March 2021 – Vanilla Caterpillar

March has been a strange kind of month for me, I’ve had several realisation that have affected me deeply.

Back over Christmas, I made a promise to myself that 2021 would be different, I would invest in myself and my business more!! Some might think I do this already and maybe I do a little bit but it’s half-hearted and done on the cheap, I’ve always felt that I don’t deserve it!! As I’ve mentioned many times before one thing I struggle with is getting my voice out there, so in early January I took part in a 5 days social media challenge with a lady called Amber Leach! I haven’t got a clue how I came across her but I am so very glad I did!! The challenge I did was awesome, I took so much away from it & plan to action everything I learnt. I’m part of her private Facebook group and keep learning new stuff each week. I’m yet to action anything from the course as things with the business got a bit crazy, as things seem to be settling down I am hoping that I can make time to impliment the learnings and see some business growth.

In early Feb I took part in a 5 day reset with Jay Shetty I have been following him for a while on social media and had downloaded his book Live like a monk onto my kindle and started to read it, I liked what he said and so saw this reset as an opportunity to learn more about what he teaches, it was free so I thought why not, all I had to commit to was 1 hour a day for 5 days!! I really liked what he said over those five days so signed up for his programme – genius!! Now I follow a lot of people who are coaches/teachers/authors and have often taken part in their short programmes but I’ve never invested in their longer higher cost memberships but something about Jay was different so I signed up for 3 months initially, the thing I loved the most about it was that he committed to do a live workshop every Sunday on Facebook and since the day I signed up I’ve attended them live (they are recorded so if you can’t attend live you can catch up another day), these sessions include guided group meditation and then a short workshop around a theme for the month! The workshop is very practical with hints & tips about improving your life, relationships and career. Most of the live events I’ve attended have been watched by over 1000 other people and feels amazing to be meditating at the same time as people from all over the globe as well as learning how to live a better life. Over the coming months, I will be sharing some of these insights with you.

For a very long time, I feel like I’m a caterpillar in a chrysalis waiting to emerge as a butterfly and show my full self to the world in glorious technicolour. Over the years I feel like I’ve become quite muted with who I am, a bit vanilla if you like!! All a bit apologetic for being me. I was brought up to believe that women should be seen and not heard and find it quite hard to break this thought about shouting about me and what I do! In 2021 I am determined to come out of my chrysalis and celebrate who I am for the benefit of the world and share my knowledge to help others! This is especially poignant this year as I will be celebrating 10 years of running Firecracker full time and I really want the next ten years to be about growth & celebrating positive culture and wellbeing in organisations around the world (yes I have big dreams!!).

As some of the blocks I have (which I know I’ve talked about numerous times) seem to be quite stubborn I decided to embark on a different approach, during lockdown last year a friend of mine gave me the book “I am enough” by Marissa Peer, Marissa is a world-renowned speaker and has developed something called RTT (Rapid Transformation Therapy) to help her clients to shift mental blocks and self-limiting beliefs through hypnosis. Through reading the book I totally got the process and how it can work but struggled to actually apply it to myself at the same time (don’t you just love how the universe works) I connected with a lady on Instagram who was an RTT therapist in Lincoln, I didn’t know she did this when I first connected with her, I just felt like we had common ideas about wellbeing so felt like it would be a good connection! Over time through her posts and stories, I learnt that she did this therapy and the success she was having with other clients so true to my word about investing in myself this year I took the plunge and messaged her to have a chat. From that chat, I decided to go for it!! This is still an ongoing process as once we had the main session we have weekly follow-up sessions. So I will keep you posted with the progress of this in April’s blog! If you want to know more then check out Marti Susanne.

Something I need to keep remembering is that things take time, in a world where everything seems to be available instantaeously, from the minute you are born until your last breath, life is a journey so enjoy the ride and take every opportunity to learn and grow, what’s the rush!?!

Until next time, stay safe and well, much love Rachel xx

Published by lincolnshiregirl

I'm 40 something gal living in the beautiful county of Lincolnshire, England. I run my own business which is a rollercoaster of good times and bad times but it is what makes life interesting. I'm a self-confessed foodie, which some people might think is bordering an obsession, but a good obsession I would say. I am a fully qualified food technologist, nutritionist and personal trainer and use my skills and knowledge to keep striving to better myself in all areas of my life. Despite being dyslexic I love reading both fiction and non-fiction books and usually have four or five on the go at any one time. I enjoy keeping myself fit and healthy by regular visits to the gym as well as enjoying open water swimming and sometimes I'm brave enough to swim without a wetsuit. This blog is all about my life and adventures.

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