1. If you were only allowed one word to describe your 2015 what would it be and why?
Challenging! This year has been one of extremes for me on several fronts: work, health and the health of those I love. Paraphrasing Oprah:
“The universe speaks to us, always first in whispers. And if you don’t pay attention to the whisper, it gets louder and louder, till its like getting thumped with a brick upside your head.”
This year has felt like the universe was really trying to get my attention by giving me metaphorical thumps upside the head in several areas of my life. The good news is that as a result my attention has been well and truly captured.
2. What achievement for you this year epitomises making your second half deliberately delicious?
Despite all the challenges the big achievement I am so very proud of is the launching of The Ripenists. What has made this so very special is finally having the opportunity to work with my wonderful friend and business partner Kate in creating what we believe is such a strong, vital and hopeful voice for smart self-aware midlife women aka Ripenists.
In the midst of the darkness this passion project has made everything else seem worthwhile and reminded me that we all have something important to share with the world even if at times that something can be overshadowed or temporarily obscured.
3. As a smart, self-aware mid-life woman (a.k.a A Ripenist) what have you learned about yourself this year?
To listen! To my body, my energy and the still small voice that wisely whispers to me but which I haven’t always taken heed of. In listening I have realised that I have earned my wisdom, my intuition is sound and that I can trust myself to know what is right for me without needing to defer to others advice – which is not to say I still don’t have a lot to learn!
4. What life lesson did you seem to repeat again in 2015 that you haven’t quite nailed yet?
I didn’t take action on what I know works for me! Again! I still find myself devouring other people’s wisdom via books, blogs and podcasts. Partly this is because I love learning, and partly this is because it’s easier to read a book than it is to sit quietly, listen to my inner voice and apply the accumulated learning that is already inside me.
5. What fundamental shift could you allow your learning’s from 2015 to herald for 2016?
To finally act on what I know works for me in terms of managing my time, energy and wellbeing so that I can bring my best to the world.
Much as I wish it were so, I recognise that this probably does not include a morning routine that involves waking at 4am and being stunningly productive till sundown. Rather it is having the courage to trust that I will be productive in my own way, following my own muse and my own rhythms just as I was intended to do and better still, knowing that ‘I am’ and ‘this is’ enough.
Your turn, Ripenists. What are your answers to these reflection questions?
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