I’ll cut straight to the highlight of the week.
Yesterday I found out that I was through to the final of Thames Valley Venus Women Awards for Inspirational Woman award! Woo-bloomin’-hoo!
I’m chuffed to bits and humbled all at the same time. I’ve been whittled from 55 applicants to three by the judges from the University of Reading and along the way have been having an internal dialogue about how I feel about it all.
When I have clients come to me and tell me that they really don’t know what to do about a big decision in their life I tell them to toss a coin. Choose your sides and toss a coin.
- Leave horrible job – heads. Stay in horrible job – tails.
- Ask him out on a date – heads. Wait until he asks me – tails.
- Move child from school for his good – heads. Leave him in his school because he has friends there – tails.
In the moment of the coin toss, if you hear yourself wishing for one of them, you already have your answer and that’s what you need to take action on.
And yesterday, despite the internal voice of ‘you’ve got this far already’, as the names were read and there was just one more to go, I knew that I really wanted it to be me. And that’s good, because now I know what I really feel about all this and how I can use it to help other people.
If I can help more people to feel happy every day whatever the scales say. If I can help more adults feel in control of their state of mind with a new programme to build physical fitness and mental strength and if I can help more people to take personal responsibility for their happiness then this is all for the greater good.
And I am up for that.
In bucket loads.
If you want to help me build my new programme I am forming a Focus Group or Groups. I am looking for adults (especially male) who have some experience of mood problems, depression, anxiety or stress.
I have a quick questionnaire to do my own whittling and will be looking for people who are free on the dates specified on this questionnaire to help give me a broad mix of male and female, and experience in these areas. If you are interested please complete it sooner rather than later as the Focus Groups will be running later this month.
Before I head off this week in my happy bubble, I thought I’d share the slight sting in the tail for this award. The dress code for Finals Night is ‘full length and fabulous’ (sigh). Those of you who know me, know this is not me one bit, and yesterday I had several people come up to me and tell me how I’ll “need to get that dress sorted” with a little wry grin on their face.
I’m not a great rule breaker, but where there is no reason for a rule to be in place I get a bit bullish. So watch this space…there will be no full length going on here, but am aiming for plenty of fabulous 🙂
Have a great week!