Smile Because it Happened.

What a fitting quote [by Dr. Seuss] to start a brand new year with. I saw it on Twitter earlier and it inspired me to quickly sit down an write this post.

dont-cry-because-its-over-smile-because-it-happened-148Today will be my first day back at work after my festive break and I’m finding myself sitting here – writing this – with a smile on my face.

This has literally had to be the best holiday that I’ve had in my entire working life. It was jam packed; with friends, family lots of laughter, lots of food, lots of wine, a long walk on the beach, reflections and realizations of how easy it is to miss out on things that are actually important in life.

Now, I feel focussed and ready for the 2015. 2014 was tough, but it was necessary and good. There were many milestones that I’ve [you’ve] managed to check off my [your] list and that should inspire us to keep moving forward and setting our bar even just a bit higher in all areas of our lives.

So to you (my; friends, family and acquaintances) who returned to work today, let me take this moment and welcome you to it.

Here’s to more success stories, to reaching more milestones, to learning more new things and smelling all the flowers as we go about achieving our ambitions.

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Happy Goal Hitting

The sun is literally setting on the very first day of 2015 out here in Cape Town and with it I’d like to take a moment to wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR. 

As I reflect on 2014 I realize that it was a pretty big year for me and I’m excited about what I was able to achieve in it. 

I set some goals for myself, I stepped up to it, and need I tell you how good it feels knowing that I wasn’t all talk this time around. 

I’m so grateful – firstly – to myself and then all the incredible people I have in my life for [helping me with] finding and developing the inter capacity to push myself incredibly hard to realize milestones which were of significant importance to me. 

So I don’t just wanna wish you a shallow little “happy new year” because of merely wishing you a-happy-new-year… I want to wish us a year filled with hitting our targets and achieving our goals and want to encourage us to take a hard look back on our achievements of 2014 – regardless of how small they may seem – and build on that in 2015. Let me be clear; let’s build on them, not dwell on them. 

“We don’t get what we wish for, we get what we work for” – Unknown

 

Let’s continue dreaming even bigger and work even harder to see those dreams materialize. Let’s be a positive force in the world and stop wanting to be the first ones to wanna share bad news or stories or happenings – we have enough of that and certainly don’t need more. Seriously, we don’t need more negativity. 

“When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.” – Unknown

Let’s stop complaining, oh my gosh, let’s please stop that. If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it, find a way to go-exist with it. Let’s mind our own business, well get so much more done doing that and we’ll be happier because we’ll have less unnecessary issue-related clutter in our heads. 

So with all that, let’s go at 2015 with all we have, every single time with every opportunity we get, because we’re only getting this one chance, remember that. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nothing Controls Me, Until I Decide To Give It My Permission To Do So.

I'm Doing This for MeToday was a pretty BIG day for me, I’ll tell you why. Thirty days ago I agreed to a sugar-free challenge with a very close friend of mine – someone I consider to be an older sister, a person I have a lifetime’s worth of respect for. I am so happy that I agreed because, today marks DAY 30 and therefore the end of the challenge, yet the beginning of a brand new lifestyle for my wife (who was in on the challenge – and was totally amazing), our kids and I.To understate what, and how I feel… I can only but say that I feel, absolutely, amazing.

Don’t get me wrong, I won’t and cannot say that we went completely sugar-free, but the cut-back on our sugar intake was in my view notably significant. It is important to note, the principle behind our decision; to take back control from what we believe was dictating our eating habits, that completely dwarfs the nitty-gritties of this challenge.

Trust me, there are some of my very close friends who will remember me taking a whopping 8 – yes you read that right, I took EIGHT – teaspoons of the white stuff in my coffee up until 2002. In that same year I cut back that intake to a meager two in… just one decision. Then in 2007, with the encouragement of another amazing friend, I cut it right down to zero in [good] filter coffee and remained on two in any other forms of caffeine.

In addition to my passion for the powder in all things edible; I love cake, fizzy drinks, tarts, chocolates, the list goes on but guess what, I made it through 30 days without any of it and that in itself is amazing for me, Elridge.

I think what stands out for me about these last few days and what I’ve learnt from my personal experience, coming through what seems like a process is this. Sugar didn’t control me. It was me telling myself that I needed it, because of cultivated bad habits which I developed and nurtured over time. I realized that I am not dependent on anything unless I choose to be. Yes, nothing controls me until I decide to give it permission to do so.

Now, looking back, I am proud to sit/stand here -30 days later – knowing I’ve accomplished something which I (after I gave my yes) thought I would never get through. I’ve taken control of another area in my life and look forward to do the same in the next.

Truth is, I’ll only get one shot at this life, why not live it healthy, free and full of energy. Oh and I feel good, because this time… I’m doing this for me!

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