As opposed to a TO-DO list a TA-DA list is a list of your achievements and your proud moments. In this case, I’ve looked back over the last 12 months but a ta-da list can be for any time period and is not exclusively something to be done as a reflection of the year just gone.

2019 has been a rollercoaster year for me with some high highs and some low lows. It’s easy to dwell on the lows but so important for mental health and wellbeing to remember the highs, the achievements and the moments of joy and happiness. After all, we can’t always control the things which happen to us, but we can control how we react and deal with them. So with that in mind, here is my TA-DA list for 2019…

  1. Launched my own wellbeing workshops – I hosted one in September – Healthy Snack Making and one in October – Boost your Resilience to Stress both of which had great reviews from those who attended and I do have more planned for 2020 so watch this space.
  2. Ran five corporate workshops with more booked for 2020. I love being able to share my knowledge with others and it was great to work with local and global businesses who are passionate about educating their employees on nutrition and wellbeing.
  3. Launched my newsletter – it took a little gentle encouragement but I’m proud that I have consistently delivered a newsletter every month for the past four months and pleased that so many people have told me how much they enjoy reading it – if you’re not already signed up you can do so here.
  4. Built up my business with more private clients this year than last.
  5. Created a new brand with the help of Benjamin Stevens.
  6. Been part of a team delivering an NHS programme for people in Hertfordshire who have CFS/ME to help them take control of their own health and make changes which have a positive impact on their wellbeing.
  7. Created recipes videos – I nearly didn’t include this as I haven’t made as many as I would like to have so my inner critic was telling me this doesn’t count. But I reminded myself that it’s better to have done something imperfectly (if not as often as you wanted) than to have done nothing perfectly.
  8. Introduced a new arm to my business in an area I am not completely comfortable with but am passionate about – natural skincare. I now promote and sell products from a brand called Tropic. This will never be the focus of my business but it’s nice to have something on the side which is so linked but also so different from the other work I do.
  9. We grew our own fruit and veg in our garden this summer. Although I can’t take much credit – most of the work was done by my fiancé but I would definitely win the award for “best-supporting gardener”. We had crops of tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, more tomatoes, rhubarb, raspberries, more tomatoes and carrots, oh and did I mention the tomatoes?
  10. Finally painted the spare room in our house – okay so we technically didn’t paint it ourselves but we got it done and just in time for our new lodger to move in.
  11. I found my happy place and a healthy balance and mindset with exercise and movement. Read more about my views on exercise in this blog and I pushing myself way outside of my comfort zone and trying the Pixie Studios Dance Fit class as a new, fun way to keep fit.
  12. Volunteered for the past year at my local Oxfam shop. It’s been a great way for me to give something back and meet new people.
  13. My continuing improving good health – when you have a chronic health condition the fear of relapse never leaves you so I’m proud and incredibly grateful that I am continuing to maintain my health even as things get busier and I take on more.
  14. Worked with an amazing Business Coach Vicky Shilling who has held me accountable and given me the gentle push to find the confidence to do so many of the business-related achievements in this list.
  15. Met lots of wonderful women at various networking events who are also running their own businesses and who help to keep me inspired and accountable in my own business.
  16. To have reached, touched and changed people’s lives and hopefully their health for the better. When I set up Eat Breathe Believe that was my aim – to help people take control of their own wellbeing. It’s never me who does the hard work of making changes, it’s the clients, but I like to think I give them the guidance, support and motivation they need to make changes.

Now I invite you to reflect on and write your own #2019tadalist – focus on the good things you have done rather than the things you haven’t – be kind to yourself.

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