July the 23rd 2020, marks week 1 of The Master Journey
This year I am starting the Master Journey- with 3 very clear goals.
I have already completed The Apprentice Journey of 1,000 Steps, which means I know where many of our subjects slot into place and can pick and choose them at my disposal. An example being at the start of The Master Journey I have gone skipped cards 1 (core values), card 2 (personal branding) and card 3 (business branding) and instead started at card 4 (goal setting).
I will go back and re-do parts of these cards out of sequence as I do the Apprentice Journey at the same time as Andrea, but I should mention that this is one of the core differences between the Master and Apprentice journey.
The Apprentice learns the parts that make up the structure, and The Master uses those parts to build something with.
My 3 goals for this challenge are: (no surprises!!)
To get mindfulness embedded into my everyday life and get anxiety under control (you’ll learn more about that as time goes on)
To get my body healthy- which means dropping my weight from 79kg’s (174 lbs) to 65 kilos (143 lbs) and being able to run, bike, swim, sail, snowboard and climb comfortably to be able to live the life I want
And that’s it!
I’m not asking for much!!
When I look at the list above, to me, it looks quite simple.
Practice mindfulness daily, eat well and exercise, and make money. These things aren’t difficult…I haven’t said to fly to the moon or anything complicated!!!
Most of the things I need to succeed I have already researched from my time in The Prosperity Project, but I will give you a quick run down of what I Started with during week one, and then we can add to this list as time goes on. In full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links.
I’m using Amanda’s Mindfulness for my Master Journey, because I’m a slight control freak when it comes to allowing people into my life….let alone inside my head.
To me the brain is incredibly fragile, and I know what we feed it shapes our reality more than we realise.
A few times in the past I used meditations and mind training from other practitioners which left me reeling for months afterward which I will never do again.
I trust Amanda wholeheartedly.
I’ve worked with her and known her for quite some time now, and if I’m going to let anyone mess with my head or re-program my thoughts by opening up my subconscious– its Amanda– so that one is nice and easy because I have access to mindfulness via The Prosperity Project.
For my mindfulness, I’m also a big believer in energy therapy.
For me energy is a human life force, and I beieve it governs much of our life, so in conjunction with mindfulness I will acess various forms of energy therapy through this journey which could include stuff like:
Energy therapy is a touchy subject, because it can border on hocus pocus, rip off merchants and get an incredibly bad rap, however energy therapy is not my sole type of healing.
Like all things in my life, I grab bits and pieces of things and blend them together. In the instance of healing, I go to the doctors too, I use western medicine when I need it, so using energy therapy is just “another tool” that I have access too.
The tools I chose to support my body journey are controversial and took a lot of soul searching within my core values to decide whether or not I would use them– and the reason is because of the huge amounts of data they collect.
I’m a big advocate for data privacy and these apps collect huge amounts of data– which is the exact reason I want to use them– because although I know the companies want my data– I also want it to.
In the end, I made an informed choice I would use them in my journey and speak openly about them, but I have a 3 monthly check in– to re-assess my choices, and I may change my mind at a later date….we shall just wait and see.
Here are the core tools I am currently using for my body journey:
- Apple music Subscription (to use with the C25k running app)
- Myfitness Pal to track my calories
- Garmin Connect App to sync calories in and out from Garmin to Myfitness Pal.
Already these handful of apps have completely changed my life and altered patterns of behaviour in only 7 days which has been both promising and disheartening at the same time.
Promising because I was like ***YESSSSS!!!*** Finally I know where I am going wrong with my weight (I consume waaaaaayyy more calories than I *think* I do and the exercise I do isn’t enough to compensate….and yet disheartening because I have spent the week focused on completely changing my behaviour, only to put on another kilo.
I was so disheartened yesterday when I had the weekly check in that I wondered whether or not I was going to be able to achieve my goal at all!!
For now, I have 12 weeks with 4 week check ins so I’ll hold off on the pity party for now, and let you know how I go next week.
Onto my business tools.
I will add to these as time goes on but for now my main ones are:
Siteground hosting (this has become a sticking point…I used to rarely have issues with siteground, now I’ve had quite a few in the past month. Not sure if something has changed there or they are just adapting to the new work load due to covid- but if things dont change in the next few months I will pull this hosting out and go with a local provider.
Systeme.io this is a new software tool we are going to use for email marketing and affiliates. I’m new to this program, so you will get to see a first-hand journey of whether or not we stick with it. The amount of software programs I have tried is so high, and so far nothing does what I want (simple, easy to use and powerful) though so far this one has been working well.
Xero: My accountant is using this, not me, but he likes it.
Milanote: I found this the other day by chance and due to being a visual thinker, I just love it! I’m new to it, so not sure if I am using it to the full potential properly, but my only downside with it at the moment is that I wish it had more than one home screen….so that there is a home screen per project, because currently I have many clusters of individual projects on there and its beginning to get overwhelming already and I have only just begun!!
So they are my basic tools to begin with, and now I will give a quick run down of how the week went.
Firstly, the kids are at home for home schooling due to covid, and that’s difficult. It’s super hard to work around the kids timetable as it is (I’m a single mum- no family help) so I can spend hours on stuff like washing, dishes, and repetitive picking up, wiping down, putting back, going to the grocery stroe, dropping into school for something, cooking, driving, taking the kids on a walk or bike ride etc etc.. which leaves minimal “solid blocks” of work time.
Homeschooling has been challenging, but we are getting there 🙂
Second was my food diary.
To say that I was completely shocked the first day I started tracking calories would be an understatement. In my mind, I don’t eat a lot.
I grab something here or there, snacking on this, eating left overs from that, regularly skip dinner, don’t drink alchol (or very rarely) don’t use added sugar (I’ve been a diet coke/ no sugar coffee/no milkshakes) kind of girl since my teens, I’m careful with how much dairy I consume for milk and cheese, I dont eat ham or cured meats much, and am pretty boring with my food choices, so to actually track what calories I was eating and the amount they added up to was totally shocking.
The first day I logged my food intake it flashed up a scrren which said:
If every day were like today, in 5 weeks you would weigh 84.5 kg
and I nearly fell over!!
well that explains my weight problem….
and on the other hand I was…hang on a minute….I’ve barely eaten a thing….how is that possible…maybe they got it wrong…..but the next day and the next and the next the answers kept coming up the same, and I started to realise.
My calories are waaaayyy too high.
The food I am eating is wrong, and I need to make some serious changes if I want to:
- Wear my blue dress out for new years eve dinner
- Wear a bikini (or even a swimsuit and feel comfortable) on holiday!
- Fit back into my snow gear (snow gear costs a bomb and I am not buying new stuff!)
- Fit back into my Alannah Hill wardrobe
- Run for 5km non stop
- Be fit enough to hike the 36 kms on my birthday weekend
- Swim in the ocean (not float or play or eat cake, but I would like to be able to swim for like…5 minutes….eventually one day being able to swim more.
- So knowing my food choices were dismal, I set about changing some stuff immediately.
- Making goals of:
- Eating 1200 calories per day
- and walking 10,000 Steps per day.
- I will be really interested to watch this over the coming 12 weeks.
Now lastly, onto my business goals.
The first thing I did, was set a personal intention to write and publish my work (which I am doing!) and use this as my new career going forward.
There are a few things with my writing.
Firstly, I suppose it’s not looked on like a career.
I’m not a writer that gets “paid”. I dont have a desk job, I don’t get commissioned to write articles or blog posts…so to choose to be a writer when I have zero audience, zero skills (I still have no idea on the English language or proper place of punctuation, the difference between a noun or a verb or an advective etc!!!) and no real <what?> <talent? Is that what I want to say? maybe…> or maybe it’s no “guaranteed” way of making money from my writing, so……well…… then yes…..I understand that my career choice probably seems a bit whacky.
The second thing with my writing I have struggled with the last few years is that it’s not enough.
Which for a long time I turned into self loathing of “I am not enough”.
I felt like blogging about what I love (life, the kids, the things that light me up) just weren’t enough….that if I followed my soul and did that, I was wasting my talents when I should be doing something more.
Over the Journey of 1,000 Steps, I realised this was wrong.
I realised I am enough.
And that the only difference in me being a writer lined up with 100 other writers, is the voice have.
The opinions I share.
The point of views from my overall life experience.
Once I made friends with this “monster” under my bed so to speak, I instantly became free.
I left behind all my “real” work which had become like a perpetual sword hanging over my head, and I took my life back into my own hands.
The day I did that was the most liberating day I can remember.
I felt completely free, and everything around me lit up in the brightest of colours.
Life became happy again, my soul and spirit soared, and I literally walked/jogged/ran to the beach, feeling every piece of my armor fall away from me….each step dropped another piece and another piece and another piece, until by the time I arrived at the beach, I felt naked…..
and completely free.
Since that day, I live my life not differently than before….but I feel different than before.
My daily life is still filled with grocery shopping and walks, and food intake and child rearing, but I dont have the pressure on me to write a world class novel or raise the world out of poverty or stop data collection or tell a story with every single piece of writing I put my fingers to.
Instead, I have just become….well…..me.
And I have realised that this is enough.
And in being me, I Realised I could still make change.
And bring about change for things important to me.…but this time it would be done in a way which lights me up….by tracking my loves….by focusing on the things I love.
This is how I realised I can bring light into the world.
When my energy is focused on the things I love–my white swan writing– the energy of light within and all around….it expands and love fills my heart and soul…. growing bigger and bigger every day.
When my energy was focused on the things I didn’t like and saw that were negative in the world that I wanted to change — my black swan writing– the dark energy would fill my soul and grow bigger and bigger every day, until eventually it became so dark and so heavy it was impossible to grow, let alone thrive.
If there is one thing I would like to share from my first week as a Master on this journey to anyone following my story it is this:
You are enough.
Exactly as you are.
I don’t know who you are, or what you want to do with your life.
Whether it’s paint or draw, or sing, or fly rockets or be a doctor or paint fingernails or do makeup.
But whatever it is.
It’s ok for you to be that person. If you think you can’t because you need to make money, then let me say this:
Anything in the world that you want to do or dream or bring forth to life can be monetised.
I honestly believe this, and I will show you how and why I believe it over this coming 993 steps.
But I truly believe it can.
And I also believe that great change happens in the world by the love and light that YOU bring to the table. Not what I want you to bring. Not what your parents, or your partner or your teachers or the greater world at large.
But it’s what you want.
What you love.
What lights you up.
So don’t think you need to be smart.
Or <insert anything at all> instead it doesn’t matter if you are disabled, different, sensible, young, old, anything….
Real change happens when each person does what they love and what their soul calls them to do.
We all have a choice to focus on the things we dont like, causing that black energy to grow and flourish
OR we can choose to focus on what we love, and allow the bright energy to grow and flourish instead.
And if you don’t know what you love?
My suggestion is to get outdoors.
When the world is dark all around you, or when chaos reigns and human rights are violated, the outdoors can bring us back home, back to real beauty.
I hope you all have a lovely week ahead, and I’ll check back in with you then.