So I’ve just got back to Bristol following a fabulous 5 days in Portugal spending time with my family. Those of you who don’t know, my family all live in Ireland so it’s rare I get to spend time with all of them together. While I was there I got a call from an old friend who moved to Texas last year and she happened to be on retreat not far from where I was staying and wanted me to come visit. Small world hey?
I met her on my last day and drove up to the house nestled in the heart of the Algarve countryside. Hollie is a naturopath and she was volunteering there. It was day one of a ten day fast where only juice and broth are allowed combined with the twice-daily colonic ritual. I was really interested seeing the types of people who were there, expecting a load of hippies but finding lots of stressed out city people who wanted to detach from the world for 10 days and bring their system back into balance.
And this got my thinking about my life and its balance. Since I was a child I have run every facet of my life at a million miles per hour. That’s not such a bad thing where school and ambition are concerned but as life throws more and more responsibility at you, I had got to a point where I had too much on my hands and my health and wellbeing were taking a huge battering. I decided that I should take some time out to reflect and think about what the important things are for me. The things I love and that make me happy and fulfilled.
The challenge for me is I like things done to perfection and finished in the moment I think them up. So whilst in the process of setting up a business, dealing with a relationship break up and all the financial ties that go with it, freelancing in the marketing world and refurbing my house I thought ‘what things can I drop?’ The truth is I haven’t quite figured that out yet, but then I think for me, creating balance is a life’s work in progress. So instead I decided that I needed some more structure in my life to give my true self more room to breathe. I love a list, so it seemed a fitting way to start my journey.