which is a useful skill. What I am not always so good at doing is mastering those skills!
I learnt about meditation a long while ago. I have dabbled repeatedly in it but never stuck with it. In an attempt to encourage myself to do more meditation a few years ago I made 'practice' my word of the year. I did meditate but it didn't really stick and I still wasn't committed.
A gorgeous friend of mine had an incredible experience with the word 'thrive' last year. Thrive is a word I have toyed with as my word of the year for a few years now but when it has come down to the final decision in December/January time I have shied away from it for various reasons.
This year I sat down and asked myself why I wanted to choose thrive and why I kept not choosing it. I journaled around a lot of things but one thing that stood out for me was the fact that I couldn't thrive because I was so empty inside.
When this year started I felt like my spirit was broken. I was shrinking away from challenges and felt isolated and lonely even in a big crowd of people. I desperately wanted to thrive. I desperately needed to feel better and I wanted my word to guide me towards thriving, hence I thought thrive would be my word. But it felt like pressure, like I "should" thrive. So I asked myself what I needed to thrive and the answer came back that I needed to nourish myself and my family and my marriage in order to even begin to thrive. I could see I had a lot of work ahead of me to get to where I wanted to be but decided to trust my inner voice that comes out when I journal.
I chose nourish.
And what a guide it has been. I feel whole again. I designed my year around nourishing myself, my children, my husband and marriage and my community. I thrive on hosting people, even though I'm exhausted afterwards I love being around people. So I am hosting home ed meet ups and fire circles every month to create a sense of continuity and community in my life. I am focussing on using hand in hand parenting tools to help nourish my relationship with my children and Andy and I are committed to date nights as close to weekly as we can manage.
Giving myself permission to nourish myself has been more challenging. In my learning journey I have discovered meditation, massage, affirmations, gratitude and morning pages. I have learnt to recognise my own passions and now know that I am creative and love painting and learning and zebras and reading and swimming, especially outdoors.
And every day this year I have meditated (I think I've missed two days since I started on 2nd January). It has nourished my mind, body and spirit in ways I could never have imagined. I have added other nourishing self care practices including a gratitude journal but it is the meditation that I find the hardest to fit in and the meditation that gives me most instant results. It is the powerful results that have given me the motivation to continue meditating and to find time to fit it in even when it is hard. I have used lots of different programmes but I repeated the free 10 day headspace meditation series for a long while if you are looking for somewhere to start your own practice. Good luck!
Wishing you incredible health, wealth and happiness with all my love
I have just started a 365 day programme to help me grow as a person. I am beyond excited about this as it is totally free and already, on day 2 I can see the power of this course. An optional part of the exercise is to do a short journal type entry on what you think about that day's activity. I shared yesterday's on the site and have had an influx of comments so I thought perhaps I would share some of my journaling here for you guys too. I will just share it as I have written and only do a wee intro if it needs explanation as to what the activity was! If you fancy playing along send me your email address, it's totally free and if I invite you we can see each other's progress and comments easily. 😍
So today's activity was to notice where your thoughts have a lot of emotion attached to them because it is the emotionally charged thoughts that your unconscious mind uses to create habits. Now yesterday I got to spend some time with two of my beautiful friends without children!!! That was a treat! On the way back to my party we were discussing Zig Ziggler and how I can change my thoughts around my financial situation. And so today's exercise gave be a bit more clarity about what I am doing unconsciously when I am FRUSTRATED about our money situation...
Here is the journaling piece I did in response to the activity...
I've believed that thoughts create your reality for a while now but I have still continued to have issues with money. I have been FED UP with the lack of money despite doing every affirmation under the sun around plenty, abundance, enough. It just hasn't worked for me. Today's nugget has shown me that it is because of the emotion I am investing in our lack of money, those capital letters are the more powerful emotion than the "I have everything I need" type affirmations. It's time to put some powerful emotions into the gratitude I have for what I've got and let the anger and frustration that goes with my usual thoughts about money go. Ok. Bring it on.
I always like to assess where I am when I reach my birthday. It's a great time for me to reflect on the past year and coming year without the hype of new year celebrations to distract me. I thought I would share my thought process here with you all this year!
This last year has improved immensely for me and for my gorgeous wee family of creation. Last year I turned 35 and I was so unhappy about it. It felt like a big deal, leaving behind any closeness to my twenties by no longer being in my "early thirties". The main problem was that I had post natal depression but I was focused on the sense of stagnation I felt. I felt stuck and like nothing would ever change or improve. I started counselling soon after my birthday and by September we handed in our notice on our home. It is incredible how different life can look in a year.
Moving into this house I felt the hand of somebody bigger than me steering it. I fell in love with the house through a property search on the Internet and I still can't believe how smoothly the process went from finding it, to viewing it, to moving in 6 weeks later. We had the most wonderful housewarming party with boxes still stacked to the roof in the library. We had a beautiful, relaxed Christmas Day hosting all my family of origin during the day with a total of 15 for dinner!
I feel like since starting my journey with 'nourish' at my word of the year workshop at the end of December things have improved immensely for me. Our house is now our home, all the boxes except one are unpacked (that reminds me I need to do that!), we host monthly fire ceremonies and home ed activities. We've had parties for every excuse under the sun. We have good relations with our neighbours and class some as good friends which is something that never happened in the 5 years of living in our last house.
I have shifted most the weight I put on while in the pit of grief and then post natal depression. I feel so much happier in my body now and it is only getting better and better.
I have a new career ahead of me which is so exciting, to be able to help other people towards their own positive health and wealth stories.
Things are improving at home all the time as I implement tools to create closer connections with my beautiful husband and children.
So all in all being 35 turned out to be a great year!
And now I'm another year older. I have so much momentum I am so excited to see where I am a year from now!!!! I'm ready to get back in the water and train for some long distance swims...maybe get into the triathlons again as that was so much fun...I'm excited to see how much more I can improve my health and my families income and how many people I can help to create incredible health and wealth in their lives too...
I've worked hard this year to create this positive momentum and I've got a few blog post ideas percolating to share with you some of the things I have been doing to kickstart my life back into the direction I want it to go.
In the mean time I am so grateful that you are a part of my life and I look forward to connecting with you again soon.
With love and wishes of good health, wealth and happiness for you and your family
Wow. I'm now 7 days into my next 30 day programme. So far I haven't blogged. I haven't made a video. And I really miss you guys!! So here I am.
I have made a decision to do this. I'm participating in a 16 week transformational challenge. I am throwing myself into learning all I can about the products and how to effectively run a business. I have been thinking a lot about why I want to do this and thought I'd discuss it here with you.
I went to the Grand Opening on Sunday. It was amazing. I literally bounced in my chair. I took copious notes. I am so grateful to have found a company whose values line up with my own. I have booked myself onto the next two events - Andy and I are making it work so I can be there because I am building my belief in myself, my team, my company and in this vision that I have.
There are multiple levels behind why I am throwing my heart and soul into this:
⁃ I feel incredible on this system and I want to help other people feel this good too. I have more energy than I ever remember having. I happily walk up the stairs to get something. I run and play with my children. Life has become easier and more enjoyable and I am passionate about helping other people feel alive and on fire too.
⁃ I am achieving weight loss goals that 5 weeks ago I never would have believed were possible for me. And yet with good nutrient dense foods, a calorie controlled diet and more movement because I feel better - I am smashing it. I am excited by the possibility that I can help the people I meet achieve their own weight loss goals.
⁃ I have a burning desire to lift my family up from the poverty line now. I've posted about our journey with money before and I might do another update on that soon as things are vastly improved. Having said that we are still receiving benefits and I am ready to release them now. I am so grateful we live in a country with support like this and I am ready to be a bigger contributor to our society now.
⁃ We are a giving family, we support causes that are dear to us and the bigger difference I can make in the lives of others, the more I can channel money to charities and causes I believe in, making the world a better place.
⁃ I want to create a safe, secure financial future for my children and my husband and I. And while I am doing that I want to work together with other women to help them to do the same for their families.
⁃ My business is open and growing already and that in itself is inspiring me to keep going, to reach more people and help change more lives.
It has been interesting to me, breaking down why I am doing this, why I am committing myself to do the work in takes to learn and grow and take inspired action. Knowing my 'why' helps me to persevere when the going gets tough and gives me a reason to take the very next step I need to take. Onwards.
Wishing you clarity in your why for all your goals to help you achieve them sooner. And as ever, I wish you abundant health and wealth and happiness today and always.
With love xxxx
Aaaaaaah! Check these results!!!!!!!
Ihave been pondering what to write all day - you know? It feels like the big finale - I've blogged for 30 days every day! I've made videos for 30 days! And I have started a nutritionally supportive programme that has literally changed my life in 30 days. Where do I go with that?
I am excited to share the photos of how much happier my body is in 30 days. But it's more than that. It's the fire in my belly that this system has given me. I have energy to play with my children and creative energy to write blogs and mental clarity to learn new things. And I have a tool, a vehicle with which I can make a difference to other people's lives! It is my dream to make a huge positive impact on the world and this company have that vision too. I can share this with other Mothers and help them have more energy to play with their kids too. And not just Mothers but Fathers and Grandparents. Anyone who wants more energy - I have stumbled upon a system that that can help with that. What an incredible gift I have here.
I am so unbelievably grateful that I feel so much better. I am beyond excited at where I can go with these products. I have struggled my whole life with my weight and my body image and I am committed to transforming my life with this. I have a way to go but I have an incredible support system in place and you guys cheering me on.
These 30 days are just the beginning. This was me dipping my toe in the water to see if the products and the company are as amazing as my friend Rosie in Australia has been saying for the last 6 years. I had to throw myself in full blast because otherwise I would have thrown every excuse in my own way. And I am so glad I did because I am all in now. I am going on this journey and I'm going to see where it takes me. So with that said here are all my photos:
I have lost 55cms off my body so far! The energy is the best thing about this system but the body transformation that is happening before my very eyes is pretty awesome too!
I am participating in a 16 week challenge so I'm still going. I've got a ways to go but as a first step I am delighted!!
Thank you so much for your support, your advice, your comments. Thank you for reading and watching and encouraging me.
Thank you for being here.
This is just the beginning. I can feel it in my bones.
So one of the advantages of running the word of the year workshops is that I get to learn from other people's journeys with their words too. One of the gorgeous women, Emilie who came to the workshop made 'acceptance' her word for 2017 and it has been beautiful watching this play out for her.
This evening a group of us were discussing progress (or the sense of lack there of) and Emilie noted that she was able to accept where she is right now even though she had a sense of discomfort which she understood meant she needs to change.
I LOVE this! The idea that you can be accepting of where you are right now and still know in your heart of hearts that the discomfort is only a sign that it is time to grow and make positive changes.
I write a list of 10 things I am grateful for every morning, then I write a list of spontaneous affirmations - positive phrases that inspire me and then I meditate. I have done this morning ritual in various guises for a good few years now (eek more like 8!! Where does time go?!) although the regular meditation practice is new this year.
The aim of this morning ritual is to cultivate exactly what Emilie is understanding through her journey with 'acceptance' - the idea that life is pretty awesome now and actually I'd like to change this and this and this to make it even better. The best part about cultivating acceptance in this way is that we will never be done with this journey. There will always be something else to release, forgive, learn or practice. We will never be finished articles. And so accepting the discomfort and allowing it to guide us to become better versions of ourselves prevents us from spiralling into comparison ("it's alright for her") or negativity ("it will never get better").
Right now one of my big lessons is releasing making comparisons. I am learning to let go of comparing myself to others. Brené Brown says
"Comparison is the thief of joy"
It is so true. If I want to feel bad all I have to do is compare myself to someone else. As we don't know how much it took for them to get to where they are, or what goes on behind closed doors it will never be a true comparison.
Another phrase I hang onto when I'm finding something challenging is from the song 'Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)'. It goes
"Don't congratulate yourself too much. Don't berate yourself either. Sometimes you're ahead. Sometimes you are behind.
The race is long and is the only with yourself."
I relied on that during my triathlon! And I have relied on it many times since! In fact right now with everything that is going on in the groups where people are posting massive changes, I feel like I'm going so slowly. But actually this is my journey and I am making progress towards my goals and desires.
"The race is long and in the end it's only with yourself".
This is where I am...
I'm not perfect. I'm not finished. And that's ok.
This is where I want to be....
I'm not there yet and I have a journey to travel to get there.
And that's ok too.
Thank you for being here. I really appreciate your continued support.
Tomorrow my 30 day blogging and video making challenge comes to an end but I am still going to be on this weight loss journey. I will continue to blog once or twice a week and I'll still be participating in the Isabody challenge. I am going for total transformation with this company and if you'd to know more I am happy to answer your questions.
I wish you awesome health, wealth, happiness and acceptance every day on your journey.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I've been pondering what I would like to do when I complete my 30 day blogging and video making challenge. I think I will continue to blog more frequently than twice a month - I think I'd like to aim for once a week now. It's been so much fun to set myself this challenge - to change my diet, my health, my blogging and to start making videos too. Sometimes changing so much at once can back fire and become too hard. I have found that by adding so much extra to my day it has given me a better focus than 'I'm not eating what I normally would'. It has really helped.
I have also immersed myself in Facebook groups with people who are doing the same programme as me, sending supportive and encouraging messages to others and sharing my progress and my struggles. That has been a really helpful resource too.
My main support has been here. You guys have been incredible. I've had supportive messages and comments and conversations with so many gorgeous people who have read some of the (many!) blogs or watched some of the (many!!) videos. That support, knowing that people are watching, that has helped immensely at keeping me on track.
There are many other things that have kept me on track: - the focus of creating this into a business so I can help others have this awesome energy and weight loss experience, that has been motivating because I am so ready to contribute to our family's finances and to the health, wealth and wellness of people I meet; the thought that my energy and body transformation are more important to me than enjoying a very momentarily experience of eating something I desire. I want to be slim and healthy more than I want the mars bar or the croissants or what have you; that isn't to say that I have been perfect at sticking to this diet. Crikey! I've had pizza, I've had scones, I've had bread. And each time I have forgiven myself and got back up and carried on. This is not a finite diet - it's not the cabbage soup diet or slim fast or something that you eventually stop and go back to eating normally. This system is something I can do for life, the tonics and other supplements are designed to support my body's systems. That knowledge helps me when I feel like pizza for example - it's ok occasionally and so I can enjoy a 'normal' life with the benefits of excellent health.
All these things have helped me stay motivated and enthused and I highly recommend getting support whatever you are trying to change.
Whatever your goal is, you are worth the effort it takes to create transformation in your life. You can do it. I believe in you. Xxx
So it's day 27 today.... In 3 days it will be time to take my first 'after' pictures. I am so nervous. I mean - you guys have seen me blogging and making videos every day since I started, you KNOW I'm doing this! I can't hide it! What if when it comes down to it it hasn't made as much difference as I'd like. What if it hasn't made any difference to how I look?
Ha! It's interesting to write out my fears like that because now they are there I realise how little those thoughts really matter - although they have been taking up a big proportion of my thinking space as other people on the same system as me are sharing their incredible before and after transformations!
The reason why it doesn't matter so much is because of how much everything else has changed. I have so much more energy and enthusiasm for life. I am making healthier choices with my food. I am moving more. I have more patience and more joy with my children. I always tried to play with my children but now I actually have the energy to put in to the hide and seek and the catch game.
I feel like I have more life force. And that is actually more important to me than the weight loss (4kgs at the last weigh in... Next weigh in on day 30...) and the centimetres that are falling away.
I am sleeping better. My hair and skin and nails are all lovely. Even the dark circles I have had under my eyes most of my adult life are diminishing. The energy and the other awesome side effects are all worth using this system even if I wasn't slimming down too.
So I'll be posting my before and after pictures once I've completed my first 30 days! And then onwards to complete the 16 week Isabody challenge. I love it. ❤️😍💜
If you are interested in joining me on this journey please contact me and I can help you get started - there is a 30 day money back guarantee if you find it doesn't work go you for whatever reason so go for it!! X
Hola! I'm Vicki Clubley-Moore. I am a home schooling Mum to three beautiful boys, a writer, a painter, a lifelong learner and a seeker of adventures.