Whoever Said It Would Be Easy?

Welcome to part 5 in the mini series - What You Most Need In 2015 Is Energy Not Time

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There's a saying that you teach most what you need to learn, something I’m very happy to testify to. So here's what happened as soon as I started to write this mini series about energy, my schedule got even busier and I was literally challenged to eat my words.

Busyness and not having time for self care are on the top of the list of what I talk with my coaching clients about. I thought how could I write and coach others about energy management and then watch myself do the exact opposite of everything I wrote about. So I busted myself, turned things around and began a process of going slow.

It wasn't easy. Modern society is hard wired to speed and haste. Whilst going slower conserved my energy this was much to the annoyance of the rest of the world around me reminding me of how difficult it is to stay true to what feels right for you. Let me share four small yet significant changes I made:

·I found myself embracing slow driving (which meant driving within the speed limits on all roads) much to the irritation of other drivers who tooted and overtook me at every opportunity. Not a good look when you're behind the wheel of a somewhat sporty car yourself but cocooned inside the steel walls of my car I was able to create my own inner sanctuary. I lined up podcasts on my iphone so I could cut out listening to music or the news even though I’m a much-loved fan of Radio 4.

·On the weekend I spent a couple of hours in bed reading just for pleasure. I enjoyed turning the pages with no particular destination in mind just to enjoy the book I was in bed with.

·I got to bed early a couple of nights in the week and gave myself an extra couple of hours in bed so my body got the rest it deserved. What a difference it made to the normal stress lines on my face and how much lighter my body was feeling.

·I wrote lists of what I was thinking and feeling in my journal even when I didn’t feel like journaling and felt better almost immediately once I got started.

·As much as I wanted to say ‘Yes’ I said, ‘No’ to two attractive social invitations mid week that I knew would overstretch me and would not be the best use of my time. As a result I was able to be on the other end of the phone for my teenage goddaughter when she called me unexpectedly upset one evening. Had I been in central London at an event I would not have been able to be there for her.

So my question to you is what is the one thing you will do over the next seven days that will protect and replenish your energy? If you allow yourself this one thing what will it be?

I’m working away from home this week so one thing I know I will be giving myself is permission to get to bed early at least twice this week. The other thing I will be doing is writing down my intentions in my journal in celebration of the year’s first new moon on January 20th.

January’s first new moon is known as a super new moon. Some refer to this time around this first new moon as the 'real new year' so it's an ideal moment to focus on how you will take care of your energy so you can makes the changes you desire in the coming year. When you preserve your energy it will and does have a direct impact on the quality of your relationship and connection with time.

Jackee Holder

Professional & Personal Coach, Author, Speaker & Journal Coach, Life Is A Work In Progress!

I am energised and come alive when I am writing and journaling and over the years I have filled the pages of over one hundred journals. I am a bookaholic and see writers of all genres as part of my natural tribe. I am qualified in many areas of personal development and well-being including a Masters degree in creative writing and personal development from Sussex University and in the completion stages of training as a psychosynthesis counsellor. But by far life and it many bumps, bruises and triumphs continues to be my greatest teacher. Life has been a series of adventures and challenges but creativity has remained a mainstream force of my life. This means that over a period of twenty years I have authored four published books, 49 Ways To Write Yourself Well, Be Your Own Best Life Coach, The Journal Journey Guidebook and Soul Purpose along with numerous workbooks, e-books, free journaling products and articles for a range of journals and magazines. I have recently launched The Inner and Outer Nature Self Discovery deck of cards which brings together my love of journaling and nature. In my professional vocation I work as a corporate coach, coach supervisor and leadership facilitator. I love what I do, no two days are the same and I love how I can bring so much of what brings me alive into this work. I care about our environment and have a deep reverance for trees and nature. I hold nature and journaling as my go to sources of well being and write regularly around the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing, connecting with nature and journaling. Twice a year I open the doors to my online well being journaling class, Paper Therapy. Over five weeks you are immersed in a world of journaling prompts and exercises that empower you to creatively and mindfully grow a daily or weekly journaling practice. You will learn about the therapeutic benefits of journaling and how journaling can help you thrive even when you are challenged and stretched. Paper Therapy http://www.jackeeholder.com/events/paper-therapy-online-journal-writing-course/ I journal regularly, love listening to an eclectic range of podcasts interviews which challenge me to think outside the box. I am an early morning urban city walker and love the quiet hum of the mornings when most of the rest of the world is asleep. I have a real curiosity about trees and tree mythology and love the way trees beautify our and resource the environment. London is my home and for now I feel so lucky to live in the city with the most green parks and spaces in the world. You can find Jackee here: http://www.jackeeholder.com Follow me on my urban walkabouts at Instagram:@jackeeholderinspires @girlabouttown Twitter: @jackeeholder