Reflections & Opportunities

As one year draws to a close, the prospect of a new year brings with it the opportunities for new beginnings. It’s really just a cliché given that each day brings with it the chance to make changes and start afresh.

How has 2016 been for you?

For many, it has been a year of great change which has brought with it a lot of anxiety, uncertainty and doubt – the US elections, Brexit here in the UK, the horror stories from Syria. We have mourned for what feels like an unprecedented amount of celebrity deaths and at the same time, realising that time seems to be ticking by quicker than ever.

For me 2016 has certainly been a year of reflection and opportunities. Following a car accident at the end of July, I have learnt that whiplash is actually a painful injury and at its worst can be very debilitating.. 5 months on and I am still off work and life seems to be a constant round of GP, physiotherapy and hospital appointments. I have had 2 day stays in hospital having diagnostic injections into my neck. I have had constant back and neck pain which makes even just sitting uncomfortable. The pain has been overwhelming at times and in addition to my usual Fibro pain, it has felt like pain on top of pain.

Regardless of all the pain and anxiety this accident has caused, it too has proved a blessing as it has given me the opportunity to just be and rest.

It has afforded me a lot of time to reflect on the things I want from my life but also the things that I do not want. I have been given a wonderful opportunity to use my love of writing and all things healthy to write articles for a new website which will be officially launched in the coming days but you guys can get a sneak peek at http://kale.life It promises to be a great “one stop shop” encyclopedia for holistic health and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a regular contributor. I have a few more things in the pipeline, so keep watching this space.

For me, one of the most devastating parts of this whole experience has been that I have been unable to practice my yoga. I have missed it so much and realise now more than ever the great benefits this gentle exercise has on my body. I am sure that once I can get back to my mat, I will have to start again but I am determined that I will come back stronger and  much more dedicated to my practice.

This morning, I opened up my gratitude jar which I started at the beginning of the year and smiled at the little things that I have been grateful for in 2016. They were just little things like appreciation for rainy walks and cosy fires, daffordils and sunshine but they made me smile and feel glad to be alive.

I am excited by the prospect of a New Year and all the new opportunities that comes with it. Despite my current injuries which may or may not become chronic and my relentless battle with Fibromyalgia, I am committed to better empowering my fellow Fibro warriors in 2017. I will continue to search for the best coping techniques, sharing the healthiest of food and gentlest of exercise with you and helping you to be “fibrofantastic”.

So as the last hours of 2016 tick away, I want to take this opportunity of thanking you for the support since starting this blog and I wish my followers and readers a very Happy New Year. I hope that 2017 is kind to you all and that it brings a year that is healthy and gentle to you.