The anniversary is upon me…

October 31, 2012
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One year anniversary of My OpenLeaf blog

Happy Blogiversary

October brings the anniversary of My OpenLeaf Journey blog and what a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and what it’s brought into my life. During the first week of this blog in October 2011, I wrote The story so far… over five days and explained how an article that I read quite by chance in May 2011, led to the discovery of OpenLeaf. 

The weekly posts that followed in that same year were on a number of topics including:

  • creating balance in your life,
  • limiting beliefs,
  • intuition,
  • having time out,
  • making changes,
  • setting and reviewing goals,
  • making decisions,

…but the general message I learnt was that in order to live a fulfilling life and get the health and happiness I deserve, I had to do more of what I wanted to do and less of what I didn’t.  I also learnt to watch out for my limiting beliefs some of which are: I have to do everything, I won’t get everything done, and no one will help. 

In January 2012 I successfully eliminated some of my limiting beliefs  and took the decision to make some changes to my working pattern.  Later in the same month I learnt the hard way that I was trying too hard to fit everything in and discovered that the best medicine for my headaches was to just add in more relaxing time (Post: Rest and Relaxation Required) instead of just reacting when the headaches hit.

My happiness was really noticeable in February 2012 (post: Tangible Results) when I really felt the pressure subsiding around me with an added feeling that I could just be myself.  I began to love who I was, enjoyed life more, and was advised by my mentor Noel Walker that it was still only the beginning.  It was also comforting to know that I had OpenLeaf to turn to, who would work with me clarifying direction, answering questions and resolving any concerns or issues I had. 

In February 2012 I worked on discovering my purpose and passion in life and the joy it would bring me if I learnt to do more of what I love and less of what I don’t.  At the end of the same month I learnt to reflect on the pain of my headaches as a learning opportunity (post: Looking at Pain as a Learning Opportunity).

In March 2012 I reviewed some of my habits and learnt that breaking them, as well as changing my current way of thinking, could only happen easily if I knew that things could change, and secondly, that I was willing to change.   I learnt the hard way but also discovered that I didn’t need to.

Towards the end of the same month in my post Life and Cheesecake I worked on some more deeply held limiting beliefs as well as learning more about:

  • listening,
  • not getting drawn into situations,
  • not taking things personally,
  • moving away from roles that are a chore, and
  • not reacting.

I came out of it feeling positive that I had moved forward and eliminated more limiting beliefs – it was like I had broken through a barrier.

In April 2012 I really started to appreciate life, and realised how many opportunities had passed me by just because of my lack of knowledge and understanding.  It was also the time that I learnt not only that limiting beliefs and ill health are connected, but also that it goes much further. OpenLeaf believe that “limiting beliefs are also responsible and play their part within all negative experiences or situations where one is not experiencing joy”. 

What I also realised was that… if everyone knew how much their limiting beliefs were holding them back from experiencing joy and happiness, and they could do something about it, then surely they would… wouldn’t they? (Post: A beautiful day).

I didn’t post again until August 2012 because life, in terms of my experiences, simply took off which I summed up in two posts, An incredible 4 months and Summing things up.

That brings me to Sunny September – my last post – where I spoke about one of the biggest moves forward I’d had for a long time - how I was able to reduce my working hours in my day job.  The change in hours meant that I had more time for the family and for me to pursue my writing career.  There was also a change in role at work at the same time which meant that the work I was doing was more in line with my passion for what I love to do. Quite incredible really… especially as to how it all came about and then fell into place.  

In my last post I also wrote about the direction that my upcoming book was taking, as well as all the OpenLeaf  tips and techniques that I have incorporated into my life which are allowing me to Get the Life I Want.

To sum up

There are many material things and situations in my life that I would never have expected to happen so quickly and I can only put it down to me implementing OpenLeaf tips and techniques and also the mentoring I have received.  The whole process has been incredible – being able to ask for constructive feedback as situations and feelings crop up is something I’ve always dreamed of.  I truly believe that this is a great way for anyone to move forward and also, the quickest way of being able to get the things that you want.

Of course, we all choose our path and follow our instinct to a certain extent, but it’s comforting for me to know that I have guidance along the way. If you are reading this, and you’re wanting answers or just more (out of life), I’d recommend you start your own journey… (link to OpenLeaf services page).

The next phase of my life

Very exciting…home life… work life balance… and also many ideas are bubbling away in my head as I anticipate what’s coming, because opportunities to do even more of what it is I love doing are now also beginning to materialise.  I sometimes wonder where I would currently be in life if the magazine containing the article that caught my eye had just been added to the stack of magazines on the side!

Until next time…

Sandra

If this is your first visit to My OpenLeaf Journey blog please see…

New to the Site…The Story so Far 

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