Friday, 27 January 2017

The Value of Recovery

The Value of Recovery!

For a long time I bore witness to,
the condition of behaviours
and the behaviours of condition.

I listened to the I am not good enough,
To the, I can’t do that rebuff.
To the panic attacks and the black outs
To the anger and many shouts
To the, I can’t go out the door
To the self- hatred from her core.

I watched the person I once knew
Take on a persona completely new
A shell of the person she used to be
The beautiful girl was hard to see.

But,.... she was still there, just a little bit lost,
And our journey started at whatever cost
To re-discover that person who once was
And build here back up, with a new buzz.

The journey was hard with its ups and downs,
It caused both her and me many frowns,
But, she stuck with the programme to the very end
And now is reaping the benefits with her boyfriend.

To find full freedom was her ultimate goal,
So, one to ones, group, doctor, she did them all.
Continuity was the key to her success
Along with lots of hard, work during the process.

But now, now she is free, as free as a bird,
She packed her bag for travels with language unheard.
It was language of freedom, of confidence and joy
Of I can do this, I deserve this, life ahoy!

Life is for living in every way
Of being present in each day
Of seeing the beauty that lies all round
From high in the sky to low in the ground.

Life is a gift, so enjoy the unwrapping
Instead of all the stress and flapping
Do whatever it takes to get you through
To full recovery, take the journey for YOU

I am one proud mama, of what she achieved
And know that now, she is safe and believes
That life is worth living, there’s so much to see

And the journey to recovery, well...... the value is plain to me!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

New Year, New Adventure

'dare,' verb
1. have the courage to do something.
synonyms: be brave enough, have the courage, pluck up courage, take the risk; venture, have the nerve, have the temerity, be so bold as, have the effrontery, have the audacity, go so far as; take the liberty of doing

Dare to Live, to me, is a place in which we can call on our courage to explore the ins, outs and roundabouts of truly, authentically and wholeheartedly living. It has allowed me delve into the discovery of different ideas, the implementation of learning and the opportunity to share those lessons that were hard learned but wholly needed. 

The core (or maybe cœur being more applicable here) always seems to come back to daring; to showing up and standing proud, to trying new things and conquering fear, to going after what we want, to wading through the uncomfortable feelings knowing that it'll be better on the other side, to taking the liberty of doing.

Holding 'daring to live' as a value has encouraged significantly more action in my own journey, knowing that walking the talk will always cover more ground and that embracing life is a sure way to get the most enjoyment out of it. 

So with that in mind, having had the call to adventure ringing in my ear for some time, I realised that now is the time to dare to answer it. 

As a result, with the new year's pages still fresh to fill, I'm lucky enough to be jetting off travelling New Zealand at the end of the month for as much of 2017 as we can get away with.

It's a pretty big world out there, and having grown to actually care about my surroundings and some previously dismissed lil things like scenery, nature and beauty, this is the ideal time to actually appreciate some of the stunning wonders that are out there on offer. One of the many gifts of overcoming personal challenges is the capacity for appreciation, the ability to be in a moment and the wherewithal to experience life fully, indulging each and every sense.

Travel is an incredible privilege and being in a mindset to actually be able to enjoy it makes the experience even richer.

Dare to move closer to your own dreams this year. Believe in them, work towards them and do what is necessary to put yourself in the position to answer that call too.

While I'm away I can't promise frequent blog posts but I will definitely be Instagramming the life outta everything we see and updating Facebook as much as possible too :)