How can it be Friday again already?!
I know that I am not the only one who has been amazed at how quickly the year has gone without me really going anywhere! I find that weird to comprehend at times.
With the announcement on Monday of removing the lockdown restrictions next week and then the announcements yesterday for the local tiering I feel like we’re on a roundabout, whizzing around in circles.
Remember when we were kids and either on a Witches Hat or a traditional roundabout it would vary between the grunt and effort of having to get it going, to the heady excitement of thinking you might fall off or merely watching from the sidelines because you couldn’t jump on in time?
2020 has been much the same.
There’s been the grunt and effort of having to adapt to doing things a different way. Whether that’s been working from home, working in a mask, having a bubble of children to teach or accepting furlough or redundancy it’s been effort, grunt and challenge after challenge for all of us.
There’s also been the heady euphoria of NOT having to do things. The ‘woo-hoo’ feeling that you no longer need to keep running the kids everywhere. The ‘thank goodness’ relief of not having to visit relatives or friends or spending hours each day commuting to go to an office. And the joy of not setting the alarm when the office is just downstairs/in the next room/anywhere your laptop is.
Equally we’ve had the thrill of being able to DO things that have improved our lives. From daily outdoor walks, to reduced commutes. To spending less money but spending more time. Maybe you’ve travelled less but built a better relationship. All these things have been significant and positive in a year that people are generally writing off as rubbish!
I’ve found myself doing it too and have had to bring it right back to basics.
- What do I need?
- What have I got?
- Where am I grateful?
And every day I am grateful for lockdown. It’s given me many things and shown me who I am and what I need. From sleeping better, to working less. To being happy to adapt quickly to taking on new challenges with uncertain outcomes. And to accepting what is.
I challenge you to ask the same of yourself too.
What have you learned about what you need to function and thrive?
I heard a great comment last week that simply stated, “until our basic needs are met, we are unable to be generous. It’s merely sacrifice”. I love that!
To help you untangle this I’ve decided that 2021’s Happiest Year Yet event will be based on resilience and how to meet your basic needs.
It’s a two hour workshop on Saturday 2 January, 14.00-16.00, on Zoom where I’ll take you through a process to pick out the lessons from lockdown, establish whether you are meeting your basic needs and able to give generously or whether you need to stop the sacrifice and start to rebuild yourself. I’ll help you to build a map of what you need each day to function so you have resilience for these circles of life that will ultimately come around again and again to challenge us.
You can book your place on Eventbrite HERE and you’ll secure yourself one of the limited Zoom places available.
I really hope to see you at this online event. Over the last 9 years I’ve run these face-to-face across Wokingham and so this year it will be a little different but it doesn’t mean it won’t be as practical and useful for setting yourself up for a really successful year whatever happens.
Book today and know that you won’t have to remember as we head into the festive weeks.
From Wednesday 2 December we’ll be able to bring our fitness sessions outside, in a group setting again. At the time of writing I can only confirm the Swallowfield venue at 19.30 on Wednesday 2nd and then from Monday and Wednesday the week after. Do come along and visit us if you need to see a face, hear a voice and have a workout!
All other venues will be announced as I get clearance from them.
Finally, it’s not too late to nominate someone to win our 11th birthday 6 month membership giveaway.
So get thinking who could nominate and, most importantly, why and get the emails to us by midday on 30 November to email@example.com.
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.