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"All shall be well, and all shall be well and
all manner of thing shall be well."

-Julian of Norwich

 

Hello!

I love this quote from this 15th century mystic. Julian lost all her family in the plague... yet remained optimistic. She recognised the wisdom in accepting that our 'good' and our ‘bad’ experiences always pass.

Life is always changing, yet we can hold on to the belief that ‘all shall be well’. It’s a phrase that has grounded me in difficult times.

With all the many challenges in today’s world - and in our own lives - it’s so easy to have our energy and emotions feel depleted.  We get near to running on empty and It’s all too easy to think of negative emotions or experiences as being permanent. Thankfully, as Julian points out, they are passing.

The worst of the pandemic may be over, but we shouldn’t minimise the lingering effects of the past two years. Some of you have really suffered and perhaps, experienced loss. For others, like me, it was a major inconvenience with the huge fear of covid always present. It has had an impact on all of us.

In this newsletter I am going to share a few of my reflections - and related practices - from my book Fill Your Well: 30 Days of Resilience Journal.  

And I am introducing a new 4-Week Group Programme: Fill Your Well. If you want to be part of the pilot group, you can get all the details below!

Summertime is wonderful and an ideal time to take stock and replenish internally!

All the best!

 
Kathleen Fanning


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And now, a few excerpts from my book (with a couple of added words!) that will hopefully help to re-fill your well 🙏❤️

DAY 1

Be comforted dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.” Louisa May Alcott

Hope is what we need in abundance in this very strange - and sometimes frightening - time in our history. I don’t really know what the world was like when Louisa May Alcott wrote these words, but they are so apt for today. It can certainly feel as if the world as we knew it has fallen apart but, thankfully, for most of us life has counted though in a much different way. The follow on from the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and climate change are all demanding our attention - and can make us feel powerless.

The message from this is to trust in the future. The world has gone through many changes and has survived - and so will we. The challenge is what kind of world and what part we can play to make it a good one but...that’s a conversation for another day!

📍Exercise:

Draw up a Dream List of what you dream about (doing) and what’s important to you. Review it and then notice if it includes ‘shoulds’ or ‘desires’. Journal about this! 


DAY 7

“To have courage for everything that comes in life -  everything lies in that.”  Teresa of Avila

Beautiful words and a beautiful image from my favourite photographer (Niamh Mason of Crooked House Photography)!

Do you find that more courage is needed on some days than others? For me, it’s not that things outwardly change on a given day - but some days just feel more challenging!

Connecting to Resilience... Good sleep, exercise, and eating well are key. In my case sleep can be a challenge for me, but ‘2 out of 3 ain’t bad’ - to quote Meatloaf! Even when we are doing the right things, we can have days that ‘demand more courage’. Those days call us to be kind and patient with ourselves.

Self-care is another Resilience tool... and one many of us neglect. We give freely to others, but not always to ourselves. It’s not being selfish - we can’t give to others what we don’t give to ourselves. My coach calls us to give ourselves Massive Compassion and it’s so needed.

📍Exercise

What is your Self-Care like? How do you show kindness to yourself? Give yourself a mark out of 10 (0 is no self-care at all and 10 is I’m doing really well!). Consider how you might increase it now.


Day 13

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure; joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” Buddha

Niamh Mason’s picture has a calming effect on me. I’m drawn into the tranquility of the water and the beauty of the scene. It makes me think how images can feed us - or disturb us!!

Many people do not watch the news for that reason - all the ‘bad’ news can have a physical effect on us. I’m not suggesting we block out reality, but we need to protect our minds and hearts. Watch or listen in small doses and as an antidote invite more beauty into your life - photographic images, films, books and tapping into nature will help build our resilience. We  need to feed our minds and hearts to create the 'bridges to good outcomes’.

📍Exercise

Mull over what you are ‘feeding' yourself... images, media, news, etc. Now, reflect on how it may be affecting you. When you come upon a negative, use the ratio of 3 positives to 1 negative to balance it! 


If you’d like to read more, my book is available on Amazon 

As one reader said: 

"Kathleen, of Invest In Yourself,  offers us a wonderful opportunity to take a critical look at our lives and to embrace the challenges and changes that can often feel overwhelming with her Resilience Journal "Fill Your Well."  Let Kathleen walk you through the various aspects of resilience with insightful quotes and thought provoking images and reflections.  Self-care and resilience go hand in hand and after thirty supported steps you will be well on your way to a happier and more resilient you."

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 Fill Your Well

Would you like to learn how to...

  • Lower stress in your body and to breathe really well?
  • Manage feelings of overwhelm?
  • Make self-care a priority?
  • Develop strategies to respond ‘in the moment’ to challenges and stresses?
  • Increase your mental fitness with simple exercises?
  • Tap into optimism and gratitude to experience the benefits of both?

If you answered "YES!"...

Join me and be part of a small group in the pilot of a NEW 4-week Group Coaching Programme "Fill Your Well"

📍Please send me an email to express your interest and to receive further details.

Details

We will meet for 1 hour once a week for 4 weeks.

Each session will include:

  • A mindfulness exercise to start the session.
  • Individual check-in on the successes (and challenges) of the past week.
  • 10-15 minutes of learning new tools (application and practice).
  • Group discussion with an opportunity for hot-seat coaching.
  • Setting actions and accountability.

BONUS: weekly email with extra tools and insights!
BONUS: access to me in between sessions via your individual client log.

You will experience all the benefits of working in a safe, supportive group. (Group size will be limited to build safety and trust.)

We will support each other and hold each other accountable in a dynamic, fun environment!

Investment for the pilot group: €197

Fill Your Well

If you would like to be part of the pilot group, send me an email to express your interest and to receive further details. 

 


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www.invest-in-yourself.ie

You can also email me directly here:
kathleen@invest-in-yourself.ie

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